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Identification of Schools in School Improvement
 
At the end of February, school districts across the state were notified as to which schools were identified for support under the new Washington School Improvement Framework (WSIF), as called for in the federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).
 
Every student deserves the opportunity to succeed, and every school is in the process of continuous improvement. Under the new support model implemented by the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI), schools are identified for support to improve student learning—they are not identified as failing.
 
The Framework allows Washingtonians to see how schools are doing, determined by nine measures. Those nine measures relate to both academic performance and school climate. Six academic measures still make up a majority of a school’s score: English language arts and mathematics proficiency and growth, graduation rate, and English learner progress. However, the Framework also adds three school quality and student success measures, meant to measure school climate. They are regular attendance, 9th graders on track to graduation, and dual credit or advanced course-taking opportunities. These indicators are weighted and combined to give the school an overall score.

The schools in the Mt. Adams School District were identified as follows: 

*White Swan High School moved out of school improvement based on increased graduation rates.

*Mt. Adams Middle School was identified for targeted supports for English Learner progress.

*Harrah Elementary School was identified for comprehensive supports.

More information regarding this can be found in our Identification of Schools in School Improvement letteror on the OSPI School Improvement website.

  District and School Improvement Planning
 
What is School Improvement anyway, and who needs to do it?
 
School Improvement is a continuous process schools use to ensure that all students are achieving at high levels.  All schools, in collaboration with families, students, and communities, can create better environments so that all students are successful.   Continuous improvement of public schools is essential to providing increased student performance and quality results.  Innovative, exemplary, and research-based programs, coupled with staff development, focused and aligned resources, and public participation in planning are critical factors in improving schools.
 
All schools should engage in school improvement planning.  The Washington State Board of Education in WAC 180-16-220 requires that each school district receiving state basic education funds MUST develop a school improvement plan or process based on self-review of the school's program for the purpose of annual building approval by the district.  

In the Mt. Adams School District, each school and the district have improvement plans.  Each plan is required to be data driven, promote a positive impact on student learning, and include a continuous improvement process that shall mean the ongoing process used by a school to monitor, adjust, and update its school improvement plan.

Harrah Elementary School, Mt. Adams Middle School and White Swan High School plans all align to the 7 Turnaround Principles required of schools in the school improvement process and have been submitted electronically using Indistar, a web-based system implemented by OSPI for use with district and/or school improvement teams to inform, coach, sustain, track, and report improvement activities.  Deadlines met included October 28, February 28 and May 30.

Mt. Adams School District has also developed a district plan that aligns to the 7 Turnaround Principles and has met all required deadlines.

Principle 1: Strong leadership

Principle 2: Staff evaluation and professional development - Professional development

Principle 3: Expanded time for student learning and teacher collaboration - Expanded time for student learning and teacher collaboration

Principle 4: Rigorous, aligned instruction - Expecting and monitoring sound instruction in a variety of modes

Principle 5: Use of data for school improvement and instruction - Assessing student learning frequently with standards-based assessments

Principle 6: Safety, discipline, and social, emotional, and physical health - School and classroom culture

Principle 7: Family and community engagement - Defining the purpose, policies, and practices of a school community

Being a Schoolwide Title 1, Part A district, all school’s plans must contain the ten Title 1 component requirements and evidence that the plans have been implemented.  All three schools submitted this evidence by the February 28 deadline through our Indistar plans.

For a copy of district and/or school building School Improvement Plans, contact Dana Jarnecke, Director of Teaching & Learning at djarnecke@masd209.org or (509) 874-8652.

District Improvement Plan