Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Accreditation

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Stone Memorial High School

Tennessee School Improvement
Planning Process (TSIPP)
For Accreditation Through SACS/CASI

 

Component 5 – The School Improvement Plan and Process Evaluation

 TEMPLATE 5.1: Process Evaluation

(Rubric Indicator 5.1)

The following summary questions are related to Process.  They are designed as a culminating activity for you to analyze the process used to develop the school improvement plan.

 


Evidence of Collaborative Process – Narrative response required

What evidence do we have that shows that a collaborative process was used throughout the entire planning process?

Collaboration was achieved with regard to the school improvement plan for Stone Memorial High School through regularly scheduled meetings among the Administration, SIP Chair, and Co-Chairs.  Each component chair reviewed the template and all information involved in the component in their charge. He/She then shared the information with the component members.  The information was then discussed and adjustments were made, as needed.  All stakeholders, through e-mail and hard copies, reviewed all components for input, and necessary changes were made.  The school’s administrators supported the total process by providing unlimited access to records and information throughout the school.  Pertinent data and information from testing data and the initial school improvement plan were used and incorporated into the new plan.  Records that include the time, date, and members of each component are available as documentation to show the progression in planning for the total project.

All component members, including parents, students, and community stakeholders, were provided with a copy of the proposed school improvement plan from which to work.  Responses and feedback were solicited from component members in order to complete the SIP for Stone Memorial High School.  As this process was completed, each component was given a deadline to review the total document and make recommendations for improvement. 

The school improvement process began in the previous school year with the initial beginnings of an independent school improvement plan for Stone Memorial High School.  This was due to our “Spawn” status caused when Stone Memorial High School was opened 2 years ago as a split from Cumberland County High School.  We have operated as a SACS/CASI school for the previous 2 years under the school improvement plan of our sister school until our approved date for independence was reached.  All data contained in this school improvement plan is solely that of Stone Memorial High School and is a reflection of only our students’ abilities and achievements.

 

Evidence of Alignment of Data and Goals – Narrative response required

What evidence do we have that proves alignment between our data and our goals?

All goals set forth in this school improvement plan are data driven.  The graduation rate for Stone Memorial High School is below the 90% set by the state.  We are improving in this area; however, because it is below the goal set by the state, we are listed as a Target School.  We will strive to improve our graduation rate by the set goal of 3% each year to reach the NCLB and State of Tennessee graduation rate goal.

The electronic survey taken by all stakeholders of Stone Memorial High School indicated a weakness in the area of communication.  Specific tools have been put in place to eliminate this problem and other communication tools are in the planning stages of implementation.  Our goal is to ensure all stakeholders feel informed and a welcome member of Stone Memorial High School.

 

Evidence of Communication with All Stakeholders – Narrative response required

What evidence do we have of our communication of the TSIPP to all stakeholders?

  1. A copy of the school improvement plan is being placed on the school’s web site.  This will allow for access by all interested stakeholders.
  2. Copies of the school improvement plan are made available in easily accessible locations during Open House Nights, Parent/Teacher Conference Nights, and other events held to allow public access to our facility and it’s information.
  3. A copy of the school improvement plan was e-mailed to all members of the Stone Memorial High School Staff and a hard copy was put on file at the school district’s office.
  4. A copy of the school improvement plan was printed and given to the Stone Memorial High School PTSO to keep with their records and allow parent ready access.
  5. Faculty, staff, administrators, students, parents and community stakeholders were randomly surveyed on topics dealing with communication, educational offerings, opportunities for community involvement, and the educational effectiveness of course offerings at Stone Memorial High School.  The results of the survey are stored in the administrative offices of the school to allow for access by all interested stakeholders.

 

Evidence of Alignment of Beliefs, Shared Vision, and Mission with Goals – Narrative response required

What evidence do we have that shows our beliefs, shared vision and mission in Component 2 align with our goals in Component 4?

The vision, mission, and beliefs of Stone Memorial High School reflect the high level of commitment all faculty, staff and community stakeholders possess with regard to helping our students achieve their goals and become productive members of a global society.  All components fit together within the school improvement plan and reflect the motto of Stone Memorial High School that:  “Where Today’s Success Meets Tomorrow’s Dreams.” 

The aim at Stone Memorial High School is for all students to reach their full potential by graduating on time and scoring proficient or advanced on all required exams.  Our students, staff, administration, and parents will work to raise the graduation rate and meet the AYP guidelines of NCLB.  We will hold regular meetings with all involved parties to identify those students who are at risk and host meetings with students, parents, and teachers to focus on individual student needs. 

 

Evidence of Alignment of Action Steps with Curriculum, Instruction, Assessment and Organization – Narrative response required

What evidence do we have that shows our action steps in Component 4 align with our analyses of the areas of curriculum, instruction, assessment and organization in Component 3?

Each action step directly reflects and relates to the areas of curriculum, instruction, assessment, and organization.  Input with time for reflection was sought from staff to do the analyses of these areas in Component 3.  Using data and all components of the school improvement plan, our goals and action steps were written to make necessary student achievement progress at Stone Memorial High School this year and to meet all NCLB benchmarks.

In order to continue to improve standardized test scores and AYP scores, we will offer more tutoring and credit recovery courses to at-risk students.  Teachers will utilize skills gained through professional development to incorporate teaching strategies into their curriculum that encourage all students to achieve their best possible work ethic in order to graduate on time with proficient or advanced test scores.  Furthermore, Freshman Academy will continue to play a large role by supporting at-risk students through tutoring and early intervention.  At the same time, we encourage all students to take more challenging courses to further their English, math, and science skills.  Staff development days will address best practices, vocabulary development, test data, assessments, and strategies that will work with all subgroups and other topics as presented by the administration and faculty throughout the year.

 

Suggestions for the Process – Narrative response required

What suggestions do we have for improving our planning process?

  1. Starting the process earlier would enhance the collaboration effort among all stakeholders.
  2. Having access to current report card data earlier would reduce confusion in identifying appropriate goals
  3. There needs to be more specific ways to give ownership of the plan to all stakeholders. 
  4. The time frame to develop the plan is insufficient to prepare a document of this magnitude.  More time is needed to achieve all that is asked for within this lengthy document.

 

 

 

 

 

 


TEMPLATE 5.2: Implementation Evaluation

The following summary questions are related to TSIPP Implementation.  They are designed as a culminating activity for you to plan the monitoring process that will ensure that the action steps from Component 4 are implemented.

TEMPLATE 5.2: Implementation Evaluation

(Rubric Indicator 5.2)


Evidence of Implementation – Narrative response required

What is our plan to begin implementation of the action steps?

The action steps have already been implemented.  Tutoring, credit recovery, and Freshmen Academy have been in place from the beginning of the school year.  Each person responsible for actions will be accountable to see that they are started, monitored and completed in the allotted amount of time.  Stone Memorial High School uses a wide variety of assessment instruments to implement action steps and reach goals.  Many of these occur daily in the courses offered to our students.  Department meetings will be used to help keep track of the progress being made and further action required to achieve the goals as outlined in the action steps. 

 

Evidence of the Use of Data – Narrative response required

What is the plan for the use of data?

Data will be collected as needed throughout the year in order to ascertain the effectiveness of steps implemented to help students’ achievement improve.  It will be monitored by designated individuals as outlined in Component 4 and then will be shared with all stakeholders.  All decisions made will be data driven and will focus on the students and raising student achievement.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TEMPLATE 5.3: Monitoring and Adjusting Evaluation

The following summary questions are related to TSIPP Monitoring and Adjusting.  They are designed as a culminating activity for the school to plan the monitoring process that will ensure that the school improvement plan leads to effectively supporting and building capacity for improved student achievement for all students.

TEMPLATE 5.3: Monitoring and Adjusting Evaluation

 (Rubric Indicator 5.3)


Evidence of Monitoring Dates – Narrative response required

What are the calendar dates (Nov/Dec and May/June) when the School Leadership Team will meet to sustain the Tennessee School Improvement Planning Process?  Identify the person(s) responsible for monitoring and the role they will play in the monitoring process.

Due to an abnormally late start date for the 2008-2009 school year, our first assessment meeting will not occur until February 13, 2009.  Our last meeting will be scheduled for May 22, 2009.  Other called meetings will be arranged as needed.  The administration and school leadership team will monitor the implementation of the school improvement plan and make any necessary adjustments to insure success by all students.

Dr. Brooker, principal, with the assistance of the assistant principals, the school improvement chair and co-chairs will be responsible to consistently monitor all school improvement plan progress.  Their roles are to provide oversight and direction.  The school leadership team for SACS/CASI/SIP will meet regularly with the administration to monitor the plan and assess the progress achieved.  After each evaluation, necessary adjustments will be made, if they are so needed.  Staff development days and faculty meetings will be used to review progress, update data, and make any needed changes.

 

Evidence of a Process for Monitoring Plan – Narrative response required

What will be the process that the School Leadership Team will use to review the analysis of the data from the assessments and determine if adjustments need to be made in our plan?

A comprehensive comparison of goals to actual achievements will be reviewed at the time of each meeting to identify any adjustments necessary for goal achievement.  Adjustments will be made when identified based on student performance data.  The school leadership team will meet and discuss any changes to be made before it is sent to the staff for their input.  It will be the responsibility of the principal to see that all stakeholders are surveyed to gather the information necessary to provide needed feedback.  Success, or the lack there of, will be addressed at faculty meetings to allow adequate time for suggestions with regard to how best to adjust the plan.  This will insure implementation and progression toward the achievement of the goals as described in the school improvement plan.
 

 

 

 

Evidence of a Process for Adjusting Plan – Narrative response required

What will be the process that the School Leadership Team will use for adjusting our plan (person(s) responsible, timeline, actions steps, resources, evaluation strategies) when needed?

The administration, school improvement chair and co-chairs, along with the leadership team and school counselors will be responsible to meet throughout the school year to review progress and make necessary adjustments.  The component chairs will also meet with their individual components to monitor progress, and formulate a plan to adjust the school improvement plan as necessary to ensure success by all students.  Documentation will be kept showing what changes were made throughout the year.  A review of all test data, including End-of-Course exams, Gateway tests, ACTS and TCAP Writing Assessment, will be assessed for their achievement toward NCLB benchmarks.  Course enrollment, honor rolls, graduates, dropouts, discipline occurrences, and referral records will also be reviewed.  This will allow for further adjustments to the school improvement plan, if necessary.  Stone Memorial High School is committed to providing a quality education that will have a profound impact on the future of every student we serve.

 

Evidence of a Plan for Communicating to All Stakeholders – Narrative response required

How will the School Leadership Team communicate success/adjustments of the plan to stakeholders and solicit ongoing input from stakeholders?

Successes and adjustments to the school improvement plan will be posted on the school web site. for all stakeholders interested in Stone Memorial High School.  Furthermore, an e-mail will be sent to all staff.  Each stakeholder will be encouraged to return input, if necessary.  Parents will be encouraged to speak to teachers and administrators to give feedback.  Successes and lack of progress of action steps will be placed on the agenda of faculty meetings in order to allow everyone the opportunity to get the information needed for future adjustments.  It will be the responsibility of the principal to see that all stakeholders are informed to ensure all interested parties may give feedback.