Practice Activity: Leading the School Improvement Process
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Identify the key processes

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Before principals can effectively lead he school improvement process, they must understand the key processes and strategies for hitting an instructional target. The "How to Hit a Target" questions below identify these key instructional processes.

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How to Hit a Target

  1. Understanding the Target
    • Do all staff understand what students are asked to know and do on the state assessments?
    • Do all staff understand how student performance is scored on the state assessments and what a satisfactory and excellent student response looks like?
       
  2. Teaching the Indicators
    • Do all staff know the goals, expectations, and indicators they are responsible for teaching?
    • Do all staff teach them?
    • Do all staff review them?
       
  3. Assessing the Indicators
    • Do all staff know how to assess the content standards and performance outcomes?
    • How are they being assessed in your program?
    • What do the results indicate?
       
  4. Monitoring Individual Student Progress
    • Are all staff monitoring progress of individual students on these performance outcomes?
    • How do they use the data to inform instruction?
    • How do they share the results?
       
  5. Intervening with students not succeeding
    • Do all staff provide interventions for students not demonstrating attainment of an outcome?
    • What are your most common interventions for students not achieving?
    • How successful are the interventions?
    • What percentage of your students need interventions?
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