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2010 - School Improvement Plan/Learning Improvement Teams



We believe that excellent education occurs in schools where staff, students, and parents share a desire for academic excellence, where students demonstrate competency and achievement, and where there is a strong degree of caring and concern for individual students. As a result of this commitment to excellence in education for all students, the district accepts the challenge of improving school effectiveness and raising student achievement. As part of that challenge, the district will develop and implement a plan for educational improvement in each of our schools.

School Improvement Plan

The goal of the school improvement plan is to improve student achievement. The plans will be based upon research on school improvement and data regarding the effectiveness of the school’s instructional program. The schools will strive to develop and implement programs that provide students with those skills, knowledge, and attitudes that are fundamental to present and future learning and help the student to:

. . . meet the Washington State student learning goals.
. . . solve problems and think more productively.
. . . relate with other people effectively.
. . . attain and maintain physical and mental fitness.
. . . understand and appreciate other people.
. . . develop aesthetic awareness through participation in creative processes.
. . . become prepared for the world of work.
. . . adapt to technological change and its impact on his/her present and future life.
. . . use free time in a self satisfying manner.
. . . understand how beliefs and values guide one’s actions.

The district is further committed to providing an equal opportunity for every student to receive an education which will enable each to fulfill his/her optimum role in society, commensurate with individual ability, in compliance with legal requirements, and reflecting the desires of the people.

The instructional programs, methods, and resources shall meet the needs of each individual student, regardless of race, color, sex, or level of ability. The district recognizes that equal opportunity education does not imply uniformity and that each student’s unique characteristics must be acknowledged.

The instructional programs, methods, and materials shall not imply, teach, or encourage any beliefs or practices reflecting bias or discrimination toward other individuals or groups and shall not deny others their basic human rights.

School Improvement Team

The school improvement plans will be developed by the school improvement teams which may be composed of the principal, school building personnel, parents, and community members. The school improvement effort may best be achieved through the process of school-based decision making with the school improvement team. The decision making is a collaborative, shared process predicated on school improvement and success for all students.

School Improvement Team’s Responsibility

The school improvement teams will develop school improvement plans consistent with the district’s improvement plan and shall contribute to achieving district goals. The school teams shall operate within the district’s policies, budget parameters, and the requirements of contract which are binding upon the district and all other legal constraints. The building principal has the responsibility to establish the guidelines for the school improvement teams.

School Improvement Plan Approval

The school improvement plan is to be approved by the superintendent. The school improvement team will meet to review progress toward the school’s goals, to develop action plans and strategies which might contribute to the school improvement goal, and annually evaluate and report to the board on the progress of the school improvement plan.

Legal Reference:



Basic Education Act - Goals


Educational improvements and research - Center for the improvement of student learning - Clearinghouse for commission on student learning and for information regarding education restructuring and parental involvement programs.


Academic Achievement and Accountability


Funding-Grants to improve readiness to learn. Waivers for restructuring purposes



392-140-800 through 836

Local Enhancement Funds


First Reading: March 19, 2002

Adopted by the Board: July 16, 2002

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