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School Improvement

School Improvement supports districts and schools in addressing three aspects of continuous improvement:
  • A Mindset -- A way of thinking, resulting in decisions being made with student achievement in mind.
  • A Process -- Implementation of instructional strategies with fidelity and consistency over time.
  • A Product -- The plan that guides the teaching for learning process on a daily basis.

School Improvement Resources


Needs Assessment

Value-added Our School Data Reports
CNA Trend Data - School
i-Ready Performance Trend by Subgroup - School
MAP Performance Trend by Subgroup - School


Guidance on Goals

  • NEW for 2018-19!!  School Improvement Plans are required to address Career and College Readiness activities within each grade span.  These can be written at the goal level, or as strategies and activities within content goals.
  • Schools are encouraged to write 3-5 goals. 
  • Schools are required to write a goal in any content area for which they do not meet the individual school and district proficiency targets. Title I schools must address any content area that is identified in the comprehensive needs assessment.
  • Academic goals are defined as those that address student achievement in content areas.
  • Goals are based on the individual school and district proficiency targets, not the statewide Annual Measurable Objectives (AMOs) used in prior years.
  • Schools may also create organizational goals. Organizational goals for schools are non-academic goals defined to address school system practices, processes, and procedures. They may focus on structures and initiatives that support the attainment of academic goals. Examples include, but are not limited to, goals that involve the following: culture/climate, student behavior/character education, parent/community involvement, and partnerships.


Program Evaluation

Completing the Program Evaluation Tool
Program Evaluation Exemplar - Mathemathics



Single Building District Improvement Resources

State and Federal Programs Resources



Evidence-Based Interventions

What Works ClearinghouseA central source of scientific evidence for what works in education.  (Institute of Education Sciences)  


Standards Alignment Provides reports that help evaluate educational materials. High quality content matters to teachers, to kids, and to our collective future.


Selection and Alignment Tools



Our School Data (Local Data Warehouse)

Helping educators to analyze data to improve instruction and measure progress toward student achievement goals. The data warehouse contains all Michigan State assessments and data for over eighty districts across seven ISDs/RESAs.

Kent ISD has developed a data warehouse for the purpose of improving student achievement.

Data warehousing is a valuable, proven approach to providing educators at all levels of an organization with the information needed to make high impact decisions. Kent ISD has built and is operating a data warehouse that contains data from student management systems, Michigan assessment systems such as M-STEP, MME, WIDA and MI-Access, business data systems and others. Users access our secure portal via the internet to run reports and queries.

Data warehousing breaks data barriers and consolidates information from various systems. Over eighty districts across seven counties are now utilizing the data warehouse to analyze data to improve classroom instruction, measure progress toward school improvement goals and assist with reporting requirements.

Partner ISDs/RESAs include:
  • Ionia ISD
  • Kent ISD
  • Muskegon ISD
  • Montcalm ISD
  • Newaygo County RESA
  • Ottawa ISD
Support all State Assessments (M-STEP, MME, WIDA, MI-Access):
  • Approximately 20 additional data sets including: College Board (PSAT,SAT), MAP, SRI,  STAR, iReady, WorkKeys, SWIS, SRSS, Local District Assesssment; with more in development

  • Cross Platform Support (Mac and PC)

Approximately 290 available reports:
  • Classroom, School and District level reporting
  • Reports designed in partnership with local administrators and teachers
  • Reports designed to support Accountability requirements (SDA, Annual Ed Report)
  • Reports developed in-house by ISD staff based on local district ideas and needs
  • Experience working with multiple Student Management Systems: PowerSchool, Skyward, Infinite Campus, and Synergy.
To access OurSchoolData:

MI School Data (Michigan's Education Data Portal)

MISchool Data is a statewide PK-20 educational portal of school performance in Michigan. There are two sides to MISchool Data, a public facing portal and an educator password protected portal. 

Useful Data:

MISchool Data provides at-a-glance dashboards and reports on student testing, graduation and dropout rates, K-12 and college enrollments, staffing, finance, facilities data, and more.

Something for Everyone:

Parents, educators, policy makers- MISchool Data has valuable information for every citizen.

Access: MISchool Data.
Request a Password

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