11-20-2012 Organization of the Board with Oath and Regular School Board Meeting
Agenda Item #54


Title
Approve School Improvement Plans for 2012-2013

Discussion

The School Improvement Plans (SIPs) are being submitted for approval from 88 schools including the alternative school sites.  Each public school in Florida is required to complete and submit a School Improvement Plan annually under Florida Statute [1001.42 (18) (a)].

A school’s DA Status determines which SIP template it will use. The Florida Department of Education changed the process for determining the Differentiated Accountability status of public schools and DA status is now based solely on each school’s grade. This change had a direct impact on the number of schools required to use the Department of Education (DOE) template.   For the 2012-13 school year, Brevard only has one school required to use the DOE School Improvement template.  All other Brevard schools completed the state approved district template.

The process for completing SIPs includes conducting needs assessments based on data available from the previous three years.  This year, in order to better align SIPs with the new evaluation process, each School Improvement Plan continues to include “Data Analysis from Multiple Sources,” “Analysis of Current Practice,” and “Best Practice.”  Each school identifies a School Based Objective with a laser focus on research-based, instructional practice(s) that will be most effective to improve student achievement.  This year’s template now includes an Evaluation-Outcome Measures and Reflection section to more closely tie the SIP to the Instructional Performance Appraisal System.  The “Qualitative and Quantitative Professional Practice Outcomes” should clearly outline what schools will use to measure the implementation of professional practice of teachers and staff.  The “Qualitative and Quantitative Student Achievement Expectations” should clearly define what will be used to measure student achievement.  Each school may use the Appendix of the template for more targeted and specific goals if there are areas of concern not covered by the School Based Objective.

Schools on the attached list are being submitted for approval.

The plans will serve as the primary communication tool with parents, faculty and community regarding the school academic focus for the 2012-13 school year.  The document will also be reviewed and approved by each School Advisory Council.

Florida Statute 1001.42 (18) (a) states that the school board will annually approve new, amended, or continued School Improvement Plans.  Each school may receive additional funding based on the current FTE enrollment.  The funds are to be used in the implementation of the identified strategies of the School Improvement Plan.  To date, these funds have not been allocated by the DOE for the 2012-13 school year due to budgetary concerns.

A copy of the School Improvement Plan for each school and alternative school sites is available in the Office of School Improvement, in the Office of Testing, Accountability, and Evaluation.  SIPs are also available on-line on each school’s website and on the District website at:  http://accountabilityandtesting.brevardschools.org/SIP1213/default.aspx

 



Recommendation
Approve School Improvement Plans for 88 schools including the alternative school sites and virtual.

Meeting Date(s)
Information - 11/20/2012
Consent after Information12/11/2012

Authority for Action
1001.42(18)(a) Florida Statute: 1008.345

Involves Expenditure of Funds Directly in the Classroom
No

Source of Funding
Agenda Item will not Require the Expenditure of Funds

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Contact

Cyndi Van Meter, Associate Superintendent, ext. 300

Dr. Karen Schafer, Director, ext. 370

Vickie Hickey, School Improvement Resource Teacher, ext. 328




Attachment:  Chart.SAC Membership Vickie 2012 2013.pdf