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Continuous Improvement Process and Planning

Continuous Improvement Cycle. Set the direction/vision. Assess needs. Create strategic plan. Implement strategic plan. Monitor work, adjust, and feedback loops.

What is the Continuous Improvement Process?

Schools and districts in Oregon are called upon to engage in continuous improvement work to improve outcomes for students. A continuous improvement process is the process by which districts and schools:

  • Determine what is working and what needs to change;
  • Establish a process to engage stakeholders to effect change;
  • Leverage effective practices to implement a plan;
  • Use data to monitor and make timely adjustments to improve outcomes.

The continuous improvement process results in the development of an ambitious, priority-driven action plan where routine collaboration and decision-making among district leaders is reflected throughout implementation.

District Continuous Improvement Process Workshops

This Fall, the District and School Effectiveness team at the Oregon Department of Education, in partnership with multiple ESDs, will be providing regional workshops throughout the state focused on The District Continuous Improvement Process.  The purpose of these workshops is to support districts in the development and submission of their required district continuous improvement plan. Dates and locations of the workshops can be found here. These day-long sessions will be divided into two parts:

The morning session will be differentiated to the needs of participants and aligned to four components of the process:

  1. Engaging in a needs assessment process that incorporates input from a variety of stakeholders, specifically educators, historically underserved and marginalized students and their families and caregivers.
  2. Developing goals and implementation plans to address improvement areas elevated in the needs assessment process.
  3. The development of specific strategies that emphasize adult behavior data and leading indicators of change.
  4. Development and implementation of routines to support effective implementation of articulated strategies.
The afternoon session will provide participants the opportunity to receive individualized support from ODE staff in developing plans.

ODE recognizes that districts across the state are in different places in this work and we are committed to providing differentiated support to ensure quality plans are developed and implemented. Districts are encouraged to attend these workshops in teams and should bring or have access to a copy of their current continuous improvement plan, regardless of whether it is fully completed.

Please take time to register for one of the workshops, and to carefully identify where your district is in the process to assist in tailoring the session to provide the most benefit to participants.

Questions can be directed to the District and School Effectiveness team.

School-Level Overview

This video is an overview of the Oregon Integrated Systems (ORIS) Framework school-level needs assessment tool. School teams will gain an overview of its content and learn how to self-administer the assessment. The transcript for this video is also available. Additional information on continuous improvement in Oregon and the needs assessment tools can be found on this page.

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ORIS Oregon Integrated Systems Framework

Tools for Schools and Districts

Improvement Framework

Needs Assessment Resources and Tools

Partnerships for Continuous Improvement

  • This PowerPoint was part of a series of ESD presentations in which Oregon’s renewed Support Model for Accountability was shared and the supports and funding details for districts with schools eligible for support under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) were described.
  • NEW! Roadmap for Engagement - Use these ten strategies as a starting point for approaching stakeholder engagement in a way that seeks out a broad range of perspectives. Think about how the strategies can assist district leaders in their efforts to assess their current engagement approach and how you might help them find opportunities to expand on existing efforts.

Click here to access the CIP Submission Form.


Please contact Tim Boyd, Director of District and School Effectiveness, with questions or for more information.

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