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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.

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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.

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.

ORIS Oregon Integrated Systems Framework

Tools for Schools and Districts

Improvement Framework

Needs Assessment

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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