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.
Student Investment Account/Student Success Act
The Student Investment Account is a non-competitive grant program which, when fully implemented, represents an investment of close to $500 million going directly to Oregon school districts and eligible charter schools.
School and District Improvement
Continuous improvement whether at the school or district level, is an ongoing, systemic, cyclical process. In this cycle, the results of previous efforts are examined in order to determine where to focus new efforts.
The Every Student Succeeds Act requires states to develop accountability models that meaningfully differentiate schools for supports. As part of Oregon’s commitment to strengthening school district systems, ODE will partner with school districts to better support schools in need of targeted or comprehensive supports.
Initial Guidance and Toolkit on Community Engagement Released
Designed with district leaders across Oregon’s 197 school districts in mind, ODE is providing this initial guidance and a toolkit to support the process by which students, staff, and families of particularly underserved or marginalized groups should be meaningfully and authentically engaged by districts to inform their needs assessment processes and their strategic planning efforts as required by the Student Success Act (House Bill 3427).
Continuous Improvement ListServ!
The continuous improvement process provides a powerful mechanism for promoting shifts in educator behaviors that will lead to improved learning for students.
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Tools for Schools and Districts