Morgan County Schools
Bylaws & Policies
 

2120 - COUNTY AND SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT

The Board of Education supports the concept of county and school improvement as established by the West Virginia State Board of Education and will seek to create and/or maintain effective schools as defined by State Code and West Virginia State Board policies.

The Board shall create, as needed, policies that support the School Improvement Process.

COUNTY IMPROVEMENT

 

A.

The Board shall develop a five (5) year electronic county strategic improvement plan and revise, pursuant to 18-2E-5, Code of West Virginia and applicable West Virginia State Board policy, the plan on an annual basis.

   
 

The Electronic County Strategic Plan must procedures and activities to strengthen the County education program in order to increase student achievement and positively impact student outcomes. The plan addresses the following elements:

   
 

1.

core beliefs and mission;

     
 

2.

improvement goals;

     
 

3.

a plan that includes action steps and professional development;

     
 

4.

a system for monitoring and supporting the implementation and effectiveness of the plan; and

     
 

5.

an evaluation process.

   
 

B.

The Board shall have a County School System Leadership Team that is responsible for supporting the continuous improvement of all county schools and for identifying targeted support and assistance to the schools falling below acceptable performance. The County School System Leadership Team members are appointed by the Superintendent, comprised of school and District staff and may include such individuals as distinguished teachers, distinguished principals, special education professionals, Title I professionals, West Virginia Department of Education professionals, RESA professionals, curriculum and instruction professionals, technology integration specialist and/or data analysis professionals.

   
 

The County School System Leadership Team shall have the following responsibilities:

   
 

1.

review all facets of the District and schools’ operations, including 1) comprehensive analysis of student performance data, 2) evaluation of school and classroom learning conditions as defined in West Virginia State Board of Education policy 2320 and West Virginia State Board of Education policy 2322, and 3) school and District operational management efficiency;

   
 

2.

make recommendations for District-wide improvement priorities and school-specific support and targeted assistance, including assistance for schools falling below acceptable standards of performance, and improving student performance;

     
 

3.

collaboratively develop the Five-Year School System Strategic Plan;

   
 

4.

continuously monitor the implementation of the Five-Year School System Strategic plan; and

   
 

5.

make additional recommendations concerning assistance needed by the individual school or areas considered as District priorities.

SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT

 

A.

Every school shall develop and implement its five (5) year Electronic School Strategic Plan and annually submit to the West Virginia Office of Education Performance Audits a checklist indicating compliance with the high quality standards and performance measures and specific plans to meet standards and performance measures not met.

   
 

The Plan outlines strategies and processes the school will implement to improve student performance and address student needs. The Plan adheres to the following criteria:

   
 

1.

Prepare through a collaborative process by a school leadership team facilitated by the principal. The leadership team includes members who have the expertise to examine school-wide and classroom practices, analyze student performance data, and determine effective improvement strategies. The team incorporates information from various stakeholders and other school committees and teams and may include representatives from the LSIC, the curriculum team, the technology team, professional learning communities, and parent/community organizations;

   
 

2.

Addresses at a minimum those areas in the West Virginia Department of Education on-line strategic plan: 1) core beliefs and mission, 2) improvement goals, 3) a work plan that includes action steps and professional development 4) a system for monitoring and supporting the implementation and effectiveness of activities and 5) an evaluation process. The Plan may include additional areas as established by the local board of education;

   
 

3.

Predicated on the establishment of high expectations for performance of all students and staff in the school

   
 

4.

Aligned with Five-Year the Electronic County Strategic Plan

     
 

5.

Revised annually as indicated by changes in student performance data and/or other information such as monitoring reports, accreditation results, or changes in school conditions; and

   
 

6.

Presented to the County Board of Education as part of the annual meeting between the LSIC and the County Board of Education.

   
 

B.

The School Leadership Team shall have the following responsibilities:

   
 

1.

analyze student performance data appropriate to the programmatic level of the school to determine trends and priorities for improvement. This data may include local, state and national summative and formative achievement data including growth data, attendance data, student grades, early warning indicators, graduation rates, wellness information, discipline trends, postsecondary enrollment and preparation data, vocational/technical data, and dropout rates;

   
 

2.

review all facets of the school’s operation, including school and classroom learning conditions and operational/management efficiencies. This includes those areas specified in West Virginia State Board of Education policy 2322 and West Virginia State Board of Education policy 2320 which determine a school’s accreditation status: school climate and culture, school leadership practices, student support systems, family and community connections, continuous improvement processes, educator growth and development, standards-based curriculum, standards-based assessment practices, student-center customized learning, developmentally appropriate, engaging and meaningful instruction, safe and productive classroom environment, school facilities, personnel, safety, technology, information system, finance, transportation and other administrative practices;

     
 

3.

review agency monitoring reports relevant to school improvement priorities such as OEPA review information, Title I monitoring results, special education monitoring results, technology integration issues, and any other reports the improvement team finds helpful to inform deliberation and decision-making;

     
 

4.

use self-study rubrics, surveys, opinionnaires, focus groups and other tools and processes, as appropriate, to determine priorities for improvement;

     
 

5.

determine, through reflection and self-study, the root causes of deficits in student performance and make recommendations for improvement;

     
 

6.

collaborate with parents, school staff, county, and the County School System Leadership Team in the identification of school improvement goals, school improvement plan development, plan implementation, and continuous plan monitoring;

     
 

7.

make additional recommendations to the County School System Leadership Team concerning additional assistance that is needed by the school or the School Support Team as the school implements the plan; and

     
 

8.

collaborate with outside entities such as RESAs, CPD, IHEs and other groups that can build capacity to address student learning needs.

     
 

C.

Schools will be selected to receive technical assistance based upon their status with regard to the performance measures and high quality standards set forth in West Virginia State Board of Education policy 2320 and West Virginia State Board of Education policy 2322.

COUNTY AND SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT

 

A.

The Superintendent, Board President and each school’s principal shall sign a statement verifying that the information submitted in the County and the electronic school strategic improvement plan and checklist is accurate in accordance with W. Va. Code 18-2E-6. Willfully or knowingly falsifying information contained in the annual school checklist shall result in the administrative leader’s certificate being revoked.

     
 

B.

At the direction of the West Virginia State Board of Education upon its determination that the performance and progress of the school or school system are persistently below standard or other circumstances warrant an on-site review, on-site review teams will assess the county's or a school's compliance and progress with the high quality standards and performance measures. (WV Code 18-2E-5) The teams will review effectiveness of the Electronic County Strategic Improvement Plan and the Electronic Strategic School Improvement Plans. Compliance with the annual check list provided by the schools will also be determined. The on-site reviews may or may not be announced but, will be conducted in a manner intended to permit accurate assessment.

West Virginia State Board of Education policy 2320
West Virginia State Board of Education policy 2322
West Virginia State Board of Education policy 2510
18-5A-5, 18-2E-5, 18-2E-6, Code of West Virginia
Goals 2000 – Educate America Act

Revised 12/9/14

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