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​School Improvement is a continuous, collaborative process through which staff/ stakeholders identify strengths and weaknesses of the entire school program and use the information as a basis for making deliberate, positive, cohesive, and observable changes in measurable student outcomes.



 Identify local needs

  Identify local needs

  • Identify a school leadership team
  • Build a stakeholder advisory group
  • Conduct a school level needs assessment
  • Conduct a root cause analysis
  • Present results to the stakeholder advisory group

Supporting Documents

  • Illinois Quality Framework (Rest of State)PDF Document - The school improvement process begins with a needs assessment. Schools outside of Chicago Public Schools use the Illinois Quality Frameworks to support collaborative inquiry into strengths and areas of growth.
  • Illinois Quality Framework Supporting Rubric (IQFSR) PDF Document- Schools outside of Chicago Public Schools use this rubric to examine evidence and self-assess strengths and area of growth to inform the school improvement plan. 
  • School Excellence Framework (Chicago Public Schools) PDF Document - Schools in Chicago Public Schools use the School Excellence Framework to self-evaluate strengths and area of growth to inform the school improvement plan.
  • Stakeholder Advisory Group​PDF Document - A Stakeholder Advisory Group (SAG) is a requirement of ESSA for schools in improvement status. This resource provides guidance for forming a SAG and explains the role filled by the SAG.

 Plan for school improvement

  Plan for school improvement

  • Develop a school improvement plan with the following elements:
    • SMART goals
    • Key activities, milestones, timelines, funding sources, and people responsible for implementation
    • Local assessment(s) to measure academic progress
    • Monitoring plan that includes all SMART goals

Supporting Documents​

 Select relevant evidence-based practices and interventions

  Select relevant evidence-based practices and interventions

 Implement and monitor

  Implement and monitor​

  • Communicate the school improvement plan to all stakeholders
  • Implement the school improvement plan
  • Monitor implementation and progress toward SMART Goals
Supporting Documents

 Examine, reflect and adjust course

  Examine, reflect and adjust course

  • Analyze and update the following elements within the school improvement plan:
    • SMART Goals
    • Key activities, milestones, timelines,funding sources, and people responsible for implementation
    • Local assessment(s) to measure academic progress
    • Monitoring plan that includes all SMART goals​

Supporting Documents

 School Improvement Grant Application & Budget Guidance

FY 2023

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