School Improvement Plans
Each school in Grand Erie District School Board is mandated to have a School Improvement Plan. This plan is a road map that sets out the changes a school needs to make to improve the level of student achievement, and shows how and when these changes will be made.
School Improvement Plans are selective: they help principals, teachers, and parents answer the questions “What will we focus on now?” and “What will we leave until later?”
The School Improvement Plan is guided by the three areas of emphasis in the Board’s Multi-Year Plan: Achievement, Environment and Engagement. The plan encourage staff and parents to monitor student achievement levels as well as other factors, such as the school environment or other areas of engagement, which are known to influence student success. With up-to-date and reliable information about how well students are performing, schools are better able to respond to the needs of students, teachers, and parents.
A School Improvement Plan is also a mechanism through which the public can hold schools accountable for student success and through which it can measure improvement. One of the first steps in developing an improvement plan involves teachers, school councils, parents, and other community members working together to gather and analyze information about the school and its students, so that they can determine what needs to be improved in their school.
As the plan is implemented, schools continue to gather this kind of data. By comparing the new data to the initial information on which the plan was based, they—and the public—can measure the success of their improvement strategies. Real change takes time. It is important that all partners – including members of School Council – understand this as they enter into the school improvement planning process.