Data Analysis and School Improvement Planning
As per W.S. 21-2-204(h)(v) and (vi), all schools that are partially meeting and not meeting expectations use an improvement process that evaluates data, and these data are used to identify goals, design interventions and strategies, monitor progress toward goals, align resources, and evaluate success toward meeting the goals.
A provision of Wyoming statute W.S. 21-2-204(h)(vii) is representative assistance with improvement planning, leader evaluation, resource allocation, and implementation of the district assessment system. Chapter 6 rules Sec.5 (b)(iii) defines the representative as the district superintendent or his/her designee.
School Improvement Planning Process
The WDE worked with ED Direction in the 2021-22 school year to develop a Wyoming-specific process for district representatives to use as they provide assistance to school leadership teams with school improvement planning. During the 2022-23 school year, implementation of this process was required for all schools Not Meeting Expectations or Partially Meeting Expectations. This approach should increase district representative capacity related to school improvement planning and plan implementation, positively impact school performance, and ensure that the requirements of state and federal statute related to school improvement are met.
Districts who want additional support (e.g., needs analysis, instructional coaching) for specific schools may contract with an external provider of their choice or contact WDE Statewide System of Support.
School Improvement Plans
Schools identified as Not Meeting Expectations or Partially Meeting through the Wyoming Accountability in Education Act or Comprehensive or Targeted Support and Improvement through the Every Student Succeeds Act must complete an improvement plan. These plans are posted on the district or school web page. Districts annually provide a link to their school improvement plans through the November 1 accreditation evidence. The school improvement plan template WDE School Improvement Plan Template Working is required for submission for identified schools.
School Improvement Planning Resources:
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