SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT PLAN and RESOURCES
Submission of a School Improvement Plan (SIP) is required by federal and state regulations for schools that are in academic status. The plan must cover two fiscal years (e.g. FY 2010 to FY 2012) and must be revised every two years while the school remains in status.
A School Improvement Plan is optional for schools that are not in academic status.
This document addresses questions that relate to the federal and state improvement plan requirements and provides web links to related resources and technical assistance.
The School Improvement Plan Guide includes instructions for completing the School Improvement Plan (SIP) template at the Illinois Interactive Report Card site (http://iirc.niu.edu), provides guidance for plan developers and peer reviewers, and includes monitoring prompts that ISBE will use in reviewing the plan. The template and this accompanying guide are to be used together to ensure that users include all requirements of federal and state law for revised school improvement plans. "Monitoring Prompts" appear in italics in this guide. Plan developers will find these questions and the School Improvement Plan Monitoring Prompt useful in plan development, revision, and peer review.
This checklist is used by the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) for SIP monitoring in compliance with NCLB, Section 1116, and state law. It addresses the requirements for SIPs in Illinois e-Plans as described in the School Improvement Plan Guide. ISBE staff comments are intended to provide feedback on the plan to ensure that all groups will make Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP).
Single school districts are to complete the single school district improvement plan (SSDIP) on the IIRC. The District Improvement Plan Guide and School Improvement Plan Guide are to be used to develop the plan. Sections III and IV of the single school district improvement plan (SSDIP) align with the School Improvement Plan requirements.
This tool provides assistance to school representatives with the development and refinement of the plan. Once the local board approves the school plan, the contents can be "cut and pasted" into the school's IIRC e-Plan.
View the district and school improvement status charts.
ISBE requires that all plans be submitted via “e-Plans” on the Illinois Interactive Report Card site. This process streamlines and provides an interactive site where teams can work on plans at any time and store them on a secure server. The templates are loaded with the applicable school’s Report Card data. 2010 data will be posted following release of the 2010 Report Card.
On the School Profile page, click on the link titled “Access the School Improvement e-Plan” located on the information banner across the top. The passwords are protected and are available to authorized personnel by contacting Gail Buoy, Innovation and Improvement Division, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or send an email to email@example.com. Note: E-Plan passwords are not the same as the passwords for IIRC Student Data Services.
LEA and School Improvement Non-Regulatory Guidance (Revised July 21, 2006)
Student Achievement and School Accountability Programs, Office of Elementary and Secondary Education, U.S. Department of Education.
Presentations to assist district/school personnel develop and refine improvement plans.
- Tips for Improvement Planning: Lessons Learned (webinar)
- Developing School Improvement Plans #101 (Power Point)
Professional Development Activities – Statewide Listing
Links to professional development offered by the Regional Offices of Education, Intermediate Service Centers, ISBE, IASA, IPA, IASBO, and Illinois ASCD.
Illinois Principals Association/ISBE: School Showcase webinars
Illinois middle and high schools that made significant academic improvement in 2009-2010. Handouts and other materials are available to download with each school’s recording.
Center on Innovation and Improvement
National center provides access to research-based resources on district and school improvement processes.
What Works Clearinghouse
U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Education Services features educational resources demonstrating what works in education.