Elm Creek Public Schools is involved in the Nebraska Department of Education’s Continuous Improvement Process (CIP), which is mandated for accreditation through Rule 10. Although Elm Creek Public Schools is continuously working to improve numerous facets of its school system, this link provides information on the specific CIP goal that is on file with the Nebraska Department of Education.
THE CONTINUOUS IMPROVEMENT MODEL GUIDING AND ALIGNING IMPROVEMENT IN NEBRASKA SCHOOLS
Rule 10, Section 009.01A: The school system develops and implements a continuous school improvement process to promote quality learning for all students. This process includes procedures and strategies to address quality learning, equity, and accountability.
Aligning Improvement Plans and Activities
The Nebraska model for continuous improvement is intended to assist Nebraska schools in aligning and coordinating the various school improvement initiatives that may be in progress in each district. These may include for example, Improving Learning for Children with Disabilities (ILCD), Title I Improvement Plans, technology plans, curriculum development activities, and plans for other local, state, or federal programs. Schools are encouraged to merge or align their various plans and goals so that local improvement activities will be mutually supportive and consistently aimed toward achieving school improvement goals. Therefore, it is crucial that representatives of special projects and programs be frequent participants in continuous improvement planning.
In addition, local standards, curriculum, assessment, and professional development should be developed and implemented through the involvement of all staff members to provide quality learning experiences for all students and to provide a solid foundation for developing and implementing school improvement plans. Ongoing committees for curriculum, assessment, and professional development should, therefore, communicate frequently with the school improvement steering committee to assure that these important activities are indeed mutually supportive.
Research has identified the following four areas critical to high performance schools:
- Curriculum alignment
- Appropriate instructional strategies
- Family and community engagement
- Assuring equity and addressing diversity
Information provided by the Nebraska Department of Education at https://www.education.ne.gov/APAC/SchoolImprovement.html