School Performance plan


In order for School Organizational Teams to feel comfortable assisting with and advising on the School Performance Plan, it is important to have conversations about sources of school data and how that data informs school planning. School Performance Plans identify school goals, root causes, and measurable objectives, as well as actions steps designed to increase achievement of all students.


Goals are broad statements about what is to be achieved at the school. Goals are based on student data, reflective of each school.

Some example goals:

  • High School: Increase the number of students completing Advanced Placement (AP)
  • Middle School: Reduce the overall achievement gap percentage points between highest performing subgroup and lower performing ethnic/racial subgroups in both math and reading
  • Elementary School: Increase grade 3 proficiency rate in reading

Root causes

Root causes are statements describing the deepest underlying causes of a school’s needs. These root causes are issues the school can control. If the root cause is resolved, the result should be elimination or substantial reduction of the need. The root cause should identify an issue that, if improved, will have a significant positive impact on the priority need.

Example Root Cause: Vocabulary instruction was not consistently delivered as required by the Nevada Academic Content Standards.

measurable objectives

Measurable objectives use the school’s current data to set a specific target for progress toward the goal. The measurable objective makes it clear whether the school has met its goal.

Example Measurable Objective: Increase the percent of grade 3 students proficient in reading from 22% to 50% by 2017 as measured by state assessments.

action steps

Action steps identify proposed solutions and strategies that will be implemented by the school. Action steps are focused and detailed, and will clearly impact performance. The steps are aligned to the school’s priority needs or goals and measurable objectives. Funding sources and timelines are included with each action step. Each goal must have actions steps for professional development, family engagement, and curriculum, instruction, and assessment.

Example Action Step: Professional development will be provided to teachers on structures for explicit instruction of vocabulary and strategies to incorporate vocabulary development into reading instruction.

You can use the "School Performance Plan Notes" and "Questions to Consider" handouts (available in English and Spanish) below to guide discussions about data and how it informs your School Performance Plan. Please see the training Facilitator Guide for further guidance in using these resources.

06a-School Performance Plan Notes.docx
06b-School Performance Plan Notes_SPANISH.docx
07a-Questions to Consider Handout.docx
07b-Questions to Consider Handout_SPANISH.docx