SUBMISSION AND APPROVAL OF THE SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT PLAN
The written school improvement plan shall be submitted by the principal to the superintendent for review and approval by April 1st of each year. The school improvement plans shall be submitted by the superintendent to the school committee for review and approval by the May school committee meeting each year.
Because the implementation of the plan is dependent on school committee approval, it is important that the school council be aware of certain expectations of the school committee regarding the school improvement plan. The school improvement plan should:
- Focus on improvement of student learning.
- Specify expected student outcomes and measurable/observable results.
- Align with the mission of the school district and any goals and policies of the school district.
- Be consistent with state and federal law, school district policy, established curriculum and negotiated agreements.
- Clearly identify actions to be taken on how changes will be implemented.
- Include a plan on how to solicit community support for the changes being developed.
- Indicate anticipated costs and available funding sources.
- Delineate the method of evaluating and reporting progress and results.
- Provide a report on achievement of current goals and develop goals for the next school year.
If the school improvement plan is not approved by the superintendent and school committee, it shall be returned to the principal with specific comments as to the reason(s). The principal shall revise the plan in cooperation with the school council, and resubmit it for approval. If the school improvement plan is not reviewed by the school committee within 30 days of its receipt by the committee, the plan shall be deemed to have been approved.
[Revised: December 2001]
M.G.L. CHAPTER 71, SECTION 59C