Continuous Improvement Plan

Last Updated: 9/30/2021 11:23 PM

Preston School District—Continuous Improvement Plan: 2020-2021

 

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Introduction:

Preston School District, located in Preston, ID, has educated students in Franklin County for over a century.  Since its inception, the goal of Preston School District has been to provide a high-quality educational experience to the students who attend.  That goal continues through today and as we look to the future of our school and community, we are excited about the prospects.

 

In 2015, as a demonstration of our continued desire to improve, the district embarked on the process of district accreditation.  All high schools in the state of Idaho are required to be accredited, however, our feeling was that the entire district could benefit from this rigorous experience and unify our vision of where we were headed and what we could accomplish, becoming the second school is the state to embark on this journey.

 

Throughout the 2015-2016 and 2016-2017 school years, our schools prepared for this accreditation.  The process included self-evaluation by teachers and administrators, gathering feedback from stakeholders (teachers, staff, students, and patrons), as well as gathering data to support the process we have gone through.

 

In April of 2017, a team of administrators from Idaho, Wyoming, and Nevada visited our school district and spent four days reviewing the process we had gone through.  After spending hours reviewing the prepared data, interviewing administrators, teachers, school board members, students, and parents, and visiting classrooms, this visiting team developed a report that was shared with the district.

 

This report resulted in powerful practices being identified, as well as opportunities for improvement.  What follows is a summary of those action points:

 

Powerful Practice

  • The governing body collectively understands and functions within governance and judicial roles providing a structure to support staff and student success.
  • The staff is seen by the community as a strength of the Preston School District.

Opportunity for Improvement

  • Design and implement a rigorous districtwide curriculum, based on shared values and beliefs, supported by a process of data analysis which provides an equitable and challenging learning experience for all students.
  • Develop and implement a formal process to revise and communicate system-wide purpose for student success and system effectiveness.

Improvement Priority

  • Develop and implement a district strategic improvement plan and program evaluation process that is used to measure the effectiveness of the district and schools.
  • Design, implement and monitor a district assessment plan that comprehensively and systematically addresses the use of data to drive instruction.
  • Develop and implement a professional development plan for instructional staff including the use and interpretation of data for ongoing improvement of instruction and to inform student learning.

 

These action points have become the driving force for our district strategic planning committee, comprised of school board members, administrators, teachers, para-professionals, and parents.  This strategic planning committee has been tasked with developing the 5-year plan for our school district and what the focus will be in our improvement efforts. 

 

What follows are the goals, key indicators for improvement, and our mission and vision as ratified by our school board and strategic planning team.  Additional information can be found on the district report card found at:  https://idahoschools.org/districts/201/profile.  A link to the information is also found on our district website under “Quicklinks”. 

 

NOTE:  2020-2021 does not include an update to schoolwide reporting data as a result of COVID-19.

 

 

Preston School District Mission

To provide all students with knowledge and skills, both academic and social, for life-long success in a changing world.

Preston School District Vision: 

Preston School District believes that, in partnership with parents and the community, our schools will provide appropriate opportunities and resources to all learners in order to empower them to reach their academic and social potential in a safe and supportive environment.

 

Analyses of Demographic Data

Analyses of demographic data from school district.

 

2018-2019

2019-2020

2020-2021

 

Male

51%

51%

52%

 

Female

49%

49%

48%

 

White

87%

85%

87%

 

Black/African American

0.4%

0.4%

0.4%

 

Asian

0.3%

0.2%

0.4%

 

Native American

1.4%

1.2%

1.1%

 

Hispanic/Latino

8.6%

8.9%

8.4%

 

Two or More Races

 

 

2.5%

 

Free/Reduced Lunch Program

41%

40.8%

39.10%

Received Special Education (IEP Students)

9.7%

11%

12%

             

Report of Progress

 

Goal

Continuous Improvement/Performance Measures

SY 2016-17 (Yr 1)

SY 2018-2019(Yr2)

Improvement / Change                              (Yr 2 – Yr 1)

Benchmark / Performance Target

All students will be college and career ready

% of students meeting the college ready benchmark on the college entrance exam (SAT/ACT)

17%/32%

28%/27%

9%/ -5%

30%/55%

 

# of students meeting the college ready benchmark on the college entrance exam (SAT/ACT)

29/32

51/23

22/-11

60/55

 

# of advanced opportunity enrollments/advanced professional enrollments

331/188

434/156

103/-32

500/160

 

# of career-technical track high school students graduating with an industry recognized certification

27

30

+3

35

 

# of career-technical track high school students who passed the CTE-recognized workplace readiness exam

81

80

-1

100

 

4-year cohort graduation rate

87.2%

81.5%

 -5.7

92%

All students will be prepared to transition from middle school / Jr. high to high school

% of students who scored proficient or advanced on the 8th grade math ISAT

40%

40%

0

50%

 

# of students who scored proficient or advanced on the 8th grade math ISAT

80

81

 1

97

 

% of students who scored proficient or advanced on the 8th grade ELA ISAT

51%

46%

 -5%

55%

 

# of students who scored proficient or advanced on the 8th grade ELA ISAT

103

93

 -10

101

All students will be prepared to will be prepared to transition from grade 6 to grade 7

% of students who scored proficient or advanced on the 6th grade math ISAT

36%

30%

 -6%

45%

 

# of students who scored proficient or advanced on the 6th grade math ISAT

75

50

 -25

77

 

% of students who scored proficient or advanced on the 6th grade ELA ISAT

47%

40%

 -7%

60%

 

# of students who scored proficient or advanced on the 6th grade ELA ISAT

96

66

 -30

102

All students will demonstrate the reading readiness needed to transition to the next grade

% of students who scored proficient on the 3rd grade statewide reading assessment

77%

 71%

-6%

80%

 

# of students who scored proficient on the 3rd grade statewide reading assessment

139

113

-26

129

 

% of students who scored proficient on the 2nd grade statewide reading assessment

72%

81%

 +9%

85%

 

# of students who scored proficient on the 2nd grade statewide reading assessment

116

 137

 +21

136

 

% of students who scored proficient on the 1st grade statewide reading assessment

71%

74%

 +3%

80%

 

# of students who scored proficient on the 1st grade statewide reading assessment

120

118

 -2

114

 

% of students who scored proficient on the kindergarten statewide reading assessment

77%

 62%

 -15%

80%

 

# of students who scored proficient on the kindergarten statewide reading assessment

117

 99

-18

127

Student Progress Notes:  It should be noted that a comparison of one grade level from one school year to the next is not always an indicator of the strength of the program nor of the progress that is made by students.  Following a cohort of students provides another measuring stick.  Additionally, comparing numbers of students from year to year can be misleading because the number of students in given classes vary greatly.

 

College and Career Report (18-19) and Benchmark Goals (19-20)

 

College and Career Advising Model used by the LEA (if using research based model not identified in Section 33-1212A, Idaho Code, site research used):

Choose an item.

The model used in Preston School District is the traditional counselor model.  We have used the funds made available by the state legislature to hire a full-time college and career advisor.  The advisor is based at Preston High School, but has been tasked to work with Franklin County High School and Preston Jr. High in her outreach programs.  While this advisor is not a certified counselor, she is a certified teacher with the state of Idaho and is now the teacher of our college and career readiness course.  In addition, she is:

  • Advising students and parents
  • Developing and conducting FAFSA nights
  • Assisting with scholarship acquisition and promotion
  • Working with the local charter school to collaborate in technical course pathways
  • Developing the programs described below and the pathways referred to above.

 

 

Description of college and career advising and or mentoring plan, break out plan by grade level (if variable by grade):

(Summary can be grouped by multiple grade levels if plan treats grouped grade levels the same. Add additional space/pages as needed to descript the plan.)

 

SUMMARY OF 2016-2017 SCHOOL YEAR COLLEGE & CAREER ADVISING EFFORTS:

EVENTS:

  • Inaugural “Funding for Your Future” information night for Preston High School and Franklin County High School students and their parents.  100 attended.  Seniors and parents were then able to fill out the FAFSA with staff support and computer resources.
  • FAFSA fill-out event for Franklin County High seniors and parents in March 2017 at FCHS.
  • Joined other high schools across Idaho and the nation in hosting a “College Application Day.”  In our first year, had 71 seniors attend.   In this pilot year, we found the date conflicted with a mandatory Economic Summit date, but we launched it with those present.  Had representatives from ISU and USU assist students.  Local technical college representative had a family emergency arise and didn’t attend.

 

  • Opportunity Fair:  invited in representatives from 12 different career clusters; 150 juniors and about 35 other students attended [event was held at the same time as senior project presentations].  Gave students a chance to meet with representatives from a variety of career clusters, including potential summer & part-time employers in the area. 
  • Completed year 2 as a hosting high school venue for the Your Future in Technology Expo, presented as a partnership between INL and ISU’s College of Technology, with other technical vendors also present.
  • Staged “Think College Thursdays,” when PHS faculty wore college gear and students competed for prizes by answering a TCT question which was then answered over the PA system.
  • Continued to promote scholarship opportunities and to advise students and parents.

 

SUMMARY OF 2017-2018 SCHOOL YEAR COLLEGE & CAREER ADVISING EFFORTS:

* College Application Day event held during school day; seniors were encouraged to utilize the Apply Idaho free college application where appropriate. Approximately 170 seniors were involved. (November 2017)

* Tasked with providing college and career readiness Advisory activities twice a month for Preston High School (up from once a month at the start of the school year). (December 2018)

* Held a FAFSA Fill-out event held during school day for Franklin County High School (January 2018).

* “Terrific Tuesday” CCR events (February 2018):

“Reality Town” experience for 207 8th graders and 198 freshmen in a high school venue;

Juniors attended Higher Ed Tour (we also hosted West Side High School juniors);

202 sophomores, 183 juniors, and 173 seniors attended career fair at grade-specific times.

Goals for this event included the following: provide students with future training and career shopping; provide opportunities to arrange for summer jobs; provide a low-risk way to engage in a career fair, present a resume, and practice professionalism.

32 entities invited; 18 in actual attendance: local employers (including local manufacturers during time slot reserved for seniors), specific educational departments (both academic and technical), trade-specific schools, military recruiters and an apprenticeship representative.

* Helped to build out concurrent class offerings: dual credit Speech, Psychology, Welding, and the opening up of dual credit English composition and literature classes to juniors. (March 2018)

Note: with the adoption of a personalized Learning Mastery Campus at Preston High School, this will hopefully provide not only the opportunity to accelerate through core curriculum, but also allow for more schedule flexibility for dual credit offerings. Another plus is increased faculty mentoring.

* Provided grade-specific information booths at junior high and high school registration events (August 2018).

* Volunteered to provide weekly Advisory content for Preston High School, including CCR information and key action items. Items included a Senior Year Action Item checklist, and will include an opportunity for freshmen, sophomores, and juniors to review 4-year plans. Students can take career assessments, learn about Advanced Opportunity funding, receive tips for standardized test preparation, get information about applying effectively & efficiently for scholarships, and learn more about soft skills. Provided CCR options to Advisory coordinator at Preston Junior High. (August 2018-May 2019)

* Tasked to teach a career explorations class for all 8th graders at Preston Junior High. Develop, write and present curriculum. In addition to extensive exposure to the Idaho CIS website, students take career assessments, explore job titles within all 16 career clusters, gain familiarity with the concept of soft and hard skills, review Advanced Opportunity funding, and draft a 4-year high school learning plan. (August 2018-May 2019)

* Held a FAFSA Fill-out & Scholarship Info night for PHS seniors & parents. Franklin County High School seniors were also invited to attend. 50 attendees. (October 2018)

* Continue to maintain college & career readiness website, routinely posting new scholarship leads. Traffic includes 1400-plus unique visits over the last 90 days.

SUMMARY OF 2018-2019 SCHOOL YEAR COLLEGE & CAREER ADVISING PLAN

EVENTS:

 

  • Again provide a FAFSA Fill-out and scholarship information night for seniors and their parents in late October, and look forward to hosting Joy Miller of the SDOE who can promote the SDOE scholarships.
  • Again host “College Application Day” for seniors in early November.  We also plan to invite military recruiter/s and apprenticeship representative to have an on-campus presence that day.
  • Opportunity Fair: 

Expand to sophomores, juniors, and seniors, building it around the Higher Ed Tour for juniors in late February.This will be held during the school day.In their Advisory classes, students in grades 10-12 will prepare a resume 2 months prior to this event, and watch interviewing videos 1 month prior to this event.We also look to expand the number of potential employers present.

  • Continue to host “Your Future in Technology” Expo in late February, presented as a partnership between INL and ISU’s College of Technology, with other technical vendors also present.
  • Host “Higher Education Tour” for PHS and West Side juniors on March 5, 2019.
  • “Reality Town” event for 8th graders (April 2019)
  • “Bridgerland Career Days” event for 8th graders, hands-on and demonstration-based format for local technical college programs.  (May 2019)

PROGRAM BUILD OUT:

  • Advisory: 

Each Monday, advisory is being held in grades 6-12 at Preston Junior High and High School.Once a month, the focus will be on College & Career Readiness activities.In the first year with this format, grades 6-8 will focus on the same material.In subsequent years, the junior high will have differentiated curriculum based on student grade level.

At the high school level, CCR advisory activities will provide key touchstone experiences for grades 9-12, but will further differentiate by grade level in subsequent years.  Activities include career assessments, resume and cover letter preparation, and soft skills curriculum.  Students will also receive information about Advanced Opportunities, ACT preparation, and additional ways to pay for post-secondary training.

 

  • Post-secondary offerings build-out at Preston High School:

We’re working to expand our face-to-face dual credit offerings.  We hope to double the number of our DC English classes and add a DC Speech class.  As part of the advising process, we’ll create “transferability guides” for counselors and parents that describe—by institution and by STEM or Humanities tracks—how the credits we offer will transfer.

Bridgerland Technology College has brought their Information Technology Academy program to our campus, which now gives our students access to their 900-hour, industry-recognized certificate, a pathway built from sequential industry certifications.

We’re piloting a Pharmacy Technician program.  A senior student is currently studying online curriculum from PassAssured, and will then intern with a local pharmacy before sitting for the national certification exam one month prior to graduation.  Advanced Opportunity funds will be used to pay for this exam.  We received advice from the SEITec administrator for this project.

 

 

Summary of method used to notify parents of available resources:

 

  • Website:

 

College and career readiness website was created for our district (http://ccr.psd201.org/), and  published August 2017.  This is a natural extension of efforts to promote scholarship opportunities and to provide essential information to parents and students.  College and Career Readiness activities that occur in Advisory will have that curricula posted on the PHS and CCR websites.

 

 

  • Learning plans:

 

Currently, learning plans are created on paper at the 8th grade level just prior to high-school registration, and stored in the counselors’ file cabinets during the high school years.  We plan to migrate current high school students’ learning plans to the digitized CIS version, and to have 8th grade registrants complete their plans on CIS moving forward.  This should provide students and parents with improved access to this information at key decision points during the high school years.

 

Performance Measure

2018-2019

Benchmark

Number of Learning Plans reviewed annually by grade level, in grade 9 through 12

400

788

Number of Students Graduating High School with a Career Technical Certificate

70

90

Number of Students Graduating High School with an Associate’s Degree

0

5

Number and percent of students who go on to some form of postsecondary education, one and two years after graduation (school district and charter school go on rates may be retrieved from the State Board of Education)

2017 Cohort Year2 # 42

2017 Cohort Year2 % 25

2018 Cohort Year 1 # 46

2018 Cohort Year 1#25.6

10% increase

Number of students enrolled in Dual Credit Courses

434

500

Number of students completing the FAFSA

50

85

Attendance at college and Career preparation events

1500

2050

 

District Action Plan (district strategic planning committee will continue to develop these points with a S.M.A.R.T goal process.

 

Preston School District will implement policies and practices which will improve instruction within the district such that all student data (see data dashboard) indicates that Preston School District ranks above state averages by summer of 2022.

  • Create an environment and culture where professional learning communities are the process by which data is collected and reviewed, instruction is discussed and refined, and both teacher and program effectiveness are evaluated.
  • Complete K-12 Curriculum Alignment
  • Establish a uniform, systematic, data-driven process for K-12 program evaluation that covers the entire cycle of adoption, implementation, and ongoing review of program effectiveness.
  • Develop and implement a process for educator evaluation that emphasizes formative, constructive feedback in order to foster professional growth.

 

             

Preston School District will provide a physically, emotionally, mentally, and socially safe environment for all students by completing all action items of June 2020.

  • Establish emergency procedures for multiple types of situations and in multiple locations.
  • Establish system for professional development yearly on specific safety responses and protocols.
  • Communicate and Educate parents and community regarding emergency procedures
  • Implement Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) throughout the school district.
  • All secondary teachers will complete Youth Mental Health First Aid course and all administrators, special education teachers, and paraprofessionals who work with special education students will complete the Crisis Prevention and Intervention course.
  • Recreate Accessibility standards to meet current safety recommendations

 

 

All students in Preston School District, starting in 7th grade, will have a formalized education plan which will be continually developed through graduation and access to coursework for their chosen field by Spring of 2019.

  • Identify and map out primary career pathways, starting in 7th grade, for students in a variety of subject areas.
  • Formalize the process for delivering future planning information and options to students and parents.
  • Increase the number of students and opportunities for students to participate in dual credit courses in Core and Career-Technical courses.
  • Continue to develop relationships with post-secondary institutions where the majority of our students enroll and establish transfer guides and cross-walks.

 

 

All parents, students, and stakeholders in Preston School District will have ready access to pertinent information for all aspects of student life and school function.  This will be accomplished by completing all action items by June 2021.

  • Develop a marketing and communication plan that supports the mission and objectives of Preston School District to make sure all activities are working together to inform all stakeholders. (community members, parents, students, staff)
  • Promote a positive public image by providing clear, consistent, and accurate information with “one voice” from all district employees.(Getting information out in a timely manner.  Put that information out as soon as it’s finalized)
  • Utilize district resources to access communication professionals to assist in the above objectives.