The 8-Step Continuous Improvement Process
In a time when school performance and student academic achievement is at the forefront across the nation, educational leaders continue to seek resources to ensure teachers have an adaptable learning structure that provides the type of accountability demanded by all community stakeholders. The 8-Step Continuous Improvement Process was created to meet these demands.
The eight steps include:
Implementation of the 8-Step Process is viewed nationally as a significant tool in providing the structure and accountability schools and school districts are now required to implement on behalf of a commitment to increased student achievement.
A Success Story
In 2002, after three years of declining test scores, the Metropolitan School District of Warren Township (Indianapolis) Board of Education implemented the 8-Step Process to close a growing district-wide achievement gap. By training educational leaders, engaging teachers, creating a timeframe aligned with the Indiana Academic Standards, integrating regular assessment and crafting a structure allowing teachers to track students’ progress in key areas, the district began to document increases in academic performance. With 65 percent of its 12,000 students living in poverty, the turnaround quickly became a point of pride.
The extraordinary accomplishment gained attention outside of Indiana when the National School Boards Association The Key Work of School Boards Guidebook featured Warren Township as an 8-Step success story.
Further underscoring the influence of the 8-Step process was the fact all Warren Township elementary schools earned federal Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) standards in 2007 and 2010.
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After three years of declining test scores, the Metropolitan School District of Warren Township Board of Education decided to find a way to turn things around. Closing the Achievement Gap is designed to help teachers keep track of students' progress in areas that will be tested. The project leaders examined a wide variety of information and used instructional calendars aligned to the Indiana Academic Standards. The calendars use three-week time windows, which allow the teachers to assess the standards and indicators taught over the same period.
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MSD 0f Warren Township was featured in The National School Boards Association The Key Work of School Boards Guidebook for their success story. Despite having nearly 60 percent of its students living in poverty, Warren Township, a 12,000-student district saw all of its elementary schools make federal Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) standards in 2007.