Strategies for Closing Gaps

Published: 12/10/2013 2:11 PM


This page is dedicated to providing access to the work of the six identified strategies of the Gap Delivery Plan.

The strategies in the Gap Delivery Plan will target efforts in Priority and Focus Schools. The following strategies have been identified to help districts and schools reach their annual delivery targets.
Best Practices and Sustainability
The purpose of this strategy is to identify and share best practices that are taking places within Kentucky schools.  These practices will be submitted for review and verification.  Districts will be recognized by the Kentucky Department of Education for levels of excellence based on increased district/school effectiveness and efficiency based on results.  It is the premise of this strategy that as schools and districts focus on the implementation of best practices to increase effectiveness and efficiency the result will be gap closure and higher student success rates.

Improvement Planning and Consolidated Monitoring
The purpose of this strategy is to provide direction and support to schools and districts as they work to reach College/Career Readiness (CCR). Through the use of the Adaptive System of School Improvement Support Tools (ASSIST), Consolidated Plans will help schools and districts develop improvement plans that are effective, realistic, and adaptable as needs are assessed and met. Consolidated monitoring of multiple state and federally funded programs provides support to districts to move beyond compliance to effective, while making the best use of available resources.

Individual Learning Plan Addendum (ILPA)
The purpose of this strategy is develop a tool to ensure student placed into an alternative program continue to stay on track to CCR.  This tool is the Individual Learning Plan Addendum (ILP-A).  It will be developed to identify every student attending an alternative program with a focus on academic progress, credit status, supports, and resources to ensure the student does fall behind during their placement within the alternative setting. The strategy will identify the status of students, planned duration of alterative placement, actual duration and hold alternative programs and home schools accountable for student achievement to increase effective tracking of students receiving services within alternative settings. 

Digital Learning
The purpose of this strategy is to close gaps by using digital resources, training, and coaching to improve teacher pedagogy and student learning. Blended learning combines online delivery of educational content and tools with best practices of traditional classroom instruction. Data collected from student outputs will be analyzed and used to provide feedback loops and provide evidenced-based rationales for instructional improvement.

Professional Learning for Closing Gaps
The purpose of this strategy is to identify professional development and the delivery of the professional development that would assist schools in closing achievement gaps in three areas: Transformative Professional Development Process, Co-Teaching for Gap Closure, and College/Career Student review.  KDE is working collaboratively with Special Education Cooperatives and universities to work within Priority and Focus schools as a 3-year commitment of professional learning.


Progress Monitoring
The purpose of this strategy is to provide schools and districts with communication, guidelines and training on how to utilize data and systems available for Progress Monitoring. This includes the development of a communication plan and guidance specifically on how to utilize CIITS to guide and support on-going progress monitoring focused on individualized student growth and achievement as well as partnering with Coops and Universities to identify current systems and supports in place to utilize with schools and districts.

Claude Christian
Next-Generation Schools and Districts
Division of Consolidated Plans and Audits
500 Mero Street, 8th Floor CPT
Frankfort, KY 40601
(502) 564-3791
Fax (502) 564-8149