Novice Reduction for Gap Closure

Published: 10/6/2015 8:49 AM


Novice Reduction for Gap Closure: 

Making A Moral Imperative a Reality

On behalf of the Kentucky Department of Education, welcome to the Novice Reduction for Gap Closure web pages.  Within these pages are information, resources and tools designed to assist schools and districts reduce the number of students scoring at the novice level and improve overall student achievement.
On this page, you will find background information about Novice Reduction and a step by step guide for how to use these pages efficiently and effectively to create and implement a plan that is intentional and tailored to a school or district’s individual needs and points of leverage.

Embarking on the Journey

Below is a list of recommended steps for embarking on the journey of Novice Reduction.
Click here to view a video to learn about the first two steps that should be taken before utilizing the helpful resources on the Novice Reduction web pages.
Step I: Understand the Need Behind Novice Reduction
The Novice Reduction for Gap Closure White Paper lays out the foundational beginnings of the Novice Reduction work, lists related regulations and statutes, and describes the Key Core Processes and how they were selected to guide the Novice Reduction work. In Appendix A there is a matrix that demonstrates the connection between the Novice Reduction Key Core Processes, the Kentucky Framework for Teaching and the Characteristics of Highly Effective Teaching and Learning (CHETL).
Step II: Complete Needs Assessments 
to Identify Areas of Leverage and Concern
The Key Core Work Processes should already be a part of the intentional work of schools and districts at varying levels of implementation.  After becoming familiar with the Novice Reduction for Gap Closure White Paper, a leadership team is ready to develop a full understanding of where their school or district’s areas of leverage and concern are in relation to the Key Core Work Processes.

Utilizing the two tools below will allow teams to purposefully engage with the key core processes and the strategies that support them.  For more information about these two documents, please view the video in the “Embarking on the Journey” section above.
The tools found on the Systems of Continuous Improvement webpage will be valuable resources to utilize regardless of the final area chosen for improvement.
Step III: Utilizing the Tools on the 
Novice Reduction for Gap Closure Web Pages
Click here to view a video that gives a brief introduction to the resources that can be found in the Novice Reduction pages.
There are four sections of the Novice Reduction for Gap Closure web pages, one for each anchor process: Continuous Improvement and Assessment, Environment and Support, Instruction, and Standards and Curriculum Support​.  There are then several pages found within each of these areas that provide resources and tools to support work in each of these areas.  Most pages include a diagnostic and all pages include a sample 30-60-90 Day Plan for implementation. Contact information is located at the bottom of each pages if more support is needed.
Once areas of leverage and concern have been identified, the diagnostics found on the Novice Reduction for Gap Closure web pages can be utilized to further identify where work needs to be focused.  The diagnostics can be filled out online or in printed form.  Resources are provided on each page to help with focus areas.
30-60-90 Day Plans
Each page also has a sample 30-60-90 Day Plan to help schools and districts begin the work.  These plans are in word form so they can be adjusted to fit individual school or district needs. Click here to learn more about using a 30-60-90 Day Plan.  Plans can be found in the right hand side resource box on each page.
Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, Threats (SWOT)
After you take a deep dive into the needs assessments and diagnostic tools, utilizing a SWOT analysis tool can help a leadership team identify what work is already in motion and what work remains, to what degree. 
Linda Rains
Office of Next-Generation Schools and Districts
Office of Next-Generation Learners
500 Mero Street, 8th Floor CPT
Frankfort, KY 40601
(502) 564-2116
Fax (502) 564-8149