Comprehensive Improvement Planning

Comprehensive Improvement Planning for Schools and Districts

Published: 9/19/2023 2:59 PM

​​​​2023 Continuous Improvement Summit: Save the Date, Registration Link and Event Schedule

Mark your calendars to attend the annual Kentucky Continuous Improvement Summit. Co-hosted by the Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) and Cognia, the summit will be held Sept. 25-26 at the Central Bank Center in downtown Lexington.

During this two-day event, attendees will enhance their professional learning, make new connections and build upon existing relationships with peers across Kentucky. They also will hear up-to-date information from KDE leaders and learn how Cognia can help address unique challenges in their journey of continuous improvement. Please join us for this opportunity to explore a variety of topics, engage in conversations that will enrich your understanding of continuous improvement, and be energized by the keynote speaker, Mike Rutherford. Attendees are encouraged to view the 2023 Continuous Improvement Summit schedule to learn more about the learning sessions being offered.

Registration is available on the 2023 Kentucky Continuous​ Improvement Summit event webpage​.

2023-24 Comprehensive Improvement Planning Timeline for Districts and Schools

When developed through a collaborative process involving multiple stakeholders and implemented with fidelity, the Comprehensive School Improvement Plan (CSIP) and the Comprehensive District Improvement Plan (CDIP) cultivate an environment that promotes student growth and achievement.​ Through this intentional process, schools and districts identify priority needs, strategically allocate resources, and monitor results to meet the needs of all students and close achievement gaps among identified subgroups.

The process and timeline for comprehensive school and district improvement planning are outlined in 703 KAR 5:225. Modifications have been made to the phases noted below to improve alignment and create efficient processes. Diagnostics in the Continuous Improvement Platform (CIP) have been identified by the following phases:

Comprehensive District Improvement Plan (CDIP)
​Comprehensive School Improvement Plan (CSIP)
Phase One
Aug. 1 - Oct. 1
  • ​Continuous Improvement Diagnostic for Districts
  • Executive Summary for Districts
  • ​Continuous Improvement Diagnostic for Schools
  • Executive Summary for Schools
  • School Safety Report
​Phase Two
Oct. 1 - Nov. 1
  • ​Needs Assessment for Districts
  • District Assurances
  • District Safety Report
  • ​Needs Assessment for Schools
  • School Assurances
Phase Three
Nov. 1 - Jan. 1
  • Comprehensive District Improvement Plan
  • The Superintendent Gap Assurance
  • Comprehensive School Improvement Plan
​Phase Four
Jan. 1 - Dec. 31
  • ​Non-Traditional Instruction Continuation of Learning Plan for Districts (Due May 1)
  • English Learner Plan for Districts (Lau Plan) (Due May 1)
  • Professional Development Plan for Districts (Due May 1)
  • Progress Monitoring
  • Professional Development Plan for Schools (Due May 1)​
  • Progress Monitoring

Tools for Building Effective CSIP/CDIP Components

In brief, continuous improvement should involve reviewing data, diagnosing needs, setting goals, and planning strategies that can be deployed through actionable steps, or activities. When schools concern themselves solely with compliance, they have lost the spirit of continuous improvement. 

Goals and Objectives reflect measurable student achievement, and student achievement is determined by the processes, practices and conditions found within a school. We believe that all practices, processes and conditions are attributable to one or more of the Strategic Key Core Work Processes below: 

Once a strategy is identified, schools can begin to determine the actionable steps or classroom activities that will be undertaken to effectively address critical needs. These activities should be monitored quarterly for progress.

​​​​Key Elements Templates

Schools and districts will complete the appropriate Key Elements Template to determine which processes, practices or conditions it will focus its resources and efforts upon in order to produce the desired changes. Templates will be uploaded to the corresponding diagnostic as part of the Phase Two needs assessment process (October 1 - November 1).

Goal Building Templates

The development of goals, objectives, strategies and activities is slated to take place during Phase Three of the continuous improvement process (November 1 - January 1) and will be conducted using the offline templates:

Once completed to satisfaction, the documents should be uploaded into the Cognia Continuous Improvement Platform (CIP) as an attachment to the corresponding diagnostic. Schools will attach the template to the Comprehensive School Improvement Plan while districts will attach the template to the Comprehensive District Improvement Plan. Users may add columns and rows as needed while staying within the basic framework of the template. CIP administrative users can manipulate the documents as many times as desired throughout the course of the year, uploading the latest versions as often as desired.

If you have questions related to CIP and improvement planning, please contact Natasha Stein or Ruth Swanson.

​Ruth Swanson
Office of Continuous Improvement and Support
Division of School and Program Improvement
300 Sower Blvd., 5th Floor
Frankfort, KY 40601
(502) 564-2116 Ext. 4023
Fax (502) 564-7820

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