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State Systemic Improvement Plan (SSIP)

Published: 10/28/2020 10:45 AM

​The Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) has developed a State Systemic Improvement Plan (SSIP). The SSIP focuses on supporting both elementary and middle school teachers around the implementation of evidence-based math practices. Using the Active Implementation Frameworks, the SSIP centers around developing systems of support to close gaps and improve educational results for students with disabilities (SWD). 

Through the SSIP, the KDE collaborates with regional cooperatives in a limited number of districts known as Transformation Zones. Using continuous improvement cycles, regions are supporting districts in reaching the goals within their Comprehensive District Improvement Plan (CDIP).

Four boxes in a linked pattern (building implementation, district implementation, regional implementation & state implementation

The State Systemic Improvement Plan, focuses on exploring a framework which provides intentional support at each level of the system to increase effective implementation of evidence-based practices (EBP) and achieve improved student outcomes. This framework, known as the Active Implementation Framework consists of 5 components: Who: Teams, What: Usable Innovation, How/Where: Cycles, When: Stages, How: Drivers.

 Graphic showing the Implementation Frameworks

Usable Innovations

Part of the Active Implementation Frameworks is having a quality innovation that is usable and measurable known as the “what” you plan to implement. For an innovation to be usable, it must have a clear description in which the key features and purpose of the innovation are easily identifiable. 

Below are tools that can be used with the clear description of an innovation to determine whether it is a good fit based on the need and if there are enough resources available to support the effective use of the innovation. 

Hexagon Tool: A tool used to evaluate innovations and determine what gaps need to be addressed prior to implementation. 

Kentucky State Initiative Inventory: A tool used to review past and current programs to get a clear picture of successful strategies, challenges, requirements, and resource commitments.

Kentucky Usable Innovation Process: A support tool to guide teams through analyzing new or current innovations (programs, practices, initiatives) that can be used to meet the identified needs of students and support improved student outcomes.                   

Andrea Craig
Office of Special Education and Early Learning
Division of IDEA Implementation and Preschool
300 Sower Blvd., 4th Floor
Frankfort, KY 40601
(502) 564-4970 Ext. 4115

Implementation Resource

Active Implementation Hub (AIHUB) Learning modules, articles, and planning tools/templates to support implementation.

SSIP Documents

SSIP Phase I: Provides an overview of the analysis that led to the focus of the SSIP along with strategies that would be used to improve educational outcomes for SWD.

SSIP Phase 1: data analysis, infrastructure analysis, state identified measurable result, coherent improvement strategies, theor 

SSIP Phase II: Based on the analysis from Phase I, Phase II describes the plan to improve educational outcomes for SWD.

SSIP Phase 2. Multi-year plan addressing: infrastructure development, support EIS Program/LEA in Implementing evidence-based pra 
SSIP Phase III: Describes the implementation progress of the plan in Phase II.
SSIP Phase III, Year 2: Describes the second year of implementation progress of the plan in Phase II. 

SSIP Phase III, Year 3: Describes the third year of implementation progress of the plan in Phase II.

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