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What is a School Improvement Plan?

A School Improvement Plan (SIP) is a strategic blueprint that schools use to enhance student learning and improve educational practices. It outlines specific goals for improvement, actions to achieve those goals, and methods for measuring progress.

Key Points of a SIP:

  • Goals: Clear objectives the school aims to achieve to enhance student outcomes.
  • Actions: Steps and strategies the school will implement to reach its goals, based on research and effective practices.
  • Monitoring: Regular review of progress with adjustments made to ensure the school stays on track toward its improvement objectives.

The purpose of a SIP is to provide a clear roadmap for schools to improve educational outcomes for all students, particularly focusing on eliminating disparities and ensuring equitable opportunities for every student.

Every school in Washington State is required to have a School Improvement Plan.

Monitoring and Adjusting:

A SIP is not set in stone. It's reviewed regularly, with progress monitored against the set goals and activities adjusted as needed to stay on track toward improvement.

Visit the Issaquah School District SIP website to learn more about SIPs.

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Achievement Goals

  1. By spring 2024, student achievement for all students in the area of math will increase from 87.1% meeting standard to 90% meeting standard as measured by the Smarter Balanced Assessment.

  2. By spring 2024, students not meeting standard in math as measured by i-Ready will experience accelerated growth, with 75% meeting or exceeding typical growth and 60% meeting or exceeding stretch growth.

Reflection on Previous Year School Improvement Plan

Guiding Questions

  • What actions were successfully implemented?
  • What impact was observed (or not)? What evidence did you use to determine impact?
  • How did actions impact disproportionality and/or engagement with families of disproportionally impacted population?
  • What actions would you continue? What actions would you change? Why?

The Cascade Ridge 2021-22 School Improvement Plan focused on ongoing strategies and interventions to ensure student academic success and addressed concerns regarding the social-emotional health of our community. As we transitioned back to in-person learning, there were many actions in both areas that were successfully implemented.

First, academically, a strict focus was placed on implementing reading foundational skills using the district adopted curriculum and Success Block planning. Our school team benefited from ongoing professional development, collaboration at grade levels, and accessing/analyzing data for individual students. The Tier 2 team regularly looked at academic data and made recommendations for increased interventions in coordination with the instructional coach and LAP teacher. The impact of these actions can be directly measured in our Smarter Balanced proficiency rate from 2021-2022. The overall rate improved from 87% to 89.6%, coming close to meeting our overall SIP goal for 90% proficiency. In our ELL and LRC1 populations, the i-Ready typical growth for spring 2022 was positive, with both groups over 70%, which is higher than the district average.

Next, the Cascade Ridge team took great care in providing extensive support in the social/emotional areas. Our school-wide Coyote Code of Be Safe, Be Kind, Do Your Job was taught explicitly throughout the school year by staff and students. An action that had tremendous impact was utilizing fifth grade peer models to re-teach the Coyote Code when school resumed after scheduled breaks. Staff also placed high value on student relationships, positive recognition and proactive visibility. This all had impact on student behavior and fostered a strong sense of belonging. Our partnership with the PTSA and equity work also contributed to the social/emotional development of our school population. We partnered with the PTSA to hold events and meetings as best we could, and sought out families via social media channels who are typically unrepresented. In the spring of 2022, we held a Parent Panel, which enabled staff to learn more about the diverse community. Through this panel, staff created parent surveys that solicited valuable information as we continue to broaden our knowledge of the families we serve.

The impact and success of the actions presented in the 2021-22 School Improvement Plan were successful. The Cascade Ridge team will continue to focus on providing the foundational curriculum, engage in professional development and discussions regarding unique student needs. We are invested and committed to the success of all students in our community.

Backed by Data

Schools use multiple data sources to inform their planning. Progress toward school improvement in overall achievement and disproportionality is monitored using state and district measures using a common School Improvement Data Dashboard.

Data Workbook for Elementary School

School-Based Action Plan

Action Implementation Impact: Evidence/Monitoring
Intermediate (4th/5th) Intervention group Utilizing i-Ready materials; focus on students who did not pass 2022 spring SBA and are not meeting standard on i-Ready overall math for fall 2022.
  • Two sessions of four-to-six-week cycles scheduled January – June.
  • Increase in math achievement scores based on math module assessments, exit tickets & spring 2023 i-Ready scores.
K-5 Building Mathematical Community and Mindset Professional Development sessions with Discovery and Sunny Hills staff.

Feedback provided by teachers, evidence of implementation in classroom observation cycles.

K-5 Instructional Practices and Planning Professional Development sessions focusing on workshop model in math & differentiation for student learning needs.

Feedback provided by teachers, evidence of implementation in classroom observation cycles.

Community Connection Parent Panel December 2022.

Feedback from community/PTSA regarding role of parent, school communication & strengthening family partnerships.

Community Connection Math/SEL Family Night – How to help support your child, understanding growth mindset, learning to appreciate the joy of processes in problem solving, risk taking, etc.

Feedback from community/PTSA.

Community Connection/PTSA engagement Monthly math challenge for students offered via PTSA website.

Evidence of participation will include reward at conclusion of program.

SIP Team & Final Review

  • Principal: Jennifer Sehlin
  • Site Council/PTSA Review Date: January 9, 2023
  • Supervisor Review: Melinda Reynvaan
  • School Board Review Date: February 15, 2023

Leadership Team: 

  • Kate McConnell, Dean of Students

  • Angela Schubbe, Kindergarten Teacher

  • Tara Schloetter, First Grade Teacher

  • Kari Perkin, Second Grade Teacher

  • Marilyn Jochim, Third Grade Teacher

  • Lynette Springborn Fourth Grade Teacher

  • Erin Foster, Fifth Grade Teacher; Zana Moore, Librarian

  • Carla Geraci; School Counselor