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					          2010 – 2011 WV INNOVATION ZONE APPLICATION SCORING RUBRIC


What items will be used to determine approval of an innovation zone application and
plan of innovative activities to support increased student learning? The actual award will
be based on a consensus reached through discussion of the selection committee. The items below are
only a guide for individuals on the selection committee to prioritize grants in their best judgment.
Interviews, phone calls, email and site-visits are other methods that might be used to determine
success of applications and to negotiate the amount of the grant award.

             The Innovation Zone Scoring Rubric is based on the Project Design

The seven elements of the Rubric for Scoring Innovation Zone Applications and Plans will primarily
be used to determine the strength of the application and help determine which applicants will be
designated as Innovation Zones. Additional statutory requirements, such as the percentage required
in the affected staff vote, in the application must be evident in order to consider the application
eligible.

The rubric will have a secondary use as a guide to provide feedback to applicants as they continue to
plan the innovation that will be implemented, and for those applicants who are not designated as
innovation zones to improve their applications for resubmission.

Project Design: The design of the application is clearly organized and is a written description of a vision of
the intended innovative project and how it will positively increase student learning and achievement. This
narrative description has several parts which are sequenced to clearly build on one another. A representative
leadership team has contributed to the planning of all parts of the narrative. This team has gathered input for
the plan from the stakeholder groups they represent leading to widespread support culminating in the required
percentage of staff voting support for its implementation. The written description of the planned innovation
includes how the group determined the priority need for the innovation and what data was analyzed to
determine this need. The team sets shared, specific, measurable, goals that realistically will meet the
described need within a period of time. The written plan contains a sequence of research based innovative
activities that logically support the probable accomplishment of the goals and create the new mindset that will
sustain its vision of improved student learning and achievement for the innovation zone. The narrative also
describes what waiver of a specific part of state law or state or local policy is needed that constrains the
implementation of the innovative activities. The plan outlines a method of self monitoring and adjusting the
innovative activities based on feedback and data collected from those who have a stake in the outcomes of the
innovation. The description also includes the method that the team will use to evaluate whether or not the
goals have been met and how the results will be communicated with those needing to understand the results.


Elements Required for Scoring the Application or Plan

   1.   Application is timely, complete and has required signatures.
   2.   Application contains assurance that 80% of the affected staff is supportive.
   3.   Application contains the appropriate evidence of stakeholder support.
   4.   Application contains request for waiver of policy, code or interpretation, if needed.

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1. Needs Assessment Derived from Data: The needs assessment should indicate a clear statement of
   prioritized needs derived from an analysis of data, and how the goals and objectives of the program are
   directly related to those needs.

           Outstanding                           Satisfactory                        Unsatisfactory

The needs assessment:                  The needs assessment:                 The needs assessment:
       Provides clear and                Provides evidence of using data      Provides no evidence of using
        convincing evidence of using       to determine need for the             data to determine the need for
        multiple sources of data to        proposed innovation zone plan.        the proposed innovation zone
        determine the need for the                                               plan.
        proposed innovation.

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2. Goals: The stated goals are specific, measurable goals that realistically will provide a remedy for the
   described need within a period of time. In other words these characteristics: Specific, Measurable,
   Attainable, Rigorous, Time bound (SMART Goals).
NOTE: These are goals for the planning process, not necessarily for the implementation phase. Examples of
  planning activities may include staff professional development, communication and building consensus
  activities, and protocols for conducting research.

           Outstanding                           Satisfactory                       Unsatisfactory

The Goals:                             The Goals:                            The Goals:
   Contain all the SMART                 Might contain two or more, but       Might contain one of the
    elements. The goal states very         not all of SMART elements.            SMART elements, but are
    clearly and specifically what is                                             vague, have no way of being
    going to be accomplished in                                                  measured, no realistic
    terms of increased student                                                   method of being attained, are
    learning and achievement,                                                    easily accomplished, and
    explains how that increased                                                  there are no time limits on
    learning will be measured, is                                                when they are to be
    described in realistically                                                   accomplished.
    attainable terms, is rigorous
    enough to challenge those trying
    to implement the innovation,
    and sets a time when the goal is
    to be achieved.

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3.    Research-Based Innovative Activities: The written plan contains a sequence of research based
     innovative activities that logically support the probable accomplishment of the goals and create the new
     mindset that will sustain its vision of increased student learning and achievement for the innovation zone.

            Outstanding                              Satisfactory                         Unsatisfactory

The activities:                            The activities:                         The activities:
    Are reflected in the research            Are reflected in the research          Are not supported in the
     literature, appear to provide             literature, appear to provide           research literature, do not
     support for the accomplishment            support for the accomplishment          appear to be aimed at
     of the stated goals and a                 of the stated goals or a probable       accomplishing the goals or
     probable change in the mindset            change in the mindset or                creating a change in the
     or culture of the schools vision of       culture of the schools vision of        mindset or culture of the
     excellence for student learning.          excellence for student learning.        schools vision of excellence
                                                                                       for student learning.

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4. Waiver of State Law or local or state policy: The narrative describes what waiver of a specific part of
   current state law or state or local policy may be needed to avoid the constraint of the implementation of the
   innovative activities. The necessary components for a complete waiver request include clarity, a narrow
   focus, and explicit specification as to why current policy constrains implementation and how the waiver will
   resolve the issue.
     Please note, that waivers may not be necessary to the implementation of the innovative activities.

            Outstanding                              Satisfactory                         Unsatisfactory

The requested waiver:                      The requested waiver:                   The requested waiver:
    Is clear in terms of what is being       Is clear in terms of what is           Is vague in terms of what is
     requested. The citation is of a           being requested. The citation is        being requested. The
     selected portion of law or policy,        of a selected portion of law or         citation is of a total law or
     further describes how that                policy, and further describes           policy, such as WV Board of
     portion of policy or law                  how that portion of policy or           Education Policy number
     constrains the implementation             law constrains the                      2510, which if waived would
     of the described activity, and            implementation of the                   allow many changes in
     how the waived restriction will           described activity.                     operation which are
     allow flexibility for                                                             unrelated to the activities
     implementation.                                                                   and which do not constrain
                                                                                       the implementation of the
                                                                                       described activity.

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5. Monitoring and adjustment of the implementation of activities: The plan outlines a method of
   self monitoring and adjusting the innovative activities based on feedback and data collected from those
   who have a stake in the outcomes of the innovation.

           Outstanding                               Satisfactory                         Unsatisfactory

The monitoring process:                   The monitoring process:                  The monitoring process:
   Is clearly described in terms of         Is clearly described in terms of        Is not described, or is vague
    who is responsible for                    who is responsible for                   in terms of who is
    accomplishing what, feedback              accomplishing what, how                  responsible for
    loops are built in to each activity       feedback will be collected from          accomplishing what, how
    to collect data about the level of        all stakeholders to gauge the            feedback will be collected
    concern from all stakeholders             level of concern as the activities       from all stakeholders to
    about the activities as they are          are being implemented, and               gauge the level of concern as
    being implemented. In addition,           what data will be collected              the activities are being
    specific data collection is               about the success of the                 implemented, and what data
    planned to gauge the success of           activities.                              will be collected about the
    the activities.                                                                    success of the activities.

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6. Evaluation of the success of the plan in terms of student learning: The application narrative
   includes the method that the team will use to evaluate whether or not the goals for increased student
   learning and achievement have been met. The plan clearly defines the process for verifying evidence for
   judging the potential for success of the innovation. The applicant has defined what they are seeking to
   achieve and how it will be evaluated, i.e. changes in habits of mind, teacher practice, increased teacher
   leadership, etc.

           Outstanding                               Satisfactory                         Unsatisfactory

The evaluation process:                   The evaluation process:                  The evaluation process:
   Is clearly described in terms of         Is clearly described in terms of        Is not described, or is vague
    what will be used to measure the          what will be used to measure             in terms of how the stated
    expected level of student                 the expected level of student            goal for student learning and
    performance to understand                 performance to understand                achievement will be
    whether or not the stated goal            whether or not the stated goal           measured.
    has been met. The evaluation of           has been met.
    the planning activities is
    designed to inform
    implementation. Outcomes for
    increased student performance
    are included and acceptable
    evidence to judge success
    accompanies the plan.

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7. Scalability and Sustainability Plan: The plan clearly describes how the planning activities will impact
   stakeholders and others interested in the progress and results of the innovative planning activities to be
   implemented. The narrative describes the process the team will use to determine how the proposed
   innovation may be scaled up and its potential for sustainability after implementation and beyond the
   funding cycle of the grant.

           Outstanding                             Satisfactory                         Unsatisfactory

The scalability and                      The scalability and                    The scalability and
  sustainability plan:                     sustainability plan:                   sustainability plan:
   Is clearly described in terms of        Is clearly described in terms of      Is not described, or is vague
    how the activities will impact           how the activities will impact         in terms of how stakeholders,
    stakeholders, and others                 stakeholders, and others               and others interested in the
    interested the progress and              interested in the progress and         planning activities that are
    results of the innovative                results of the innovative              being implemented will or
    planning activities that are being       planning activities that are           might impact them.
    implemented. The plan includes           being implemented.
    communication of results of any
    evaluation of student
    achievement.

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8. Budget Justification: The budget justification should clearly be tied to the scope and requirements of
   planning the innovative activities, as this is a planning grant. The budget narrative should describe the
   basis for determining the amounts shown on the budget page.

           Outstanding                             Satisfactory                         Unsatisfactory

The budget provides:                     The budget provides:                   The budget provides:
       Strong justification of costs           Justification of costs of             No justification or
        of planning the innovative               planning the innovative                justification is vague for
        activities is reasonable and             activities is reasonable and           the program costs.
        necessary to meet the needs              necessary to meet the needs
        for planning.                            for planning.



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