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									               NH Department of Education

     Developing the District Improvement Plan
                  April 15, 2011
Referencing State and Federal requirements for Districts in Need of Improvement:
                NH RSA 193-H and Federal Public Law 107-110




April 2011
              Developing the District Improvement Plan

                             Agenda

   Statutory Requirements and Deadlines

   The Planning Process
       Materials Needed
       Recommended Planning Resources


   Writing the Plan
       Plan Format
       Review of Required Components




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           Developing the District Improvement Plan
       Materials Needed to Develop the Plan

                      Required Materials

   Districts comprised of a single school
    complete a single, combined district/school
    improvement plan.

   All other districts will need two documents:
         District Improvement Plan Instructions
                            and
          District Improvement Plan Template

Please note that the documents and forms are different for
Title I and non-Title I districts.

Please make sure to use the documents appropriate for
your district.
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               Developing the District Improvement Plan
          Materials Needed to Develop the Plan

                    Reference Materials

   Planning Resources
    (“recommended reading” for the district improvement
    team prior to beginning their work)

   Chart of State and Federal Requirements
    (an overview of the requirements for both Title I and
    Non-Title I Districts)

   District AYP Overview
    (how district AYP and the district in need of
    improvement (DINI) determination is made)


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                  Developing the District Improvement Plan

             Location of Materials on the NHDOE Website

From the NHDOE home page at http://www.education.nh.gov/:
   For Title I Districts:
        Select “T” on the subject index alphabet in the top section of the
         homepage
        Select “ Title I, Part A”
        Select “Title I Districts in Need of Improvement (DINI) Information”
        Select and download the documents appropriate to your district.
   For Non-Title I Districts:
        Select the letter “D” on the subject index alphabet in the top section
         of the homepage
        Select “Districts in Need of Improvement”
        Select “2011-2012”. The Improvement Plan Instructions and
         Template are located in the “District Improvement Plan Instructions
         and Materials” section.
   Reference Materials:
    All reference materials, including this power point, are located in the “District
    Improvement Plan Instructions and Materials” section of the DINI web page.

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   Developing the District Improvement Plan




Statutory Requirements




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               Developing the District Improvement Plan
              District AYP and the DINI Designation



   District AYP is calculated for students in the aggregate for
    whom the district is responsible. Out-of-district students are
    included in the district AYP calculation.

   Districts comprised of only one level (elementary/middle OR
    high school) that do not make AYP in a content area are
    reported as “did not make AYP” in the applicable area.
   Districts comprised of two levels (elementary/middle AND
    high school) must miss AYP in the same content area at both
    levels to be reported as “did not make AYP” in that area.

   The DINI designation is made when a district does not make
    AYP for two consecutive years in the same content area.
   To MAKE AYP, a district comprised of two levels only needs to
    make AYP at one of the two levels to be reported as making
    AYP in the applicable content area.



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              Developing the District Improvement Plan
              State and Federal Statutory Requirements
              (Pages 1 and 2 of the “Instructions” Document)


   New Hampshire’s school and district accountability statute
(RSA 193:H) requires the development of a district
improvement plan for any district officially designated as a
district in need of improvement. The plan must describe at a
minimum:
       (1) the area(s) in which the district did not make
       adequate yearly progress for two consecutive years,
       resulting in the designation as a district in need of
       improvement;

      (2) measurable goals and objectives to reduce
      identified achievement gaps in the identified content
      area(s);



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        Developing the District Improvement Plan
        State and Federal Statutory Requirements
        (Pages 1 and 2 of the “Instructions” Document)




(3) the activities the district will implement to
address and improve the underlying issues most
likely affecting student achievement in the identified
area(s);

(4) a description of how the activities will improve
outcomes for low-achieving students; and


(5) a Memorandum of Understanding signed by the
Superintendent of Schools, assuring that certain
practices and policies are established and
implemented.



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             Developing the District Improvement Plan
             State and Federal Statutory Requirements
             (Pages 1 and 2 of the “Instructions” Document)




Districts receiving Title I funds must also meet the
requirements set forth in Section 1116 (b) of the
federal No Child Left Behind Act of 2001. In addition
to the previously referenced items (1) through
(5), improvement plans for districts receiving Title I
funds must include:

       (6) the professional development needs of the
       instructional staff serving the district;




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          Developing the School Improvement Plan
     State and Federal Statutory Requirements
        (Pages 1 and 2 of the “Instructions” Document)


(7) improvement plan strategies that:
     address the fundamental teaching and learning
      needs in the schools;
     address the specific academic problems of low-
      achieving students;
     are supported by scientifically-based research;
     have the greatest likelihood of improving the
      achievement of students;
     promote effective parent involvement in the
      schools; and
     incorporate as appropriate, activities before, after
      school, during the summer and during an
      extension of the school year;




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           Developing the District Improvement Plan
       State and Federal Statutory Requirements
         (Pages 1 and 2 of the “Instructions” Document)


(8) an assurance that parents, school staff and others
were consulted in designing the plan; and

(9) the technical assistance requested by the district
from the NH Department of Education or other technical
 assistance providers.




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                 Developing the District Improvement Plan
            State and Federal Statutory Requirements
                 (Page 2 of the “Instructions” Document)




                         Duration of the Plan
   The district improvement plan is in effect for a two-year
    period (school years 2011-2012 and 2012-2013).

   While your planning process should encompass a two-year
    period, you will be submitting an action plan for the
    2011-2012 school year only.

   The “district in need of improvement” designation is
    removed once the district makes Adequate Yearly
    Progress (AYP) for two consecutive years in the content
    area(s) that caused the designation.




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             Developing the District Improvement Plan
         State and Federal Statutory Requirements
           (Pages 1 and 2 of the “Instructions” Document)



                 Required Focus of the Plan

In contrast with other strategic plans which may be
broader in scope, this improvement plan must be
specifically focused on improving student achievement in the
areas in which the district did not make Adequate Yearly
Progress (AYP), resulting in the designation as a district in
need of improvement.




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                    Developing the District Improvement Plan
                State and Federal Statutory Requirements
                  (Pages 3 and 4 of the “Instructions” Document)



                         Deadline for Submission

   In accordance with state and federal law, the plan must be
    submitted no later than 90 days from the date the designation as
    a district in need of improvement is official. The designation is
    official at the close of the AYP appeals process on May 9, 2011.

   The Parent Notification letter must be disseminated to
    parents/guardians and teachers. Deadline for approval of the
    Title I DINI parent/guardian notification letter is June 15, 2011
    (should be received by the NHDOE by May 13th).

   Deadline for submission of the first phase of the District
    Improvement Plan is 90 days from May 9, or August 5, 2011



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             Developing the District Improvement Plan
         State and Federal Statutory Requirements
           (Pages 3 and 4 of the Instructions Document)



         Phase 1 Deadline: August 5, 2011

The following Phase 1 components must be submitted:
   1A     District Improvement Plan Cover Page
   1B     Phase 1 Abstract (including demographic
          information)
   1C    Memorandum of Understanding With Original
          Signature
   1D    Parent Notification Letter (Title I Districts)




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             Developing the District Improvement Plan
         State and Federal Statutory Requirements
           (Pages 3 and 4 of the “Instructions” Document)




     Phase 2 Deadline: September 16, 2011

The following Phase 2 components must be submitted:
   2A           District Cover Page
   2B           District Improvement Monitoring Team
   2C           Location of Achievement Gap(s) and
                 Priority Areas for Improvement
   2D           District Improvement Action Plan




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               Developing the District Improvement Plan
           State and Federal Statutory Requirements
                (Page 2 of the “Instructions” Document)



             Review and Approval Process

   Plans meeting all requirements are recommended
    to the State Board of Education for approval
   An annual progress report is required until such
    time as the district’s designation as a district in
    need of improvement is removed.




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 Developing the District Improvement Plan




Developing the Plan




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           Developing the District Improvement Plan




                       Reminder:
Download the documents appropriate to your district
(Title I or Non-Title I) to complete your plan:

   Districts comprised of a single school complete a
    single, combined district/school improvement plan.

   All other districts will need two documents:
         1)District Improvement Plan Instructions
                              and
         2)District Improvement Plan Template




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           Developing the District Improvement Plan
                  (Planning Resources Document)




Districts that have been through the DINI planning
process recommend...

The Planning Resources document which contains
self-assessment tools to begin the process of reviewing the
district’s strengths and weaknesses in relation to
research-based best practice:
          Continuum for School Planning or
          Center for Innovation Steps to Success (on-line)

These tools guide the “root cause analysis” process
and provide links to “research” to answer the questions
  “Where are we now? Why? What are the next steps”



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             Developing the District Improvement Plan
                   (Planning Resources Document)



The process outlined in Parts A and B of the Planning
Resources document encourages the following activities for
developing the plan:

   Establishing a core district improvement planning
    team with clear roles and responsibilities;

   Conducting a “check-up” (Self-Assessment) of
    current district practices and programs designed to
    improve student achievement, so to answer these
    questions:
     What did we implement and why?    (the “Here’s What”)
     What were the results?           (the “So What”)

   Identifying the location of student achievement gaps
    (which students are falling behind and in which areas);


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             Developing the District Improvement Plan
                   (Planning Resources Document)




   Identifying the possible contributing factors
    (conditions, issues, practices, or policies);

   Determining which factors are within the district’s
    control and deciding what to tackle first (prioritizing);

   Creating an action plan (the “Now What”);

   Ensuring the plan is monitored for effectiveness as well
    as timely implementation.




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        Developing the District Improvement Plan
               (Planning Resources Document)



Some districts have found it helpful to acquire the
services of an outside facilitator to guide the team
through this planning process.
See Part C of the Planning Resources document for a
list of experienced facilitators.




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              Center for
     Innovation and Improvement
             As NH is a Pacesetting State for the
           Center for Innovation and Improvement

              Steps to Success          initiative

a coach will be provided to assist new DINIs that elect the
on-line self-assessment process.

A technical assistance session to provide an overview of
the process will be offered:
          Thursday May 5 from 1 PM - 3:45 PM
                       at PSU – Concord

            To register contact Kristine Braman at
                    kbraman@ed.state.nh.us
                  Developing the Plan
             Required Components
             (See “Instructions” Document and
Appropriate Form Pages of the Improvement Plan Template)




        Writing the Plan:
      Required Components




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                       Developing the Plan
                      Required Components


                                Phase I:

   Cover Page   (Product 1A)

   District Improvement Plan Phase I Abstract (Product 1B)
      Description of the district
      DINI team members
      Stakeholder consultation process
      Area(s) district did not make AYP
      Overview of initial self-assessment and data analysis to
        locate and identify achievement gaps

   Memorandum of Understanding        (Product 1C)

   Parent/Guardian Notification    (Product 1D) (Title   I only)



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                           Developing the Plan
                          Required Components


                                Phase II:

   Cover Page   (Product 2A)

   District Improvement Monitoring Team          (Product 2B)
      Membership, process and timeline


   Priority Areas of Improvement (Product 2C)
      Using results of needs assessment and data analysis:
               Location of Achievement Gap(s):
                     Be specific
                     Focus on the identified content area(s)
                     Focus on struggling learners
                     Provide a summary of the prioritized “root
                      cause” issues identified;

   2011-2012 Action Plan        (Product 2D)
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                       Required Components



        Action Plan for School Year 2011-2012
   Duplicate the Action Plan form as needed. For each area in
   which the district is identified for improvement, clearly
   describe the
                Goal (achievement gap to be reduced)


               Strategies (to be implemented)


 Objectives (anticipated changes in professional practice AND
                       student learning)


Proposed Activities for 2011-2012 to achieve the Objectives.


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               For More Information


Title I Districts
   Mary Ellen Arigo (603-271-8315)
   MArigo@ed.state.nh.us

Non -Title I Districts
  Merry Fortier     (603-271-7382)
  MFortier@ed.state.nh.us




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