School Improvement is a continuous, intentional process that schools and districts use to ensure that all students are achieving at high levels. It is dependent on multiple sources of data to determine areas of need, research-based interventions aligned to the needs, and processes for monitoring the effectiveness of the interventions and plans as a whole, at both the building and district levels.
National and state legislation such as NCLB, Ed Yes!, and Public Act 25 all require a continuous review of data, processes and supports to help insure continuous progress.
In 2006, the Michigan Department of Education in conjunction with state school improvement specialists and educators developed the Michigan School Improvement Framework to assist in the establishment of a common understanding of school improvement processes, common vocabulary and common tools to use at the building and district level. The goal was to provide uniformity and support across the state, creating “One Common Voice, One Plan.”