School Improvement & Innovation Plan At-a-Glance

Outcome goals for this academic school year

School Improvement & Innovation Plan At A Glance

  • 2017-2018

  • West Springfield High School

  • Region 5

  • Michael Mukai, Principal

By June 2018, West Springfield High School will Raise the Bar by increasing the reliability coefficient between grades and performance assessments on standardized testing.

  • Strategy 1:  We will continue to provide a welcoming environment that encourages students to challenge themselves. We provide focused academic advising, that includes a revised course recommendation process, to encourage students to take advanced academic courses that reflect their strengths. Students have the opportunity to participate in AP Boost camps, Boot camps, and review sessions to prepare for state assessments.

  • Strategy 2:  Curriculum Teams and departments will align all learning activities including assessments to their visible learning objectives and provide a vehicle for ongoing feedback to students so students can track their progress. A Visible Learning Committee has been formed to promote visible learning strategies and celebrate success.

  • Strategy 3:  By the end of the 2017-18 SY departments will use mastery learning practices to identify what level of mastery matches the traditional A.

By June 2018, West Springfield High School will Close the Gap by increasing the reliability coefficient between grades and performance assessments on standardized testing.

  • Strategy 1:  Every Collaborative Team (with includes embedded Special Education professionals) will work to close the gap for all students by reviewing the reliability coefficient between grades and performance assessments. This will be accomplished by teachers using responsive instruction to identify gaps in students’ individual learning plans and by accessing responsive instructional interventions such as: ASAP, before/after school assistance, peer tutoring center, credit recovery programs (e.g. APEX and APEX tutorials), APEX summer school FLEP Monitoring, and/or placed in courses designed to provide additional support (e.g. ESOL, Literacy Lab, Strategies for Success, Double Block Algebra I, Pyramid Math Specialist).

  • Strategy 2:  Teachers will use their Visible Learning Guides (VLG) as a tool to communicate academic expectations and provide feedback to students so students are informed and will have an increased role in their own learning. Each singleton or collaborative team will develop a VLG by unpacking standards and identifying the key objectives to map out curriculum for the year. Teams will develop strategies to provide academic feedback and provide methods for students to keep track of their learning and align them with the desired outcomes.

  • Strategy 3:  Learning Seminars (built in remediation) with Flex-in/Flex-out options.

For additional information regarding this School Improvement Plan, please contact the school principal.