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Setting the Goals

During this phase of the Continuous Improvement Process (CIP) cycle, strengths and areas of concern will be identified based on data collected. Once this occurs, staff will work together to prioritize areas that will be addressed through improvement goals. All staff and representative stakeholders should be involved in this analysis and goal-setting stage of the CIP.

Strengths

After analyzing student data, it is important to identify areas of strength. All staff should work together to identify strengths related to leadership, students academic success, staff expertise, and student/family interest and involvement.

Together, identify reasons for success. Always remember that areas of strength should be recognized and celebrated.

Areas of Concern

In addition to strengths, disaggregated data will reveal areas that need improvement. As you study your data, be sure to consider the possible reasons for performance that needs to be improved. Selection and implementation of instructional strategies at the district, school, or classroom level may be needed in order to improve student achievement.

Priorities to Address

Priority areas to address through formal improvement goals must be identified with the consensus of all stakeholders. Throughout the process of setting priorities, remember that improving in any area requires commitment and time. Select one or two areas that will be the focus of your improvement efforts. Identified goals must be specific, attainable, and measurable.