TUSCOLA CUSD #301 GOALS
I. STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT
Goal: Increase achievement for all students.
The board is committed to providing equal opportunities for all students to succeed. Every school must focus on improving teaching and learning to increase achievement for all students. All students should have the support needed to actively engage in their learning. Some schools may require additional resources to achieve district and state academic goals.
1. By 2013-14, the Tuscola school district will be in the top 10% of its demographic comparable schools.
2. By April 2013, identify and select measures for tracking college and career readiness that will be used to assess student preparation at all levels for post-high school education and careers.
3. By 2013-14, the district’s overall percentage of students who meet the PSAE or the ISAT benchmarks in reading, writing and math will be 95% or increase by 5% from year 2012-13, by implementing rigorous academic core courses embedding 21st Century skills and high expectations for all students.
4. By 2014-15, the overall five-year graduation rate for students will reach 90% and ensure Tuscola graduates are prepared for college, vocational school, or careers.
5. By 2013-14, fully align with the Common Core standards across all schools.
6. By 2013-14, fully implement Response to Intervention programs.
7. By 2013-14, establish a committee (District, Staff, and Students) that will evaluate and modify the current student handbooks into one comprehensive handbook.
II. STAFF CAPACITY BUILDING
Goal: Build our staff capacity to perform at a high level.
High quality instruction is integral to student success. To have a systemic professional development is essential to our success as a school district.
1. By June 2013, develop and implement a plan that strengthens our staff’s capabilities to use student data to inform instruction and personalize learning and to support collaborative practices and decision-making within grade levels, departments and schools.
2. By June 2013, design initial pilots of collaborative practices K-12 that have the potential to lead to a more systemic and flexible approach to teaching and learning, such as job/school embedded professional development, common planning time, lesson study and instructional teaming strategies.
3. Based on state mandated timeline, implement a more rigorous and growth-oriented performance evaluation system for all employees with the purpose of developing and retaining a highly skilled and high performing workforce.
4. By June 2013, provide opportunities for professional development of classroom teachers in differentiated instruction, thus enabling teachers to employ a variety of instructional strategies to challenge and support the diverse needs of all students.
III. STEWARDSHIP OF DISTRICT RESOURCES
Goal: Provide prudent stewardship of district resources to best support student success, educational equity and choice.
The board will direct district resources to support the instructional core and to provide educational equity and choice while maximizing administrative and operational efficiency within a sustainable budget. The district must also respond to enrollment patterns, a student population with more diverse needs, uncertain revenue streams and escalating costs.
1. By 2013-14, the district will implement a sustainable budget strategy that maintains reserves at or above board targets, minimizes the use of one-time funds for ongoing expenses, optimizes the use of short-term resources to improve student achievement, and increases operational efficiency while reducing long-term capital needs.
2. By 2012-13, the district will improve its financial standing among Illinois schools to the top 75% and by 2013-2014 to the top 50%.
3. Every June, the board will review and discuss the range of school facilities to address and prioritize repairs and or improvements to the schools for implementation of sales tax revenue.
4. By June 2013, establish efficient systems for development, allocation, and alignment of resources to support the District’s vision, mission, and goals.
5. Every July, the technology coordinator will provide a 1, 3, and 5 year plan of action to increase technology materials in our schools (i.e. iPads versus textbooks/workbooks, online books).
IV. STAKEHOLDER ENGAGEMENT
Goal: Engage the community, staff, families, students, elected officials and other stakeholders in supporting our schools and improving educational outcomes for all Tuscola District 301 students.
In order for the board to provide effective leadership, it must communicate with and establish working relationships with the community, other governmental agencies, staff, families, and students, and engage these stakeholders in supporting our students and schools.
1. The board and staff will work with community stakeholders and organizations to increase the opportunities for all students to receive the public education and related services that they need to succeed in school.
2. In 2012-15, the board and staff will work with post-secondary education and business community leaders to expand opportunities for students to prepare for a range of college and career choices including trades and two-year degree programs.
3. Annually, review the board and staff efforts to develop strong relationships with neighboring communities and school districts for the best interest of all kids.
4. Continue to listen to the public for their wants and expectations for the children in their community.
5. Continually respect the opinions of each board and community member, while working toward the common good of the district.