School Improvement Plan

Outcome goals for this academic school year

School Improvement & Innovation Plan At A Glance

Key Middle School | Fairfax County Public Schools | Region 3

Math SOL (Student Success)

The overall pass rate on the Math SOL will increase from 87% to 92%

Strategy 1

Students will receive differentiated instruction through the math workshop model at a  minimum of once per unit.

Actions

  1. Teachers will receive professional development in the math workshop model.

  2. Teachers are encouraged to visit classrooms (within the building and/or other schools) modeling math workshop

  3. Teachers are encouraged to share resources via department and/or CTs.

Strategy 2

Students will receive targeted instruction  of essential skills at each math level.

Actions

  1. CTs will identify essential skill(s) at each math level and monitor student growth.

    1. Math 7- Rational Number conversions and application

    2. Pre-Algebra 8- Solving multi-step equations

    3. Algebra 1- Simplify expressions/solving multi-equations (focus on fractions).

Math (Close the Gap)

The overall pass rate on the Math SOL will increase from 87% to 92%.

Strategy & Actions

Students will receive differentiated instruction through the math workshop model at a  minimum of once per unit.

Action(s)

  1. Teachers will receive professional development in the math workshop model.

  2. Teachers are encouraged to visit classrooms (within the building and/or other schools) modeling math workshop

  3. Teachers are encouraged to share resources via department and/or CTs.

Strategy & Actions

Students will receive targeted instruction  of essential skills at each math level.

Action(s)

  1. CTs will identify essential skill(s) at each math level and monitor student growth.

    1. Math 7- Rational Number conversions and application

    2. Pre-Algebra 8- Solving multi-step equations

    3. Algebra 1- Simplify expressions/solving multi-equations (focus on fractions).

Writing (Access and Opportunity)

By the end of the 2019-20 school year, 100% of teachers will have made progress as per CT goals in expecting students to increase the frequency, quantity, and quality of writing in their classrooms, as per the Key Writes Rubric.

Strategy & Actions

Schoolwide PD will take place as a continuation of work done last year to provide all staff with ideas and resources for how and when to have students write as part of their daily experience.

Action(s)

  • Whole staff PD will take place during school planning days based on disciplinary writing (research and resources)

  • Share fairs will take place during Key MS Leadership Team meetings in November and February to share ideas among CT leads and department chairs

  • IB Unit Planning work will highlight experiences whereby students are expected to write as part of the learning process during both IB Unit Planning Retreat Days (1 per year per CT) and ongoing CT meetings

Reading (Student Success)

In 2019-20, the Reading SOL overall pass rate will increase from 81% to 86%.

Strategy & Actions

Students will receive high quality, Tier 1 instruction in all content areas to prepare them to summarize content and make high quality inferences.

Action(s)

  1. Departments will identify and use common graphic organizers and strategies to support students in summarizing content and making inferences in multiple ways, including written and multiple choice formats.

  2. Teachers will receive professional development on disciplinary writing that will incorporate summarizing strategies and inference-making. 

  3. “Red zone”  students will receive targeted intervention through Tier 1 instructional sessions, Advisory Intervention and through double-block classes to support their skills with summarizing and making inferences.

Strategy & Actions

Appropriate interventions and instructional supports will be developed and implemented in order to support struggling students during Tier 1 Extension times and Tier 2 instruction (double block instruction).

Action(s)

  1. Students who scored below a 375 on the previous year’s reading SOL will be placed in a reading intervention or ESOL class whereby targeted skill building will be taught as students learn to summarize/make inferences. 

  2. Students who scored between 375-425 within the past three years will be considered for additional reading supports, including but not limited to being placed in an Action Literacy class or a specialized advisory.

  3. Teachers will continue to monitor students who are going through the Child Study process and identified by the MTSS academic and MTSS behavior teams who might need additional support.

  4. Teachers will identify and teach focused lessons to “red zone” students who need more support with summarization and making inferences.

Student Behavior (Caring Culture)

On the 2020 Virginia Working Conditions Survey, 100% of teachers will select “Somewhat Agree”, “Agree”, or “Strongly Agree” (combined) on questions:

36. This school’s administrators support teachers’ efforts to maintain discipline in the classrooms; 

54. Students know there are consequences for breaking school rules;

60. This school’s rules for student behavior are effective.

Strategy & Actions

Schoolwide procedures and expectations will be developed around specific student behaviors that we want to reduce/eliminate with 100% support of all staff.

Action(s)

  • Schoolwide, a common hallway pass expectation will be implemented to ensure students have a purpose for missing class time

  • Schoolwide, a common On Time Arrival procedure will be implemented and appropriate follow-up will take place with students who have difficulting arriving to class on time 

  • Schoolwide, a common Student Behavior Action Log will be used for teachers to document interventions and the impact of such interventions to support student behavior

Strategy & Actions

Professional development will take place for the entire staff around behavior expectations, procedures/routines, and building positive relationships to motivate students to make good decisions

Action(s)

  • Schoolwide, a summer book read of Conscious Classroom Management will  take place with book talks during return week, CT meetings, and through optional/on going staff PD

  • “How to De-Escalate Students” Workshops will take place for times this fall  to give staff specific strategies to support student behavior

  • The PBIS Committee will continue to encourage usage of a schoolwide token economy to reward students who make good behavioral choices and have special events for such students such as: PBIS store, No Tardy Party, etc.