The plan is typically developed by the school staff, while review and approval of the plan is the responsibility of the School Site Council. The requirement for each school to have a WSIP not only comes from BPS administration, but also from language in the Boston Teachers Union contract.
The agenda for this Friday's meeting of the site council (10/29, 7:00 am) is mostly devoted to reviewing this plan.
Last year's Edison WSIP (2009-10 school year) is attached below (at the bottom of this post) in PDF format. The staff will likely bring a revised version of this WSIP for review on Friday, but last year's version provides a starting point for the discussion.
The structure of the document is:
- Presentation of school data (assessments, student indicators, etc.) and analysis of trends within those data (such as subgroups with achievement gaps, certain kinds of questions that students are not doing well on, etc.) [Section I];
- Analysis of the root causes of those trends [Sections II-III]; and
- Action plan to improve those trends [Sections IV-V].
- Data: Are the data up-to-date? Do the data offer a complete picture of Edison K8 School, or are there other data that should be included? Are there other, unidentified trends in the data?
- Analysis: Do the root causes that have been identified make sense given the data? Have root causes been identified for all negative trends in the data? Are there other root causes?
- Action plan: Are there strategies to address every issue identified in the data? Will each proposed strategy address one of the identified problems? Where might some of the strategies fail in trying to address a problem, and how can those strategies be improved? Does the action plan include metrics, both interim and final, for evaluating the success of the strategies?
For more background reading:
- BPS's "Seven Essentials of Whole School Improvement" (PDF, one page).
- Policy Studies Associates's studies on the effectiveness of Whole School Improvement Plans in BPS (2003 report on data collected in 1997-9).
- "Getting Small to Get Big Results: An Introduction to Data-Driven Inquiry" (PDF, eight pages).