2016 Colorado Revised Statutes
Title 22 - Education
General and Administrative
Article 11 - Accreditation
Part 4 - School Accountability
§ 22-11-404. School improvement plan - contents

CO Rev Stat ยง 22-11-404 (2016) What's This?

(1) (a) If the state board, pursuant to section 22-11-210, directs a district public school to adopt an improvement plan, the school principal and the school district superintendent, or his or her designee, in accordance with time frames specified in state board rules, shall adopt a school improvement plan, as described in subsection (3) of this section, for the district public school.

(b) The school accountability committee for the district public school shall advise the principal concerning preparation of the school improvement plan and shall make recommendations to the principal concerning the contents of the school improvement plan. The principal, with the approval of the superintendent or his or her designee, shall create and adopt the school improvement plan, taking into account the advice and recommendations of the school accountability committee.

(c) The school district accountability committee shall include the adopted school improvement plan in the compilation prepared pursuant to section 22-11-302 (1), and the local school board shall consider the adopted school improvement plan in developing the budget required by section 22-44-108. The principal and the superintendent, or his or her designee, shall ensure that the school improvement plan is in effect for the district public school within the time frames established in state board rules.

(2) (a) If the state board, pursuant to section 22-11-210, directs an institute charter school to adopt an improvement plan, the school principal, in accordance with time frames specified in state board rules, shall adopt a school improvement plan, as described in subsection (3) of this section, for the institute charter school.

(b) The school accountability committee for the institute charter school shall advise the principal concerning preparation of the school improvement plan and shall make recommendations to the principal concerning the contents of the school improvement plan. The principal shall create and adopt the school improvement plan, taking into account the advice and recommendations of the school accountability committee.

(c) The institute shall include the adopted school improvement plan in the compilation prepared pursuant to section 22-11-303 (2) (b). The principal shall ensure that the school improvement plan is in effect for the institute charter school within the time frames established in state board rules.

(3) A school improvement plan shall be designed to raise the academic performance of students enrolled in the public school and to ensure that the public school, following the next annual performance review, attains a higher accreditation category. At a minimum, each school improvement plan shall:

(a) Set or revise, as appropriate, ambitious but attainable targets that the public school shall attain on the performance indicators. The principal and school district superintendent, or his or her designee, shall ensure that the targets are aligned with the statewide targets set by the state board pursuant to section 22-11-201.

(a.5) If the public school serves students in kindergarten and first, second, and third grades, identify the strategies to be used in addressing the needs of students enrolled in kindergarten and first, second, and third grade who are identified pursuant to section 22-7-1205 as having significant reading deficiencies and set or revise, as appropriate, ambitious but attainable targets that the public school shall attain in reducing the number of students who have significant reading deficiencies and in ensuring that each student achieves grade level expectations in reading;

(b) Identify positive and negative trends in the levels of attainment by the public school on the performance indicators;

(c) Assess and prioritize the issues and needs at the public school that must be addressed to raise the levels of attainment on the performance indicators by the public school and to improve school readiness, if the public school serves students in preschool or kindergarten;

(d) Identify specific, research-based strategies that are appropriate in scope, intensity, and type to address the needs and issues identified pursuant to paragraph (c) of this subsection (3);

(e) Identify the local, state, and federal resources that the public school will use to implement the identified strategies with fidelity; and

(f) Address any other issues required by rule of the state board or raised by the department through the performance review pursuant to section 22-11-210.

(4) The local school board, on behalf of a district public school, or the institute, on behalf of an institute charter school, shall submit the school improvement plan to the department for publication on the data portal. The public school shall make copies of the school improvement plan available to members of the public upon request.

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