Improvement Priorities

The Kentucky Department of Education and AdvancED identified six (6) improvement priorities for the Knox County Public Schools during a diagnostic review visit in spring 2016.   The diagnostic review included on-site interviews and review of documentation in five (5) standards that are foundation for a system of excellence.

The improvement priorities for Knox County are as follows:

Develop, implement and monitor a district curriculum plan and process that addresses: 1) the development and use of district-wide curriculum documents: (e.g., congruent Pacing Guides, Instructional Units, Lesson Plans and Assessments), 2) vertical and horizontal curriculum alignment so that all essential standards are taught at each grade level, 3) the inclusion of challenging and equitable opportunities for all students to develop learning skills, thinking skills and life skills, 4) individualized learning activities for each student in a way that supports achievement of expectations, and, 5) monitoring of progress by examining student academic performance data.

Curriculum Improvement Plan

Develop, implement and monitor a district-wide instructional plan and process that ensures teachers develop lesson plans and instructional strategies that: 1) inform students of clear learning expectations, 2) provide students examples of how they will demonstrate learning, 3) formatively assess student learning to guide and modify instruction and provide on-going student performance feedback, 4) provide students with exemplars of high quality work, 5) require student collaboration and self-reflection, 6) address student development of critical thinking skills, and, 7) are individualized to meet unique student learning needs.

Instructional Improvement Plan

Develop, implement, and monitor a district supervision and evaluation plan and process that: 1) ensures teachers are teaching the district-approved curriculum and that the curriculum emphasizes the use and development of higher-order thinking skills for all students, and, 2) provides immediate and specific feedback to teachers that allows for adjustment of classroom instructional practice to ensure student learning.

Supervision and Evaluation Improvement Plan

Develop, implement, document and monitor a comprehensive assessment system that ensures all district and school personnel 1) use data from multiple assessments of student learning, 2) use consistent measurement practices across all classrooms, courses and educational programs, 3) use data to monitor and adjust curriculum, instruction and assessment to ensure vertical and horizontal alignment, and, 4) regularly evaluate the assessment process for reliability and effectiveness in improving instruction and student learning.

Assessment Improvement Plan

Review and comply with all board policies, procedures, laws and regulations pertaining to the roles and conduct of individual board members and the board as a whole. Implement a process to evaluate board decisions and actions to ensure they are in accordance with defined roles and responsibilities, a formally adopted code of ethics, free of conflict of interest, and for the benefit of student learning.

Review board policies and practices to ensure, support and respect the autonomy of system and school leadership to accomplish goals for achievement and instruction and to manage day-to-day operations of the system and its schools. Maintain a clear distinction in all board actions between the roles and responsibilities of the school board and those of system and school leadership.

Governance Improvement Plan