School Improvement Plans
The Longview School District is focused on improving the rigor and relevance to make sure all of our students are well-prepared for success in college and career. That focus is outlined in the district’s 5-year strategic plan which is called “Design for Excellence.”
Our Design for Excellence involves actions taken at the district wide level, and specific actions at each school. The actions focus on increasing student achievement and strengthening the traits that are typically found in schools that are highly successful.
Here you’ll find both comprehensive and summarized information about the Design for Excellence including the school-level actions planned for this school year contained in individual “School Improvement Plans.”
The Longview Public Schools are focused on student learning and will create a system of practices dedicated to improving student achievement levels. We believe that all students can learn and that it is our responsibility to ensure that all of our students do learn so that they can reach their academic potential. This is accomplished by focusing on results:
- through a partnership of students, staff, parents, and community;
- in a supportive, caring, innovative environment;
- with a commitment to challenge each learner to reach their potential.
- As measured by the state summative assessment:
- By 2023 district student English/Language Arts (ELA) and Mathematics achievement levels will exceed state average achievement levels in all grades
- Using the I-Ready Reading and Mathematics growth projection data from the Spring of 2018 as a baseline, the percentage of 2nd-8th grades students meeting their growth targets will increase 10% by the Spring of 2023.
- In grades K-1, as measured by the Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy Skills (DIBELS) assessment, 75% of students will be reading at expected levels by 2023.
- Four year graduation rates will reach 90% by the end of the 2023.
- Five year graduation rates will reach 92% by the end of the 2023.
- High school, end of year course failure rates will decrease each year and not exceed 5% by the end of the 2023 school year.
- Enrollment in Career and Technical Education (CTE), and dual credit courses will increase each year.
- The number of AP exams taken by our students will increase each year.
- The percentage of students scoring a 3 or above on AP exams will exceed national averages by the end of the 2023 school year.
- As Measured by the Center for Educational Effectiveness (CEE) annual survey:
- The percentage of staff members rating each of the 11 Characteristics as being almost always true or often true will increase by 5% by 2023. Data collected in the spring of 2018 will serve as the baseline for measuring this growth.
- The percentage of parents rating each of the 8 Characteristics as being almost always true or often true will increase by 5% by 2023. Data collected in the spring of 2018 will serve as the baseline for measuring this growth.
- The percentage of students rating each of the 7 Characteristics as being almost always true or often true will increase by 5% by 2023. Data collected in the spring of 2018 will serve as the baseline for measuring this growth.
- Rigor and Relevance
- Focused Intervention
- Student Connectedness
- The Whole Child
- Prudent and Focused Financial Management
- Maintain and Build Dynamic Facilities
We are committed to providing a rigorous and relevant education for each of the students we serve. Because of our belief in the primary importance of creating students who are effective readers and writers, we will focus on improving the literacy (reading and writing) skills of our students and recognize that teaching literacy is the responsibility of all teachers, regardless of grade level or content area. This comes with the recognition that our students numeracy (Mathematics) skills must also be focused upon as they progress through our school system. We also will strive to provide diverse curricular and co-curricular options to our students so that they are able to explore and discover their gifts and their personal and vocational interests. We will constantly review the curricular and co-curricular options available to our students to ascertain areas in which we may need to provide additional opportunity. Opportunities that will be considered for expansion and revision include: Career and Technical Education, Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), Dual Credit, Highly Capable (HiCap), and Visual and Performing Arts. We will assure that students in poverty are not denied these opportunities due to their lack of resources.
We are committed to providing supplemental, evidence based, and focused educational services to our students who are struggling to meet expected achievement and behavior standards. We will monitor the academic and behavioral progress of each student and provide targeted intervention during the regular school day when skill deficits are identified. Extended day programming for students in need of additional services will also be provided through after school and summer school educational opportunities. To help meet our goal of increasing graduation rates, credit retrieval options will be provided to students who need additional opportunities to earn course credit. Additionally, an alternative high school program that supports student success will be available for students who are struggling to succeed in a traditional high school setting. We also recognize our responsibility to intervene to meet the needs of our students who are already achieving at high levels so that they are able to continually grow academically and socially.
We are committed to creating effective relationships with our students. The creation of these relationships gives us the opportunity to ensure that all of our students achieve at high levels, graduate from high school, and have access to the workforce or continuing education. The Longview Public Schools recognizes that creating positive relationships with each of our students is a key to their academic success. We will strive to create a welcoming, caring, positive, challenging, rigorous, and safe environment for our students. Diverse elective courses, and extra-curricular and co-curricular activities, play an important role in creating these connecting opportunities for our students. Transitions between grade bands will receive special attention to assure our students’ success. Of particular importance is the transition from elementary to middle school and from middle to high school. Purposeful programs, such as AVID, are necessary for us to support and encourage our students who might be the first in their family to enroll in post-secondary educational institutions. We recognize the essential role that family involvement plays in the success of our students, and we will strive to create meaningful relationships with the families of each of our students so that we are better able to meet our students’ needs.
We recognize that many of our students come to us with social, emotional, behavioral, and physical health needs and recognize that it is our responsibility to work with our students, their families, and community organizations to help our students overcome these challenges. The creation of school and district wide systems of social, emotional, and behavioral support are essential if we are to more effectively meet the academic needs of our students.
In the Longview Public Schools we recognize that the financial resources we have available are due to the hard work and support of our local and state taxpayers. Because of this recognition, we will strive to manage our resources prudently, and will focus our financial priorities on our students, their achievement needs, and the district’s established goals. We will manage our financial resources transparently and seek to provide the community with regular, easily understood information regarding the district’s finances.
We recognize that our facilities play an important role in the creation of a positive climate and culture for learning. We believe that this is an important consideration when seeking to improve upon the education we provide our students and the perceptions our community holds regarding its schools. The Longview School District operates many schools that have been in the community for decades. To protect our community’s investment in our facilities, it is of paramount importance that we maximize the life and functionality of existing facilities while we plan for the future needs of our educational system and its students. It is even more important that our schools are safe and functional facilities designed to maximize teaching and learning so that our students can achieve at high levels. We will create and maintain inviting facilities that reflect well upon our community and its students.
The Longview Public Schools are focused on student learning and strive to create a system whose foundation is built on improving its student achievement levels. We believe that all students can learn, and that it is our responsibility to assure that all of our students do indeed learn. Because of our belief in the primary importance of creating students who are effective readers and writers, we will focus on improving the literacy (reading and writing) skills of our students and recognize that teaching literacy is the responsibility of all teachers, regardless of grade level or content area. This comes with the recognition that we must also focus upon our students’ numeracy (Mathematics) skills as they progress through our school system. We will provide opportunities for students to explore their interests, passions, and career aspirations and will give guidance and instruction regarding the “life skills” necessary for future success. To this end, we will strive to provide diverse curricular and co-curricular options for our students to explore throughout their experience in the Longview Public Schools. We are also committed to providing a safe and supportive learning environment for our students so that they are able to explore their strengths, address their weaknesses, and take academic risks that will allow them to challenge themselves to reach their potential.
The Longview Public Schools will effectively, consistently, and positively reach out to the families of our students so that we are able to work together to meet the needs of the students we share. The LPS will communicate our purpose, share our vision for the future, celebrate our successes, and create processes for our families’ input regarding their schools and our district. We will strive to create an environment in which families are informed, welcomed, supported, and encouraged as we partner to meet the needs of each of our students. We recognize that some members of our students’ families may not be fluent in English and that we have a responsibility to communicate effectively with them also.
The Longview Public Schools are committed to recruiting, retaining, celebrating, and developing effective, well-trained, passionate, and student centered staff members. We are striving to make the Longview Public Schools the district of choice for Southwest Washington educators and support personnel. We will do this by creating and maintaining an environment that is marked by exemplary student performance in a positive, supportive, and caring culture. Professional development that meets the needs of our staff members will be provided, and staff members new to our district will be given additional support as they transition into our district. Professional development opportunities will be focused on literacy, effective instructional design, the establishment of clear and essential learning targets, and dropout prevention. We are committed to compensating our employees fairly and competitively so that we are able to attract and retain outstanding staff members who are focused on serving our students. Our employees are our greatest resource, and we recognize that they constitute the majority of our resource allocation.
The Longview Public Schools embrace the belief that our schools should reflect the desires and dreams of our community. We will strive to create partnerships with its people, organizations, and governing bodies so that our policies, programs and direction reflect the needs of the community we serve. We will communicate effectively and consistently with all stakeholders within the community to assure the opportunity for the involvement of all constituents. The LPS will share our purpose, our vision for the future, our successes and challenges and create processes for community input. Diverse mediums for communication will be used to assure a consistent and positive presence of the Longview Public Schools in our community.
Adopted on May 23, 2016
Revised on April 24, 2017
Revised on September 24, 2018