EDUCATION

Rigorous standards of achievement and employing staff members that help students succeed are among the top goals of the Killeen Independent School District’s annual improvement plan.

At Tuesday’s KISD board workshop, Robin Champagne, assistant superintendent for campus leadership, presented the district’s 2017-2018 Improvement Plan, along with more than a dozen members of her committee.

The committee consisted of special education and general education teachers, school administrators, and at least one retiree and one parent.

Each year, the committee begins the annual process of updating the Improvement Plan, which is used as a guide for district and campus staff in the improvement of student performance, according to Champagne.

Cioni Williams, elected co-chair of the committee and seventh-grade math teacher at Audie Murphy Middle School, explained the committee’s function. They divided up into groups that reviewed one portion of the needs assessment and one section of the roles, objectives and strategies. Through this process, the Improvement Plan was revised for the current school year.

This year’s document runs 79 pages.

“There are four categories in the comprehensive needs assessment. In the past there have been eight,” Champagne said. Due to new legislation coming down from the federal government, those categories have been reduced to demographics, student academic achievement, district processes and programs and perceptions.

All of the district goals are the same for all campuses, Champagne said.

The goals are:

• Killeen ISD will maintain rigorous standards of achievement to prepare 21st century learners for graduation and post-secondary success.

• Killeen ISD will recruit, employ, develop, and retain a highly effective staff that proactively engages students for success.

• All Killeen ISD personnel will promote effective parental and community involvement through communication, participation, and partnerships in accomplishing the district’s goals.

• Killeen ISD will provide a safe, healthy, secure, and orderly environment for students, staff, families and community.

• Killeen ISD will maintain efficient and effective management of resources and operations to maximize learning for all students and staff.

 Pages of performance objectives for each of these goals are listed, along with columns to record the quarterly evaluations of the plan’s progress, Champagne said.

The evaluations are done in November, January, March and June.

The progress is tracked by symbols designating how each strategy under a particular performance objective has been accomplished, must be continued/modified, some progress, considerable or no progress. Another designation is that the strategy be discontinued.

As addenda to the Improvement Plan, information on the KISD special education strategy plan is included for year two.

The goals and objectives listed in the addenda include increasing the academic achievement of students with disabilities in math and English Language Arts by 5 percent. Other goals are for the positive, supportive and professional culture across general and special education in KISD to improve as measured by at least 75 percent of respondents to the K-12 Insight Staff Survey, along with the satisfaction and involvement for parents of students with disabilities measured on the same survey.

KISD board vice president Minerva Trujillo asked to see the plan when the evaluations have been completed.

Champagne responded that the Improvement Plan is posted on the KISD website, and is updated as the quarterly evaluations take place.

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