SBDM Newsletter – December 2020

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School-Based Decision Making Newsletter


December 2020, Volume 2 Issue 11

Phase Three: Comprehensive Improvement Planning and 2020-2021 Continuous Improvement Options

Schools are required to re-evaluate their needs and strategies each year to determine if their Comprehensive School Improvement Plan (CSIP) goals will change.

Due to the lack of K-PREP data for the 2019-2020 school year, completing the goal-setting template during phase three of the improvement planning process may prove challenging. The Kentucky Department of Education suggests the following three options for consideration:

  1. No change: You may determine that the goals set for the 2019-2020 school year are still appropriate for moving student achievement forward. If those goals were ambitious and school closure made attainment unlikely, you may determine that your 2020-2021 goals should remain the same.
  2. Create goals aligned to your own formative and summative assessment data: You may have an assessment system that includes formative and summative assessments that provide districtwide or schoolwide data. Such data may be used to set and evaluate goals for the 2020-2021 school year.
  3. Implement statistical projections: You may have a clear picture of the trajectory of your scores over the past few years. You may choose to consider your past data and the increases made to estimate what could have been expected for 2019-2020 and determine appropriate goals for 2020-2021. To learn more about this option, please view the "Forecasting Data to Inform Continuous Improvement" webinar on this topic.

For more information on these three options, visit the COVID-19 2020-21 Improvement Planning: "Living Continuous Improvement" document.

During phase three of the comprehensive improvement planning process, schools are required to complete and submit the following diagnostics in eProve:

  • Professional Development Plan for Schools - New
  • Comprehensive School Improvement Plan
  • Executive Summary for Schools
  • Closing the Achievement Gap Diagnostic

The diagnostics encourage thoughtful reflection of a school’s current state to move to the desired state. Also, schools must address critical needs specified in the Needs Assessment and align strategies and activities to those needs.

The deadline for submitting the diagnostics is Jan. 1.

Mark Your Calendars!

The Kentucky Department of Education's SBDM office is planning and preparing for next year’s trainings, including the endorsement training for coordinators.

Please look at the training options and dates and mark them on your calendar. Specifics, including registration links, will be forthcoming.

SBDM Coordinator/Trainer Endorsement Training (webinar)

  • March 22 (10 a.m. or 1:30 p.m. ET)

  • March 25 (10 a.m. or 1:30 p.m. ET)

Teams LIVE Event - Experienced SBDM Member Training

  • June 23 and 24

Experienced SBDM Member Training 9 a.m.-noon local time

  • July 13: Murray High School

  • July 16: Pike County

  • July 22: Laurel County

  • July 26: Jefferson County

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion for all students

During the Special Superintendents’ Webcast on Nov. 10, Deputy Commissioner Thomas-Woods Tucker, KDE’s new chief equity officer, stated that schools should be safe havens for students and staff, promoting diversity, equity and inclusion for all. In addition, he urged that schools acknowledge diversity, equity, inclusion and social-emotional learning as important aspects of their curriculum.

As councils approve the curriculum for their school, they will need to ensure those aspects are considered and embedded into the recommended curriculum. For added details on Woods-Tucker’s statements, please refer to the November 10, 2020 KDE News Release.


School-Based Decision Making webpage

Comprehensive Improvement Planning webpage



Ashlie Cox

SBDM Consultant

(502) 564-3791, ext. 4046


Natasha Stein

District 180

Program Manager

(502) 564-3791, ext. 4010