Pursuant to Senate Bill 1, 2021 Extraordinary Session, all Kentucky public school districts are required to submit their current COVID-19 School Operations Plan and any subsequent drafts to the Kentucky Department of Education for informational purposes. Districts may submit their plans to KDE using this form.

Comprehensive Improvement Planning

Comprehensive Improvement Planning for Schools and Districts

Published: 10/14/2021 3:17 PM

2021-22 Comprehensive Improvement Planning Timeline for Districts and Schools

School and district improvement efforts are a collaborative process involving multiple stakeholders. Through the improvement planning process, leaders focus on priority needs, district funding, and closing achievement gaps among identified subgroups of students. When implemented with fidelity, the Comprehensive School Improvement Plan (CSIP) and the Comprehensive District Improvement Plan (CDIP) cultivate an environment that promotes student growth and achievement.​

The process and timeline for comprehensive school and district improvement planning outlined in 703 KAR 5:225 remain unchanged for the 2021-22 planning season. Diagnostics in the Continuous Improvement Platform have been identified by phases and include the following:


Comprehensive District Improvement Plan (CDIP)
​Comprehensive School Improvement Plan (CSIP)
Phase One
Aug. 1 - Oct. 1
  • ​Continuous Improvement Diagnostic for Districts
  • ​Continuous Improvement Diagnostic for Schools
​Phase Two
Oct. 1 - Nov. 1
  • ​Needs Assessment for Districts
  • District Assurances
  • District Safety Report
  • ​Needs Assessment for Schools
  • School Assurances
  • School Safety Report
Phase Three
Nov. 1 - Jan. 1
  • ​Professional Development Plan for Districts
  • Comprehensive District Improvement Plan
  • Executive Summary for Districts
  • The Superintendent Gap Assurance
  • ​Professional Development Plan for Schools
  • Comprehensive School Improvement Plan
  • Executive Summary for Schools
​Phase Four
Jan. 1 - Dec. 31
  • English Learner Plan for Districts (Lau Plan) - New
  • Continuation of Learning Plan for Districts (Due May 1)
  • Progress Monitoring
  • ​Progress Monitoring


Tools for Building Effective CSIP/CDIP Components

In brief, continuous improvement should involve reviewing data, diagnosing needs, setting goals, and planning strategies that can be deployed through actionable steps, or activities. When schools concern themselves solely with compliance, they have lost the spirit of continuous improvement. 

Goals and Objectives reflect measurable student achievement, and student achievement is determined by the processes, practices and conditions found within a school. We believe that all practices, processes and conditions are attributable to one or more of the Strategic Key Core Work Processes below: 

Once a strategy is identified, schools can begin to determine the actionable steps or classroom activities that will be undertaken to effectively address critical needs. These activities should be monitored quarterly for progress.

Key Elements Templates

Schools and districts will complete the appropriate Key Elements Template to determine which processes, practices or conditions it will focus its resources and efforts upon in order to produce the desired changes. Templates will be uploaded to the corresponding diagnostic as part of the Phase Two needs assessment process (October 1 - November 1).

Goal Building Templates

The development of goals, objectives, strategies and activities is slated to take place during Phase Three of the continuous improvement process (November 1 - January 1) and will be conducted using the offline templates:

Once completed to satisfaction, the documents should be uploaded into the Cognia Continuous Improvement Platform (CIP) as an attachment to the corresponding diagnostic. Schools will attach the template to the Comprehensive School Improvement Plan while districts will attach the template to the Comprehensive District Improvement Plan. Users may add columns and rows as needed while staying within the basic framework of the template. CIP administrative users can manipulate the documents as many times as desired throughout the course of the year, uploading the latest versions as often as desired.

If you have questions related to CIP and improvement planning, please contact Natasha Stein or Ruth Swanson.

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Ruth Swanson
Office of Continuous Improvement and Support
Division of School and Program Improvement
300 Sower Blvd., 5th Floor
Frankfort, KY 40601
(502) 564-2116 Ext. 4023
Fax (502) 564-7820


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