COMMUNITY STRATEGIC PLAN
Communities Committed to
SUCCESS for ALL Students
DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE EDUCATION ACTIVITY
This document contains the strategic direction for the
Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA)
for the years 2006-2011. DoDEA provides education
to eligible Department of Defense (DoD) military
and civilian dependents from preschool through
grade 12 with two distinct programs, the DoD
Domestic Dependent Elementary and Secondary
Schools (DDESS) for dependents at locations
within the continental United States where DoD
operates schools, and the DoD Dependents Schools
(DoDDS) for dependents outside the continental
The DDESS system serves an estimated 25,500
students in 63 schools located in seven states,
Guam, and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.
The DoDDS system serves approximately 65,500
students in 154 schools in 13 countries. Courses
of study in DoDEA schools parallel those found in
public schools in the United States. This plan uni es
the strategic direction for both DDESS and DoDDS,
yet provides the exibility to address unique issues
and challenges each program and each community
The process used to develop this 5-year plan, along
with the vision, mission, guiding principles, goals,
outcomes, members, and glossary of terms, are
contained in the following pages. The plan provides
a road map for keeping DoDEA in the forefront in
advancing the Department of Defense’s agenda for
education, and as a leader in the Nation for improving
student performance and achievement.
COMMUNITY STRATEGIC PLAN 2006-2011
Communities Committed to Success for ALL Students
To Provide an Exemplary Education that Inspires and Prepares All DoDEA
Students for Success in a Dynamic, Global Environment
S uccess for All Students
T rust and Respect for Others
U ncompromising Advocacy for Students
D evelopment of Lifelong Learners
E qual Access to Quality, Rigorous Education
N ew and Motivating Challenges to Inspire Excellence
T eaching with High Expectations
S afe and Stable Learning Environment
Community Strategic Plan
GOAL 1: Highest Student Achievement
All students will meet or exceed challenging standards in academic content so that
they are prepared for continuous learning and productive citizenship.
Outcome A: Student Performance and Assessment
All students will achieve or exceed pro ciency levels aligned to
clearly de ned program and curricular performance standards.
Individual student progress will be continually measured using multiple
local and systemwide performance-based assessments.
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1A Outcome Milestones 1A Implementation Milestones
July 2011 March 2007 July 2007
• All students will perform “At • Annual targets will be established • All students will perform “At • Systemwide, norm-referenced • DoDEA will implement a revised • Student assessments for
the Standard” level or higher on based on school improvement the Standard” level or higher in assessments will be purchased Curriculum Renewal Process technology will be identi ed and
systemwide, criterion-referenced plan data. reading (at grade level) by the and implemented based on the that incorporates an expanded implemented at the identi ed
assessments aligned to the end of grades 3, 6, and 9. CSP Cycle. professional development grade levels.
Reading/English/Language Arts, • Seventy- ve percent of all component and focuses on
Math, Science, Social Studies, students in grades 3-11 will • All Pre-K-2 students will perform • Criterion-referenced assessment for learning. July 2008
and Technology performance perform “At the Standard” “At the Standard” or higher on assessments are developed
standards: level or higher (the top two developmentally appropriate and implemented as part of • A systemwide, grade 9 reading • DoDEA will implement
quarters) on a systemwide, measures. the Curriculum Renewal Cycle. assessment will be identi ed a systemwide, criterion-
• Grades 4, 8 in Math norm- referenced assessment. (See Assessment Development and implemented. referenced, developmentally
• Grades 5, 7, 9 in Reading/ Seven percent or less will Matrix) appropriate assessment or
English/Language Arts perform “Below the Standard” • Each level of the organization measure for selected grades
(Writing). level (the bottom quarter). will develop a plan to achieve and subject areas for grades
June 2007 Pre-K-2.
• Grades 9-11 in End-of-Course the CSP goals using relevant
Assessments (Algebra I, • Revised alternate assessments aggregated and disaggregated
Biology, U.S. History) will be developed and used with data. • The Quality Indicator Map will
all students unable to participate be reviewed and re ned as
1A Measures in the identified DoDEA
• School Improvement Plans will
be aligned with accreditation
DoDEA will use a systemwide, requirements and include annual
DoDEA will use annual, through the identified
norm-referenced assessment systemwide, criterion- systemwide assessments
for students in grades 3-11 referenced assessments for or alternate assessments.
that measures performance in Pre-K-2 in selected subjects.
reading, language arts, math, [For additional detail, please Systemwide student data will
science, and social studies. see the Assessment Matrix.] be reported using the following
[For additional detail, please performance categories:
see the Assessment Matrix.] An Internet based delivery
• Above the Standard
system will be utilized to
DoDEA will use annual, • At the Standard
provide online training
systemwide, criterion- • Partially Met the Standard
modules for assessment
referenced assessments for learning. • Below the Standard
for selected grades 3-12
in selected subject areas All DoDEA educators will
(reading, language arts, math, be trained and use local
science, and social studies). assessments for learning.
[For additional detail, please
see the Assessment Matrix.] All students will participate
in the DoDEA systemwide
assessment program either
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Outcome B: Opportunities to Learn and Citizenship
All students will have access to varied and challenging learning
opportunities and appropriate interventions and/or modi cations
to meet the standards and foster lifelong learning and productive
1B Outcome Milestones
• All students will have equal • All middle/high school students • Leadership opportunities will
access to and be encouraged will be given the opportunity be available in all schools,
to demonstrate productive e.g. Honor Society, Student
to take advantage of challenging
learning oppor tunities. citizenship: JROTC.
Accommodations, modi cations,
• 100% of students participate • Positive student behaviors
and enrichment will be provided
in at least one extra curricular/ will be demonstrated by a
to support the success of every reduction in student incidents
co-curricular activity in
student. middle/high school. as reported in student and
data management systems.
• Unexcused absences will be
1B Measures 1B Implementation Milestones
All levels will annually measure • Grade reports DoDEA will annually measure July 2007
student access to, and success • Assessment for learning student citizenship through • DoDEA will ensure that policies, • DoDEA will implement a policy
in, learning opportunities (local) a review of student and data resource allocation practices, for schools to annually enter
through: • Assessment of learning management systems. and sta development promote student curricular/co-curricular
(systemwide) high student achievement of the and leadership, incident data in
• School schedules DoDEA performance standards student and data management
(e.g., Reading/ELA/Math support, systems.
• Student schedules/Course AVID, Advanced Placement,
Enrollment (secondary) Honors).
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Community Strategic Plan
GOAL 2: Performance-Driven, Efficient
DoDEA will use performance-driven management systems that operate in a timely,
e cient, and equitable manner; place resource allocation and decision-making at the
lowest operational level; and facilitate a safe environment conducive to optimum
Outcome A: Efficient Management System of
Facilities, Equipment, and Materials
All levels will participate in the development and implementation
of an equitable plan to identify and schedule maintenance, life-cycle
replacement, and upgrades to facilities, equipment, technology, and
materials that support an environment conducive to learning.
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July 2007 July 2011
• Establish Functional Work • Make available resources to • All facilities, equipment, furniture,
Steering Group comprised acquire or develop the automated technology, and materials will
of Resource Management, IT, manpower management system be evaluated for age, condition,
Human Resources and Education selected by the Steering Group appropriateness for programs,
representatives from each area and to provide DoDEA wide and in meeting student needs.
and DoDEA Headquarters. testing, deployment and user
training. • Establish baseline data for
• The Steering Group will identify comparison and progress
full requirements and develop July 2009 measurement, and for the
the mandated business case development of a life-cycle
which must include an alternative • Develop and/or re ne standards program and appropriate
analysis of at minimum three for facilities, equipment, budget.
alternatives (cost/benefit furniture, technology, and
analysis must be included for materials necessary to provide
all alternatives). an instructional program aligned
2A Outcome Milestones
with student performance
• The business must address standards.
all phases of the project and
July 2009 July 2010 identify full life cycle cost. • DoDEA will have in place a DoD
• Implement an integrated system approved web-based automated
• Appropriate organization levels • Appropriate organization levels
for nancial, procurement, manpower management system
will have plans to identify and will ensure that all schools July 2008
logistics, and information that interfaces with payroll
schedule maintenance, life-cycle meet the standards for facilities,
technology to streamline • Re ne the systematic process and personnel data and fully
replacement, and upgrades to equipment, furniture, technology,
the acquisition process and to involve all levels in the supports the requirements of all
facilities, equipment, furniture, and materials necessary to
enhance productivity and developmentandimplementation DoDEA components and meets
technology, and materials provide an instructional program
accountability. of an equitable plan for facilities, applicable DoD mandates
(e.g., textbooks and school aligned with student performance
supplies). standards. equipment, furniture, technology,
and materials. July 2010
• Develop and/or re ne policies • Develop and/or re ne local
2A Measures and procedures for planning,
budgeting, and scheduling of
and systemwide assessment
systems to measure current
status and progress of schools
Percentage of schools that All nancial, procurement, towards meeting established
will meet the standards for logistics, and information standards.
• Acquire or develop an
facilities, equipment, furniture, technology systems will integrated system for nancial,
technology, and materials be reviewed to ensure procurement, logistics, and
necessary to provide an increased productivity and information technology to
instructional program aligned accountability. streamline the acquisition
process and enhance productivity
with student performance
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Outcome B: Resource Allocation/Academic and
2B Implementation Milestones
Student Support Services July 2008 July 2009 July 2010
• Design systems for collecting • Re ne the management systems • Establish baseline data
An annual budget plan will be designed and implemented at all and analyzing data about student for collecting and analyzing expenditure to make comparisons
levels in direct support of the CSP. All appropriate operational populations served, programs data for populations served, and measure progress.
levels will have the resources, authority, and accountability to and services offered, and programs and services o ered,
ensure equitable student access to programs and support services associated costs. and associated costs.
necessary to meet academic standards.
• Develop funding formulas to • Develop a process to prioritize
ensure equitable distribution of systemwide operational
2B Outcome Milestones resources to support schools,
districts, and areas.
Outcome C: Secure and Safe Environment
100% of schools, districts,
All DoDEA levels will have a safe, secure, and well-managed
areas, and headquarters
environment conducive to learning.
will use appropriate data for
planning to support highest
student achievement in a
2C Outcome Milestones
2B Measures All schools and above-school
level facilities will meet the
Percentage of schools, districts, Percentage of schools, districts, DoDEA standards for providing
areas, and headquarters areas, and headquarters safe, secure, and well-managed
that use appropriate data with resources that are used environments that focus on
for planning resource e ciently, equitably, and student achievement.
allocations. e ectively.
Percentage of schools, districts,
areas, and headquarters
with resources allocated 2C Measures
based on identi ed student
Percentage of schools meeting
needs and used to support a
the DoDEA standards for
providing safe, secure, and
that focuses on student
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2C Implementation Milestones
July 2007 July 2008 July 2009
• Develop systemwide assessments • Re ne standards for providing
Develop and/or refine
to measure current status and safe, secure, and well-managed
progress of schools toward environments based upon appropriate action plans for
meeting standards for a safe the input from all levels of improving the environments
environment. the organization as well as in schools for reducing
• Review/revise current standards,
reporting systems, surveys, and
assessments for alignment with
standards for providing safe
• Implement systemwide
assessments for all schools to
measure their current status Community Strategic Plan
towards meeting standards for
providing a safe environment.
GOAL 3: Motivated, High Performing, Diverse
The DoDEA workforce will be motivated, diverse, and committed to continuous
professional growth and development resulting in exemplary performance and
optimum student achievement.
Outcome A: Personnel Management Practices
In support of student achievement, administrators at all levels
will continually recruit, hire, support, evaluate, and recognize
personnel in order to retain a highly diverse, motivated, and
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3A Outcome Milestones Outcome B: Continuous Professional Development
July 2007 July 2009 Personnel at all levels will participate in ongoing professional
• Implement an automated • Ninety-seven percent of teachers development and training to support standards that enhance
• DoDEA recruitment and
DoDEA-wide system for will be teaching classes areas
retention e orts will focus on job performance.
endorsements, certi cation, for which they are certi ed by
achieving a motivated, high-
and recerti cation. DoDEA.
performing, diverse workforce,
to include persons with
disabilities. 3B Outcome Milestones
3A Measures 2007
• All professional development
• All GS and support sta will have
• All levels will use the Quality
for educators will be aligned to access to quality DoDEA/DoD Indicator Map for program
The percentage of educator Demographic information will The percentage of teachers the CSP goals, Quality Indicator standardized training for career improvement implementation.
vacancies lled prior to be collected on new hires and teaching classes in areas for (QIM), and the curriculum enhancement and improved job-
the start of the school the current workforce, such which they are certi ed by renewal process. related pro ciencies.
year, as well as when the as race, ethnicity, disability, DoDEA.
• DoDEA will implement a
requests for recruitment periodic surveys, and shortage
were submitted. skill categories.
development plan for the
training of leaders to ensure
the continuity and high quality
of DoDEA leadership.
3A Implementation Milestones
• Develop and implement a four-
• Establish and implement a • Develop and implement a
DoDEA-wide system for tracking
year plan to recruit and retain performance appraisal process
a well-quali ed, diverse work in support of the new DoD endorsements, licenses, and Measure the availability and
force. National Security Personnel recerti cation for all professional e ectiveness of professional
System (NSPS). educators.
development and training for
• Continue to track the timely
educators, GS, and support
lling of all DoDEA vacancies. July 2010
July 2009 sta .
• Develop exit survey procedures • Track courses currently taught • Expand the DoDEA-wide system
to analyze trends and identify with the teachers’ area of for tracking application data for Measure the impact of
practices designed to retain a certi cation using DoDEA’s all positions. professional development
highly quali ed workforce. student and data management on student achievement.
• Develop or re ne an annual
• Incorporate new technology Measureprogramimprovement
transition assistance plan for
DoDEA personnel potentially in support of improvements using QIM.
a ected by transformation and in the recruitment and hiring
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3B Implementation Milestones
• Use technology to expand • Assess and prioritize the • Design and implement a
and enhance professional professional development and comprehensive plan for the
development and training. training needs of employees development of leaders to
using multiple approaches. ensure the high quality of all
• Utilize the Quality Indicator Map levels of DoDEA leadership
(QIM), Interstate School Leaders • Implement an automated process in supervision, management,
Licensure Consortium (ISLLC) for evaluating professional systems technology, curriculum,
standards, and International development. instruction, and assessment.
Society for Technology in
Education (ISTE) standards as • Design, implement, and evaluate 2009
tools for designing professional DoDEA standardized training for
development. GS and support sta for career • Assess the impact of professional
enhancement and improved development on student
• Provide training and guidance job-related pro ciencies. performance.
to educators for using the QIM
as both a self-assessment tool
Community Strategic Plan
for developing professional
growth goals and as a program
GOAL 4: Promoting Student Development through
Partnerships and Communication
Every level of DoDEA will develop, promote, and maintain partnerships and
communications to enhance student development
Outcome A: Partnerships
All levels of the organization will develop, promote, and maintain
partnerships to enhance social, emotional, and academic
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4A Outcome Milestones
July 2008 July 2010
• All levels will have partnerships • All levels will foster partnerships • Headquarters will establish
addressing student transition that engage parents, commands, partnerships with educational
issues. and communities to support organizations and local education
student development. agencies to promote high quality
educational programs for
school-age children of military
All levels will evaluate All areas will evaluate district Headquarters will evaluate the
the e ectiveness of the partnership initiatives in establishmentande ectiveness
partnerships using the support of student transition of partnerships in support
established standards. issues. of school-aged children of
4A Implementation Milestones Outcome B: All schools, districts, areas, and
headquarters will effectively communicate using a
planned, systematic approach
• Headquarters will establish/ • Headquarters will initiate • All areas will verify and
re ne standards for evaluating
e ective partnerships [including
partnerships in support of
school-aged children of military
assess district partnership
initiatives in support of student
4B Outcome Milestones
purpose, goal(s), participants, families. transitions.
and bene t(s)]. July 2007 July 2008 July 2009
July 2008 July 2010 • Headquarters will develop • Each level of the organization
• All levels will implement All levels will be in compliance
partnerships that engage • All levels will evaluate the • Headquarters will establish systemwide standards for will develop a plan that addresses with the established
parents, commands, and e ectiveness of the school/ partnership initiatives in support e ective communications. tools and methods needed
communities to support student community partnerships using of school-aged children military to e ectively communicate
development. the established standards. families. • Headquarters will establish a with internal and external
system for evaluating e ective audiences.
• All districts will establish • All levels of the organization will communication.
partnership initiatives in support showcase selected partnerships
of student transition issues. on their respective websites.
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All levels will evaluate
the effectiveness of
communications using the
4B Implementation Milestones
July 2007 July 2008
• All levels will implement • Areas will use the established
systemwide standards for system for evaluating e ective
e ective communication. district communication.
• Headquarters will use the
established system for evaluating
e ective area communication. • Districts will use the established
system for evaluating e ective
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DoDEA Performance Standards and Assessments for End-of-course assessments will be administered entrance exams (SAT and ACT) are normally
Core Curricular Areas in selected critical academic courses at the taken by students in grades 11 and 12 on a
high school level. The results will provide voluntary basis.
individual student achievement levels as well
DoDEA External (System-wide) Assessments as comparative data across schools, districts,
areas, and the DoDEA system. Results of the
The following assessments will be adopted assessments will not be used to determine
and in use by the year 2011 whether a student passes or fails a course,
but will provide meaningful information to
the student, parents, and teachers concerning
Pre- strengths and weaknesses of individual
Assessment K 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 students and groups of students.College
Norm-Referenced (TerraNova) X X X X X X X X X
ELA CRT (Writing)
X X X X
X X X
Glossary of Terms
Reading Pro ciency X X X
all levels criterion-referenced assessment
Math CRT X X Headquarters (DoDEA), O ces of the A measure that reports student progress
Area Directors (DDESS, DoDDS- Europe, or achievement compared with
and DoDDS-Paci c), O ces of the predetermined levels of quality.
Science CRT X X
District Superintendents, schools.
Social Studies CRT X X alternate assessment
Student achievement data that has
Algebra I EOC All Enrolled Students An assessment that is substituted for been reported by ethnicity/race,
a system- or district-wide assessment. gender, or economic status. Reporting
It is used with students who cannot of disaggregated data identi es within-
Biology EOC All Enrolled Students participate in the system- or district- group student achievement patterns so
wide assessment with or without that appropriate strategies are designed
U.S. History EOC All Enrolled Students accommodations. The alternate and implemented.
assessment ensures that all children are
represented in the system- and district- disciplines
NAEP (Odd years only) X X wide accountability systems.
A term used to describe content or
PSAT X X cocurricular subject areas such as reading, math,
social studies, or science.
Activities available at the high school
ACT (College entrance) Voluntary level that occur after the school day.
The extracurricular activities may vary
SAT (College entrance) Voluntary across schools to meet the unique
needs of the school community.
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diverse workforce modiﬁcations proﬁciency level TerraNova
Personnel who re ect di erences in Adjustments to support student The acceptable level of achievement as A standardized achievement test
race, age, color, religion, sex, national success. de ned by the performance standard. administered to DoDEA students in
origin, and disabilities. grades 3-11 in reading/language arts,
resource allocation math, science, and social studies.
norm-referenced assessment Standardized tests are designed to
external (system-wide) assessment sample the skills and knowledge that
A measure that reports student progress Distribution of funds, manpower, and
An assessment that is selected and or achievement compared with a materials. students are usually expected to acquire
administered throughout DoDEA for the nationally representative group of as they progress through the grades.
purpose of measuring student progress students at the same grade level. Standardized test results can be used
resources to make comparisons between schools,
Funds, manpower, materials, and districts, or between DoDEA and the
partnerships and alliances national norm group.
high quality indicators community support.
Networks with a common goal of
A tool for measuring the quality supporting student success which may scale scores training
and degree of implementation of a include the following:
particular program. The tool includes The scale score is the basic score for the Programs, courses, and activities
research-based principles and practices • parents/students/sta /military community; TerraNova standardized achievement designed to further educate personnel
that can make a di erence in teaching test. Scale scores for one content area at all levels.
• local school systems;
and student learning. • institutions of higher education; test in TerraNova cannot be compared
to scores from another content area. unit
• military, businesses, and organizations;
internal assessment A school, district, or area o ce.
• professional associations standards-based system
A student assessment that is selected
and administered at the school, performance standards A standards-based system measures
district, or area level for the purpose its success based on student learning
of measuring student progress or Standards that describe how well (the achievement of the standards)
achievement. students are expected to know the rather than compliance with rules and
content. Performance standards also regulations.
specify how students will show they
interventions know the content, as well as what
knowledge they need to demonstrate. support services
Strategies to support student success.
Resources designed to supplement or
performance-based assessments enrich the educational process.
A method of evaluation where students
A systematic schedule to replace
apply what they have learned through system-wide assessment program
obsolete or worn-out items, materials,
presentations, responses, and/or
and equipment, e.g., athletic uniforms, The collection of student achievement
products. These assessments are under
furniture, musical instruments, measures that are administered to all
the larger heading of standards-based
technology. students at selected grade levels. The
assessments, which are measures
TerraNova, administered to students in
that are aligned to the organization’s
management systems grades 3-11, is one component of the
system-wide assessment program.
A standard operating procedure
de ning the distribution and
accountability of resources.
Programs, courses, and activities
designed to further educate certi ed
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