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  2. 2. For ward 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 United States. 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 addresses. 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
  3. 3. VISION Communities Committed to Success for ALL Students MISSION To Provide an Exemplary Education that Inspires and Prepares All DoDEA Students for Success in a Dynamic, Global Environment GUIDING PRINCIPLES 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
  4. 4. Community Strategic Plan Goal One 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. COMMUNITY STRATEGIC PLAN 2006-2011 1
  5. 5. 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 systemwide assessments. • School Improvement Plans will be aligned with accreditation necessary. DoDEA will use a systemwide, requirements and include annual DoDEA will use annual, through the identified growth targets. 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 DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE EDUCATION ACTIVITY 2 COMMUNITY STRATEGIC PLAN 2006-2011 3
  6. 6. 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 citizenship. 1B Outcome Milestones July 2011 • 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 Council/Student Government, 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 reduced. 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 (secondary) (e.g., Reading/ELA/Math support, systems. • Student schedules/Course AVID, Advanced Placement, Enrollment (secondary) Honors). DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE EDUCATION ACTIVITY 4 COMMUNITY STRATEGIC PLAN 2006-2011 5
  7. 7. Community Strategic Plan Goal Two GOAL 2: Performance-Driven, Efficient Management Systems 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 student achievement. 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. COMMUNITY STRATEGIC PLAN 2006-2011 7
  8. 8. 2A Milestones 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 work. 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 and accountability. standards. DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE EDUCATION ACTIVITY 8 COMMUNITY STRATEGIC PLAN 2006-2011 9
  9. 9. 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. needs. July 2011 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 dynamic environment. 2C Outcome Milestones July 2010 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 standards-based instructional providing safe, secure, and program. well-managed environments that focuses on student achievement. DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE EDUCATION ACTIVITY 10 COMMUNITY STRATEGIC PLAN 2006-2011 11
  10. 10. 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 stakeholders. injuries. • Review/revise current standards, reporting systems, surveys, and assessments for alignment with standards for providing safe environments. Goal Three • 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 Workforce 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 committed workforce. DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE EDUCATION ACTIVITY 12 COMMUNITY STRATEGIC PLAN 2006-2011 13
  11. 11. 3A Outcome Milestones Outcome B: Continuous Professional Development and Training 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 2008 • All GS and support sta will have 2009 • 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 comprehensive leadership were submitted. skill categories. development plan for the training of leaders to ensure the continuity and high quality of DoDEA leadership. 3A Implementation Milestones July 2007 • Develop and implement a four- July 2008 • Establish and implement a • Develop and implement a DoDEA-wide system for tracking 3B Measures 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. systems. • 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 realignment. process. DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE EDUCATION ACTIVITY 14 COMMUNITY STRATEGIC PLAN 2006-2011 15
  12. 12. 3B Implementation Milestones 2007 2008 • 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 Goal Four • 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 improvement tool. 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 growth. DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE EDUCATION ACTIVITY 16 COMMUNITY STRATEGIC PLAN 2006-2011 17
  13. 13. 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 families. 4A Measures 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 military families. 4A Implementation Milestones Outcome B: All schools, districts, areas, and headquarters will effectively communicate using a planned, systematic approach July 2007 • 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 communication standards. 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. DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE EDUCATION ACTIVITY 18 COMMUNITY STRATEGIC PLAN 2006-2011 19
  14. 14. 4B Measures All levels will evaluate the effectiveness of communications using the established standards 4B Implementation Milestones July 2007 July 2008 Appendix • 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 July 2009 established system for evaluating e ective area communication. • Districts will use the established system for evaluating e ective school communication. DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE EDUCATION ACTIVITY 20 COMMUNITY STRATEGIC PLAN 2006-2011 21
  15. 15. 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 K Norm-Referenced (TerraNova) X X X X X X X X X Developmentally Appropriate Assessments 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. disaggregated 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. DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE EDUCATION ACTIVITY 22 COMMUNITY STRATEGIC PLAN 2006-2011 23
  16. 16. 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, or achievement. 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. life-cycle replacement 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 standards. system-wide assessment program. A standard operating procedure de ning the distribution and professional development accountability of resources. Programs, courses, and activities designed to further educate certi ed personnel. DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE EDUCATION ACTIVITY 24 COMMUNITY STRATEGIC PLAN 2006-2011 25
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