SELF Competencies: AP Continuous Improvement

#7. Continuous Improvement

MANAGERIAL/SYSTEMS LEADERSHIP: Align systems, structures, and resources that sustain a culturally consonant environment in the service of student learning.

Continuous improvement

Use continuous improvement strategies to promote systems change in service of the school’s equity vision.


  • Use of data: Use data findings - particularly related to the opportunities and outcomes of AA, Latinx, Pacific Islander, EL students and students with disabilities - as the basis for setting improvement goals.

  • Improvement process: Use processes for continuous improvement (e.g., Plan-Do-Study-Act) to set goals, implement strategies, monitor progress, and adjust based on outcomes.

  • Inquiry: Use inquiry strategies (e.g., root cause analysis, articulating a theory of action) to guide decision-making and action planning.

  • Innovation: Use strategies and resources to implement new ideas, assess their effectiveness and coherence with ongoing improvement efforts, and adapt implementation based on lessons learned.

Evidence of Impact

  • Protocols and processes to diagnose the current state of the school (including review of data, school practices, and instructional practices) are clear and transparent to all staff.

  • Each grade and department have specific student outcome targets for AA, Latinx, Pacific Islander, EL students and students with disabilities, clear milestones, and benchmarks to track student outcomes and school practice implementation.

  • Strategic plan priorities are public – stakeholders share a common understanding of short and long term milestones and goals.

  • Teacher leaders and members of the leadership team focus regular discussions on student learning outcomes.

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