Northwest Public Schools, A Culture of Excellence
An exceptional community of learners committed to continuous growth.
District Improvement Goal
We will provide a learning environment where all students are highly engaged and demonstrate growth in academic performance in order to be ready for the next stage of their lives.
What is Continuous School Improvement?
School improvement is an ongoing process that involves analyzing achievement data, finding strengths and weaknesses, setting goals and implementing a plan to improve student learning.
The goal of school improvement is to improve learning.
How does it work?
Our staff analyze data from multiple levels including performance data from classroom based assessment (unit and chapter tests), screeners/predictors, AIMS-WEB, norm-referenced assessment (NWEA MAP), and state tests (NeSA R/M/S/W). Along with perceptual data from surveys, observations and anecdotal records. This data is used to draw conclusions regarding areas of strength and need. We review subgroups and patterns over a period of years to determine what is working well and where we need to make significant changes. From these findings our teachers, collaborating with their PLC team and administrators develop goals. These goals are set at all levels including the classroom, school, and district. The goals are monitored by individual teachers, PLC teams, school data teams, the district steering committee and our school board. These goals and the actions, strategies, and programs we put into place make up the heart of our school improvement process. To help ensure that Northwest Public Schools is maintaining a strong an effective continuous school improvement process we participate in the AdvanED review at the high school level and Nebraska Frameworks review at the K-8 level every five years. This process brings in a team of experts from other districts within our state to meet with students, teachers, parents, administrators, and other stakeholders. During their visit they review our entire plan, process, and how it is affecting our school system and the community. At the end of their visit they will provide feedback that will aid in our long term growth as well as offer support should we need it. Northwest High School currently has national accreditation through AdvancED.
Standard 1: Purpose and Direction
The system maintains and communicates at all levels of the organization a purpose and direction for continuous improvement that commit to high expectations for learning as well as shared values and beliefs about teaching and learning.
Standard 2: Governance and Leadership
The system operates under governance and leadership that promote and support student performance and school effectiveness.
Standard 3: Teaching and Assessing for Learning
The system’s curriculum, instructional design, and assessment practices guide and ensure teacher effectiveness and student learning across all grades and courses.
Standard 4: Resources and Support Systems
The system has resources and provides services in all schools that support its purpose and direction to ensure success for all students.
Standard 5: Using Results for Continuous Improvement
The system implements a comprehensive assessment system that generates a range of data about student learning and system effectiveness and uses the results to guide continuous improvement.