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What is a School Improvement Plan?

A School Improvement Plan (SIP) is a strategic blueprint that schools use to enhance student learning and improve educational practices. It outlines specific goals for improvement, actions to achieve those goals, and methods for measuring progress.

Key Points of a SIP:

  • Goals: Clear objectives the school aims to achieve to enhance student outcomes.
  • Actions: Steps and strategies the school will implement to reach its goals, based on research and effective practices.
  • Monitoring: Regular review of progress with adjustments made to ensure the school stays on track toward its improvement objectives.

The purpose of a SIP is to provide a clear roadmap for schools to improve educational outcomes for all students, particularly focusing on eliminating disparities and ensuring equitable opportunities for every student.

Every school in Washington State is required to have a School Improvement Plan.

Monitoring and Adjusting:

A SIP is not set in stone. It's reviewed regularly, with progress monitored against the set goals and activities adjusted as needed to stay on track toward improvement.

Visit the Issaquah School District SIP website to learn more about SIPs.

District - School Improvement Plans


Skyline High School

Achievement Goals

  1. Using Quarter 1 and Quarter 3 progress reports as baseline – reduce individual course failures by 35% by the end of each semester.
  • Semester 1 2022-2023
    • Quarter 1: TBD
    • Semester 1 Goal: TBD
  • Semester 2 2022-2023
    • Quarter 2: TBD
    • Semester 2 Goal: TBD
  1. At each semester grading period, the pass rate for Black/African American and Hispanic/Latinx students will increase to meet our average school pass rate.
  • Semester 1 2022-2023
    • SHS pass rate: TBD
    • Black/African American pass rate: TBD
    • Hispanic/Latinx pass rate: TBD
  • Semester 2 2022-2023
    • SHS pass rate: TBD
    • Black/African American pass rate: TBD
    • Hispanic/Latinx pass rate: TBD


Reflecting on Previous Year School Improvement Plan

Backed by Data

Schools use multiple data sources to inform their planning. Progress toward school improvement in overall achievement and disproportionality is monitored using state and district measures using a common School Improvement Data Dashboard.

Data Workbook for High School

School-Based Action Plan

Action Implementation Impact: Evidence/Monitoring

Common Course Grading Practices

Individual teachers/content grade level teams will develop common course grading practices within district guidelines that include:

  • Common grading categories, weights and volume of work
  • Common practices for students to recover from late or below-standard work.
  • August professional development and collaboration during LID days.
  • Articulation of common grading practices in the syllabus available in Canvas.
  • Increase in students’ proficiency of essential learning.
  • Increase in overall pass rate and decrease in disproportionality in pass rate.
  • Students who have late work will consistently have an option for academic recovery.
  • Students who fail to meet standard on a course assessment will have the opportunity for recovery learning and then the opportunity for the assessment grade to reflect their learning.
Champions List
  • Data to determine Tier 2 students (homeroom, SDQ)
  • Tier 2 weekly meeting: goal, action plan, progress check
  • Individual student progress monitoring

Increase in overall pass rate for students on champions list, and decrease in disproportionality in pass rate.

Department D/F Focus
  • Monthly BLT Meeting: review D/F data points, using protocol
  • Departments examine specific data points based on BLT feedback
  • Increase in overall pass rate and decrease in disproportionality in pass rate.
  • Increase in alignment across content level teams to increase overall pass rates.
Attendance Interventions
  • Daily monitoring: attendance specialist
  • Attendance tracking: Graduation  Specialist (Tier 2 intervention)
  • Tier 2 team partners with Graduation  Specialist to identify students for targeted interventions using Homeroom Risk Indicators
  • Increased attendance rate
  • Increase in overall pass rate and decrease in disproportionality in pass rate.
Credit Recovery

Offer credit recovery via Canvas modules through ISD teachers (on demand Oct-June)
  • Collaboration with teachers during 2021-22 school year to design courses  
  • Offered in spring 2022 and fall/spring 2022/23 
  • On time graduation rates  
  • Number of students by course by school by term pass rates  

Tier 3 Meetings

Admin/student/guardian meet to build relationships and establish a success plan and identify what each person can do to contribute to success (staff, student, parent/guardian)

  • Collaboration with all high school administrators in June and August Sectionals
  • Calibration with truancy and equity on the framework for the meetings (spring 2022)
  • Implemented August 2022
  • Increase in family/school partnerships for Tier 3 students 
  • Increase in students’ relationships with admin 
  • Increase in students’ attendance  
  • Decrease in students’ discipline
Algebra 1 & Geometry Lab classes

Offer an elective lab class that goes in partnership with Algebra 1 and/or Geometry as a math support for students who are identified as benefiting from it and/or self-select.
  • Offer in 2022-23 course guide
  • Invite students identified using data (SBAC, i-Ready, math course grade history, teacher recommendation)
  • Schedule and try to eliminate conflicts for student schedules
  • Reduced Algebra 1 and Geometry course failures
  • Increase in SBAC pass rates for math
  • Build math confidence

Flex Time

Students have several days per week to access teachers for academic support (making up work from absences, retakes, Q&A, etc.). Make getting help from teachers equitably accessible to all students.

  • Research and design in 2017-18
  • Implemented at Issaquah High 2018-19
  • Implemented at Skyline in 2019-20
  • Implemented at Liberty in 2022-23
  • Reduce missing assignments based on absences
  • Increase course pass rates for all courses

Guided Studies

A class that supports students’ executive functioning and provides academic support in the school day.

  • Students are identified using academic and behavior data and invited to enroll (they can also self-select)
  • Schedule and try to eliminate conflicts for student schedule
  • Increase course pass rates for all courses for students in GS
  • Increase students’ executive functioning and academic behaviors

Tier 1 Behavior

All high schools have behavior expectations. These were taught in September with the additional lens of teaching what they look like in specific settings (lunchroom, hallway, spectator, etc.)

  • Schools developed their school-wide expectations in collaboration with staff and students
  • Students were explicitly taught the expectations in September 2022
  • Decreased school exclusion discipline

Small Counseling Groups

Students will be identified through a screener or referral and be invited to participate in a small group with a specific focus during Flex time.

  • Schools are working to identify their greatest needs using data (SDQ, SWIS, Swedish referrals, etc.)
  • Schools are designing small group models and selecting dates for spring 2023
  • Decrease in student anxiety around tests (if they run a test anxiety group)
  • Increase in school attendance (if they run a school avoidance group)


All students are offered a screener that identifies students with social emotional support needs.

  • Schools offer the SDQ in October and March

  • School teams follow up with all students who scored high on internationalizing behaviors (meet with student, call home, create a success plan that identifies next steps for increased supports)

  • Decrease in SDQ internalizers in spring (from fall)

  • Increased student access to resources (mental health help)

Consent Speaker

In partnership with ISF, bring out the Center for Respect to conduct an assembly on respect in relationships with a specific emphasis on consent.

  • Assemblies for two grade bands in November at each high school
  • Decrease in reports of sexual assault and sexual harassment

Parent University

A series of videos to support increased parent engagement at high school (make sure parents have the knowledge to be able to engage).

  • Building the list of content needs this year
  • Building the videos and creating interpreted versions in several languages
  • Push out as they are built but a strong emphasis on the videos in fall 2023
  • Increased parent engagement (Canvas log ins, guidance team presence, connection with teachers/coaches, course selection, etc.)


SIP Team & Final Review

  • Principal: Keith Hennig
  • Site Council/PTSA Review Date: Various Dates
  • Supervisor Review: Andrea Zier
  • School Board Review Date: March 15, 2023
  • Leadership Team:
  • Elisabeth Bacon – Librarian
  • Courtney Bede – Humanities
  • Kristin Bennett – Science
  • Rebecca Fowler – Science
  • Savannah Gunning – PE
  • Annemarie McGoorty – Humanities
  • Samantha Rossi – Activities Coordinator
  • BJ Sherman – CTE
  • Maria Villalobos – World Language
  • Deborah Walters – Counseling
  • Chris Wilder – IB Coordinator
  • Ami Wilson – Math
  • Nancy Ziebart – VAPA