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Crete Public Schools - Continuous Improvement Process

Crete Public Schools is a PreK-12 system located in Saline County.  The communities of Crete, Hallam, Sprague, Martell and Denton comprise the majority of the school district.  The elementary includes preschool through 4th grade, the middle school includes 5th through 8th grade, and the high school is grades 9-12.  District test scores are consistently above state and national averages.  Crete Public Schools will meet the needs of each learner by providing instruction that results in problem solving, communication, and technology skills.

What is 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 classroom based assessment (unit and chapter tests), screeners/predictors (DIBELS/AIMS-WEB), norm-referenced assessment (NWEA MAP), and state tests (NeSA R/M/S/W).  This data is used to draw conclusions regarding areas of strength and need.  We review sub groups 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 and administrators develop goals.  These goals are set at all levels including the classroom, school, and district and are monitored by individual teachers, grade and subject level teams, as well as district curriculum teams 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 Crete Public Schools is maintaining a strong and effective continuous school improvement process we participate in the AdvanED review every five years.  This process brings in a team of experts from other districts within, and outside, 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.  Crete currently has national accreditation through AdvancED.

District Improvement Goals

All students at Crete Public Schools will show increased achievement in math and reading at all grade levels.

Success with these two goals will lead to:

♦ An increase in graduation rate
♦ Increased achievement for all students including high ability learners
♦ Closing the achievement gap