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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


front of PCMS

Achievement Goals

By the spring of 2025:

  • 83% of Pacific Cascade MS students will meet standard on the Smarter Balanced Assessment in ELA.

By the spring of 2024:

  • Special Education
    • 50% of students who receive Special Education Services scoring below grade level in i-Ready Reading on the fall diagnostic will have reached 75% or more of their stretch-goal. 
  • Latinx
    • 50% of students who identify as Latinx below grade level in i-Ready Reading on the fall diagnostic will have reached 75% or more of their stretch-goal. 
  • African American
    • 50% of students who identify as African-American scoring below grade level in i-Ready Reading on the fall diagnostic will have reached 75% or more of their stretch-goal. 


Guiding Questions

Reflecting on previous action plans

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 Middle School

School-Based Action Plan

Action Implementation Impact: Evidence/Monitoring
Advisory (Lynx Life) dedicated to literacy and staffing directed to reading/literacy support
  • Review course enrollment/demographic breakdown with equity lens.

  • Paraprofessional staffing directed to support Tier 3 reading intervention in classrooms.

  • Identify student data standard for determination of support class sections and enrollment.

  • Decrease underrepresentation of student groups in accelerated/support classes. Identify patterns representing disproportionality in data review and plan actions to reduce it.

  • Tier 3 support directed to students farthest from grade level reading proficiency.

Professional Development/Staff Meeting focus on Literacy/Technology and MTSS systems
  • i-Ready training for all staff (data and tools)

  • New Tier 1 and Tier 2 systems created so support students

  • Increase in staff use of Canvas tools supporting HLP (High Leverage Practices) will increase student engagement and learning progress. Commitments to common building practice.

  • Increase access to reading intervention in the general education classroom setting. Building leadership capacity in literacy support.

  • Increase in access to reading supports in the general education classroom setting

  • Fall i-Ready diagnostic data reviewed by Data Task Force

  • One day a week in Advisory (Lynx Life) dedicated to i-Ready implementation

    Weekly targeted lessons created/assigned to individual students based on i-Ready data weekly.
  • Connections with Tier 2 and Tier 3 families

  • All students have access to i-Ready diagnostic results and lessons.

  • Increase staff awareness of student performance on i-Ready diagnostics


SIP Team & Final Review

  • Principal: Jeff McGowan
  • Site Council/PTSA Review Date: January 12, 2023
  • Supervisor Review: Sherri Kokx: January 4, 2023
  • School Board Review Date: March 1, 2023

Leadership Team: 

  • Casey Stookey, Assistant Principal 

  • Susan McDonald, Science Teacher 

  • Brian Arnot, Math Teacher/Data Task Force 

  • Meg Lozada, Social Studies Teacher 

  • Katrina Murphy, LA Teacher 

  • Kari Barker, Spanish Teacher 

  • Katy Cohen, Special Education Teacher 

  • Erin Kwok, LA Teacher/Data Task Force/Ed Tech Lead 

  • Craig McGhee, Social Studies Teacher 

  • Jayme Miller, PE/Health Teacher 

  • Michael Riddick, PE/Health Teacher

  • Terry Shade, Orchestra Teacher