Main Menu
Oglala Lakota County School District
Home  \  Schools  \  Focus School Informa...
Focus School Interventions
  1. Utilize SD LEAP to develop a school transformation plan for implementing the rapid turnaround indicators for continuous improvement.*
  2. Implement the South Dakota Multi-Tiered System of Support (South Dakota RtI)*
  3. Conduct an annual data analysis through the four lenses to strengthen the school’s instructional program based on student needs and to design professional development which reflects those needs.*
  4. Provide professional development opportunities specific to prioritized needs as identified in the comprehensive needs assessment.*
  5. Provide the principal with operational flexibility in the areas of scheduling, staff, curriculum and budget.
  6. Inform the district’s board of education and the public on the school’s progress towards achieving adequate progress and student achievement.
  7. Implement evaluation of principal in the Focus School.
  8. Ensure through the teacher evaluation process that teachers are effective and able to improve instruction by: reviewing the quality of all staff, and providing job-embedded, ongoing professional development informed by the teacher evaluation and support systems and tied to the teacher and student needs.
  9. Provide opportunities for parent and community involvement in the decision making process regarding curriculum, assessment, reporting and school environment.
  10. Provide adequate resources (human, physical, and fiscal) to assist in the implementation and achievement of school program goals.

*indicate that grants are available.


Our Only Focus School is Red Shirt Table School

Priority School Interventions
“SouthDakota will implement effective dramatic, systemic change in the lowest-performing schools by publicly identifying “Priority Schools” and ensuring that each LEA with one or more of these schools implements, for three years meaningful interventions aligned with the turnaround principles in each of these schools” (pg. 54 Approved Flexibility waiver).

  • Districts with 50% or more of their schools designated as Priority will have a technical advisor appointed by SDDOE, assigned to them to assist with governance issues. In addition 20% of their Title I Part A funds must be designated for Priority School Interventions.
  • Districts with Priority Schools will be required to implement the Academy of Pacesetting Districts within the first year of being identified. *
  • Priority Schools will implement SD LEAP (Indistar) through the Academy experience. The teams will be trained during the kickoff meeting to use the District Set of indicators. In year two the team will work on the school turn around set of indicators in SD LEAP at the school level.
  • Priority Schools will conduct a Comprehensive Needs Assessment led by approved personnel. *
  • Priority schools will be required to redesign the school day, week or year to include additional time for meaningful student learning and teacher collaboration.
  • Priority Schools will be required to implement the Multi-tiered System of Support (South Dakota RtI) *
  • Districts must review to performance of the current principal and either replace the principal or demonstrate to the SEA that the current principal has a track record in improving achievement and has the ability to lead the turn around effort.
  • Districts must provide the principal with operational flexibility in the areas of scheduling, staff, curriculum and budgeting.
  • The District must provide adequate resources (human, physical, and fiscal) to assist in the implementation and achievement of school program goals.
  • The District must provide professional development opportunities specific to prioritized needs as identified in the comprehensive needs assessment.
  • The District must inform the district’s board of education and the public on the school’s progress towards achieving adequate progress and student achievement.
  • The School must ensure that the instructional program is research based, rigorous and aligned with the common core state standards.
  • Ensure through the teacher evaluation process that teachers are effective and able to improve instruction. Based on the teacher evaluation process the principal will 1. Review the quality of all staff and retain only those who are determined to be effective and have the ability to be successful in the turnaround effort, 2. Prevent ineffective teachers from transferring to these Priority Schools, 3.Provide job embedded ongoing professional development informed by the teacher evaluation and support systems and tied to teacher and student needs.
  • The School must provide opportunities for parent and community involvement in the decision making process regarding curriculum, assessment, reporting, and school environment.
*indicate that grants are available.

These meaningful interventions aligned to the federal turnaround principles will be implemented in all identified Priority Schools. All interventions are thoughtfully wrapped around a central theme of developing teams at both the district and school level which, when effectively implemented, purposed, organized and supervised will provide an infrastructure for continuous improvement.


Our Priority Schools Are As Follows:

Alternative School
Batesland School
Rockyford Lower School
Rockyford Upper School
Wolf Creek Lower School
Wolf Creek Upper School
Data Retreats
Judy Sargent Data Retreats for Priority Schools
 
August 6-8, 2013
September 20, 2013
February 7, 2014
Oglala Lakota County School District
206 School Street
Batesland SD, 57716
Phone: 605.288.1921 | Fax: 605.288.1814
Quick-Edit Login