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In order for Tennessee to reach its goals that all students have the knowledge and skills to successfully embark upon their chosen path in life, it is important that schools, districts, and the state develop strong plans for improvement that aim to incrementally move towards those long term goals. Therefore, all districts and schools in Tennessee are required to create a comprehensive improvement plan that is developed annually by a diverse group of stakeholders to drive prioritization of the work and associated funding decisions to improve educational opportunities for all students. During the planning process, stakeholders are challenged to review various data points to identify the current needs of the district or school. Once the needs are identified, the planning team creates aligned goals, strategies, and action steps that align with the prioritized needs. All plans should be monitored regularly and revised based on students’ needs throughout the school year with input from the planning team.  

Additionally, ESSA requires Targeted Assistance and School wide Title I schools’ plans to contain additional components. Targeted Assistance school plans are required to have six components: 1) well-rounded education, 2) strengthening academics, 3) regular education coordination, 4) professional development, 5) parent and family engagement, and 6) other programs/coordination.

School wide plans must contain five specific components:1) opportunities for all students, 2) strengthening academics, 3) quality learning, 4) well-rounded education, and 5) at-risk students.

District and school planning takes place within InformTN with improved data visualizations, increased opportunities for collaboration, and a streamlined planning process.

CORE offices will provide district plan support to districts to:

  • Analyze data
  • Identify priority needs
  • Develop goals, strategies, and action steps