U.S. Department of Education: Promoting Educational Excellence for all Americans
Table 4. Excerpts From AZVA's Next Steps Plan, In Response to Recommendations From the K12 Quality Assurance Audit *
K12 Inc. Site Visit Recommendations Actions Timeline Responsible Status
Board and Organizational Structure        
AZVA should create additional mechanisms to centralize communications. The AZVA administration will survey school staff to determine communications needs. The administration will evaluate technology to assist with centralizing communications. The administration will develop a communications plan and begin implementation in fall 2005. 12/31/2005 Janice Gruneberg Will begin in summer 2005
AZVA should create a formal feedback loop with teachers. The AZVA administration will develop a survey instrument to collect information from teachers regarding the effectiveness of professional development, outside training needs and effectiveness of outside training opportunities, technology needs, parent training needs, and community relations suggestions. The survey will be administered at monthly professional development meetings and available in an electronic format to capture contemporaneous feedback. 8/1/2005 Jacque Johnson-Hirt Will begin development in July
Instruction        
AZVA should consider designing new teacher training and ongoing teacher training for each year in chunks and stages, rather than as one long week of training; this structure would allow practice and reflection. The director of instruction is developing the new teacher training agenda and sessions. Summer projects will be assigned in May; lead teachers will work with the director of instruction to develop training modules. 8/1/2005 Jacque Johnson-Hirt On track to meet timeline
As AZVA continues to grow, it should give attention to scalability in all initiatives from teacher mentoring and group Professional Development and training to student work samples. The director of instruction is revising the Parent Orientation Guide (includes work sample guidelines). Lead teachers and regular education teachers will have summer projects based on teacher training and mentoring needs. 8/1/2005 Jacque Johnson-Hirt On track to meet timeline
AZVA should consider a way for administration to review aggregate views of low-performing students as the school continues to grow (one suggestion could be having teachers submit the aggregate view, highlighted with red or yellow depending on level of attention needed). AZVA administration has requested a part-time administrative position to manage and analyze student-level data. The administration has also requested a formal registrar position to capture data on incoming students. The assistant director for operations is revising the teacher tracking tool with this goal in mind. 9/15/2005 Janice Gruneberg, Jacque Johnson-Hirt On track to meet timeline
Community Relations        
AZVA should continue to develop ways to encourage students and parents to attend outings and encourage increased participation in school activities. The director of instruction is working with teachers to develop lesson-based outings based on parent feedback. A master outing schedule and plans will be developed and included in the revised Parent Orientation Guide. 7/30/2005 Jacque Johnson-Hirt Administrative team is making summer project assignments in May; on track to meet timeline
Special Education        
AZVA should monitor the special education students' state test scores from year to year in correlation with their IEP goals to ensure proper growth as well as comparable growth to same age non-disabled peers. The administration is requesting a part-time staff position to manage and analyze student-level data. The SPED team is currently developing a process to measure progress on IEP goals, including test score gains. State test scores will be available in June. 7/15/2005 Lisa Walker SPED team developing process; on track to meet timeline

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