School Improvement & Innovation Plan

Outcome goals for this academic school year

Cooper Middle School | Fairfax County Public Schools | Region 1

End of Year SMARTR Outcome #1

In the current 2016-17 school year, all Cooper Middle School students will develop creative and critical thinking skills through participation in a project that emphasizes process over product and is designed to foster students’ growth as thinkers and learners. Students’ proficiency in articulating ideas and demonstrating critical and creative thinking toward an authentic goal will be assessed through the completion of four key components (Research, Individual Process Log, Reflection Essay, and Visual Presentation) using a rubrics (where 7th grade’s rubric is based on FPCS Portrait of a Graduate rubrics). Across the four key components, the majority of students will achieve a passing score.

Strategy 1

Increase transparency with students, parents, and staff. (Communicator/Collaborator/ Goal Directed and Resilient Individual)

Strategy 2

Partially implement a Project Based Learning model for QUEST. (Creative and Critical Thinker)

End of Year SMARTR Outcome #2

By Spring 2017, 100% of students will demonstrate growth in the area of composing/written expression by meeting or exceeding their differentiated growth score as measured on the expository composition rubric.

Strategy 1

Form and provide professional development for curriculum teams to monitor and provide interventions for students with identified learning needs.

Strategy 2

Provide different course options and pathways to meet diverse student needs including Responsive Writing and QST Intervention