School Comprehensive Improvement Plan


    Saint Paul Public Schools engages in a process of continuous improvement. At the school level, a major tool in the improvement process is the School Comprehensive Improvement Plan (SCIP). The SCIP is a strategic document that district schools use to identify a school's needs and priorities for areas of improvement priorities.  The ten components of the SCIP are: Overview, Data, Analysis, Goals, Strategies, Aligned Learning, Title 1, Family Engagement, Assurances and Signatures.

    A school improvement plan is necessarily based on the actual assessed strengths and needs of students at the school. School staff and other persons involved in creating the SCIP utilize district and school-based assessments to review students' status and progress on all of the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) federal law indicators, as well as other key state and district indicators, such as the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments (MCAs), and others.

    In addition, schools analyze student demographic data and other performance indicators such as attendance rates, discipline, graduation rates and enrollment in higher education in determining the areas which the school must emphasize in order to bring about higher levels of student proficiency and success. SCIP Goals and Improvement Strategies are determined at the school level based on conclusions drawn following careful analysis of this data.

     A summary of the JAJ SCIP:

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    John A. Johnson Achievement Plus

    School Continuous Improvement Plan (SCIP) 2016-2017


    Reading Goal: The percentage of students scoring proficient or higher in reading will increase from 16% to 19% by Spring 2017 as measured by the Spring 2017 MCA Reading Test.

    Math Goal: The percentage of students scoring proficient or higher in math will increase from 14% to 16% by Spring 2017 as measured by the Spring 2017 MCA Math Test.

    Key Strategies and Teacher Action Steps:

    Teachers will engage in high level Professional Development that will support them to:

    • Use an equity lens while examining literacy and math data while focusing on student’s strengths.
    • Deepen knowledge about reading and math instruction and how to adapt lessons to meet the needs of all students.
    • Develop a technology rich environment to increase engagement of students by using instructional strategies that tailors teaching and learning to John A. Johnson’s diverse student body.


    Culture/Climate Goal: 100% of staff will follow school-wide expecations for Positive Behavior Instructional Supports (PBIS) and implement Culturally Responsive Teaching, as shown by classroom walkthroughs.  

    Key Strategies and Action Steps:

    • All adults feel that every student is their responsibility and continually reinforces the JAJ Way.
    • All adults examine teacher moves that mitigate or enhance student interactions, behavioral or academic.
    • All adults will be open to trying new culturally responsive teaching practices (behavioral or instructional) with the understanding that we are all learning and growing together.