Total Enrollment: 3,748
|Students identified as student with disabilities:||17.6%|
|Students identified as economically disadvantaged:||53.3%|
|Students identified as minority:||13.5%|
|Students identified as limited English proficient:||0.5%|
Three years ago, the Wooster City School District (WCSD) took a leap of faith, signing on with the state education agency as a partner district to help design and test the development of a statewide improvement process that could be used by any district, regardless of size and demographics, to improve student learning.
Dubbed the Ohio Improvement Process (OIP), it was the state's vehicle for establishing a state system of support focused on instructional leadership and improvement – a system that was truly statewide in scope and systemic in nature. Built around the use of an embedded set of connected, web-based data tools, the OIP is being used by well over half of the 612 traditional public school districts and 100+ charter schools in the state to enact essential leadership practices as identified by the Ohio Leadership Advisory Council (OLAC), a broad-based stakeholder group jointly sponsored by the Ohio Department of Education and the Buckeye Association of School Administrators.1 It is also a key component of the state's Race to the Top (RttT) strategy.
Having a very focused, intentional strategic priority helps us gain and grow. It's the foundation for our school improvement system here.
– Michael Tefs, WCSD Superintendent
New to the district in 2008, but not to the superintendency, Michael Tefs initially used the district's involvement in OIP to get the lay of the land, conducting an environmental scan to identify the district's most pressing issues and develop the kind of collaborative partnerships needed to focus and align core work across the district. "As a superintendent, you have to be willing to check your ego at the door because you're not going to be the keeper of the initiatives. It's synergistic, it's an entire team process that's a makeup of your cabinet, your management, teachers, even parents and students," explained Tefs.
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1 While developed for use by all districts, under Ohio's federally approved differentiated accountability model, all districts in school improvement (SI) status or that have one or more schools in SI, are required to implement the OIP as their intervention.