§ 4.13. Strategic plans.

 (a)  Every school district (including a charter school) shall develop and file with the Department a strategic plan once every 6 years and review that plan for revision at the mid-point according to an implementation schedule developed by the Department. The Department will notify each school district, by letter, of the due date for submission of the school district’s plan to the Department at least 1 calendar year prior to its due date. A school district plan must incorporate appropriate components of the plan submitted under subsection (b) by an AVTS in which the district participates. In the development of a strategic plan, a school district (including a charter school) will, upon request, receive technical assistance from the Department

 (b)  Every AVTS, in conjunction with and with the approval of the majority of its participating school districts, shall develop and file with the Department a strategic plan once every 6 years and review that plan at the mid-point according to an implementation schedule developed by the Department. The Department will notify each AVTS, by letter, of the due date for submission of the AVT’s plan to the Department at least 1 calendar year prior to its due date. The strategic plan must incorporate appropriate components of the strategic plan submitted under subsection (a) by participating districts. In the development of the strategic plan, an AVTS will, upon request, receive technical assistance from the Department.

 (c)  The strategic plan must be based upon an analysis of internal and external needs, leading to the specifications of priorities for action and action plans. The requirement in subsections (a) and (b) to develop plans every 6 years and revisions every 3 years does not limit a school district’s (including charter schools) or AVTS’s ability to conduct a continuous strategic planning process. The plan must include the following components in addition to others the school district (including charter schools) or AVTS determines to include:

   (1)  A mission statement.

   (2)  A listing of the school district’s (including charter schools) or AVTS’s educational and organizational goals as they relate to student achievement and high school graduation requirements.

   (3)  A description of academic standards for student achievement which must be consistent with those under §  4.12 (relating to academic standards).

   (4)  The planned instruction to be offered and the instructional and assessment practices to be used to strive for the academic goals and attain academic standards under paragraph (3) and the high school graduation requirements under §  4.24 (relating to high school graduation requirements).

   (5)  An assessment plan under §  4.52 (relating to local assessment system) to determine the degree to which students are achieving academic standards under paragraph (3) including descriptions of methods and measures used to determine achievement, how information from the assessments shall be used to assist students who have not demonstrated attainment of the academic standards at a proficient level or higher and how information from the assessments shall be made available to the public.

   (6)  A plan for improving students’ achievement, including specific, measurable goals for student growth and plans (including those listed in this section) that are designed to attain students’ achievement goals. Achievement goals must demonstrate a connection to the academic standards under §  4.12 including, but not limited to, annual improvement goals for student scores on State and local assessments.

   (7)  The professional development plan under section 1205.1 of the School Code (24 P. S. §  12-1205.1) and §  49.17 (relating to continuing professional development) and the induction plan under §  49.16 (relating to approval of induction plans).

   (8)  A description of the school district’s (including charter schools) or AVTS’s organization and organizational goals and their relationship to differing student needs within the school district’s (including charter schools) or AVTS’s goals under paragraph (2) and the attainment of academic standards under paragraph (3).

   (9)  A description of the professional personnel, school library, classroom and other resources the school district (including charter schools) or AVTS plans to devote to the attainment of academic standards.

   (10)  A brief description of the process used to develop the strategic plan, including a list of persons involved in its development.

   (11)  A plan for additional instructional opportunities for students not achieving at the proficient level including identification procedures, alternate instructional strategies, monitoring of assessment procedures and opportunities for extended learning time.

   (12)  A description of how the school district will accomplish coordination with community operated infant and toddlers and preschool early intervention programs and the following before or after school programs and services for all grade levels, including prekindergarten, if offered, through grade 12:

     (i)   Child care.

     (ii)   After school programs.

     (iii)   Youth workforce development programs.

     (iv)   Tutoring.

   (13)  A school district that offers prekindergarten shall describe the prekindergarten program and explain how the district will coordinate with agencies that serve preschool age children with disabilities. The plan must address coordination activities designed to identify and serve children with disabilities and the supports and accommodations available to ensure both physical and programmatic access. The plan must address pre-kindergarten programs operated directly by the school district and those operated by community agencies under contract from the school district.

   (14)  A brief description of how the school district will provide for a smooth transition for prekindergarten students, when prekindergarten is offered, from the home setting and any early childhood care or education setting the students attend, to the school setting. This description must include how the district will coordinate with the infants and toddlers and preschool early intervention agencies that serve children with disabilities to ensure a smooth transition for those children to the school district’s prekindergarten program.

 (d)  Strategic plans, the 6-year plan, mid-term review report, annual updates and other revisions to the plan, shall be developed through active participation by parents, students, school directors, teachers, school administrators, other school personnel and business and community representatives. Teacher representatives shall be chosen by teachers and administrative representatives shall be chosen by the administrative personnel; and school director representatives shall be chosen by the board of the school district or AVTS.

 (e)  Prior to its approval by the board of directors, the strategic plan and revisions of it shall be made available for public inspection in the school district’s or AVTS’s offices, on the school district’s or AVTS’s web site and nearest public library until the next regularly scheduled board meeting or a minimum of 28 days whichever comes first. The plan shall be filed with the Department after it is recommended by the school superintendent of record or chief executive officer and is approved by the school district’s or AVTS’s board of directors or charter school’s board of trustees. If the board of directors or trustees alters the proposed strategic plan developed under subsection (d), it shall consult with the committee which developed it to reach the greatest possible consensus prior to its submission and include any minority report which is developed.

 (f)  A locally approved strategic plan shall remain in effect until it is superseded by a locally approved revision or a new strategic plan developed under this section.

Authority

   The provisions of this §  4.13 amended under section 2603-B of The Public School Code of 1949 (24 P. S. §  26-2603-B).

Source

   The provisions of this §  4.13 amended December 15, 2006, effective December 16, 2006, 36 Pa.B. 7542; amended February 15, 2008, effective February 16, 2008, 38 Pa.B. 872; amended March 7, 2008, effective February 16, 2008. Immediately preceding text appears at serial pages (332266) to (332269).

Cross References

   This section is cited in 22 Pa. Code §  4.3 (relating to definitions); 22 Pa. Code §  4.4 (relating to general policies); 22 Pa. Code §  4.11 (relating to purpose of public education); 22 Pa. Code §  4.12 (relating to academic standards); 22 Pa. Code §  4.20 (relating to prekindergarten education); 22 Pa. Code §  4.21 (relating to elementary education: primary and intermediate levels); 22 Pa. Code §  4.22 (relating to middle level education); 22 Pa. Code §  4.23 (relating to high school education); 22 Pa. Code §  4.24 (relating to high school graduation requirements); 22 Pa. Code §  4.31 (relating to vocational-technical education); 22 Pa. Code §  4.33 (relating to advisory committees); 22 Pa. Code §  4.51 (relating to State assessment system); 22 Pa. Code §  4.52 (relating to local assessment system); 22 Pa. Code §  4.61 (relating to school profiles); 22 Pa. Code §  12.41 (relating to student services); and 22 Pa. Code §  14.104 (relating to educational plans).



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