Mississippi SOARS (Mississippi - Schools Obtaining Academic Results for Success) is a web-based system that allows schools and districts to organize their school improvement efforts by meeting indicators of effective practice through a continuous cycle of assessment, planning, implementation, and progress tracking where focus is clear, responsibilities assigned, and efforts synchronized. The federal turnaround principles and corresponding Mississippi indicators for implementation are pre-loaded into the Mississippi SOARS platform. In addition, the implementation indicators are aligned with research-based strategies from resources such as Wise Ways, Handbook on Effective Implementation of School Improvement Grants, Turnaround Competencies, and What Works Clearinghouse (http://ies.ed.gov/ncee/wwc/).
Through the online system, schools will build a comprehensive database of information designed to direct their school improvement actions. Specifically, school leadership teams will establish three-year performance goals with interim annual benchmarks for the leading/lagging indicators identified for Priority Schools. At the conclusion of each year, actual progress toward meeting the yearly benchmark is reported, showing the extent that the school met its annual benchmark and providing information to guide the school’s progress toward meeting the three-year goal. The extensive analysis of data elements serves as the core of the school’s comprehensive needs assessment.
All Priority (SIG and Non-SIG) schools are required to utilize this system.
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