Your School Checklist
ESSA Implementation in Your State
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Build your school's Opportunity Checklist
Do students and educators at your school have everything they need? If not, this is your opportunity to speak up!
Take a look at the lists below. If your school needs to improve in a certain area, place a checkmark next to your concern. We’ll follow up with relevant resources to help you take the steps needed to turn your school’s needs into its newest asset.
Check off your school's top areas for improvement below:
Here's what you reported your school needs:
It's important that your school is open to the community it serves.
A welcoming front office
Active community involvement
(Parent support groups, and a community liaison, for example)
Materials available in the languages the school serves
Healthy Students in Modern Schools
Students need their essential human needs met, and to be in a healthy learning environment that is clean and in good working order.
A roof that is free of leaks
Healthy indoor air quality
(Free of mold, proper ventilation, and proper temperature control)
Clean, unbroken flooring
Ample and appropriate learning spaces
(Cafeterias, gyms, auditoriums, playgrounds, libraries, and computer labs with enough computers for all students.)
Class sizes that allow for one-on-one attention
All students need access to the right courses to prepare them for life after graduation.
(Music, art, and theater, for example)
(Science and math, for example)
A pathway for advancement for every student
(A path from General education courses to College Prep, Honors, AP, and/or IB)
Regular physical education classes
(150 minutes in elementary school, 225 minutes in middle and high school)
Foreign language courses
Career and technical education
It's important that students feel safe and respected in their classrooms and in their school.
Students to have a safe, reliable, and secure way to get to school
An environment that welcomes and celebrates diversity
A policy of restorative practices to create an environment of respect and collective responsibility
(School policy with alternatives to suspension and expulsion)
Use of early warning systems to keep students on track
A community free from bullying and harassment
It's important that all educators are prepared and excited to help students excel.
Educators who have high expectations for every student in the school
Teachers teaching in their credentialed subject
Teachers are fully prepared to teach students in their school
(Teachers have completed a residency program where they were mentored by great teachers)
Paraeducators and other education support professionals
All staff trained in positive behavioral supports and bullying prevention
(All staff includes teachers, paraeducators, other education support professionals, and specialized instructional support personnel (SISP))
All school staff contributing to a culturally responsive learning environment
Staff that has time to collaborate
Relevant, timely professional development
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