Essay about Needs Assessment for Quality Improvement in Schools

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The No Child Left behind Act appears to be the primary force driving schools for quality improvement process, including the school I work where I am employed. Through this paper I will assess the need for quality improvement within the school system I work. The paper will include and "As Is" flow chart of the process to be analyzed. The paper will describe the relationship of the process to the organization's strategic plan. Both the internal and external customers of the school I work of will be identified. Finally the paper will include an estimation of the level of improvement that would be realized and the value of implementing the new quality improvement process.
Need for Quality Improvement Schools are failing throughout
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The graduation rate in 1993 was only 56.2% and of 2005 the graduation rate has risen to 84.9%. Even with the increase since 1993, the last few years the graduation has been declining. Which in return means the dropout rate is increasing. This also leaves the school system behind the state average for graduation. With over a 15% dropout rate there is cause for concern and improvement (Indiana Department of Education). Demographics have truly had an impact on the school system I am employed. Minorities in the school district are at 43.9 percent, which is nearly 20% more than state average (Indiana Department of Education). The percentage of students on free lunches and textbooks is 55%, which is 18% more than the state average (Indiana Department of Education). The numbers are quite alarming and even though there is nothing a school system can do to change the demographics; there is a great need for the school system to become diverse to meet all students' needs. Assessing parent involvement I found it is quite lower in the secondary schools than in the primary schools. The parent involvement is quite low in the secondary school where I am employed. Only about 28 % was present during parent teacher's conferences. The percentage that was involved in PTA was even quite lower with less than 15% of parents are enrolled. These numbers are quite low and are in for need improvement. For

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