Map Name: 2023-24 Central Cass High School Continuous Improvement Plan
Time Period: 5/1/2023 - 4/30/2024

To foster student excellence through collaboration between students, staff, family, and community. We will provide students with an innovative curriculum supported by a variety of extra and co-curricular opportunities while supporting our students in their intellectual, social, and emotional growth.


Fostering student excellence by empowering individuals to make a positive impact.


At Central Cass, we believe in the relationships we foster among our students, staff, families,  and community.  We value Students First, Community Always, and Excellence Forever.  

Academic Engagement
By engaging students in the learning process, students can focus their attention to reach a higher level of critical thinking skills and participate in meaningful learning experiences.
Continuous Improvement
Central Cass will engage in a comprehensive process of building and district level evaluation and accreditation using the AdvancEd School Improvement and Accreditation Model.
Professional Learning
Central Cass will promote individualized and focused professional development with the goal to enhance professional practice and impact student learning.
  • Engage students in the learning process to reach higher levels of critical thinking.
  • Engage in a comprehensive process of building and district level evaluation and accreditation.
  • Promote individualized and focused professional development to impact student learning.
Critical Initiative
  • "Create procedures for staff to respond to students identified as at risk of dropping out."
  • "Create procedures that allow school staff to better recognize the warning signs for a student at risk of dropping out."
  • Implement ELA, math, and behavioral MTSS pathways for grades k-12.
  • "Provide training to staff and administration on procedures and strategies to keep students engaged in school."
  • Staff will engage in the development and implementation of vertical alignment and common assessments using the ND state standards and review whenever new standards or curricula are implemented.
  • Teachers and students will use technology to collaborate, create, communicate, and critically think.
  • Teachers and students will use the Central Cass Engineering Design Process to structure STEM activities throughout the k-12 curriculum.
  • Teachers will plan and implement a minimum of one project based learning unit in each semester course.
  • Teachers will use instructional best practices, positive learning environments, and a variety of learning platforms to create individual student pathways to meet diverse student needs/requirements.
Critical Initiative
  • Create a long-range strategic plan to facilitate the equitable distribution of resources as well as support the district's board-approved mission. Input from all stakeholder groups must be sought.
  • Develop a comprehensive communication plan which ensures transparent two-way communication strategies with all stakeholders.
  • Develop a plan to gather and analyze data to inform instruction. Analysis should aid teachers in making instructional decisions conducive to student learning. Data should be frequently monitored.
Critical Initiative
  • Teachers and administrators will use a growth evaluation model to build upon educational skills and grow as a professional.
  • Teachers and support staff will be encouraged to engage in professional development based upon individual and district needs that impact student learning and available funding.
  • Teachers and support staff will participate in a variety of professional development activities to include: PD days, weekly PD time, book studies, staff meetings, and online staff development.
Key Measures
  • Benchmark assessments 3x per year.
  • Classroom observation.
  • Completed common assessments
  • Culture Climate Survey
  • District Scope Sequence
  • ELEOT Peer observation data.
  • Graduation rate
  • MTSS Behavior pathway for each school - E/MS/HS
  • MTSS Math pathway for each school - E/MS/HS.
  • MTSS Reading pathway for each school - E/MS/HS.
  • NDSA results in math and reading
  • Observation data
  • Office referral data
  • PBL units and implementation dates.
  • Progress monitoring
  • STAR Math results
  • STAR Reading results
  • Student Engagement Survey Results
  • Teacher Evaluations
  • Yearly staff meetings evaluate Power Standards.
Key Measures
  • Assessment Calendar
  • Assessment data
  • Central Cass Strategic Plan
  • Communication Plan
  • eProve platforms
  • eStrategies
  • Stakeholder feedback and surveys
Key Measures
  • Marzano Focused evaluations
  • Marzano Leadership Evaluation
  • Marzano Non-Classroom Instructional Support evals
  • PD Annual Plan
  • PD Follow-up meetings w/administration.
  • PD log created and tracked by administration.
Resource Management/Plan
Central Cass will secure and allocate resources in order to provide equitable student opportunities by creating/maintaining long-range facility, technology, and financial plans.
Culture & Climate
Central Cass will support students in their intellectual, social, and emotional growth by providing a safe, caring environment and positive relationships among students, parents, staff, and community.
  • Secure and allocate resources needed to fund and carry out the strategic plan to meet student needs.
  • Encourage participation by all students in extra and co-curricular activities.
  • Support intellectual, social, and emotional growth by providing a safe and caring environment.
Critical Initiative
  • Create a long- range plan for technology to ensure our students are college/career ready by using up to date technology.
  • Develop a Long-Range Facilities Plan.
  • Implement the Long-Range Facilities Plan using appropriate resources necessary to both maintain existing facilities and design/remodel or build new facilities if needed promptly.
  • Increase the integration of technology as a learning tool for students and staff.
  • Plan to use technology as an efficient mode of communication with stakeholders.
  • Prepare a budget aligned with school improvement plans and strategic initiatives with a shared vision of the district's strategic initiatives.
  • Prepare a long-range financial plan which is data driven with historical, current, and future data projections.
  • Prepare an annual budget which addresses facility and technology needs to support effective instruction.
  • Systematically plan maintenance projects for annual completion. The plan will include a detailed list of annual needs and scheduling to ensure that designated projects are completed.
Critical Initiative
  • Central Cass BERT (Building Emergency Response Team) will meet monthly ensuring preparedness in providing a safe and secure environment.
  • Continue to research and write grants to enhance student opportunities, learning, and community partnerships, including programs like 5th Quarter.
  • Develop a community task force for the 2020-21 school year to explore best practices used to address issues of mental health, drug/alcohol issues, or potential drop out programming.
  • Emergency Procedure Binders/Buckets will be updated and evaluated yearly.
  • Encourage parents and community members to always exhibit a culture of mutual respect and high character.
  • Enhance and extend student leadership capacity by offering educational opportunities to extra and co-curriculuar participants.
  • Ensure a diverse selection of extra and co-curricular programs and activities are made available for all students.
  • Partner with neighboring schools, businesses, and community groups to provide and enhance educational opportunities, including programs like TEALS and CTE consortium options.
  • Positive relationships and school culture will be emphasized and reinforced through structured advisory periods, organized recognition celebrations, and intentional K-12 focus on GREATNESS.
  • Provide high-quality activities by hiring qualified coaches and advisors, implementing selective processes for student captains and leaders based upon merit and character.
  • Select and implement a social emotional learning curriculum throughout K-12 classrooms.
  • Use the Nurtured Heart philosophy to build positive relationships with self, students, parents, peers, and community members.
Key Measures
  • Annual Budget
  • ELEOT Peer observation data.
  • Facilities Plan
  • Financial Plan
  • Stakeholder feedback and surveys
  • Technology coordinator feedback
  • Technology integrationist feedback
  • Technology Plan
Key Measures
  • Admin debrief/evaluation meetings following drills
  • Annual coach evaluations
  • Athletic director report
  • Audience observation during activities
  • BERT Binders reviewed annually
  • Classroom observation of SEL curriculum
  • Community partnerships tracked by admin
  • Graduation rate
  • Law enforcement data
  • Monthly BERT meetings
  • Observation of student interactions
  • Office referral data
  • Satisfaction survey data
  • Student feedback
  • Student leadership course participation numbers
  • Student participation data
  • Student, staff, and stakeholder surveys
  • White bucket checks
  • Yearly drill schedule
The Strategy Map has been created in collaboration with The North Dakota Department of Public Instruction and Cognia™.

All schools in North Dakota participate in a Continuous Improvement process. Continuous Improvement means examining a school’s current reality including demographics, culture, technology, finances, and academic progress, among many other factors. In addition, Continuous Improvement means looking into the future and predicting what may change – what will be different a year from now, or 10 years from now.


During the 2018-2019 school year, all schools in North Dakota participated in this Continuous Improvement journey. School personnel participated in training and collaborated with diverse stakeholders such as community members, teachers, parents and students to map out what the school’s priorities are, what the school’s objectives are and what critical initiatives needed to be implemented to achieve those objectives. This planning process resulted in a Strategy Map – a 3 to 5-year plan for the school.


It is important to note that the Strategy Map is a snapshot in time. It is documentation of what the school’s priorities were the past school year. In this case the Strategy Map below was captured and submitted on May 1, 2019. It is equally important to note that the Strategy Map below may have changed since its submittal. This is because priorities may have changed quickly depending on numerous factors. Factors can include, but are not limited to, a natural disaster, a high staff turn-over rate, or an influx or decrease of students. To obtain a copy of this schools current and update Strategy Map, please contact the local school administrator.

Please contact North Dakota's Department of Public Instruction with any questions and feedback via email to the following address: