Indistar is an online school improvement planning tool for school teams to inform, coach, sustain, track, and report improvement activities as they develop their Improvement Plan, or “Action Plan”.
A departure from the conventional, static school improvement planning process, Indistar is an interactive tool that guides improvement teams through a continuous cycle of assessment, planning, implementation, and progress tracking.
Developed by the Academic Development Institute nearly a decade ago, there are now approximately 30 states nationwide using Indistar as their school improvement planning tool.
The tool contains 132 research-based rapid improvement “indicators”, or behavioral descriptions of elements of professional practices; each of which is categorized into one of seven Turnaround Principles. Each indicator is linked to a research-based “Wise Ways” brief that provides an explanation, relevant research, and citations of resources to aid school teams through plan development and implementation.
The tool also allows for the integration of the Title I Schoolwide Plan Components so that Title I Schoolwide schools can coordinate their Title I Schoolwide Plan in conjunction with their Action Plan.
All schools and their districts that have been identified for assistance use Indistar as their action planning tool, but Indistar is offered free of charge to any school or district in the state. For more information or to request an account, contact Nate Marciochi at firstname.lastname@example.org or 360-725-6319.
How to modify your internet browser settings to ensure you can fully access all features in Indistar
Indistar Reporting Requirements and Timelines for 2013-2014
New Features added to Indistar: Fall 2013
How to Access a School's Plan, Coaching Comments, Coaching Critiques and
How to Access the District Level Expected Indicators and Upload Supplemental Evidence
How to Leave Coaching Comments for a School
How to Use the District Admin Reporting Features
How to access Coaching Comments you have received
How to create folders as well as add files and URL links in the Indistar Filing Cabinet
How to delete a task you no longer wish to have attached to a plan
How to edit objectives, tasks, and target dates for indicators that you've developed a plan around
How to extend the target completion date for the indicator objective and or associated tasks
How to filter out the 17 School-Level Expected Indicators
How to gain easy access to Wise Ways Research Papers associated to indicators
How to modify an Indicator you've already assessed
How to review the Coaching Critique your coach completed for your school's plan
How to submit your Plan in Indistar
How to use the features in Indistar to sort and filter out tasks and indicators
Indicator Assessment Tool
Indistar Plan Monitoring reports
List of all Indicators by Turnaround Principle
SMART Goal Rubric