Continuous Improvement in Practice

Calls for “continuous improvement” commonly arise in discussions about school improvement in the K-12 education system. But educators have various definitions of continuous improvement, and few know what continuous improvement looks like in practice.

To advance this conversation, a new brief from WestEd helps to define continuous improvement both in theory and in practice, and explores:

  •        To what degree policymakers and practitioners are engaged in continuous improvement efforts
  •        How policymakers and practitioners define continuous improvement
  •        The barriers and gaps in support for continuous improvement work

In addition, the brief identifies several distinguishing characteristics of continuous improvement organizations based on a review of research, includes findings from interviews with education leaders, and concludes with a discussion of next steps.

Although this brief was designed for use by California policymakers and educators, its findings apply equally well to any state.

To red the brief, see