Leveraging Evidence-Based Practices for Local School Improvement

Evidence-based practices (EBPs) – which include activities, strategies, and interventions – are “derived from or informed by objective evidence—most commonly, educational research or metrics of school, teacher, and student performance." This online resource is designed to help districts identify EBPs within each of these categories as part of ESEA implementation.

National School Transportation Association Transportation Cost Analysis Tool

The School Transportation Cost Analysis Tool was developed by the National School Transportation Association (NSTA) and will help school officials determine the actual and total annual cost of pupil transportation for reporting under The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) and the School-Level Finance Survey (SLFS), in addition to helping schools assure maximum cost efficiency in providing student transportation.

State Support for School Identification and Improvement Community of Practice Resources

This Community of Practice (CoP) helped participating SEA teams to examine the alignment (or lack of alignment) between their school identification methodology and the systems of support they provide for identified schools. This CoP also aimed to improve the tools, protocols, and technical assistance that SEAs use to support the district and school improvement planning process.

Leveraging Education Data Systems for Continuous Improvement

Many states are now using new or updated approaches to data collection and reporting. Under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) of 1965, as amended by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), new reporting requirements may lead states to collect new types of data or report previously collected data in new ways. This matrix outlines the six essential components of high-quality data systems for SEAs.