Foster Care Community of Practice Summary


CoP Description: Children in foster care constitute a vulnerable population who have historically experienced poor education outcomes relative to their peers with more stable family situations. Additionally, they also tend to experience a higher frequency of unscheduled school changes compared to their peers. As a group, children in foster care have significantly lower academic achievement and high school graduation rates, and significantly higher rates of absenteeism, grade retention, and exclusionary discipline.

Resource Allocation Reviews Community of Practice Summary

COMMUNITY OF PRACTICE: Resource Allocation Reviews

CoP Description: The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) introduced a new provision that requires state education agencies (SEAs) to review resource allocation in districts that serve a significant number of schools identified for continuous improvement and a significant number of schools implementing targeted school improvement plans.

Building Strategic Partnerships: State and District Collaboration Mapping Process

The Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA), as amended by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), requires states to identify schools in need of comprehensive or targeted support and improvement (i.e., CSI and TSI schools) and to develop processes by which to support those CSI and TSI schools. The U.S. Department of Education strongly recommends that districts design processes that allow stakeholders to provide feedback throughout the implementation of ESEA.

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.