Differentiated Systems of Support for Rural Agencies Community of Practice Resources

Community of Practice: Differentiated Systems of Support for Rural Agencies

CoP Summary: This Differentiated Systems of Support for Rural Agencies community of practice (CoP) helped participating state education agencies (SEAs) and local education agencies (LEAs) learn and share about promising practices for supporting rural school districts. During the seven-month timespan of this CoP, participating members from 10 states engaged with State Support Network subject matter experts in six learning cycles.

Data Systems Community of Practice Resources

Community of Practice: Data Systems

CoP Summary: Many state educational agencies (SEAs) have begun to move beyond collecting and reporting data for mainly compliance purposes to recognizing the value and utility of cross-sector, longitudinal data for continuous improvement and educational equity. National efforts supporting SEAs to make this shift began in earnest in 2005 and, most recently, the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) endorses such an approach.

Scaling Needs Assessment Community of Practice Resources

This CoP supported state education agencies (SEAs) that are early in the process of developing needs-assessment tools and processes to support local districts. It was predicated on state-expressed interest in exploring needs assessment and in learning from each other to develop and improve their needs-assessment efforts related to the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).

Financial Transparency and Reporting Readiness Assessment Tool

This tool can help states and districts meet the ESSA reporting requirements by identifying and analyzing school level expenditure data. This tool contains two components – a self-diagnostic framework and an analysis tool – that are designed to help districts and states understand the dynamics of school-level per-pupil reporting in their own district financial data.

Evidence-Based Practices in School Improvement: Resource Links

evidence cycle

Steps for Effective Decision-Making

The following external resources are organized to align with steps for strengthening the effectiveness of ESEA investments as outlined in the US Department of Education's non-regulatory guidance for strengthening education investments. These resources include tools and guides related to steps three, four, and five:

  • Plan for Implementation
  • Implement
  • Examine and Reflect