Networked Improvement Implementation Community of Practice Resources

COMMUNITY OF PRACTICE: Networked Improvement Implementation (NII)

CoP Description: The Networked Improvement Implementation (NII) CoP supported State capacity-building and implementation of Networked Improvement Communities (NICs) within and among districts and schools and fostered innovative approaches to generating and using evidence for continuous improvement. This CoP focused on supporting states interested in developing systems to support districts or groups of districts in continuous improvement initiatives.

Report Cards Community of Practice Summary


CoP Description: Since 2016, state educational agencies (SEAs) have implemented several changes to their state report cards in conjunction with their approved Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) consolidated state plans. They have incorporated new required data elements and sought to ensure that report cards clearly communicate complex data to various internal and external stakeholders.

Root Cause Analysis Community of Practice Summary


CoP Description:  The Root Cause Analysis Community of Practice (CoP) explored the purpose, methodology, and application of root cause analysis in identifying effective evidence-based practices for supporting comprehensive support and improvement (CSI) and targeted support and improvement (TSI) schools. The CoP also looked at how root cause analysis fits within these schools’ continuous improvement cycle.

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.

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.