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.

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.