English Learner State Accountability Resource (ELSTAR)

The ELSTAR tool (English Learner State Accountability Resource) is a digital application dashboard to support state educational agency (SEA) leaders in making data-based decisions about English learner accountability. SEA staff can also use the ELSTAR tool to support monitoring efforts, reflect on the validity and reliability of the English Language Proficiency (ELP) indicator, as well as prepare for technical assistance around the ELP indicator.

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.

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.