Illinois will monitor implementation and make changes accordingly.


Its plan to add new indicators into its accountability system over time suggests a commitment to continuous improvement, as does its plan to monitor specific indicators already included in the system (specifically the way it will be measuring student growth).


Illinois is committed to seeking stakeholder feedback and continuous improvement.


It might be helpful to develop some sort of overarching stakeholder group that provides feedback and helps the state make decisions on the impact of the accountability system on school, district, and classroom practice at regular intervals as the system is implemented.


While Illinois’ plan describes its support for local efforts at continuous improvement, it is heavy on state monitoring and light on concrete tactics. If IL-Empower does not lead to school improvements, the state did not identify any other strategies for supporting low-performing schools.


New Mexico


New Mexico outlines a number of ways it has and will continue to engage stakeholders on key aspects of its implementation efforts. For example, it will be adding science as an indicator in its accountability system in response to stakeholder feedback, and it will continue to gather input as it considers revising their “Opportunity-to-Learn” survey, both of which will go into effect in the 2018-19 school year.” New Mexico’s “Return Tour” across the state will present an overview of the submitted plan, how it changed in response to initial stakeholder feedback, and how the state will implement the plan going forward.



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