CHECK STATE PLANS: PROMISE TO PRACTICE

June 27, 2018

Last year, the Collaborative for Student Success and Bellwether Education Partners convened the only independent peer review of every state’s new accountability plans under the Every Student Succeeds Act. The review – titled Check State Plans – included over 50 peers who represented bipartisan viewpoints and were former state policymakers, members of the civil rights and disability communities, and education experts with state and national policy expertise. The review highlighted best practices in states so that information could be used as a resource as education officials fine-tuned plans.

 

With the majority of state plans approved by the federal government, states have begun ESSA Implementation in earnest. There is real demand for best practice and innovation in the area of school improvement and yet, the decentralization through ESSA means that it is going to be harder to share best practice, identify trends, and benefit from lessons learned.

Building on the knowledge gained in Check State Plans, we are beginning a new phase of this work called, Promise to Practice. The purpose of this endeavor is to learn how states are approaching school improvement and share promising practices with state education leaders.  

In partnership with HCM Strategists, the Collaborative will convene an expanded network of peer reviewers to review how states are implementing their school improvement plan. Specifically, the review will look into how states are approaching the allocation of the 1003a funding in ESSA and the types of resources and supports states are developing for their districts. The peer network draws upon the expertise of state and district leaders, civil rights advocates, national leaders and others with experience supporting school improvement efforts.

 

The implementation work being done by states is a process and will take time. The Collaborative and HCM Strategists look forward to working with partners and learning about what is working for students and to help serve as a resource for information and best practices.

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