Policy and Systems Change


  • ESSA: Quick guides on top issues

    Posted by Site / on 10/14/2016 / 0 Comments

    Categories: Report/Resource, NCLB/ESEA


    ESSA: Quick guides on top issues

    The enactment of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) has changed the course of education policy in the country and states now have more flexibility to design and implement policy plans that best meet the needs of their students and communities. As ESSA eases federal control over education policy in individual states, education leaders and policymakers have questions regarding how the new law will impact the development and implementation of state-specific plans.

    A new report from Education Commission of the States, ESSA: Quick guides on top issues, provides insight into key areas of ESSA ..

  • ESSA New Student Group Requirement

    Posted by Katrina / on 08/11/2016 / 0 Comments

    Categories: Equity, Report/Resource, About SCEE/CCSSO, NCLB/ESEA, Data

    ESSA requires that states now report separately on students who are homeless, in foster care, or military-connected.  These students are highly mobile and will require extra attention to ensure that their needs are met.  Ed Week recently published an article regarding the data requirements of meeting these new requirements and addressing the needs of some of our most vulnerable students.  Check out the link below to read the full article and learn more.


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    • How do our policies reify an industrial model of education? What are the implications of Michael Fullan's concepts of transformation for our choices about which state policy levers and practices to change and how we change them?
    • How can states change the rules, encourage innovation, and apply new principles, practices, and policies toward the transformation of evaluation systems?
    • What are drivers for whole-system reform and how can we use them in ways that increase the likelihood of successful implementation? What roles do SEAs serve in supporting the implementation of innovations at the local district level?
    • What have been some of the most important lessons learned by states and local districts as they adopted educator workforce policies?
    • How have data systems informed the process of systems change?
    • Who are the key stakeholders and how receptive have they been to reforms? What strategies have states used to engage the support or buy-in of stakeholders?

    Read more about the Systems Change Strand HERE.



     We invite you, as a team, to view the video to the right with Dr. Cynthia Osborne of the LBJ School of Public Affairs, University of Texas (and the Project on Educator Effectiveness & Quality), then consider:

    • As you work to develop a coherent, comprehensive statewide system to improve educator effectiveness, how are you organizing your staffing to reflect your vision and overcome the tendency to work in silos?

      Staff originally hired to monitor implementation of federal programs are being asked to do different work--

      • What competencies are you looking for among your staff and new hires?
      • What new jobs are emerging?
      • How will you develop the capacity of your staff to serve in new roles?



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