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Use Data Well

To what degree do state education agencies (SEAs):

  • Use data to identify and respond to common needs related to student learning across areas (e.g., regions, zones, intermediate/cooperative service areas, districts) of the state?
  • Establish clear expectations for effective data use across SEA offices and departments, facilitating coherence and reducing fragmentation in the services and/or supports provided to districts?
  • Refine, redefine, or create new state systems of support focused on building the capacity of all districts in the state to improve instructional practice and student learning?
  • Establish mechanisms for providing high-quality and consistent support — including facilitation and professional development — to all districts in the state in the effective use of data to improve the learning of all students and groups of students, such as students with disabilities?
  • Provide tools/products/services that facilitate the effective use of data by all districts, schools, and teachers in improving instructional practice and student learning?
  • Ensure that state initiatives are targeted to providing support to underperforming districts and, at the same time, are applicable to and used by all districts in the state to continually support higher levels of learning for all students?

Focus Your Goals

To what degree do state education agencies (SEAs):

  • Focus and align their collective work to effectively support all districts, schools, and teachers in improving instructional practice and student learning?
  • Establish common goals that require offices and departments across the SEA to work together to build the capacity of all districts, schools, and teachers in the state?
  • Provide tools, products, and/or services that facilitate focused goal setting by all districts, schools, and teacher teams in improving instructional practice and student learning?
  • Provide tools, products, and/or services that facilitate the development of coherent district and school plans that are useful in helping all districts, schools, and teacher teams to improve instructional practice and student learning?
  • Establish mechanisms for providing high-quality and consistent support — including facilitation and professional development — to all districts in the state in developing a limited number of focused goals directly related to district-identified needs in the area of instruction and student learning?

Select & Implement Shared Instructional Practices

To what degree do state education agencies (SEAs):

  • Make their primary role be about helping all school districts in their state improve the quality of instruction provided to all students?
  • Take steps to continually reduce fragmentation across SEA offices and departments by requiring shared, cross-agency work intentionally designed to increase the capacity of all districts to improve instructional practice and student learning?
  • Establish a statewide system of support intentionally designed to provide consistent, high-quality technical assistance to all districts in the state to improve instructional practice and student learning?
  • Evaluate the degree to which SEA actions are affecting district performance?
  • Recognize districts for system-wide improvement efforts that have a positive affect on all students and student groups?

Implement Deeply

To what degree do state education agencies (SEAs):

  • Limit the number of requirements to which districts must respond?
  • Support school districts to identify a limited number of goals for focusing all work, rather than multiple goals that are specific to initiatives, programs, or funding sources?
  • Ensure that all SEA initiatives soliciting district involvement require responding districts to align proposed work with district-identified goals, rather than identify new or different goals?
  • Provide tools, products, and/or services that support districts in fully implementing identified instructional strategies?

Monitor and Provide Feedback & Support

To what degree do state education agencies (SEAs):

  • Support and help districts to understand the importance of and relationship between monitoring for improvement and monitoring for compliance?
  • Support school districts in designing and using formative indicators and protocols/procedures for measuring district-wide implementation of focused improvement strategies and the effect of such implementation on student learning?
  • Provide tools, products, and/or services that support districts in monitoring the degree of implementation and its effects on student learning?
  • Provide tools, products, and/or services that support districts in providing feedback and differentiated support to schools and school-level teams and to teachers and teacher teams?

Inquire & Learn

To what degree do state education agencies (SEAs):

  • Evaluate SEA progress in supporting all districts to make improvements in adult professional practice and student learning?
  • Provide opportunities for collective reflection and learning among SEA staff?
  • Provide tools, products, and/or services that support districts in evaluating the degree of implementation of focused instructional strategies and its effects on changes in adult professional practice and student learning?
  • Recognize districts for continuous improvement in the learning of all students and student groups?

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