Welcome to the
Education Reform Hub Monthly!
This monthly update from the U.S. Department of Education will
alert readers to new resources that inform policy and practice across several
areas of education reform.
Studies indicate that
it can take three to five years for turnaround efforts to have an overall impact
on student achievement, but leading indicators provide early evidence of
progress and guidance for mid-course corrections. The Reform Support
Network’s brief, Leading Indicators for School Improvement: A Review of State
Education Agency Practices, examines current SEA practices for collecting
and using leading indicators, and identifies emerging promising practices in
States, including Colorado and Rhode Island.
quality of a teacher’s instruction is widely understood to be the most
important school-based factor in student learning. By taking steps to retain
their strongest teachers, principals can maximize the impact of teacher retention
on instructional quality. A new brief from the Reform Support Network, Incorporating
Retention of Effective and Highly Effective Teachers in Principal Evaluations,
explores promising State and district approaches for incorporating teacher
retention standards into principal evaluation frameworks.
On April 10, 2015 in
Nashville, Tennessee, the Reform Support Network brought together leaders
from State education agencies planning to make educator compensation a
key element of their State
Plans to Ensure Equitable Access. The convening featured presentations by the Tennessee Department of Education, Tennessee district leaders and researchers
concerning the State’s efforts to support district-based compensation reform.
The Reform Support Network has published
Implementing Differentiated Compensation Systems for Educators to
summarize the discussions at the convening and the work undertaken since by
How can State and local education leaders ensure
the impact of the reforms they make on student achievement and their
durability in the face of changing contexts? The Reform Support Network has developed
a suite of Sustainability Resources to help
State and local education agencies (SEAs and LEAs) assess and sustain their
reforms. The tools include:
The Sustainability Rubric outlines 19 elements of sustainability: see the SEA version at this link and the LEA version at this link.
The Sustainability Rubric Summary is a condensed version of the rubric that serves as a quick reference guide: see the SEA version at this link and the LEA version at this link.
The Sustainability Self-Assessment Workbook provides exercises to help teams assess the sustainability of a reform: see the SEA version at this link and the LEA version at this link.
The Reform Support Network webinar to introduce the tools is available at this link.
The PROGRESS blog recently launched a series of interviews with
principals and teachers representing 14 of the 337 National Blue Ribbon Schools for
2014. The National Blue Ribbon program recognizes public and private elementary, middle and high schools
based on their overall academic excellence or their progress in closing
achievement gaps across groups of students. Interview
themes include high expectations for student achievement, a collaborative culture,
openness to new ideas and using data to inform decision-making.