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.
The U.S. Department of Education has launched a new online resource, PROGRESS: Teachers, Leaders and Students Transforming Education, to highlight State and local innovative ideas, promising practices, lessons learned, and resources informed by the implementation of K-12 education reforms. These stories will showcase reforms in action and are intended to provide insight into the exciting transformations taking place in classrooms, schools, and systems across the country through the leadership of teachers, school, district and State leaders and their partners.
Reforms of the size and scale of those that Race to the Top States
have undertaken require unprecedented oversight, planning and problem solving.
As a result, performance management is emerging as an important factor in
ensuring that initiatives are on track to meet and sustain student achievement
goals. The Reform Support Network document, Performance Management: Description and Key
Elements, offers a general framework for a systematic
approach to performance management that aligns
structures, processes and routines to assure quality and progress toward organizational goals.
With the advent of new college and career readiness standards (CCRS), schools and teachers face a fundamental transition in their daily work. Focusing on the How: Guidance for School and District Leaders on Supporting Teachers Through the Transition to the Common Core, published by The Achievement Network (an Investing in Innovation grantee), is designed as a resource to assist with the introduction of the CCRS into schools, in terms of both actions and infrastructure to support the process of revising the curriculum. The paper offers three rubrics—one for leaders, one for teachers, and one about school structures—based on extensive work with diverse schools across the United States, and case studies that offer real-life examples of how schools have applied the rubrics.