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.
community engagement in action, the Reform Support Network conducted reviews
between April and August 2013 of 11 States and districts, urban and rural,
engaged in the communities surrounding low-performing schools. Strategies for Community Engagement in School Turnaround reports on the five primary lessons from this
inquiry: make engagement a priority and establish an infrastructure,
communicate proactively in the community, listen to the community and respond
to its feedback, offer meaningful opportunities to participate, and turn
community supporters into leaders and advocates.
As States and school districts implement educator evaluation systems that include measures of student growth, one of the challenges they face is identifying measures for non-tested grades and subjects. The use of student learning objectives (SLOs) is one promising approach to addressing this challenge. The Reform Support Network has created a Student Learning Objective (SLO) Library that may be accessed by the public. This library currently includes 27 reviewed SLOs from across the nation. The SLO Library is searchable by grade and subject and annotated to help educators understand how to create new SLOs or improve upon those already developed. It offers important new resources to those seeking to measure student growth, particularly in non-tested grades and subjects.
Student learning objectives are one way to measure the contributions of
individual teachers to the learning growth of their students. This method is an
alternative to the more familiar value-added modeling based on standardized
test scores, often not available for all teachers and subjects. This
publication reports on the use of student learning objectives in teacher
evaluation systems in 30 States, aiming to inform State and local policymakers
engaged in creating or supporting teacher evaluation systems that include
student learning objectives.
enterprise architecture offers a strategic framework to achieve an education
agency’s vision and goals by aligning its business and program side with
information technology. The Education Enterprise
the components and processes to develop and implement an education
enterprise architecture blueprint, and walks through one example of a segment