On July 21, 2017, the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) released a set of 10 principles—from states and for states—to inform the design and management of effective systems to improve low-performing schools. The principles are derived from what we know based on current research, evidence, experience, and the input of state leaders, key stakeholders, and other experts. These school improvement principles build off CCSSO’s next-generation state accountability system principles and closely align with its commitments to advancing educational equity.
The goal of the principles is to articulate the core components of any effective school improvement system, not necessarily a common model or theory of action. The particular choices each state makes in applying the principles should align with its particular theory of action and reflect its unique set of conditions. For these principles to be actionable, though, we must have a common understanding of what each principle is (and is not).
Accordingly, CCSSO, with the support of EducationCounsel, published deep dives into each of the 10 principles. The series begins with this roadmap to implementing the principles followed by the corresponding deep dive documents to help inform states’ decision making as they finish designing and begin implementing their school improvement systems under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).
We hope these resources will help states and their partners take action on the principles for the benefit of students enrolled in identified schools. Each deep dive is designed to unpack these thematic and cross-cutting principles.
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