Accountability and school improvement systems are key drivers of educational equity. These two systems are interconnected and designed to help close achievement gaps by identifying targeted support to struggling schools and student groups.
Improvement in education happens incrementally, and leading school districts have systems in place to learn and build on small successes. States play a crucial role in giving schools and districts the guidance and tools to implement a continuous improvement cycle.
One of the most important strategies to boost outcomes for all students is to support low-performing schools with resources and training to improve.
The School and District Improvement (SDI) collaborative supports members as they work with schools and districts to support the lowest-performing schools, close achievement gaps for all students and increase support for specific subgroup populations.
This document compiles all ten sets of questions from the Deep Dives into CCSSO's Principles of Effective School Improvement Systems to help state education agency leaders and other stakehol
Plan from the beginning how to sustain successful school improvement efforts financially, politically, and by ensuring the school and LEA are prepared to continue making progress.
Engage early, regularly, and authentically with stakeholders and partners so improvement is done with and not to the school, families, and the community.
Implement improvement plans rigorously and with fidelity, and, since everything will not go perfectly, gather actionable data and information during implementation; evaluate efforts and monitor evidence to learn what is working, for whom, and under what circumstances
Establish clear expectations and report progress on a sequence of ambitious yet achievable short- and long-term school improvement benchmarks that focus on both equity and excellence.
Dedicate sufficient resources (time, staff, funding); align them to advance the system's goals; use them efficiently by establishing clear roles and responsibilities at all levels of the system; and hold partners accountable for results.