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Gross, Betheny; Jochim, Ashley; Nafziger, Dean – Building State Capacity and Productivity Center, 2013
State education agencies (SEAs) are under fire and face new expectations from all sides. The federal government, state legislatures and governors, and citizens themselves are calling upon the SEA to do "more"--more to improve outcomes for students, more to close the achievement gap, and more to meet the diverse instructional needs of students.…
Descriptors: Organizational Change, Organizational Objectives, Organizational Theories, State Agencies
Building State Capacity and Productivity Center, 2013
To help state educational agencies (SEAs) learn about and adapt best practices that exist in other SEAs and other organizations, the Building State Capacity and Productivity Center (BSCP Center) working closely with the Regional Comprehensive Centers will create multi-state groups, through a "Collaborative Benchmarking Best Practices Process" that…
Descriptors: Stakeholders, Benchmarking, Best Practices, State Agencies
Hanes, Susan; Kerins, Thomas; Perlman, Carole; Redding, Sam; Ross, Steven – Building State Capacity and Productivity Center, 2013
The Building State Capacity and Productivity (BSCP) Center released a report outlining a process for state education agencies (SEAs) to evaluate and improve their System of Recognition, Accountability, and Support (SRAS). The federal government now sets high expectations for state and local use of federal dollars while allowing greater state…
Descriptors: Performance, Performance Based Assessment, Accountability, Scoring Rubrics
Perlman, Carole – Building State Capacity and Productivity Center, 2013
As of January 1, 2013, 34 states and the District of Columbia have been granted waivers from certain provisions of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). Part of each successful flexibility application was a state accountability system that could identify priority schools (the lowest performing 5% of Title 1 schools) and focus schools…
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Federal Legislation, Educational Legislation, Accountability
Layland, Allison; Redding, Sam – Building State Capacity and Productivity Center, 2016
For decades, the regulations attached to federal education funds have shaped the forms and functions of state education agencies (SEAs), especially as state funding for these agencies has stagnated or diminished. In fact, the relationship between the SEA and the state's districts and schools has been colored by the strong tint of federal…
Descriptors: State Departments of Education, Federal Aid, State Aid, School Districts
Perlman, Carole – Building State Capacity and Productivity Center, 2013
By the end of 2013, 42 states and the District of Columbia have been granted flexibility regarding specific requirements of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB) in exchange for rigorous and comprehensive state-developed plans designed to improve educational outcomes for all students, close achievement gaps, increase equity, and improve the…
Descriptors: Federal Legislation, Educational Legislation, Elementary Secondary Education, School Effectiveness
Perlman, Carole – Building State Capacity and Productivity Center, 2013
As of January 1, 2013, 34 states and the District of Columbia have been granted waivers from certain provisions of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). Part of each successful flexibility application was a state accountability system that could identify priority schools (the lowest performing 5% of Title 1 schools) and focus schools…
Descriptors: Federal Legislation, Educational Legislation, Elementary Secondary Education, Accountability
Zavadsky, Heather; White, Kerri – Building State Capacity and Productivity Center, 2018
The role of state education agencies (SEAs) has been shifting from a focus on low-profile compliance activities to more complex and politically charged tasks, requiring more thoughtful communications with all stakeholders. In response to this shift, SEAs have increased their communications capacity by creating communication divisions and executive…
Descriptors: State Departments of Education, Organizational Communication, Strategic Planning, Information Dissemination
Redding, Sam; Layland, Allison – Building State Capacity and Productivity Center, 2017
For state education agencies (SEAs) and local education agencies (LEAs), the tide of work has shifted pretty dramatically in recent years. Once obsessed with regulatory fussiness, these agencies are now busy harnessing innovation in pursuit of better schools and more successful students. They are striving for big wins in a time of tight budgets.…
Descriptors: Strategic Planning, State Departments of Education, Boards of Education, Board of Education Role
Layland, Allison; Redding, Sam – Building State Capacity and Productivity Center, 2017
The pivot point for educational change is now firmly placed with the district, rebalancing the position of the state and the school relative to the local education agency (LEA). The state education agency (SEA) has been shifting its emphasis for decades, from a compliance-focused authority to a change agent equipped with systems, processes,…
Descriptors: Strategic Planning, Statewide Planning, Educational Change, Educational Planning
Jochim, Ashley, Ed.; Gross, Betheny, Ed. – Building State Capacity and Productivity Center, 2016
"The SEA of the Future" is an education publication series examining how state education agencies can shift from a compliance to a performance-oriented organization through strategic planning and performance management tools to meet growing demands to support education reform while improving productivity. This volume, the sixth in the…
Descriptors: State Departments of Education, Educational Legislation, Federal Legislation, Educational Improvement
Building State Capacity and Productivity Center, 2016
The Virgin Islands Department of Education (VIDE) began an intensive examination of the U.S. Virgin Islands' education future and VIDE's role relative to the two school districts and communities in shaping that future. The Commissioner, Dr. Sharon Ann McCollum, and selected leaders representing VIDE, both districts, and several schools met for…
Descriptors: Educational Change, Educational Planning, Agency Role, Educational Development
Building State Capacity and Productivity Center, 2016
The Arkansas Department of Education (ADE) did not wait for Congress to pass the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). Beginning months before the passage of the landmark education bill, ADE began an intensive examination of Arkansas's education future and ADE's role relative to districts and communities in shaping that future. The ADE strategic…
Descriptors: Government Role, Stakeholders, Educational Change, School Districts
Barfield, Kathleen – Building State Capacity and Productivity Center, 2015
21st century economy demands a broad range of new skills and deeper knowledge in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics to both sustain our existing society and be successful in the future. This imperative must drive our collective school improvement efforts to ensure that every graduate is college and career ready. Teacher quality has…
Descriptors: Equal Education, Teacher Distribution, Elementary Secondary Education, Teacher Supply and Demand
Gross, Betheny, Ed.; Jochim, Ashley, Ed. – Building State Capacity and Productivity Center, 2015
"The SEA of the Future" is an education publication series examining how state education agencies can shift from a compliance to a performance-oriented organization through strategic planning and performance management tools to meet growing demands to support education reform while improving productivity. This is the fourth volume in the…
Descriptors: State Departments of Education, Educational Improvement, Performance, Organizational Effectiveness
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