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National Center for Systemic Improvement at WestEd, 2020
To successfully launch the 2020-2021 school year for students with disabilities, state education agencies (SEAs) have an essential leadership role to play in supporting local school systems to plan for multiple scenarios, including services delivered in-person, through distance learning, and via blended approaches. There are two overarching…
Descriptors: Students with Disabilities, State Departments of Education, Leadership Role, School Districts
National Center for Systemic Improvement at WestEd, 2019
The purpose of this brief is to synthesize research on coaching and to offer a framework of effective coaching practices. Part 1 provides general information on coaching, including the need for coaching and the goals of coaching. Part 2 describes critical coaching practices that are linked to improvements in teacher practice and learner outcomes.…
Descriptors: Coaching (Performance), Instructional Effectiveness, Educational Objectives, Evidence Based Practice
Long, Tracy; D'Agord, Cesar; Derrington, Taltha – National Center for Systemic Improvement at WestEd, 2019
The ability to significantly increase and sustain gains in early literacy for students with disabilities and a desire to bridge the gap between compliance and results-driven accountability (RDA) led Washington State to innovate a solution. This state spotlight will focus on Washington's improvement strategy to address this early literacy challenge…
Descriptors: Data Use, Special Education, Emergent Literacy, Students with Disabilities
National Center for Systemic Improvement at WestEd, 2019
Outcomes for students with disabilities are historically concerning. As states have leveraged the "Every Student Succeeds Act" (ESSA) to refine accountability and support systems, schools across the country have been identified as needing "Targeted School Improvement" (TSI) or "Comprehensive School Improvement" (CSI).…
Descriptors: Students with Disabilities, Student Needs, Alignment (Education), Change Strategies
Ruedel, Kristin; Nelson, Gena; Weingarten, Zach; Bailey, Tessie – National Center for Systemic Improvement at WestEd, 2018
Data-based problem solving within a multi-tiered system of support (MTSS) can help state education agencies and local education agencies (LEAs) improve graduation rates for students with disabilities. To facilitate problem solving within an MTSS, states and LEAs need efficient systems and processes for analyzing and integrating data across…
Descriptors: Disabilities, Graduation Rate, Problem Solving, Early Intervention
Mathur-Kalluri, Monica; Derrington, Taletha; McGuire, Angela; Buysse, Virginia – National Center for Systemic Improvement at WestEd, 2018
A collective goal in early childhood is focusing on "what works"--finding and using interventions backed by evidence to achieve desired results for children and their families. This resource helps the reader use multiple sources of evidence to determine an intervention's effectiveness. It presents steps in an evidence-based…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Intervention, Program Effectiveness, Evidence Based Practice
Ruedel, Kristin; Nelson, Gena; Bailey, Tessie – National Center for Systemic Improvement at WestEd, 2018
The Florida Department of Education (FDOE) identified increasing the graduation rate of students with disabilities and decreasing the graduation gap between students with disabilities and all students as its state-identified measurable result (SIMR). To make progress toward the SIMR, the state sought to build the capacity of local education…
Descriptors: Data, Information Utilization, Graduation Rate, Outcomes of Education
Paillard, Alise; Buysse, Virginia; Tirado-Strayer, Nicole – National Center for Systemic Improvement at WestEd, 2018
The National Center for Systemic Improvement (NCSI) conducted a series of focused conversations on child assessment with 31 Part C (Infant-Toddler) and Part B-619 (Preschool) program state representatives and NCSI Technical Assistance (TA) Facilitators. The purpose was to learn more about how state early intervention and early childhood programs…
Descriptors: Child Development, Infants, Toddlers, Preschool Children
Hayes, Susan; Meinders, Dona; Rosborough, Jana – National Center for Systemic Improvement at WestEd, 2018
The Alabama State Department of Education (ALSDE) aims to increase the number of students with disabilities who achieve positive post-school outcomes and engage in higher education or competitive employment opportunities. Through their State Systemic Improvement Plan (SSIP) and State Personnel Development Grant (SPDG), Alabama is focusing on…
Descriptors: State Departments of Education, Systems Approach, Change Strategies, Disabilities
National Center for Systemic Improvement at WestEd, 2018
Measuring children's social and emotional development can provide valuable information about how children are progressing in areas such as forming close and secure relationships, regulating and expressing their emotions, and showing empathy toward others. This resource provides information to early childhood practitioners and administrators…
Descriptors: Social Development, Emotional Development, Young Children, Measures (Individuals)
National Center for Systemic Improvement at WestEd, 2018
This process guide is intended to help states and stakeholders consider ways to leverage their general supervision systems to improve outcomes for students with disabilities and their families while ensuring compliance with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). States have adopted systems of general supervision to oversee…
Descriptors: Supervision, Educational Improvement, Outcomes of Education, Educational Legislation
Ruedel, Kristin; Nelson, Gena; Bailey, Tessie; Pierce, Jennifer – National Center for Systemic Improvement at WestEd, 2018
Data show that effective and ongoing communication and evaluation can have a positive impact on local and statewide systems change. Local and statewide systems change requires ongoing communication and evaluation. The Nevada Department of Education (NDE) used a communication protocol to support implementation of the Assess-Plan-Teach (APT) model.…
Descriptors: Disabilities, Stakeholders, Communication (Thought Transfer), Program Implementation
Ruedel, Kristin; Nelson, Gena; Bailey, Tessie – National Center for Systemic Improvement at WestEd, 2018
The Tennessee Department of Education (TDOE) discovered that infants and toddlers who were referred for Part C services and initially found ineligible for a full evaluation through screening were being re-referred and later found eligible for services at a high rate. This report presents the systematic evaluation process that TDOE's Tennessee…
Descriptors: Educational Legislation, Federal Legislation, Equal Education, Disabilities
Ruedel, Kristin; Nelson, Gena; Bailey, Tessie; Bradley-Black, Katherine – National Center for Systemic Improvement at WestEd, 2018
North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI) is focused on improving the 5-year graduation rates for all students with disabilities. To make progress toward the state-identified measurable result (SIMR), the state recognized that a single evidence-based practice (EBP) would not address the diverse needs of all the local entities across…
Descriptors: Graduation Rate, Disabilities, State Standards, Evidence Based Practice
Ruedel, Kristin; Nelson, Gena; Bailey, Tessie – National Center for Systemic Improvement at WestEd, 2018
To evaluate interim progress toward the State-identified Measurable Result (SIMR), states require access to high-quality data from local education agencies (LEAs) and early intervention service providers. In a review of 2017 Phase III State Systemic Improvement Plans (SSIP), 43 Part C states noted limitations or concerns related to data and…
Descriptors: Fidelity, Data Collection, State Standards, Barriers
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