State education agencies (SEAs) are constantly under pressure to increase their effectiveness and advance student outcomes with the resources they have at hand. This means state education chiefs and their deputies have to make the most of their resources and better understand how well existing programs and policies are (or are not) working in the field. To do just that, many state leaders are looking to grow their agency's capacity for generating, evaluating, and using evidence. This fifth volume of The SEA of the Future explores how SEAs can bolster their ability to use research and data to drive key spending, policy, and program decisions. Volume 5 draws on the experiences of agency staff from Massachusetts, Michigan, and Tennessee as well as the work of Regional Comprehensive Centers. The essays provide first-hand practical information on how to increase research and information capacity in the SEA.
In this third volume of The SEA of the Future, the Center on Building State Capacity and Productivity introduces the "productivity infrastructure." The productivity infrastructure constitutes the building blocks for an SEA committed to supporting productivity, innovation, and performance--from the state chief to the classroom.
By understanding the rural context, state education agencies (SEAs) can play an important role in helping rural local education agencies (LEAs) meet the learning needs of all students, including providing effective special education, English language,, and gifted and talented services. Innovations such as e-mentoring are discussed.
This chapter reports on the results of a national consensus panel to evaluate the role of technology in rural education and identify opportunities for states to support the use of technology. The consensus panel includes a mix of experts in rural education and technology, technical assistance providers, and researchers.
This first volume of The SEA of the Future examines how SEAs can better manage their relationships with districts and schools, identifies strategies for aligning resources with goals, and considers how outsiders (governors, legislators, philanthropics, and reform advocates) can support the transition.
In this resource from the Building State Capacity and Productivity Center, reputable scholars explore strategies for how states can craft accountability systems that can drive continuous improvement system wide. The scholars also provide strategies for states who want to redefine their role in supporting districts, schools, and educators.