In 2018, Keystone will build on its work with states and stakeholders on a variety of education policies to help state leaders engage district and school leaders, communities and technical experts to develop school improvement policies, systems and resources that are informed by those directly involved with or affected by these efforts and to incorporate lessons learned from work across the nation. Through stakeholder engagement efforts, statewide convenings and examination of national research and best practices, its work with states can help state and local leaders maximize both the support for and the success of school improvement efforts.
With the passage of ESSA, states are firmly in the driver’s seat in setting policies and systems to improve persistently low-performing schools. While most states have recently developed or updated school accountability frameworks and systems, the hard work of supporting local leaders responsible for school improvement efforts continues for every state. Critical to these efforts are a clear, ambitious vision and theory of action for the role of the state improving schools and robust input from local leaders on both the theory of action and the specific supports and resources local leaders need from the state.