Cowen & Porter Shine a Light on Other States’ School Improvement Progress

Cowen & Porter Shine a Light on Other States’ School Improvement Progress

November 25, 2018

In The 74, the Collaborative’s Jim Cowen and Education First’s William Porter explore how states are approaching school improvement. While there is a lack of publicly available information on state school improvement plans, which is why only 17 states were included in our recent Check State Plans: Promise to Practice peer review, it doesn’t mean nothing is going on in the other states. Recently, Education First asked all states and DC to “share information about their progress so far,” and then “created snapshots of 41 state education agencies, providing a broader picture of what states across the country are wrestling with and the progress they have made thus far.” They found that states “are trying to move away from a one-size-fits-all approach to one that more systematically uncovers the unique, pressing issues and needs in each struggling school.”