Issue Brief Some school districts are more productive than others, but district leaders might have little control over spending their funds in ways that can improve outcomes.
Robert Hanna writes on the ways in which SEAs work within the current education governance system.
Report State education leaders face real barriers—legal and cultural—to building state education agencies that can meet today’s education reform goals. However, there is more they can do within the current policy environment if they are willing to break out of old habits and explore new approaches.
Report States typically keep federal education funds in silos—separating staff into different offices for each federal fund. But as Texas illustrates, state education leaders can do much more to build collaborative agencies and meet comprehensive education reform goals.
Issue Brief All students need access to great teachers, and policymakers need to ensure that they get the education they deserve.
Issue Brief Race to the Top states have demonstrated strong progress since the beginning of the program, but this is hard work and many have a good deal of work ahead to meet their Race to the Top commitments.
Issue Brief Despite recent reforms, surveys indicate that teachers are largely satisfied with their jobs, which bodes well for initiatives aimed at providing teachers with the support and clear direction they need to improve the profession and educational outcomes.
A large majority of new teachers have stayed in their profession during a period of dramatic education reforms that critics claimed would drive them away.
Interactive Findings from a federal survey of teachers around the country show that teachers actually have significant control over their professional work.
Issue Brief While state support teams have proven to be effective in improving district and school leadership, they need to work more closely with teachers to impact student learning.
Report States such as North Carolina must create the conditions that allow districts to support routines for improving student learning in their schools.
Flexibility from the No Child Left Behind Act provides states with important opportunities to increase the odds that their education reforms will succeed.
Robert Hanna is a Senior Policy Analyst at American Progress. Prior to joining American Progress, he worked on school research with Dr. Ronald Ferguson at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. Previously, Hanna taught math at Boston College High School in Massachusetts. Hanna has a master of arts degree in the social sciences from the […]