Systems and Structures for Instructional Leadership: Race to the Top Resources
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States' efforts to improve instructional leadership are benefiting from work to improve data collection in schools and the longitudinal data systems they feed. States increasingly look to their data to identify best practice and to identify schools and individual educators in need of additional assistance, with an eye toward raising performance over time. For example, a State can compare a school's teacher ratings with its student performance, as a way to track both principal and teacher effectiveness.

A majority of Race to the Top States have improved their longitudinal systems that link student, teacher, school and local educational agency data. Some States still are planning changes, while a few others are still using written documents rather than technology.

How States Are Using This Policy and Practice Lever

  • Kentucky launched its Continuous Instructional Improvement Technology System (CIITS), a one-stop support system that helps customize learning experiences for students, professional growth for educators. The system also helps school districts and school plan—and monitor—for student success. Meanwhile, the Educator Development Suite (EDS), the CIITS component for teacher and leader effectiveness, will capture and analyze data for educator ratings and produce reports and dashboards.

The Reform Support Network developed this tool [PDF, 2.9M] to help States and others explore this policy and practice lever. Learn more about how others have considered this topic here [PDF, 545K].

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Last Modified: 07/24/2013