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Always Room for Improvement: The California System of Support as a Catalyst for Change


In the 2017-18 school year, the California State Board of Education rolled out a new statewide system of support for local education agencies, with the goal of moving away from punitive accountability policies toward working alongside schools and districts to respond directly to local needs and contexts. Distilling lessons from prior research, practice, and continuous improvement endeavors, this brief outlines key principles of effective support and presents state policymakers, county offices, districts, and support providers with suggestions on how to engage in this work productively to ensure that the sytem successfully serves the students of California. 

This brief was developed in response to the California Collaborative on District Reform's December 2017 meeting on the development of the new system of support. For more information on this topic, please view the resources on the Meeting 34 page of the California Collaborative website.