Wednesday, October 31, 2012

CRPE Partners on New Building State Capacity and Productivity Center

The Center on Reinventing Public Education (CRPE) is pleased to announce our role in the new national Building State Capacity and Productivity Center (BSCP Center).

The U.S. Department of Education has awarded $1.42 million annually to a team including CRPE and Edvance Research, Inc., which will serve as lead organization. The five-year grant will focus on helping state education agencies across the country as they adapt to increased demands for greater productivity in the midst of tight fiscal realities.

CRPE is one of three organizations partnering with Edvance on the new center. Dr. Dean Nafziger of Edvance will lead the team. Dr. Betheny Gross, senior research analyst and research director, will lead CRPE’s work on the project. The other two partner organizations are the Academic Development Institute, headed by Dr. Sam Redding, and the new Fiscal Analytics Unit at Georgetown University, headed by Dr. Marguerite Roza. The BSCP Center will provide high-quality information, tools, and implementation support to departments of education in all 50 states, as well as to 21 other regional and content centers. CRPE and its BSCP Center partners bring nationally recognized research and technical assistance experience that will support states in their emerging efforts to become more active managers of school performance.

CRPE has taken a leading role in studying the challenges facing today’s state education agencies. Our recent report, “Modernizing the State Education Agency: Different Paths Toward Performance Management,” examines eight states at the forefront of transforming their state departments of education. In a new commentary, Dr. Gross and CRPE affiliate Dr. Patrick Murphy look at the investments and adaptations state education agencies will need to make to transform their organizations while facing limited resources, limited time, and rapidly escalating demands. CRPE has also set the stage for rethinking how state agencies can use resources differently to achieve maximum impact. Finally, building on our long-running work on district-level performance management, we are developing policy briefs that will help state administrators and policymakers engage in game-changing strategizing about how to shift from the compliance-monitoring mindset to become active performance managers.