The SEA of the Future: Building the Productivity Infrastructure

May 2014

This is the third volume of the SEA of the Future series published by the Building State Capacity and Productivity Center (BSCP Center). Edited by CRPE’s Betheny Gross and Ashley Jochim, the essays are intended to help state education agencies support more productive and innovative practice across their districts and schools.

CRPE’s Paul Hill kicks off the volume by explaining how a more productive education system requires states to systematically review policies and practices to ensure local agencies have the flexibility and information they need to seek and implement more productive solutions. Essay 1: How State Education Agencies Can Help Districts and Schools Become More Productive

Next, CRPE’s Larry Miller teams with Marguerite Roza and Suzanne Simburg of the Edunomics Lab at Georgetown University to discuss how new resource allocation models can encourage more productive use of resources at the local level and how states can redesign their funding policies accordingly. Essay 2: Funding for Students’ Sake: How to Stop Financing Tomorrow’s Schools Based on Yesterday’s Priorities

Kelly Hupfeld, University of Colorado Denver, then digs into new policy frameworks to provide districts and schools flexibility and leverage while maintaining quality support and accountability at their SEA. Essay 3: Accelerating Productivity Through Autonomy

Marguerite Roza concludes with a look at the data systems needed to support districts and schools as they seek new, more productive delivery models. Essay 4: A State Information System to Support Improvements in Productivity

Together, these essays describe a "productivity infrastructure" intended to provide a foundation for the work of SEAs. Says editor Betheny Gross, “The partners at the BSCP Center are committed to helping SEAs transform these ideas into policies and practices that are right for their states."

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