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Finding ways to maximize student outcomes with the money at hand


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ESSA Financial Transparency Reporting Requirements

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Communication about ESSA within a well-coordinated communication system.

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Sets agency direction, organizes for productive management, tracks progress, and encourages innovation. View events, projects, and resources.

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The BSCP Center Strategic Communications Toolbox provides state education agencies (SEAs) a framework for developing effective communication strategies or processes—resulting in clear, aligned, and proactive communication tied to your SEA’s vision, mission, goals, and strategies. The communication strategies can be integrated into an existing plan or used to create a new communications plan if you don’t already have one.


The Edunomics Lab, in partnership with the BSCP Center, developed an excel tool that enables users to preview school level expenditure information in a format that satisfies the ESSA financial transparency requirement.

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Use the School Level Finance Survey (SLFS) Converter Tool Guide to provide additional information on the use and general tool navigation of the SLFS converter tool.


New! Four Approaches to Assigning Costs

This new resource is a paper on the various approaches a state may consider when assigning expenditures to the school level or the central level, which is one of the most challenging decisions states will make when working towards meeting the financial transparency requirement. Embedded within the paper are short case studies, including a podcast interview with Donna Nester from Mississippi's Office of School Financial Services, and a slideshow detailing Rhode Island's chart of accounts.

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Strategic Performance for Your Branch


When the whole organization—SEA or LEA—implements strategic performance management, the role of every division and strand is included. But what can the leader of a division or strand do when the agency as a whole is not ready to adopt the performance management methodology?


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The Building State Capacity and Productivity Center (BSCP Center) assists state education agencies (SEAs) throughout the country as they adapt to constrained fiscal resources and increased demands for greater productivity.

Dean Nafziger, Ph.D., Director

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The BSCP Center is funded by a cooperative agreement (#S283B120042) between the U.S. Department of Education and Edvance Research, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Westat. The findings and opinions expressed herein are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the policies of the U.S. Department of Education.

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