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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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In this Solutions piece we provide details about the critical elements of a strategic communications approach and then demonstrate how the Arkansas Department of Education has improved its communication processes through applying some of those elements.


A Guide for SEA-led Resource Allocation Reviews


The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) requires that state education agencies (SEAs) conduct periodic resource allocation reviews (RARs) in districts that serve low-performing schools. This document offers a step-by-step guide that SEA leaders can use when conducting their RARs.



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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