In The News: HCM and The Collaborative for Student Success Release Promise to Practice Report

By Steve Snyder
The 74
Of Note: The Collaborative, working in partnership with HCM Strategists, took an initial snapshot of these state-level efforts on Sept. 1, bringing together an array of education experts to examine and critique the first batch of turnaround proposals.
By Carolyn Phenicie
The 74
Of Note: Today the Collaborative for Student Success and HCM Strategists are releasing the results of an independent peer review analysis of the current school improvement efforts in 17 states — and The 74 is mapping it all out for you.
By Alyson Klein
Education Week
Of Note: That’s according to an analysis released Thursday of state school improvement materials conducted by HCM Strategies, a public policy and advocacy firm, in partnership with the Collaborative for Student Success, a Washington-based advocacy organization. 
 
Of Note: Author Liz Ross of HCM Strategists also references the Obama-era School Improvement Grant program, which researchers found largely unsuccessful.
 
“Given the lessons learned from the SIG program, it is fair to ask: how can we be sure that districts will not continue to take the path of least resistance when provided with more flexibility under the law?” she writes.
By Cole Lauterbach
 Illinois News Network
Of Note: “There’s this kind of balance between how much autonomy we give districts and also how do we make sure that they’re choosing the right strategies and implementing them in the right way,” Ross said. “The ability and capacity of the agency to support all of those districts is limited.”
 
The four-month audit was completed at the end of August, before ISBE released its changes that went into effect this year. The report gives Illinois a number of “incomplete” ratings regarding maintaining oversight, but Ross said that those were addressed in the state’s new metrics.”
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