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Modernizing the State Education Agency: Different Paths Toward Performance Management

The Center on Reinventing Public Education released a report examining how eight SEAs engaged the charge of improving their lowest-performing schools. The authors reviewed documents and conducted in-depth interviews with reform leaders in Florida, Indiana, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, New Jersey, Rhode Island, and Tennessee. These states share certain elements of change: a commitment to federal reform priorities, reliance on data-based decision making, and strong leadership. Yet they differ when it comes to the overall strategic visions that have guided their efforts to improve schools.

September 2012