Project: Year 7 2018–2019

Alabama Low-Performing Schools

The Southeast Comprehensive Center (SECC) is supporting the Alabama State Department of Education (ALSDE) with implementing a strategic plan and performance management tools for its Office of Student Learning and providing related professional development (PD) to state school turnaround staff. The SECC is continuing to support the state with scaling up its School Improvement Grant (SIG) program using the Center on School Turnaround's Four Domains for Rapid School Improvement framework.

Technical Assistance Approach

The SECC is continuing to support the department in developing a performance management system for monitoring the implementation of the statewide system of support (SSOS) for principals of low-performing schools. As such, SECC will facilitate cross-office collaboration in the refinement of its logic model and SSOS. SECC also will assist in the development and use of metrics for evidence of impact related to how the state supports principals of low-performing schools. In addition, SECC will support the department by providing PD and resources related to evidence-based practices for school improvement.

Impact
  • Increased state education agency (SEA) and local education agency (LEA) knowledge of evidence-based school improvement strategies and materials 
  • SEA consensus on elements of an SSOS plan
  • Structured system for providing support to low-performing districts/schools 
  • Processes for monitoring the effective implementation of the SSOS
Project State(s)

Project Updates

Most Recent Update: 2018 | October

The Southeast Comprehensive Center (SECC) met with the Alabama State Department of Education (ALSDE) in late-October to confirm milestones, outputs, and outcomes for the Low-Performing Schools project. Some changes were made to refine the plan. During the meeting, the state made specific technical assistance requests that were a priority. Thus, milestone timelines were adjusted to reflect the need. The SECC team met with the state low-performing schools team to discuss the need for SECC expertise with a review of the state’s existing School Review Evaluation Rubric, which is based on the Four Domains for Rapid School Improvement framework developed by the Center on School Turnaround. During that meeting, the state also requested resources on what other states are doing in terms of using a similar type of rubric. The SECC team also began its review and feedback process and began searching for other state resources. SECC will share its feedback and state resources with the ALSDE in early November.

 

Previous Updates:

The Southeast Comprehensive Center (SECC) met with the Alabama State Department of Education (ALSDE) in late-October to confirm milestones, outputs, and outcomes for the Low-Performing Schools project. Some changes were made to refine the plan. During the meeting, the state made specific technical assistance requests that were a priority. Thus, milestone timelines were adjusted to reflect the need. The SECC team met with the state low-performing schools team to discuss the need for SECC expertise with a review of the state’s existing School Review Evaluation Rubric, which is based on the Four Domains for Rapid School Improvement framework developed by the Center on School Turnaround. During that meeting, the state also requested resources on what other states are doing in terms of using a similar type of rubric. The SECC team also began its review and feedback process and began searching for other state resources. SECC will share its feedback and state resources with the ALSDE in early November.