Optimizing Support to Low-Performing Schools–Lessons Learned


November 2011


Lessons Learned Volume 2, Issue 1 Cover

State education agencies (SEAs) are required by federal policy to provide a statewide system of intensive and sustained support to Title I schools and districts identified as in need of improvement due to persistently low student performance. One component of a statewide system of support is the use of school support teams (SSTs): cadres of highly qualified teachers, principals, or district staff who have been successful in improving academic achievement.

This issue of Lessons Learned distills our experience in the field, as well as our federally funded research on statewide systems of support and SSTs. It is intended to help SEA policymakers, technical assistance providers, and school and district administrators optimize SST member assistance to maximum effect.