Florida has made closing achievement gaps a high priority. While the state has been successful in many areas, concentrations of struggling students still remain. Improving and sustaining initiatives to increase student achievement is of special concern to state and district leaders who recognize that providing intensive support to school leadership teams is a high-leverage opportunity. This project aims to build Florida Department of Education’s (FLDOE) capacity to support district and school leadership teams in the improvement of instructional supports to meet the needs of struggling students.
The Region 7 Comprehensive Center (R7CC) will support the FLDOE in reviewing their existing system of support for schools and districts as well as the barriers to success for struggling students. With guidance and feedback from the R7CC, the FLDOE will improve their system of support, such as their materials and resources to support evidence-based instructional practices, and identify a select number of pilot districts for implementation of best-practices that close the achievement gap.
In the short-term, the state education agency (SEA) will increase its readiness to support effective instructional leadership in schools with struggling students. In the midterm, the SEA will develop policies and practices to support leaders of struggling schools. In the long-term, the SEA will have codified changes to systems, policies, programs, and practices.