CSRQ Center Report on Education Service Providers
The CSRQ Center Report on Education Service Providers (ESPs) is a first-of-its-kind, scientifically based, and consumer-oriented review of the effectiveness and quality of seven widely implemented ESP models. ESPs provide a comprehensive approach to whole school improvement, including administrative services. Thus, they are likely to gain increased attention from education decision makers as the call grows for effective and flexible school improvement options and as increasing numbers of schools fail to meet Adequate Yearly Progress under the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) of 2001. Seven ESP models are reviewed in this report: Edison Schools; Imagine Schools; The Leona Group, L.L.C.; Mosaica Education; National Heritage Academies (NHA); SABIS Educational Systems, Inc.; and White Hat Management (HOPE Academies). Together, these seven models operate in approximately 350 schools, which likely represent 60–65% of U.S. schools currently being served by ESPs.
Each ESP is profiled and rated in five main categories, with three subcategories under Category 1 and two subcategories under Category 5.
Category 1: Evidence of positive effects on student achievement:
- Evidence of positive overall effects
- Evidence of positive effects for diverse student populations
- Evidence of positive effects in subject areas
Category 2: Evidence of positive effects on additional outcomes
Category 3: Evidence of positive effects on parent, family, and community involvement
Category 4: Evidence of link between research and the model's design
Category 5: Evidence of services and support to schools to enable successful implementation:
- Evidence of readiness for successful implementation
- Evidence of professional development/technical assistance for successful implementation
This consumer guide provides education stakeholders with a decision-making tool that can help them to sort through the range of ESP models that are available to support whole school or district improvement. The guide also allows education consumers to compare individual ESPs with traditional comprehensive school reform (CSR) models that the CSRQ Center has reviewed in previous reports. As with all reports from the CSRQ Center, these reviews are intended to clarify options, not to point to or endorse best buys from among the seven ESP models that are profiled.