State Systems of Support Under NCLB: Design Components and Quality Considerations
Under No Child Left Behind (NCLB), state education agencies are required to assume new roles and responsibilities. Among these is the establishment of a state system to support schools identified for improvement under the Act. Conceptualizing and operationalizing these systems of support has been a challenge for many state agencies, in part because this role is a departure from the traditional compliance monitoring activities with which state officials are most familiar. This brief presents data from a national survey of state administrators to describe trends in the implementation of this NCLB mandate. We begin by outlining the common components of state systems of support under NCLB and then suggest a set of research-supported indicators of the quality of those supports. Our purpose is to provide state officials and policy analysts a framework with which to assess and refine current and planned systems of state support. This brief is a companion to Help Wanted: State Capacity for School Improvement.