The passage of the ESSA includes important accountability provisions that advance the principle that student success and school quality are measured by more than just academic test scores. Rather, a comprehensive approach to school improvement requires intentional investment in a whole-child, whole-school effort, where students, educators, families, and community partners work together to ensure excellent and equitable outcomes for all students.
To that end, ESSA provides an important opportunity for state and district leaders to rethink strategies that recognize that communities are vital partners and resources in that effort. This document outlines the potential opportunities under ESSA to implement a community schools strategy.
Read the Opportunity Brief: Leveraging ESSA: Policy Opportunities for Community Schools Strategies