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Press Release From the Department of Education

Helping Students Adversely Affected by School Closures, ED Announces Broad Flexibilities for States to Cancel Testing During National Emergency. Click here to read more.

The Department continues to update www.ed.gov/coronavirus with information for students, parents, educators and local leaders about how to prevent the spread of COVID-19. 

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Comprehensive Center Network Website

Welcome to the Comprehensive Center Network (CC Network)! The U.S. Department of Education awarded new five-year grants  to 19 Regional Comprehensive Centers and 1 National Comprehensive Center.  These 5-year grants will provide services to all fifty States, the District of Columbia, the Bureau of Indian Education, and U.S. Territories and outlying areas.  Here you can learn about the new Centers, search information for all 20 Centers’ resources, and request technical assistance. This website is currently being updated, and we look forward to providing new information on our Centers soon!

                                                                                      

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State Policy Levers for Improving Literacy

The disappointing results of the 2019 National Assessment of Educational Progress--a dip in trajectory of reading proficiency for all students except those at the highest level of ability--are prompting states to consider new reading-related policies and actions. In State Policy Levers for Improving Literacy, Barbara Foorman describes the validated non-negotiable steps for ensuring Grade 3 reading success and offers advice about policies that SEAs can implement to guide and support actions at district and school levels.

 

Click here to download the paper

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New Resources on Strategic Performance Management

Strategic Performance Management (SPM) is a multistep process that guides an organization’s leadership in designing and revising a system of strategic performance management. Check out these two new resources from the National Center on Organizational Effectiveness and Communication:

 

Strategic Performance Management: Journey Organizational Effectiveness

Strategic Performance Management: Communication Lens
 

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