The following reports, websites and other resources may be helpful to those interested in learning more about areas that impact the effectiveness and efficiency of public schools.


A Blueprint for Reform: The Reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act The Obama administration released this blueprint for revising the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA).

NEA Position on ESEA This website shares the National Education Association's response to the US Department of Education's blueprint on ESEA reauthorization and links to other documents related to these topics.

CCSSO Model Core Teaching Standards The Council of Chief State School Officers released this draft of Model Core Teaching Standards that outline what teachers should know and be able to do to help all students reach the goal of being college and career ready in today’s world.

A User's Guide to Peer Assistance and Review This Harvard Graduate School of Education website provides information on Peer Assistance and Review, including case studies, examples of practice, costs and benefits, and labor-management solutions.

Benchmarking non-instructional costs

ODE’s Fiscal Data Project The Ohio Department of Education has compiled a series of fiscal, academic and quality indicators that will help districts begin to compare how efficiently and effectively they are providing services, as compared to others.

Community services

Cincinnati’s Strive Partnership Strive is a partnership of organizations in and around Cincinnati that work together to address educational needs in the community. Strive unites common providers around shared issues, goals, measurements and results, and then actively supports and strengthens strategies that work.

ECS's Policy Issue Site: P-16 This Education Commision of the States resource provides information related to the P-16 model - including what states are currently doing, related research/readings, and other related websites.

Future of education/World of learning

2020 Forecast: Creating the Future of Learning KnowledgeWorks' 2020 Forecast is a tool for thinking about, preparing for and shaping the future. It outlines key forces of change that will shape the landscape of learning over the next decade.

Inspiring Action on Education This vision for education to 2030 in Alberta, Canadam sets high-level direction for change in education through the introduction of a broad-based policy framework for 2030.

Ohio School Facilities Commission Symposium Two leading experts in school design examine the impact of building design in the 21st-century learning environment.        

Partnership for Next Generation Learning A joint venture between the Council of Chief State School Officers and the Stupski Foundation, the Partnership for Next Generation Learning (NxGL) seeks to build the capacity of state education leaders to fully transform public education.

Partnership for 21st Century Skills is a national organization that advocates for 21st century readiness for every student.

Ohio Evidence-Based Model

The authors of the evidence-based model, Allan Odden and Larry Picus, have done extensive research on what works and best practices for the classrooms.

Overview of their work in other states.

School Finance at the Crossroads. Article in Education Week. (Subscription)

Evidence Based Funding Model Outline This table explains the different components of the EBM and how they are used to calculate district funding. Released August 20, 2009

Professional development

AFT Principles for Professional Development This guide provides details for creating professional development programs that empower teachers and lead to measurable progress in student achievement.

National Staff Development Council Standards for Professional Development The NSDC provides guidelines for professional development that improves the learning of all students in three core areas: context standards, process standards, and content standards.

Statewide and online professional development networks

Many states are developing innovative platforms to facilitate in-person and online teacher learning communities that span entire states and speak to high-quality professional development.

These networks include:

The Ohio Resource Center

The Alabama Learning Exchange

West Virginia’s Teach 21

Right-sizing for school districts

Ohio currently has 609 school districts, and some have questioned whether this model of school administration is most conducive to 21st century learning needs.

Michigan State University study Researchers found that Michigan taxpayers could save up to $612 million per year through public school consolidation. The work by MSU's Education Policy Center found that erasing district boundaries and organizing administration around county boundaries would produce those annual savings after three years.

Columbus Dispatch editorial A recent editorial calls for reducing the number of school districts in Ohio.

Greater Ohio and the Brookings Institute report This report recommends reducing the number of Ohio school districts by one-third.

Maine reorganization The state of Maine reorganized its school districts for cost savings and improved educational attainment.

Shared services

Greene County: Shared Services Case Studies Greene County has embarked on a shared services delivery project and has compiled a number of case studies and resources on shared services on its website.

Driving More Money into the Classroom: The Promise of Shared Services This report examines the benefits of shared services and economies of scale as well as how it can done correctly.

Technology for education

EdTech Magazine examines how school districts like Lorain City Schools (Ohio) are replacing textbooks with one-on-one computing, including laptops for each student.

Education World examines strategies for bringing one-to-one computing to the classroom.

Ohio established a state agency, eTech Ohio, to help Ohio schools acquire, integrate and sustain educational technology.

A report by the Democratic Leadership Council examines the viability of replacing textbooks with Kindle e-readers.