Publications

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  • Sustaining Turnaround at Scale Summit Briefs

    This series compiles and analyzes the results of our Sustaining Turnaround at Scale Summit held in October 2011. More »

  • Turning Around the Nation’s Lowest Performing Schools

    Across the country, states and school districts are focusing on turning around the nation’s lowest-performing schools. This focus on school turnaround, while welcome, is not new. And while some schools have made significant gains in student achievement, results overall are decidedly mixed. Based... More »

  • School Design Resource Guide

    Leveraging Talent, Time, and Money

    The growing urgency to design schools that work, coupled with crippling state and local budget reductions, means it is more important than ever to make investments where it really matters. Our work has led to the discovery that the opposite is occurring: We see multiple examples of district... More »

  • School Funding Systems Resource Guide

    Equity, Transparency, Flexibility

    You’re a district leader who wants to see higher student achievement and balance your district budget—and that is getting harder. Budget cuts loom for at least another couple of years. There is pressure to use federal stimulus dollars to fill gaps and backfill longstanding programs but also to... More »

  • Turnaround Schools Resource Guide

    District Strategies for Success and Sustainability

    Turnaround efforts at individual schools will not result in widespread, sustainable change without fundamental shifts in the way districts evaluate school, student, and teacher needs and match resources and support to meet those needs. Your challenge is to develop district capacity to address... More »

  • 7 Tenets for Sustainable School Turnaround

    How States Can Improve Their Lowest-Performing Schools Under ESSA

    A collaboration between Center for American Progress and Education Resource Strategies on the 7 tenets for states to empower districts to become agents of change in school turnaround. More »

  • Following the Dollars to the Classroom Door

    Why and How Effective Student-Based Budgeting Must be Linked with Strategic School Design

    More and more districts—and several states—are adopting funding models like student-based budgeting (also called weighted student funding or fair student funding) to increase equity and promote principal autonomy. Giving school leaders new resources and new flexibility is a good first step, but... More »

  • Back from the Brink: A Case Study of Lawrence Public Schools

    How a Bold Vision and a Focus on Resources Can Drive System Improvement

    In 2011, Lawrence Public Schools was the first district that Massachusetts placed into state receivership due to poor performance. By 2014, things had dramatically changed for the better. This case study explores how a bold vision and effective use of resources can lead to big improvements. More »

  • Designing Schools that Work

    Organizing Resources Strategically for Student Success

    This publication outlines the fundamental principles and process of Strategic School Design. Through more than a decade of research and practice in the area of school resource use, we have found that high-performing schools are responding to the changing context in education by using people,... More »

  • Six Opportunities to Restructure Education Resources in Georgia

    From 2012 to 2013, ERS partnered with the Georgia Department of Education to address how the state and a few districts manage their resources. These reports highlight three opportunities to reallocate resources and three ways the state can better support districts More »

  • Do More, Add More, Earn More

    Teacher Salary Redesign Lessons from 10 First-Mover Districts

    Effective teachers are the biggest in-school factor related to student success. Across the country, a diverse set of districts are pioneering innovative approaches to teacher compensation that reward their best teachers and raise compensation overall. This report reveals the key policy decisions... More »

  • Spinning Straw into Gold

    How State Education Agencies can Transform their Data to Improve Critical School Resource Decisions

    K–12 education resources are often allocated non-strategically, with schools spending time and money on activities that have little relationship to student outcomes. States can help districts use data more effectively to make the best decisions in the interests of students. More »

  • Tools for California Districts

    California-Specific Tools for Resource Use and Budgeting

    With the enactment of the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) in 2013, California districts face an unprecedented opportunity to make big changes. With increased budgets and more flexibility, now is the time to consider how all resources are used, not just the incremental funds. More »

  • Return on Investment in Education

    A "System-Strategy" Approach

    Recently, there has been growing interest in adapting Return on Investment thinking to education. But most ROI analysis still misses a big opportunity. Education leaders need a new approach—one we call System-Strategy ROI. More »

  • Getting to the Bottom of Where the Money Goes

    A Student-Level Analysis of Resource Allocation

    ERS has collected an extensive database of student-level data through our nearly 10 years of working closely with some of the largest urban districts in America. This includes information on teacher salaries, course schedules, and class sizes. Education researcher Rebecca Wolf analyzed data from... More »

  • The New Education CFO

    From Scorekeeper to Strategic Leader

    In recent years, school districts have found themselves in turbulent waters. They face quickly rising academic standards, a greater focus on teacher effectiveness, rapidly changing technology, and the more complex task of preparing students for college and careers in the 21st century. Given the... More »

  • The Path Forward

    School Autonomy and Its Implications for the Future of Boston’s Public Schools

    Researchers explored the effects of current school autonomy structures on Boston's public school operations and leadership, and looked at case studies from five other U.S. cities, drawing on those in part to lay out seven recommendations for expanding autonomies that can strategically allocate... More »

  • Seizing the Moment for Transformation in California

    California's Local Control Funding Formula

    In 2013 California adopted a new funding formula that significantly reinvests in public education. We offer seven ideas for how districts can seize this moment of change to transform how they use people, time, and money to meet student and teacher needs. More »

  • Transforming School Funding: A Guide to Implementing Student-Based Budgeting

    Student-Based Budgeting (SBB) allocates dollars to schools based on the number of enrolled students, where each student receives a funding "weight" based on need. In this Guide, you will find the key decisions and practical steps necessary for considering whether SBB is right for your school system. More »

  • First Steps

    What School Systems Can Do Right Now to Improve Teacher Compensation and Career Path

    Part of a series of ERS publications on teacher compensation, this paper explores four steps districts can take now for sustained impact on teacher effectiveness. More »

  • Spare Some Change: Smarter District Resource Use for Transformational Schools

    A Roadmap for Education Reform

    As a part of Pathways to Success for Milwaukee Public Schools, a project of the Wisconsin Policy Research Institute, the authors identify characteristics of an effective funding system in Milwaukee and beyond. More »

  • Professional Growth & Support Case Studies

    Promising Practices at Achievement First, Agile Mind, Teach Plus, and Aspire Public Schools

    Four case studies exploring how school systems have implemented a strategic approach to improving teaching effectiveness. More »

  • A New Vision for Teacher Professional Growth & Support

    Six Steps to a More Powerful School System Strategy

    In this publication, ERS expands the traditional definition of teacher Professional Development to Professional Growth & Support, which includes any use of people, time, and money that targets improvement of teaching. More »

  • Misfit Structures & Lost Opportunities

    The Urgent Case for Restructuring Teacher Compensation and Career Paths

    One out of a series of three ERS publications on teacher compensation, this paper explores how to rethink compensation and career paths to attract and retain the most effective teachers. More »

  • VUE: Voices in Urban Education

    The Annenberg Institute for School Reform’s Voices in Urban Education publication, produced in partnership with ERS, grew from the ERS-convened Fair Student Funding Summit in March 2010. The summit brought together more than sixty urban education leaders from fourteen school districts that use... More »

  • Rethinking the Value Proposition to Improve Teaching Effectiveness

    Rethinking the Value Proposition to Improve Teaching Effectiveness explores the complete set of offerings and experiences provided by a school system to a teacher. We explore what the Value Proposition is comprised of and how it can be transformed into an effective management tool in attracting,... More »

  • Strategic Design of Teacher Compensation

    This paper explores typical goals of compensation redesign and implications for five main design considerations, including: base salary, district priority incentives, school roles, rewards and responsibilities, and fiscal sustainability. More »

  • Fair Student Funding in Baltimore City

    A Lever for Transformation

    This full report of Baltimore Public Schools (City Schools) explores the implementation process and results of a fair student funding system. Fair Student Funding in Baltimore City (PDF) More »

  • Fair Student Funding and Other Reforms

    Baltimore’s Plan for Equity, Empowerment, Accountability and Improvement

    After examining Baltimore City Public Schools' implementation of fair student funding and accompanying reforms, ERS shares the extent to which City Schools met the objectives and summarizes key lessons learned. Fair Student Funding and Other Reforms (PDF) More »

  • School Budget Hold'em Facilitator Guides

    These easy-to-use instructions will help leaders organize and play School Budget Hold'em and School Budget Hold'em-California. The Facilitator's Guide for Hold'em provides three different approaches for groups playing the game, which are based on your goals and the time you have to devote to... More »