State Partners

Since 2004, ERS has worked with the leaders of over 100 school systems and several states through data (analysis & benchmarking), design (strategy, resource trade-offs & consensus building) and implementation (planning & monitoring).

We support state leaders specifically by:

  • Providing technical assistance both to districts on behalf of states and directly to state leaders on specific strategies such as strategic resource use, school budget planning, tracking and evaluating priority investments, human capital strategy, and school design.
  • Developing tools in partnership with state leaders to directly support state, district, and school staff in utilizing limited resources strategically to meet priorities.
  • Supporting effective monitoring and continuous improvement to assess the success of initiative implementation.
  • Designing statewide systems of implementation support for school districts.
  • Translating feedback from districts to states to inform additional lawmaking and implementation through and beyond the end of the ESSER liquidation period.

Some of our recent state partnerships include:

  • Supporting over 60 districts in Texas through several different projects and cohorts focused on strategic resource use in partnership with the Texas Education Agency (TEA) and Texas Impact Network (TIN).
  • In partnership with the state education agency, leading a cohort of seven Massachusetts high schools focused on developing new strategic high school schedules and staffing plans using the following entry points:
    • Equal access to college and career pathways
    • Support and success of multi-lingual learners (MLLs).
  • Working with the Nebraska Department of Education to design and publish an elementary school scheduling and staffing guide for principals and their teams.
  • Providing technical assistance, in partnership with Tennessee State Collaborative on Reforming Education (SCORE), to multiple school districts as they navigate the implementation of the Tennessee Investment in Student Achievement (TISA)
  • Working with state agencies to design and deliver ESSA-required Resource Allocation Review trainings using the Alliance for Resource Equity framework.

For information on working with us, contact ERS Partner Ventura Rodriguez.


Opportunity to Promote Resource Equity through Resource Allocation Reviews:
Under the 2015 Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), state education agencies must conduct Resource Allocation Reviews (RAR) to support targeted, high needs districts and the schools they serve. Learn how ERS has supported SEAs in conducting RAR in a strategic and comprehensive way.

6 Key Factors to Assess Every District’s Risk of an Upcoming Fiscal Cliff:
Which districts in your state are facing the steepest ESSER cliff. Our latest publication highlights 6 key factors that indicate whether a district will be facing a steeper ESSER funding cliff and provides guidance for what state leaders can do now to support districts in sustaining their learning acceleration efforts.

What States Can Do to Support Districts Through the COVID Recovery Window to Accelerate Student Learning,

Due to the policy, funding, and regulatory levers they have at hand, states are uniquely positioned to provide districts with the resources and tools they need. To learn more, download our new brief, which outlines potential actions states can take to support districts as they approach the fiscal cliff in 2024. 


We welcome the opportunity to partner with your district to better align resources and generate a significant impact for your students, your schools, and your communities.