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State Support Network Progress Report

Colleagues, I wanted to share a resource that was sent to chief state school officers earlier this week (07/22/2019) that highlights the work of the State Support Network.





From: Honeysett, Adam <
Sent: Monday, July 22, 2019 1:34 PM
Subject: State Support Network Progress Report


July 22, 2019


Dear Chief State School Officers:


We are pleased to share this progress report for the State Support Network (Network), which highlights the progress, initiatives, and accomplishments made from the beginning of the project in May 2016 through May 2018.  The Network has worked with most SEAs in its first two years and the feedback we received shows high marks for quality, relevance to your work, and impact. We are very pleased with these results and excited to continue building on them over the next year as we continue to support your work.  


As noted in the report, the goals of the Network are to do the following:

  • Facilitate the building of sustainable learning communities and partnerships
  • Identify and share effective practices
  • Support scale up of effective systemic approaches and practices
  • And provide support to SEA and LEA efforts to achieve significant improvements in student outcomes


The Network brings together State leaders with external experts and others to share challenges and work collaboratively to identify solutions and identify evidence-based and promising practices.  As the report indicates,


The Network is a four-year technical assistance initiative of the U.S. Department of Education (ED), Office of Elementary and Secondary Education (OESE) designed to support state and district school improvement efforts.  The Network provides a range of technical assistance services and resources to states and districts, ranging from customized support to individual states and districts to universal approaches (convenings and publications) aimed to support all OESE grantees.


The reach and impact of the Network has been broad.  During the first two years of the performance period, 43 States (as well as the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the Bureau of Indian Education) participated in a Network technical assistance support activity.  Based on Network assessments, participants have found the events hosted, and the materials produced and disseminated by the Network, to be useful and relevant.  Additionally, in order to broaden and deepen impact, the Network has collaborated with 52 organizations to leverage expertise and resources. 


To accomplish these ambitious goals, the Network provides a broad range of technical assistance support to States and districts, focusing on three main activities: Communities of Practice (CoP), Peer-to-Peer Exchanges (P2P), and Individualized Technical Assistance (ITA).  CoPs seek to bring together State educational agency (SEA) and/or local educational agency (LEA) leaders on a common topic to share knowledge and information and collaborate on solutions.  Eight CoPs were established in the first two years on topics such as English Language ProficiencyImplementing Evidence-Based Practices, andState Report Cards.  P2Ps foster sharing experiences and building on the solutions and lessons so that SEA and/or LEA leaders learn from their peers.  ITAs seek to provide differentiated, hands-on support designed to meet the specific needs of individual SEAs and LEAs in order to help foster conditions for improvement and effect organizational change.


In addition, the Network also assembles, creates, and disseminates other tools and products; leads meetings and attends stakeholder events to publicize efforts; and maintains a public website to showcase and make available the tools, information, and events at  These activities are focused on supporting SEA and LEA efforts to achieve significant improvements in student outcomes.  Accordingly, to highlight the resources produced and connections made as a result of these activities, this plan is posted on the Network’s website (available at  Further, it tells the story, using data, of the hard work from States, districts, and the Network to support all schools.


This report demonstrates the Network’s impact supporting you and your districts.  We appreciate your continued support for this critical technical assistance initiative and look forward to continuing to work with you as you implement the ESEA and support schools and districts most in need. 




David Cantrell, Ph.D.

Director, Office of Program and Grantee Support Services (PGSS)


Patrick Rooney

Director, Office of School Support and Accountability (SSA)


Network Letter 07222019

About the Author

Patrick Rooney is the Director of two offices--Evidence-Based Practices Assessment and Accountability and School Support and Accountability within ED’s Office of Elementary and Secondary Education. Before this recent appointment, Mr. Rooney was the Deputy Director of the Office of State Support.  Prior to joining the Office of State Support, Mr. Rooney worked in the Implementation and Support Unit, where he helped lead the work of the Reform Support Network, providing technical assistance to states implementing comprehensive Race to the Top reforms, and the Race to the Top Assessment program, which provided grants to groups of states to develop new assessments aligned to state’s college- and career-ready standards. Mr. Rooney also worked in the DC Office of State Superintendent of Education, where he was a senior policy advisor and worked on a wide variety of K-12 issues in the District of Columbia.