The No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB) requires every state to have "a statewide system of intensive and sustained support and improvement for districts and schools" that ensures the necessary supports are in place at every level of the educational system so students are getting the help they need to reach their full potential. Idaho's Statewide System of Support focuses on the instructional core; teachers and students in the presence of content. However, while the focus is ultimately on the instructional core, research on school and district improvement emphasizes the importance and complexity of the many influences upon schools. As such, it is critical that our Statewide System of Support provides assistance in some way in all of these components of the school system. In a recent presentation to the Idaho Legislature, Dr. Flachbart stated, "You can put the best teachers up against the weakest system, and the system will win every time. So we're out to change the system."
This focus on systemic improvement is accomplished through a range of services that touch upon the many layers within the system, such as the Idaho Building Capacity (IBC) Project, parent and community involvement, implementation of Response to Intervention (RTI), a Superintendents Network, and other programs. In fact, national leaders in school improvement and several states are now looking to Idaho as an example because of its high quality and innovative Statewide System of Support.
"You don't change performance without changing the instructional core. The relationship of the teacher and the student in the presence of content must be at the center of effort to improve performance. If you can't see it in the classroom, it's not there." — Richard Elmore, Harvard University
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