Statewide Support to Low-Performing Schools

High-Leverage Opportunity 1

Emphasize collaborative work across SEA units to deliver evidence-based programs to CSI and TSI schools.

The challenges facing low-performing schools are long-running and persistent. This is why it’s critical for the Region 6 Comprehensive Center (RC6) to help build capacity within State Educational Agencies (SEAs) to work across units to deliver evidence-based programs. The U.S. Department of Education (ED) frames this work within High-Leverage Problem (HLPs) areas and HLP #1 is Statewide Systems of Support to Low-Performing Schools.

In this area, RC6 emphasizes collaborative work to support Comprehensive Support and Improvement (CSI) schools and Targeted Support and Improvement (TSI)schools. These school categories are defined by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), which gives SEAs more flexibility than previous federal law to determine which schools in their state are low-performing.

Key strategies for RC6 to support low-performing schools:

  • Support SEA leaders and key staff in building collaborative structures across units.
  • Collaborate with SEA staff in the field working with CSI/TSI schools to implement regular feedback loops.
  • Facilitate intensive, sequenced, job embedded professional development for school improvement coaches leading to improved coaching support to low-performing schools.

The RC6 projects within its three-state coverage area will address one or more HLPs according to the work and SEA and school district needs. This is the work around HLP #1 in the RC6’s first year:

North Carolina

Building collaborative structures around ESSA implementation and supporting CSI schools as they implement their awarded Innovative Partnership Grants.

South Carolina

Strengthening the South Carolina Department of Education’s (SCDE’s) support services across departments. The RC6 provides individualized consultative services to improve lines of communication across SCDE program offices to enable better alignment and coordination of key support systems to low-performing schools and their districts.


Enhancing training to School Improvement Coaches in low-performing schools.The RC6 provides the Georgia Department of Education with the LAUNCH!™ Training from the Institute for Performance Improvement (TIFPI) to better prepare School Improvement Coaches.

Read more about LAUNCH!™ training and what past participants have to say about their experiences.

This website was developed under a grant from the Department of Education through the Office of Program and Grantee Support Services (PGSS) within the Office of Elementary and Secondary Education (OESE), by the Region 6 Comprehensive Center (RC6) at the SERVE Center at UNC Greensboro under Award #S283B190055. This website contains resources that are provided for the reader’s convenience. These materials may contain the views and recommendations of various subject matter experts as well as hypertext links, contact addresses, and websites to information created and maintained by other public and private organizations. The U.S. Department of Education (ED) does not control or guarantee the accuracy, relevance, timeliness, or completeness of any outside information included in these materials. The views expressed herein do not necessarily represent the positions or policies of the U.S. Department of Education. No official endorsement by the U.S. Department of Education of any product, commodity, service, enterprise, curriculum, or program of instruction mentioned in this document is intended or should be inferred.

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