Coherence in Education Reform


Often, it seems in schools that reform after reform is layered on with little thought to alignment or coherence. The Center on Great Teachers and Leaders is responding to that problem with a new special issues brief titled, A Framework for Coherence: College and Career Readiness Standards, Multi-Tiered Systems of Support, and Educator Effectiveness.   

When aligned and coherently implemented, college and career readiness standards, multi-tiered systems of support, and educator effectiveness systems have the potential to create lasting and meaningful changes to instruction and support for at-risk learners. Unfortunately, these three critical instructional reform initiatives are often implemented in isolation, sending teachers and instructional leaders mixed messages about instructional practices.

In this Special Issues Brief, GTL outlines a framework for coherence that supports states in connecting these three initiatives by capitalizing on their shared goal: improving instructional quality to enhance educational outcomes for students.

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