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Developing High-Performing Systems of Reform

Over the last decade the role of the state has changed considerably. States now play the leading role in driving policy development, enactment, and implementation in key areas such as standards, assessment, and accountability, data reporting, teacher and leader effectiveness and turning around underperforming schools. States are working to build comprehensive systems of education reform-across state agencies; from Birth-20; and from federal to state to local. Despite these core responsibilities, federal law continues to treat state education agencies as simply administrative overhead. CCSSO is working to broaden the concept of state capacity and ensure real investment in state systems and infrastructure to breakdown the stove pipes of federal funding. Without a highly performing system to carry forth an integrated, comprehensive agenda, we will not see effective implementation of bold reform.