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The Opportunity Audit

Our Audit will help you develop a plan to make sure your students have everything they need to learn, and for educators to support them in the process.
Published: July 2020

What does success look like at your school?

It's a fact: You can't measure the success of a school based on standardized test results alone.

The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) allows educators, parents, and students to set additional, more meaningful indicators of success for their school—things like robust arts and athletics programs, full-time counselors, rigorous AP classes, and engaging electives.
By setting specific performance criteria for your school, you let lawmakers know what kind of help your school needs to reach its full potential.

Setting goals for your school

ESSA requires that performance goals be based on a thorough needs assessment. To make it easier, we created the Opportunity Audit, a downloadable assessment and guide with step-by-step instructions for:

  • Building an Audit Team
  • Engaging the community
  • Identifying opportunities for improvement
  • Setting specific, achievable goals

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Collaborating for Student Success

Successful collaboration requires commitment. The Collaborating for Student Success guidebook includes a comprehensive framework for successful collaboration, grounded in research and on-the-ground practice, as well as a number of tools to support you in your own collaboration efforts.
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