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Comprehensive School Reform / Education Service Providers (CSRQ)

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Review Summary

This CSRQ Center Report on Education Service Providers provides a scientifically based, consumer-friendly review of the effectiveness and quality of seven widely implemented education service provider (ESP) models: Edison Schools; Imagine Schools; The Leona Group, L.L.C.; Mosaica Education; National Heritage Academies (NHA); SABIS Educational Systems, Inc.; and White Hat Management (HOPE Academies). An ESP is a nonprofit or for-profit organization that contracts with new or existing public, charter, or private schools or school districts to provide a comprehensive approach to whole school improvement, including school administration and educational programming. Together, these seven ESPs likely represent 60 to 65% of U.S. schools currently being served by ESPs.

Each model is profiled and rated in the following categories:

Category 1: Evidence of positive effects on student achievement.

Category 2: Evidence of positive effects on additional outcomes.

Category 3: Evidence of positive effects on family and community involvement.

Category 4: Evidence of a link between research and model design.

Category 5: Evidence of services and support to schools to enable successful implementation.

The report provides education stakeholders with a decision making tool to help sort through the options in the range of ESP models that are available to support whole school or district improvement. The reviews are intended to clarify options, not to point to or endorse “best buys" from the seven ESP models reviewed. To be included in this review each model must serve a minimum of 20 schools in three or more states, and include at least five of the following components, as defined by the U.S. Department of Education: governance, administrative services, technical assistance, classroom practices, professional development, leadership development, benchmarks/assessments, and curriculum.



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