For over 30 years, NCEE has identified education systems that are performing at the highest levels—based on student achievement, equity and efficiency—and distilled the common elements into NCEE’s framework of a high-performing system. NCEE works with state and district leaders to design a system which:
At the heart of high-performing schools, there must be rigorous instructional systems that provide equitable opportunities to all students, support high-quality teaching, and are organized as professional work environments in which educators can grow their careers.
NCEE illustrates these and other elements of successful schools in the NISL Wheel. More than 8,000 school and district leaders in 25 states utilize the NISL Wheel as part of the NISL program.
NCEE believes that every student can succeed. This success will come from effective leaders who can build and lead districts and schools designed as systems, with every element benchmarked to the highest levels.
Leaders of these systems must understand what research has indicated is essential to their design, but they also need the leadership skills necessary to lead for results, drive change and build a shared vision that addresses persistent challenges. These are the leadership skills represented by NCEE’s Dimensions of Leadership that leaders need in order to create a high-performing education system: