The National Center for Systemic Improvement (NCSI) provides differentiated technical assistance to help state education agencies (SEAs) best use their general supervision and professional development systems to establish and meet high expectations for every student with a disability.

State education agencies play a key role in policy development and implementation — striving to support the field in meeting the needs of students with disabilities and their families. To succeed, they turn to trusted partners to strengthen their capacity to lead systems change that improves learning conditions and outcomes. NCSI is a critical partner to states, assisting them with learning about and understanding seminal research and translating it into practice. We focus on cultivating knowledge and skills to enable states to achieve lasting impact.

Targeted Outcomes for NCSI

Increase capacity of SEAs to:

  1. align with broader general education initiatives to ensure (Every Student Succeeds Act) (ESSA) and Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) implementation best supports the needs of students with disabilities (SWD);
  2. effectively implement general supervision systems that serve to improve results for SWD, while maintaining compliance with IDEA;
  3. effectively implement, evaluate, and revise (as necessary) their State Systemic Improvement Plans (SSIPs) and ensure progress toward meeting their State Identified Measurable Result (SIMRs);
  4. meaningfully and authentically engage diverse state and local partners to support effective implementation of ESSA and IDEA;
  5. support LEAs in selecting and implementing evidence-based practices within frameworks (e.g., MTSS, PBIS, RTI);
  6. fully engage families, including partnerships with Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP)- funded parent centers and Statewide Family Engagement Centers in implementing systemic improvement efforts;
  7. deliver effective technical assistance (TA) to local education agencies using an aligned TA model grounded in implementation and improvement sciences through collaboration with OSEP-funded TA centers; and
  8. improve access to objective information for families and youth with disabilities on the range of quality educational options & supports.

Rorie Fitzpatrick

Associate Director
Michele Rovins