About the System
What is California’s System of Support for Education?
The California System of Support is a crucial component of the state’s accountability and continuous improvement system, whose guiding principles include equity and local control.
Encompassing entities at all levels, the System of Support is designed to intentionally connect local educational agencies (LEAs), county offices of education (COEs), school districts and charter schools to a network of Lead Agencies (often housed within designated county offices) that offer expertise, programs, and resources to equip local educators with the skills and knowledge to uncover their own solutions. The System of Support also includes many stakeholders, such as advocates, community-based organizations and statewide associations to support LEAs.
The overarching goal of the System of Support is to address inequities and build capacity of LEAs to improve teaching and learning over time, address achievement gaps, and strengthen outreach and collaboration with their stakeholders.
CCEE’s Integral Role in the the System of Support
Established by statute in 2013, the CCEE has been designated as one of the key agencies charged with growing and strengthening California’s innovative System of Support.
Partnering with the California Department of Education (CDE), we work closely with county offices of education (COEs). CCEE acts as a leader, facilitator and connector to points throughout the system. Our specific responsibilities include:
FACILITATE AND ENABLE COMMUNICATION AMONG COES AND LEAD AGENCIES
In consultation with the State Board of Education (SBE), we partner with the CDE to coordinate communication among the system’s Lead Agencies who are mostly embedded within COEs across the state. They build capacity to ensure coherence and consistency within the state’s public school system.
CO-LEAD THE WORK OF THE COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT INITIATIVE
We help to build the capacity of school districts and communities to have “difficult conversations” with each other and build trust, with a focus on improving student outcomes.
FACILITATE THE WORK OF THE SPECIAL EDUCATION RESOURCE LEAD AGENCIES
In partnership with the CDE, the CCEE supports SELPA Lead Agencies which work collaboratively to improve outcomes for students with disabilities.
RAISE THE EFFECTIVENESS AND IMPACT OF EDUCATION PRACTICES STATEWIDE
We take the lead in collecting, analyzing and disseminating best practices and research to education professionals throughout California.
COLLABORATE ON INNOVATIVE PROJECTS
CCEE works closely with COEs, Local Educational Agencies (LEAs), key influencers, advocacy partners, and nonprofits to develop joint initiatives and coordinate statewide efforts in support of local control and continuous improvement. We promote innovative thinking at the local level and improve decision-making to help close equity and achievement gaps in school communities.
EVALUATE THE SYSTEM OF SUPPORT
CCEE expands the use of evaluation data and data protocols to measure and communicate the impact of the System of Support. We use this data to cultivate knowledge, practices, mindsets, and system changes needed to address systemic bias and inequities, shaping a culture of continuous improvement within the System of Support. Click here to learn about the System of Support Evaluation.