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Effective Schools Framework (ESF)

The goal of the Effective Schools Framework (ESF) is to provide a clear vision for what districts and schools across the state do to ensure an excellent education for all Texas students. The ESF provides the basis for school diagnostics and for aligning resources and support to the needs of each school. The ESF was developed in conjunction with school and district leaders and included a national review of research about what makes high performing schools excellent.
The ESF is part of the TEA’s five-year strategic plan and is the starting point for improving internal technical assistance capacity and aligning partners (ESCs, external vendors, etc.) to support the continuous improvement of Texas school districts and campuses.
At the core of effective schools is effective instruction: interactions between students, teachers, and content determine learning outcomes. This instructional core is strengthened and supported by strategic staffing, high-quality instructional materials and assessments, and positive school culture. Strong school leadership and careful planning encompass and ensure each of these prioritized levers.
The Effective Schools Framework consists of a set of district commitments and, for schools, essential actions. DISTRICT COMMITMENTS describe what local education agencies do to ensure that schools are set up for success. The ESSENTIAL ACTIONS describe what the most effective schools do to support powerful teaching and learning.
For additional information on the Effective Schools Framework please visit the Effective Schools Framework webpage.