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Effective Schools Framework (ESF)

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 effective, well-supported teachers, high-quality curriculum, 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.

The Effective Schools Framework describes the best practices effective schools and districts engage in on a daily basis and 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.

Additional Resources for the Effective Schools Framework can be found at the Effective Schools Framework webpage