Sharing effective practices and strategies plays a smart role in helping to ensure that education dollars are spent efficiently and effectively, and can be particularly helpful to local and state leaders during tough fiscal times. With this in mind, the Office of Innovation and Improvement is launching Increasing Educational Productivity: Innovative Approaches & Best Practices, a collection of resources and examples on the school, district, and state strategies being implemented across the country to improve student achievement and maximize the impact of educational investments.
This work builds off of Education Secretary Arne Duncan's Smart Ideas to Increase Educational Productivity and Student Achievement, a document released to the nation's governors in March describing steps that states, districts, and schools can take to ensure that federal dollars support policies, practices, and programs with the greatest positive impact on students.
This past calendar year, a number of new programs and initiatives were launched and many of OII’s existing programs were refined to align with the Department of Education’s commitment to being an “engine of innovation” for the U.S. public education system. Assistant Deputy Secretary Jim Shelton discusses the highlights of the past year and provides his thoughts on several important issues facing education in this February interview with The Education Innovator.