As we take action to improve productivity in education, we must respect the complexity of our system and invest the effort needed to evaluate educational practices in different contexts over time. Rather than expecting to find an ideal turnkey approach, states and districts should define, test, and refine new ideas on a trial basis and measure both how they are implemented and their results. New educational practices should be adopted with the expectation that there will be multiple cycles of implementation and refinement. States and districts should also partner with each other on pilots and programs to leverage resources and scale up the best ideas.
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