This volume of Perspectives has an in-depth study that was originally begun as a book about how ESAs around the country are breaking service delivery paradigms. The authors have used quite a number of our member agencies to demonstrate this. Yet we know these are just samplings of what is happening in our country. Also included is an article about lobbying on behalf of ESAs from someone who did it for 30 years. This reflection is packed with good information and ideas that surely can help us all. Our thanks to the authors and all who work to represent ESAs and the important work we do.
Selected examples of Educational Service Agency support provided by members of the Association of Educational Service Agencies' Council, Governmental Relations Committee, and former Council and Committee members.
A White Paper prepared for the US Department of Education, January 2010
Offering back office services is definitely a new trend for ESAs. Back office services include such things as business operations, payroll, accounts receivable, accounts payable, purchasing, investment services, etc. AESA appreciates the time ESAs took to complete this survey. Your responses are critical for the advancement of ESAs across the country.
This research project of AESA examines the increasing role ESA's are playing in the area of alternative certification. This is Phase 1 of an ongoing study. The data from this work indicates that common issues that ESA's across the nation face include program funding, relationships with other agencies, difficulty partnering with institutions of higher education, difficulty obtaining higher education credit, and external communications and marketing. AESA thanks Walden University, a member of the Laureate Universities Network, for the funding of this study. Mid-continent Research for Education and Learning (McREL) conducted the research and completed phase one of the project.
This study is a follow-up to the April 2008 "The Role of Educational Service Agencies in Supporting Alternative Education Programs – Phase I" published by the Association of Educational Service Agencies. This Phase II study follows it with qualitative data about how selected ESAs that participated in the Phase I study operate alternative certification programs. As with Phase I, this Phase II study was conducted by the Mid-continent Research for Education and Learning. AESA thanks our corporate partner Laureate Education, Inc., for coordinating with Walden University, a member of the Laureate Universities Network, for their ongoing support and for funding this research study.
Research funded by the AESA Foundation. Research conducted by Learning Point Associates
AESA contracted with Learning Point Associates, a nonprofit education research organization, to conduct a national study of ESA accountability and accreditation initiatives. The purposes of the study are to provide a picture of the current state of ESA accountability and accreditation policies in AESA states, provide insight into whether AESA should play a role in the development of a national accountability or accreditation system, and investigate some of the system design decisions AESA would have to consider if it decided to pursue a national accountability system, including identifying the types of core services for which ESAs should be held accountable, determining performance measures, and establishing standards or benchmarks.
This research project of AESA will assist agencies that are considering developing or expanding online education programs. This study seeks to extend the research initiated with the study of alternative certification. It seeks to quantify needs identified by ESA leaders and substantiated by contemporary literature for online education curricula, and to establish initial data from which AESA may assist its member ESAs in developing services for the school districts they serve. AESA thanks Walden University, a member of the Laureate Universities Network, for the funding of this study.
This edition of Perspectives is designed to share information about ESA work around the country and the continuously evolving role of ESAs in a time of high pressure accountability.
Presented at the AESA annual conference, December 2005, Savannah, GA.
This quantitative survey represents an attempt to determine to what extent the role of a CEO of a regional educational service agency requires different skills and knowledge than the knowledge and skills required of a superintendent of a local school district.
This paper was commissioned by AESA and written by Hogan & Harson L.L.P. with the support of Apple. This legal brief outlines the changes to the recently reauthorized Perkins Career and Technical Education Improvement Act. Written November 2006.
This paper was commissioned by AESA and written by Martha Vockley with the support of Apple. This opportunity brief outlines the changes to the recently reauthorized Perkins Career and Technical Education Improvement Act and the role of ESAs. Published November 2006.
This paper commissioned by AESA and written by Hogan & Hartson L.L.P answers all your questions about supplemental educational services under NCLB that are provided free of charge to eligible students outside of the regular school day. Published September 2005.