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Exemplary At-Risk QEIA Schools Have Smaller Class Sizes, More Teacher Collaboration Time

Research released today shows the CTA-sponsored Quality Education Investment Act school turn-around program is a model for prioritizing Local Control Funding.

“The QEIA law demonstrates CTA’s support for students of greatest need, and that discoveries at QEIA schools can offer ideas for Local Control Funding Formula spending by school districts that must target the same at-risk students,” said CTA President Dean Vogel. “The new research shows that lessons learned from exemplary QEIA schools should be shared.”

Findings from “Pathways to Change: Learning from Exemplary QEIA Schools”, the second in a series of five research reports, include seven “pathways” to success: 
  • Reducing Class Size
  • Leveraging Collaboration Time
  • Responding to Student Needs
  • Building Local Accountability
  • Recognizing and Rewarding Students
  • Using Student Data to Intervene
  • Strengthening Leadership

As a key pathway, Class Size Reduction opened the door to instructional opportunities that would not have existed otherwise, and teacher collaboration served as a gateway to change in every exemplary school identified. Many school stakeholders emphasized the significance of changing school structures to find more instructional time for student intervention. 

Success also sprang from setting clear goals and high expectations, and emphasizing that all school stakeholders – teachers, administrators, parents, and students themselves – are responsible for the effectiveness of teaching and learning.

“As evidence continues to show that the reforms we enabled with QEIA have been successful, it’s time for the next step – spreading those successes to more and more schools,” Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson said.

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