The Changing Role of County Offices of Education

"County offices of education occupy a critical role in California’s Statewide System of Support and have a responsibility to lead the continuous improvement of the districts they support. In order to fulfill this role, COEs are undergoing cultural and organizational shifts to better facilitate continuous improvement. The first and most difficult shift is leading a mindset shift that COEs — and all actors throughout the system — are responsible for improving student outcomes." (emphasis added)

"The role of county offices of education (COEs) has changed significantly since the enactment of the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) in 2013.

COEs have long held critical roles in California’s education system as fiscal arbiters to districts, resource providers and administrators of specialized programs, and service providers for students in the justice system. 

The passing of LCFF and related policy structures such as the Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP) and the Statewide System of Support (SSS) established that COEs also have to provide ongoing support to districts and other local education agencies to drive continuous improvement. In this new role, COEs are responsible for supporting districts in reviewing data and developing plans that improve student outcomes over time.2 Making the transition from compliance monitoring to building capacity for continuous improvement has required COEs and their leadership to reframe and adjust their organizational focus, culture, and structures and processes."


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  • Kristen Brown
    commented 2019-12-16 13:04:42 -0800
    Thank you. I am waiting to see how my school district improves community engagement beyond the basics (board meetings, DELAc and CACSE, Town Hall meetings). I think statewide we need more conversations and connecting with local resources. Thank you for this post, it fosters one of my three points for which I am running for trustee on in my local school district.