National Center for Systemic Improvement (NCSI)

The National Center for Systemic Improvement (NCSI) is a multiyear cooperative agreement funded by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) (2019-2024). NCSI plays a major role in helping states achieve a national vision of Results-Driven Accountability (RDA) for special education programs. and Communication and Collaboration.

Targeted Outcomes for the NCSI

  • 1. Increased capacity of SEAs to align with broader general education initiatives to ensure ESSA and IDEA implementation best supports the needs of CWD;
  • 2. Increased capacity of SEAs to effectively implement their general supervision systems that serve to improve results for CWD, while maintaining compliance with the IDEA;
  • 3. Increased capacity of SEAs to effectively implement, evaluate, and revise (as necessary) their SSIPs and ensure progress toward meeting their SIMR;
  • 4. Increased effectiveness of SEAs in meaningfully and authentically engaging diverse State (including State-level partnerships) and local stakeholders in ways that will support the effective implementation of ESSA and IDEA;
  • 5. Increased capacity of SEAs to support LEAs in selecting and implementing EBPs within frameworks (e.g., MTSS, positive behavioral interventions and supports (PBIS), response to intervention (RTI), and others);
  • 6. Increased capacity of SEAs to fully engage families, including partnerships with OSEP- funded parent centers and the Office of Elementary and Secondary Education (OESE) Statewide Family Engagement Centers in the implementation of systemic improvement efforts;
  • 7. Increased capacity of SEAs to deliver effective TA to LEAs using an aligned TA model grounded in implementation and improvement sciences through collaboration with OSEP- funded TA centers; and
  • 8. Improved access to objective information for families and youth with disabilities on the range of quality educational options & supports.