The Blueprint for Educational Change™

Launched in 2008, The Blueprint for Educational Change is our region’s strategic plan to build the strongest education pipeline in the country, cradle to career. The Blueprint guides our work to identify and share “bright spots” that are working across our region, to detect identify and overcome disconnects and barriers to student success, and to look for opportunities to direct resources to where they can have the most impact on student outcomes.

Through the Blueprint, we align priorities, policies, and resources across regional institutions and organizations to expand the scale and reach of the work of E3 Alliance and our partners. Blueprint objectives are measurable, grounded in achieving equity for all students, and based on building accountability for student success across the entire community. Ultimately, we are driving regional systems change in education.

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Our Theory of Change

Every initiative of The Blueprint for Education ChangeTM is powered by objective data and guided by our Theory of Change, which offers a clear path toward collective action and changes in practice that ultimately lead to systems change that sustains a culture of high performance for our students in Central Texas.

With the launching of E3 Alliance in 2006, there were no terms or processes to describe how to bring about sustained and meaningful improvements to our education systems. Rooted in our foundation was the belief that:

  • Waiting for state or federal governments to enact improvements would risk losing yet another generation of children. That loss was too costly to our families and our region.
  • Only through a common regional agenda and the collaborative efforts of all Central Texas educational stakeholders could we hope to see the dramatic system-wide advancements that would drive student success.
  • Initiating these dramatic improvements first requires accurate, objective data on student achievement and a commitment to identify and share effective educational practices.
  • The entire Central Texas community needs to be committed to a common agenda and accountable for education outcomes if all children are to reach their full potential.

Blueprint Objectives

By 2023, E3 Alliance and our partners have established measurable objectives to improve student outcomes and decrease inequity across the cradle-to-career pipeline.

School Readiness

  • 90% of eligible children enroll in Pre-Kindergarten.
  • 70% of children enter Kindergarten school ready

School Success

  • 70% of all 3rd graders meet Reading Standards.
  • 70% of all 8th graders meet Reading Standards.
  • 45% of all 8th graders complete Algebra I.

High School Graduation

  • 88% of all 9th graders are NOT chronically absent.
  • 95% of Central Texas students graduate high school on time.

Postsecondary Success

  • 70% of students enroll in college within 1 year of high school graduation.
  • 55% of high school graduates complete a postsecondary credential within 6 years.

Community Solutions

Community Solutions are regional initiatives targeted at overcoming disconnects and silos between different parts and levels of the education system and with related social sectors. These initiatives utilize mutually reinforcing activities to amplify efforts of individual partners who work directly with students and educators. By intentionally working to build the capacity of educational institutions and service providers, and engaging the community to work together toward student success, our region can work together to achieve higher outcomes for all students.

Early Matters Greater Austin

The United Way for Greater Austin and E3 Alliance formed Early Matters Greater Austin to facilitate the business community’s engagement in raising awareness and helping lead a strategic community-wide effort to set policies and priorities for early childhood education. Early Matters Greater Austin supports family friendly policies in businesses, fosters innovation in the child care system, and advances local and statewide support and advocacy for high quality early learning. Learn more at https://www.earlymattersgreateraustin.org/

Early Childhood Results Count

High quality early learning for all children can transform the economic trajectory of our region. After a precipitous drop in school readiness of children across our region, E3 Alliance gathered a coalition of dozens of health, mental health, and education partners who worked together to define five community strategies for increasing Kindergarten Readiness as the measure for child experiences 0-5. Based on these strategies, partners are working together to help assure every child in Central Texas enters kindergarten prepared for success.

Austin College Access Network (ACAN)

A network of 10 community-based organizations dedicated to improving first-generation college success, ACAN works together with institutions of higher education from across the region. These groups share best practices to improve support services, track student trends, and identify policies and practices that hinder student success. In 2016, colleges launched a common FERPA-compliant student data sharing process, the first of its kind in the nation. This enabled partners to use benchmark data to identify common performance targets and coordinate interventions and student supports with the goal of improving college completion. ACAN also supports counselors with unique training to help students succeed in college and career, as well as with access to emergency bridge grants to keep students from dropping out of school.

Deliberative Dialogues

A deliberative dialogue is a regionwide, multicommunity discussion around topics of public concern in education with the goal of finding the most promising course of action forward. These discussions also inform the work at E3 Alliance with the voice and input from the community. In 2019, E3 Alliance launched a new regional deliberative dialogues “Pathways to Prosperity: What is needed for a successful career?” These community conversations focused on engaging a diverse range of community members across Central Texas to explore what college means to our region, and to address the underlying factors that are limiting student success. Learn more about these dialogues here.

Pathways of Promise (PoP)

With the support of the Greater Texas Foundation, E3 Alliance expanded our research agenda to better understand career and math pathways, and how secondary course-taking best prepares all students for post-secondary success. 13 school districts and five higher education institutions in our region support the commitment to increase the percentage of students entering more rigorous math pathways. More than 10,000 students have benefited from intense professional development provided to middle school math teachers, and 15 schools have launched an intensive, multi-year effort to improve equity in STEM outcomes. Pathways of Promise partners work together to implement equitable acceleration policies with the ultimate goal of improving college success.

“Fight the Flu” Campaign

Based on findings from E3 Alliance’s groundbreaking Absence Reasons Study, we know that almost half of student absences in our region are due to acute illness. Spikes in incidents of school absences directly matched the spikes in county flu reports. To combat this situation, E3 Alliance led a broad coalition starting in the fall of 2014 to undertake the largest in-school, flu immunization campaign in the state of Texas. By the fall of 2017, practitioners administered 39,117 immunizations at no cost to families or school districts in 386 Central Texas schools, which represented 18 school districts including Ft. Bend, New Braunfels, and Northeast Independent School Districts as well as districts across Central Texas.

Click here for recording and presentation of the 2018 Fight the Flu Kick-off Event at Dell Medical School

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Central Texas Math Alignment Taskforce (CTXMAT)

Together with the Charles A. Dana Center, E3 Alliance supports CTXMAT, a coalition of 21 Central Texas school district and higher education partners who are working together to better align mathematics course taking to help more students succeed in math into and through college. The work includes:

  • Alignment of secondary and post-secondary courses and the counseling, admissions criteria, course catalogs and advising to support courses that best align with student career aspirations
  • Alignment of teaching and learning pedagogy and non-cognitive skills to help more students advance and succeed in math
  • Changing local and state policies to help more students succeed in math and demonstrate college readiness

Learning Networks

When educational change initiatives are best undertaken at the school and institution level, E3 Alliance supports Learning Networks that help leaders apply continuous improvement tools and learn from one another to create rapid-cycle tests of positive change within their institutions. Learning Networks build capacity within institutions to undertake change, implement positive changes within a school environment, and build examples of strategies that can be expanded beyond the network.

Ready, Set, K! Study and Training

Prior to 2010, E3 Alliance research indicated that almost half of Central Texas children were entering Kindergarten unprepared, setting them up to fall behind, and in many cases, drop out as their education journey unfolded. With their success at risk, and the economic cost to our community in jeopardy, E3 Alliance led the creation of Ready, Set, K!, the first student-centered, multi-competency standard for school readiness in Texas. Ready, Set, K! provides training and an online tool to help teachers better determine whether their students are on track for school success. Results have shown that Ready, Set, K! is highly predictive of later success: children rated “Kindergarten Ready” with this assessment are nearly four times more likely to pass the 3rd grade STAAR Reading and Math assessments in third grade than compared to their peers who are not rated Kindergarten Ready. The tool empowers teachers to gather more accurate student data through authentic assessment, group children for differentiated instruction, and align their teaching with the Pre-K Guidelines. Ready, Set, K! has helped close the school readiness gap, while shaping legislation and guiding budget decision to support young learners.

Attendance Summit

E3 Alliance hosted the inaugural Central Texas Attendance Summit in October 2017 with great success. More than 20 school districts and community partners learned about local attendance research, data, regional bright spots, and continuous improvement tools. Participating teams each received their school’s chronic absence data, completed a needs assessment, and used their data to create a targeted action plan for their school. Now an annual event, the Attendance Summit continues to help Kindergarten through 12th grade school teams design a strategic plan to address chronic absences on their campus. Sign up for the 2019 Attendance Summit today!

Attendance Peer Learning Network

Leveraging the momentum of the Attendance Summit, E3 Alliance in partnership with Attendance Works launched an Attendance Peer Learning Network of nine schools. Participating schools receive the opportunity to increase student attendance – and consequently, academic outcomes – through the use of disaggregated data, peer-to-peer learning, coaching, and technical assistance using evidence-based prevention and intervention strategies and continuous improvement tools. Teams chose one student outcome (e.g., reading, math, high school graduation, or college readiness) to focus on based on local needs and drivers. All school teams in the Attendance Peer Learning Network used a common strategy (attendance) to improve student outcomes. Schools are chosen through an application process.

My Brother’s Keeper Scholars

E3 Alliance serves as the data partner for the regional My Brother’s Keeper (MBK) initiative. E3 provides in-depth data analysis and community facilitation to support the Greater Austin Area My Brother’s Keeper effort to eliminate equity gaps for our young men of color. In addition, E3 designed and supports the MBK Scholars College Challenge to help many more low-income young men of color access and succeed in higher education. Four area high schools have been linked with service providers to improve college success in 2018-19, and the initiative will expand to more schools starting in 2019-20.

Missing School Matters

Since 2011, E3 Alliance’s Missing School Matters campaign has promoted a culture of student attendance in our region. The campaign focuses on a “triple bottom line:” 1) students need to be in the classroom to learn, 2) teachers need consistency of attendance to effectively teach, and 3) school districts need state funding (which in Texas is based on attendance) to provide precious resources and services to all students. Missing School Matters has provided outreach and materials to build community support for improved attendance across the region, and is now leveraging the Attendance Peer Learning Network to share campus-based practices that are improving student attendance. Since 2011, $37.5 million dollars has been returned to school districts in our region in state reimbursement due to decreased student absences despite rapidly increasing student enrollment. For more information, click here.