4C. Reform Support Network sustainability rubric
The Reform Support Network, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education, supports the Race to the Top grantees as they implement reforms in education policy and practice, learn from each other, and build their capacity to sustain these reforms, while sharing these promising practices and lessons learned with other States attempting to implement similarly bold education reform initiatives. In 2013, the U.S. Department of Education began to work with the Race to the Top States to develop a framework to help them plan for the sustainability of their education reforms. The Reform Support Network (RSN) convened a workgroup to address that need. Six States participated in the workgroup to develop tools for assessing, planning, and monitoring the sustainability of priority reforms. They outlined a framework of sustainability that became the foundation for this rubric, which States can use to think about how sustainable their reforms currently are, and what they need to do to make them more sustainable. In no way is the Sustainability Rubric the last word on the topic. Its utility comes from the thinking it prompts.