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High Reliability Schools

High Reliability Schools

The Arkansas Department of Education (ADE) and Marzano Research are collaborating to offer the High Reliability Schools (HRS) framework to support continuous improvement for all schools in the state. The HRS framework, based on 40 years of educational research, defines "five progressive levels of performance that a school must master to become a high reliability school—where all students learn the content and skills they need for success in college, careers, and beyond."

HRS Progressive Levels

Used with permission. From A Handbook for High Reliability Schools™: The Next Step in School Reform by Robert J. Marzano, Philip B. Warrick, and Julia A. Simms. Copyright 2014 by Marzano Research, 555 North Morton Street, Bloomington, IN 47404, 800.733.6786, All rights reserved.

In January, 2019, every superintendent and principal in the state of Arkansas received copies of A Handbook for High Reliability Schools and Leading a High Reliability School, and in February, schools were provided access to a digital survey to measure "safe and collaborative culture" as a first step in using the HRS work.

In the Arkansas Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) Plan, ADE committed to supporting "all districts in using a continuous cycle of inquiry to provide each student with an educational experience that is rigorous, challenging and rewarding" and this commitment to HRS is a foundational move for supporting that commitment in Arkansas.

The HRS framework "shows how best practices work together and provides indicators to empower districts and schools to measure their progress on attaining five increasing levels of reliability."

Given that commitment, the Office of Innovation for Education (OIE) is pleased to offer a crosswalk of the primary indicators from Levels 1-5 of the HRS framework with OIE’s Designing for Innovation Framework. This crosswalk is not intended to be exhaustive, but rather to encourage connections, common language, and rich discussion, as part of a local cycles of inquiry.

As you explore and engage with the Designing for Innovation Framework, you will find connections, or “crosswalked” ideas between HRS indicators and the OIE's Designing for Innovation Framework’s critical attributes, as you mouse over text. A deeper study of both frameworks, within the context of your school and community, and the needs of your student and community, will support local cycles of inquiry for continuous improvement. Look for the HRSC icon on each critical attribute page, as an opportunity to consider the connections between these two frameworks.

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Used with permission. From Leading a High Reliability School™ by Robert J. Marzano, Philip B. Warrick, Cameron L. Rains, and Richard DuFour. Copyright 2018 by Solution Tree Press, 555 North Morton Street, Bloomington, IN 47404, 800.733.6786, All rights reserved.