2024 OBC Cohort

The Southern Education Foundation supports districts across the nation as they launch outcomes based contracts, ensuring that a significant portion of payments to external providers are contingent on achieving student achievement growth. Outcomes Based Contracting empowers districts to contract for clear student outcomes and compels mutual accountability for achieving them.

In 2024, the Southern Education Foundation will support two cohorts of 6-8 districts with our Outcomes Based Contracting (OBC) initiative. OBC seeks to improve opportunities for students to participate in meaningful academic experiences, create a competitive marketplace for vendors that prioritize student outcomes, and help districts and vendors collaborate to serve students better and show evidence of their results.

One district cohort will focus on renegotiating or launching contracts with external providers for high impact tutoring. A second cohort will focus on contracts for digitally powered instructional interventions that customize content and support for individual students.

Commitments are due by Oct. 15, 2023.

2024 Cohort Experience

Cohort members access

Shared Learning

  • Six virtual workshops through each step of the OBC process
  • A community of practice, including the other districts and leading educators

Individual Coaching

  • Individualized support
  • Project management assistance on design, RFP and contract
  • Assessment assistance in evaluating student growth
  • Executive level support

Implementation Resources

  • District Playbook
  • Request For Proposals (RFPs) and Contract templates
  • Sample OBC RFPs and Contracts
  • Sample artifacts from continuous improvement efforts


The most powerful thing for our district has been reflecting on how we are writing our RFPs. We are thinking about how we can hold vendors accountable, as well as how we hold ourselves accountable for the development of this tutoring initiative and other initiatives we will have down the line.

Sidney Gunter, Richmond Public Schools, 2023 Cohort

There is nothing more expensive than paying for outcomes that don’t impact students.

Bernard McCune, Denver Public Schools, 2022 Cohort

2023 Site Visit Recap

Consider this opportunity to improve student outcomes

Space is limited. We will accept up to eight districts into each cohort. There is a $15,000 registration fee per district. Learn more about this opportunity.

For state education and school district leaders looking to apply or for more information, contact Sarah Glover, OBC Project Lead, at sglover@southerneducation.org or schedule time to connect. All media, vendor, or other business inquiries should use our contact form.

Participating Districts


Denver Public Schools (CO)
Duval County Public Schools (FL)
Ector County Independent School District (TX)
Fulton County Schools (GA)


Colorado Springs District 11 (CO)
Jackson Public Schools (MS)
Richmond Public Schools (VA)
Santa Ana Unified School District (CA)
Uplift Education (TX)