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 cohort will launch in January and run through December. The second cohort will launch in October and run through August 2025.

In both cohorts, districts will establish OBC projects in high dosage tutoring or for edtech instructional interventions.

Learn more about the opportunity to join the OBC cohort launching in October here.

2024 Cohort Experience

Cohort members access

Shared Learning

  • Seven virtual workshops
  • One district site visit
  • A community of practice, including other participating districts, OBC Alumni 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

2024 Site Visit Recap

Consider this opportunity to improve student outcomes

Space is limited. We will accept up to eight districts into each cohort. Learn more about this opportunity.

For state education and school district leaders looking to apply or for more information, please use the calendar below to schedule a meeting. All media, vendor, or other business inquiries should use our contact form.

OBC Cohort Districts

2024 OBC Cohorts Map


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)
Santa Ana Unified School District (CA)
Uplift Education (TX)


Cleveland Metropolitan School District (OH).
Fresno Unified School District (CA)
Hillsborough County Public Schools (FL)
Jefferson County Public Schools (CO)
Orange County Public Schools (FL)
Colorado Springs D11 (CO)
Duval County Public Schools (FL)
Santa Ana Unified School District (CA)
Uplift Education (TX)