Projects

Support for Implementing College- and Career-Ready Standards and Assessments

Background

The SECC will work with state education agencies (SEAs) to strengthen their plans for implementing college- and career-ready standards (CCRS) and assessments by (a) identifying and providing high-quality resources that are supported by research-based and emerging promising practices; (b) collecting feedback from districts, schools, and teachers to determine the quality, usefulness, and relevance of the resources and supports they are providing; (c) adjusting and refining their implementation plans and resources to address identified needs or concerns; and (d) developing and implementing an assessment and accountability network of SEA staffs.

The following is a link to the most recent list of CCRS and assessment resources: http://www.air.org/resource/college-and-career-readiness-standards-and-assessment-resource-list which is published on the AIR website.

Project Updates

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Decisions were finalized for the fourth iteration of the Assessment and Accountability Cross-State Discussion Series. The SECC team utilized state education agency (SEA) staff feedback for conversation topics and for specific dates. The SECC team met to plan for the October 17 conversation. Additionally, staff submitted a set of 54 prospective resources for review for the 2017 winter edition. The team reviewed this set of resources and made recommendations regarding inclusion or exclusion. Final decisions were made, and 31 resources were selected for inclusion. The team began the development of annotations for the 31 approved resources.

 

Previous Updates:

Decisions were finalized for the fourth iteration of the Assessment and Accountability Cross-State Discussion Series. The SECC team utilized state education agency (SEA) staff feedback for conversation topics and for specific dates. The SECC team met to plan for the October 17 conversation. Additionally, staff submitted a set of 54 prospective resources for review for the 2017 winter edition. The team reviewed this set of resources and made recommendations regarding inclusion or exclusion. Final decisions were made, and 31 resources were selected for inclusion. The team began the development of annotations for the 31 approved resources.

SECC staff continue the research and evaluation of prospective resources for inclusion in the 2017 winter edition of the College- and Career-Readiness Standards and Assessment Resource List. An initial set of 54 resources has been submitted for review. SECC staff are in the process of reviewing this initial set of resources to make recommendations regarding inclusion or exclusion.

Additionally, planning continues for the fourth iteration of the Assessment and Accountability Cross-State Discussion Series to be held in October 2017. SEA staff have been surveyed for suggested topics and for specific dates for the conversation. Those decisions will be made and will be communicated to network participants.

SECC partner staff have continued the research and evaluation process of prospective resources for inclusion in the 2017 winter edition of the College- and Career-Readiness Standards and Assessment Resource List.

The third iteration of the Assessment and Accountability Cross-State Discussion Series was held on July 6. The topic was the sharing of what was learned by state education agency (SEA) assessment/accountability staff who attended Council of Chief State School Officers' National Conference on Student Assessment in Austin, Texas, on June 28–30. Approximately 18 SEA staff participated in the July 6 conversation and exchanged ideas regarding the learning from the conference. Planning has begun to determine the time and topic for the next network conversation.

Planning for the third iteration of the Assessment and Accountability Cross-State Discussion Series has been ongoing. Polls were taken, and the team selected July 6, 2017, as the best date for this upcoming event. SEA staff were sent a “Save the Date” notification for this third conversation. As an additional means of support, SECC will sponsor the attendance of SEA assessment/accountability staff to CCSSO’s National Conference on Student Assessment, which will take place in Austin, Texas, June 28–30, 2017. In addition, SECC will support SEA assessment/accountability staff that wish to participate in a professional development opportunity being hosted by CRESST at the UCLA campus on June 19–23, 2017. The team has sent notifications and initiated the logistical process for those SEA staff that will attend.   

 

RMC Research Corporation partner staff have completed the annotations for all resources that had been approved for inclusion. This final draft was reviewed by SECC staff and has been submitted for an AIR quality assurance (QA) review.

Partner staff from RMC Research Corporation completed an additional list of resources in shortage areas for consideration. These additional resources were reviewed by SECC staff, and a teleconference was held to make final decisions for inclusion of resources in the initial list. RMC staff continued the development of annotations for all approved resources.

SECC team members worked on annotations for approved resources and identified additional ones to be considered. The additional resources are concentrated in shortage areas and are being reviewed for inclusion in the initial list. The process is on schedule to meet the publication deadline. 

 

SECC staff reviewed 75 resources and made recommendations regarding inclusion or exclusion of those submitted resources. A teleconference was held to reach consensus and make final inclusion/exclusion decisions. The team began work on annotations for those approved resources and continued searching for additional ones to be considered.

The inaugural session of the Assessment and Accountability Cross-State Discussion Series was held February 9, 2017. The conversation focused primarily on the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) and the writing of consolidated state plans. Participants indicated that they would like to have these informal networking conversations once every 2 months. One topic that was suggested for the next network conversation was the assessment and accountability issues/concerns for English language learners (ELs). This will be an opportunity for our southeast SEA staff to share and learn from each other regarding EL assessment efforts. Communication with SEA staff has been initiated for feedback on the best date/time to hold the next event.

The team searched for new resources to be considered for inclusion in the summer edition of this document and submitted a partial list of resources to be considered. The partial list is currently in the review process. The project lead will review and make recommendations to the team regarding inclusion. Once this review is completed, the team can begin work on annotations for those approved resources while still searching for additional ones to be considered.

The networking event was rescheduled for February 9, 2017. The necessary communication was sent to state education agency (SEA) staff notifying them of the change. SECC staff continue to seek additional feedback from SEA staff and have held additional team follow-up teleconferences to plan for the event.

SECC staff utilized feedback from SEA staff to guide the planning for the next network event that will take place in January 2017. SECC staff held a team meeting and a follow-up teleconference to plan for the January event. Suggested edits/revisions from the AIR QA review were completed and approved. The final version of the winter iteration of the CCRS resources document was completed and sent to identified SEA staff. In addition, the resource was placed on both the SECC and AIR websites for access to all interested educators. RMC staff are now doing the research and evaluation of prospective resources for inclusion in the 2017 summer edition.

SECC staff compiled feedback from SEA staff on needs and next steps. SECC staff are in the planning phase for the next network event. The final draft of the 2016 Winter Edition of CCRS resources was completed and submitted for an AIR Quality Assurance (QA) review. The QA review was completed and suggested edits/revisions are currently being examined to determine the final phase of editing.