Project: Year 7 2018–2019

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

The Southeast Comprehensive Center (SECC) is supporting state education agencies (SEAs) to strengthen their plans for implementing college- and career-ready standards (CCRS) and assessments. Support includes access to research-based resources, emerging promising practices, and educational events (that are featured in a bimonthly newsletter) and bimonthly virtual meetings of members.

Technical Assistance Approach

The SECC is supporting SEAs in strengthening their plans for implementing CCRS and assessments via:

  • Professional learning
  • Relationship brokering
  • Facilitation
  • Provision of evidence-based Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) implementation and assessment resources and learning opportunities
  • Development of an assessment and ESSA support system for Southeastern states
Impact
  • Increased capacity for implementation and improvement of an effective statewide assessment and accountability system
  • Increased collaboration, improved expertise, and effective organizational processes

Project Updates

Most Recent Update: 2018 | October

During October, a questionnaire was developed to gather data on the needs of assessment and accountability state education agency (SEA) staff in the Southeast Comprehensive Center (SECC) states. Team members contacted specific states for data collection, using a variety of strategies including face-to-face meetings, virtual group sessions, emailed questionnaires, and phone calls. Data is still being collected and compiled for analysis to help plan future work/strategies. Additionally, research for the content of the November bimonthly newsletter was completed. Decisions were made regarding inclusion or exclusion of the submitted material. The draft was forwarded for quality assurance review and distribution.  Planning for the December Assessment and Accountability conversation also began with polling team members for availability during targeted time windows.

During November, data collection will be finalized. The SECC team will hold a virtual meeting to analyze the data and make any necessary adjustments or changes to strategies that were used for SEA support in Year 6. Also, the draft of the November CCRS bimonthly newsletter will be reviewed, edited, and converted to a final electronic website version. Links for access will be distributed to designated SEA staff. Planning for the December Assessment and Accountability conversation also will continue. To assist with planning, data from the needs assessment will be utilized for selection of the discussion topic, and SEA staff will be polled for selection of the best date and time. The SECC team will hold planning meetings to investigate and procure necessary resources, assign roles, and determine any other needed supports. Additionally, research for the content of the January bimonthly newsletter will be initiated and conducted. Decisions regarding inclusion or exclusion of the submitted material might be accomplished if research has been completed.

As evidence of impact, SEA staff provided feedback for a needs assessment that will be utilized to make any necessary adjustments or changes to SECC support in the area of college- and career-readiness standards assessment and accountability. 

 

Previous Updates:

During October, a questionnaire was developed to gather data on the needs of assessment and accountability state education agency (SEA) staff in the Southeast Comprehensive Center (SECC) states. Team members contacted specific states for data collection, using a variety of strategies including face-to-face meetings, virtual group sessions, emailed questionnaires, and phone calls. Data is still being collected and compiled for analysis to help plan future work/strategies. Additionally, research for the content of the November bimonthly newsletter was completed. Decisions were made regarding inclusion or exclusion of the submitted material. The draft was forwarded for quality assurance review and distribution.  Planning for the December Assessment and Accountability conversation also began with polling team members for availability during targeted time windows.

During November, data collection will be finalized. The SECC team will hold a virtual meeting to analyze the data and make any necessary adjustments or changes to strategies that were used for SEA support in Year 6. Also, the draft of the November CCRS bimonthly newsletter will be reviewed, edited, and converted to a final electronic website version. Links for access will be distributed to designated SEA staff. Planning for the December Assessment and Accountability conversation also will continue. To assist with planning, data from the needs assessment will be utilized for selection of the discussion topic, and SEA staff will be polled for selection of the best date and time. The SECC team will hold planning meetings to investigate and procure necessary resources, assign roles, and determine any other needed supports. Additionally, research for the content of the January bimonthly newsletter will be initiated and conducted. Decisions regarding inclusion or exclusion of the submitted material might be accomplished if research has been completed.

As evidence of impact, SEA staff provided feedback for a needs assessment that will be utilized to make any necessary adjustments or changes to SECC support in the area of college- and career-readiness standards assessment and accountability.