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 | December

Using state education agency (SEA) staff feedback, the time/date for the next Assessment and Accountability conversation was set for January 8. (The Christmas holidays necessitated that the date be moved to January to improve SEA attendance.) The Southeast Comprehensive Center (SECC) team met and assigned roles, formulated session questions, etc. A draft of the PowerPoint for the session was developed and forwarded to appropriate staff for quality assurance (QA) review. The network membership list was reviewed and updated. Invitations were sent to SEA staff who are network members. Included in the invitation were questions for SEA staff to review so that they could be better prepared to contribute to the conversation. The Southeast Comprehensive Center (SECC) team completed writing of the annotations for the selected resources and upcoming events sections for the next bimonthly college- and career-readiness standards and assessment (CCRS-A) newsletter. A draft of the newsletter draft was completed, reviewed, and edited. The newsletter was forwarded for final QA review and conversion to a final electronic website version. Additionally, the SECC team began research for the content of the March CCRS-A bimonthly newsletter.

On next month, a reminder will be sent to SEA staff prior to the network conversation on January 8. The SECC team will hold a walk-through of the conversation to check proper functioning of the technology and ensure that staff understand their assigned roles, etc. A short feedback survey will be administered in the latter portion of the conversation. The feedback will be analyzed to better plan future conversations. Additionally, the finalized draft of the January CCRS-A bimonthly newsletter will be converted to a final electronic website version. Feedback from SEA staff also be solicited to determine the topic, time, and date for the February Assessment and Accountability Network conversation. Once these items are established, the SECC team will send a save-the-date communication to SEA staff. The SECC team will do research and begin development of any necessary materials or resources. Planning meetings/teleconferences will be held to determine the agenda, roles, etc. SEA staff will be sent an invitation with details and links. Research for the content of the March CCRS-A bimonthly newsletter will continue with some decisions reached as to which suggested resources will be included.

To measure impact, SEA staff provided feedback via an online survey regarding SECC support in the area of CCRS assessment and accountability. 

 

Previous Updates:

Using state education agency (SEA) staff feedback, the time/date for the next Assessment and Accountability conversation was set for January 8. (The Christmas holidays necessitated that the date be moved to January to improve SEA attendance.) The Southeast Comprehensive Center (SECC) team met and assigned roles, formulated session questions, etc. A draft of the PowerPoint for the session was developed and forwarded to appropriate staff for quality assurance (QA) review. The network membership list was reviewed and updated. Invitations were sent to SEA staff who are network members. Included in the invitation were questions for SEA staff to review so that they could be better prepared to contribute to the conversation. The Southeast Comprehensive Center (SECC) team completed writing of the annotations for the selected resources and upcoming events sections for the next bimonthly college- and career-readiness standards and assessment (CCRS-A) newsletter. A draft of the newsletter draft was completed, reviewed, and edited. The newsletter was forwarded for final QA review and conversion to a final electronic website version. Additionally, the SECC team began research for the content of the March CCRS-A bimonthly newsletter.

On next month, a reminder will be sent to SEA staff prior to the network conversation on January 8. The SECC team will hold a walk-through of the conversation to check proper functioning of the technology and ensure that staff understand their assigned roles, etc. A short feedback survey will be administered in the latter portion of the conversation. The feedback will be analyzed to better plan future conversations. Additionally, the finalized draft of the January CCRS-A bimonthly newsletter will be converted to a final electronic website version. Feedback from SEA staff also be solicited to determine the topic, time, and date for the February Assessment and Accountability Network conversation. Once these items are established, the SECC team will send a save-the-date communication to SEA staff. The SECC team will do research and begin development of any necessary materials or resources. Planning meetings/teleconferences will be held to determine the agenda, roles, etc. SEA staff will be sent an invitation with details and links. Research for the content of the March CCRS-A bimonthly newsletter will continue with some decisions reached as to which suggested resources will be included.

To measure impact, SEA staff provided feedback via an online survey regarding SECC support in the area of CCRS assessment and accountability. 

Staff from the Southeast Comprehensive Center (SECC) have finalized data collection. The SECC team held a virtual meeting to analyze the data and make adjustments/changes to strategies that were used for state education agency (SEA) support in Year 7. The draft of the November CCRS-A bimonthly newsletter was reviewed, edited, and converted to a final electronic website version. The recipient list for the newsletter also was reviewed and updated. The links for access to the newsletter were distributed to designated SEA staff. Additionally, planning for the December Assessment and Accountability conversation continued. Data from the needs-assessment was utilized for selection of the discussion topic. The SECC team investigated possible resources on the selected topic. The membership list for each state for each SECC state was reviewed and updated. Research for the content of the December CCRS bimonthly newsletter was conducted. Suggested resources were submitted and decisions regarding inclusion or exclusion of the submitted material were made. Writing of the annotations for the selected resources and completion of the newsletter draft is in progress.

Based on SEA staff feedback, the date and time for the December Assessment and Accountability conversation will be finalized. The SECC team will hold planning meetings to assign roles, formulate session questions, etc. The conversation will be held in December unless the holidays necessitate a move to January 2019. The draft of the December CCRS-A bimonthly newsletter will be completed, reviewed, edited, and converted to a final electronic website version. The links for access to the newsletter will be distributed to designated SEA staff. Research for the content of the February/March CCRS-A bimonthly newsletter will be initiated and partially conducted.

SEA staff provided additional feedback via telephone and face-to-face interviews regarding SECC support in the area of CCRS assessment and accountability. 

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.