A reminder was sent to state education agency (SEA) staff prior to the January 8 Assessment and Accountability Network conversation. The Southeast Comprehensive Center (SECC) team held a walk-through to check proper functioning of the technology, ensure that staff understood their assigned roles, etc. The conversation took place on January 8. A short feedback survey was administered in the latter portion of the conversation. The feedback was analyzed, and the data will be used to improve future conversations. This concludes Milestone 3.
The final draft of the January CCRS-A bimonthly newsletter went through quality assurance (QA) review and was converted to a final electronic version. The link for access to the newsletter was distributed to designated SEA staff via email. This concludes Milestone 4.
Feedback from SEA staff was solicited to determine the topic, time, and date for the late February/early March Assessment and Accountability Network conversation. The selected topic is a focus on communication, and the time frame will be 11 a.m. on March 1. The SECC team sent a save-the-date communication to SEA staff. The network membership list was reviewed and updated. Research for the content of the March CCRS-A bimonthly newsletter continued and was finalized. The SECC team reviewed the suggested resources/content and made recommendations as to which resources to include and which to exclude due to limited space. Initial steps were undertaken for a virtual conversation/webinar on early childhood assessment for a combined audience of the SECC assessment network and the early childhood community of practice. Teleconferences were conducted with a national center to secure a guest speaker with expertise in early childhood assessment. A tentative time frame for this event would be late March or early April. SECC is providing support to the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI) on its standards review, revision, and implementation internal procedures process. An AIR/SECC team member is reviewing the agency’s internal procedures manual.
During the month of February, the SECC team will do research and begin development of any necessary materials or resources on the selected topic. Planning meetings/teleconferences will be held to determine agenda, roles, etc. SEA staff will be sent an invitation with details and links. A reminder will be sent to the network members prior to the event. The SECC team will finalize preparation and conduct a walk-through to prepare for the conversation. Writing of the annotations for the selected resources and upcoming events sections for the March bimonthly CCRS-A newsletter will be completed. A draft of the newsletter will be completed, reviewed, and edited. The newsletter will be forwarded to appropriate SECC team members for final QA review and conversion to a final electronic version. Feedback from SEA staff will be solicited to determine specific subtopics within early childhood assessment and the best time and date for the late March/early April combined conversation. A guest speaker will be secured and appropriate planning sessions will be conducted to coordinate content, agenda, resource needs, etc. The SECC team will send a save-the-date communication to SEA staff when a date and time are chosen. The SECC team will continue their efforts to support NCDPI with its internal procedures for review, revision, and implementation of standards.
As evidence of impact, SEA staff provided feedback via an online survey regarding the quality and utility of the January assessment and accountability conversation. Responses were positive.