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: 2019 | June

The Southeast Comprehensive Center (SECC) team completed the writing of annotations for the selected resources for the July bimonthly college- and career-readiness standards and assessment (CCRS-A) newsletter. The annotations for the selected resources and upcoming events sections for the newsletter went through initial editing and review. The draft of the newsletter was forwarded to appropriate staff for final AIR quality assurance (QA) review. Additionally, planning teleconferences for the July Assessment and Accountability Network conversation continued. Decisions were reached on the topic, audience and date/time. The session will include a combined audience of the SECC Assessment and Accountability Network and the SECC Equity Dialogues Group. The topic will focus on equity as it relates to assessment and accountability, and the date will be July 23. A save-the-date notice was emailed to the members of the two groups. Research also was initiated and conducted for resources to include in the bimonthly CCRS-A newsletter (sixth and final edition in SECC’s Year 7 plan with estimated distribution in August). The SECC team submitted a list of prospective resources for consideration. 

 

The final QA review of the July bimonthly CCRS newsletter will be completed on next month, which will be forwarded to appropriate staff and converted to a final electronic website version. The new version will be subjected to further QA review. The newsletter will be distributed to identified state education agency (SEA) staff, which will conclude this milestone. The SECC team will do the necessary research and development of any necessary materials or resources. Session materials will be reviewed and edited. Planning meetings/teleconferences will be held to determine agenda, roles, etc. The proposed audience will be sent formal invitations with links for session access. The SECC team will also conduct a walk-through prior to the conversation to ensure roles are understood and the technology works as it should. The event will be held on July 23 and will include administration of a feedback survey that will gather data to help improve future events. Additionally, the submitted list of prospective resources for the sixth and final CCRS-A e-newsletter will be reviewed and decisions made for inclusion/exclusion. The SECC team will complete the writing of annotations for the selected resources for the August bimonthly CCRS newsletter. The annotations for the selected resources and upcoming events sections for the newsletter will be subjected to initial editing and review. The draft of the newsletter will be forwarded to appropriate AIR staff for final QA review. Feedback from the SECC team and the intended audience will be solicited to determine the topic, time, and date for the final culminating webinar. Once these items are established, the SECC team will send a save-the- date communication to prospective attendees. The SECC team will do research and begin development of any necessary materials or resources. 

 

 

Previous Updates:

The Southeast Comprehensive Center (SECC) team completed the writing of annotations for the selected resources for the July bimonthly college- and career-readiness standards and assessment (CCRS-A) newsletter. The annotations for the selected resources and upcoming events sections for the newsletter went through initial editing and review. The draft of the newsletter was forwarded to appropriate staff for final AIR quality assurance (QA) review. Additionally, planning teleconferences for the July Assessment and Accountability Network conversation continued. Decisions were reached on the topic, audience and date/time. The session will include a combined audience of the SECC Assessment and Accountability Network and the SECC Equity Dialogues Group. The topic will focus on equity as it relates to assessment and accountability, and the date will be July 23. A save-the-date notice was emailed to the members of the two groups. Research also was initiated and conducted for resources to include in the bimonthly CCRS-A newsletter (sixth and final edition in SECC’s Year 7 plan with estimated distribution in August). The SECC team submitted a list of prospective resources for consideration. 

 

The final QA review of the July bimonthly CCRS newsletter will be completed on next month, which will be forwarded to appropriate staff and converted to a final electronic website version. The new version will be subjected to further QA review. The newsletter will be distributed to identified state education agency (SEA) staff, which will conclude this milestone. The SECC team will do the necessary research and development of any necessary materials or resources. Session materials will be reviewed and edited. Planning meetings/teleconferences will be held to determine agenda, roles, etc. The proposed audience will be sent formal invitations with links for session access. The SECC team will also conduct a walk-through prior to the conversation to ensure roles are understood and the technology works as it should. The event will be held on July 23 and will include administration of a feedback survey that will gather data to help improve future events. Additionally, the submitted list of prospective resources for the sixth and final CCRS-A e-newsletter will be reviewed and decisions made for inclusion/exclusion. The SECC team will complete the writing of annotations for the selected resources for the August bimonthly CCRS newsletter. The annotations for the selected resources and upcoming events sections for the newsletter will be subjected to initial editing and review. The draft of the newsletter will be forwarded to appropriate AIR staff for final QA review. Feedback from the SECC team and the intended audience will be solicited to determine the topic, time, and date for the final culminating webinar. Once these items are established, the SECC team will send a save-the- date communication to prospective attendees. The SECC team will do research and begin development of any necessary materials or resources. 

 

Southeast Comprehensive Center (SECC) staff distributed a feedback survey to attendees of the recent Accountability and Assessment Network webinar. Staff analyzed the data and will use it to improve future events. Staff completed the final quality assurance (QA) review of the May bimonthly college- and career-readiness standards and assessments (CCRS-A) newsletter. They also forwarded the approved version to appropriate staff who converted it to a final electronic website version. The new version was subjected to further QA review. Additionally, SECC staff distributed the newsletter to identified state education agency (SEA) staff.

SECC staff reviewed and edited session materials for the May 13 webinar on state report cards. This session was changed to include a combined audience of members of the Assessment and Accountability Network and the SECC Equity Dialogues group. The SECC team sent invitations with links for session access to both groups. The team and the guest speaker conducted a walk-through to ensure roles were understood and that the technology worked as it should. The event was held on May 13, and a feedback survey was administered after the session. The team also conducted research for resources to include in the bimonthly Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) accountability and assessment newsletter (fifth edition in SECC’s Year 7 plan with estimated July distribution). The SECC team submitted a list of prospective resources for consideration. These were reviewed and decisions were made for inclusion/exclusion. Initial planning for the July Assessment and Accountability Network conversation was initiated. The initial planning session focused on brainstorming possible topics, audience, and dates/times.

During the month of June, the SECC team will write and complete the annotations of the selected resources for the July bimonthly CCRS-A newsletter. The annotations for the selected resources and upcoming events sections for the newsletter will go through initial editing and review. The draft of the newsletter will be forwarded to appropriate staff for final QA review.  Feedback from the intended audience will be solicited to determine the topic, time, and date for this event. Once these items are established, the SECC team will send a save-the-date communication to prospective attendees. The SECC team will do research and begin development of any necessary materials or resources. Planning meetings/teleconferences will be held to determine agenda, roles, etc. The proposed audience will be sent an invitation with details and links.

SEA staff provide feedback after each assessment and accountability conversation via an online survey regarding the quality and utility of the session. Responses to date have been very positive.

The Southeast Comprehensive Center (SECC) team assisted the guest speaker and coordinated efforts for the compilation and completion of the presentation materials for the joint early childhood assessment event in April. The materials were reviewed, edited, and approved. The SECC team implemented and completed the registration and invitation process. The staff conducted a walk-through prior to the conversation to ensure roles were understood and the technology worked as it should. The event was held on April 30. Additionally, the SECC team focused on writing the annotations of the selected resources for the May bimonthly CCRS newsletter. The annotations for the selected resources and the upcoming events for the newsletter were completed and went through initial editing and review. The draft of the newsletter was forwarded to a content expert for quality assurance (QA) review.

Poll results were used to select May 13 as the best date for the May Assessment and Accountability Network (AAN) conversation focused on state report cards. An American Institute for Research's (AIR) expert on the topic was selected as the session presenter. The SECC team selected the subtopics for the focus of the session. The SECC team sent a save-the-date communication to state education agency (SEA) staff. The guest speaker conducted research and developed the presentation materials. 

In May, the SECC team will send a feedback survey to the session attendees. The resulting data will be analyzed to assist in improving future events. As it relates to the newsletter, the final QA review of the May bimonthly CCRS newsletter will be completed. The final approved version will be forwarded to appropriate staff for conversion to a web-based version. The newsletter will be distributed to identified SEA staff. In addition, AAN webinar presentation materials will be reviewed and edited.

AAN members will be sent formal invitations with links for session access to the webinar. Research will be initiated regarding the next (fifth edition in SECC’s Year 7) bimonthly Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) accountability and assessment resource newsletter. Also, initial planning for the July AAN conversation will be initiated. Polls will be administered to network members to determine possible topics, dates, and times for the July conversation.

The Assessment and Accountability Network (AAN) conversation took place on March 1. 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. The final draft of the March 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 state education agency (SEA) staff via email. The SEA distribution list was updated based on undeliverable emails. The Southeast Comprehensive Center (SECC) team communicated via a teleconference and multiple emails to plan for the combined early childhood assessment conversation. The session content and the date/time were finalized. The SECC team coordinated efforts regarding development of materials and securement of needed resources. Research for the content of the May 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 planning for the May AAN conversation was initiated with the selection of a topic previously proposed by a network member. This session will include a presentation from AIR staff with expertise on the topic. Conversations were held among SECC and AIR staff to select subtopics for the focus of the session. A poll was administered to AIR staff to determine possible dates and times for the May conversation. The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NCPDI) reviewed the submitted resources and the developed materials for February and did not ask for any additional assistance in March.

During April, the SECC team will continue assisting the guest speaker and coordinate efforts regarding materials and needed resources for the combined early childhood assessment conversation. The SECC team will prepare and send communications, updates, and invitations. The staff will conduct a walk-through prior to the conversation to ensure roles are understood and the technology works as it should. The conversation will be held, and feedback will be requested. The SECC team will write and complete the annotations of the selected resources for the May bimonthly CCRS-A newsletter. The annotations for the selected resources and upcoming events sections for the newsletter will go through initial editing and review. The draft of the newsletter will be forwarded to appropriate SECC team members for final QA review and conversion to a final electronic version. SEA staff will be polled to determine the best time and date for the May Assessment and Accountability Network conversation. When appropriate, the SECC team will send a save-the-date communication to SEA staff. The SECC team will do research and develop the necessary materials or resources. The team will hold planning meetings/teleconferences to determine the agenda, roles, etc. SEA staff will be sent an invitation with details and links. SEA staff provided feedback after each AAN conversation via an online survey regarding the quality and utility of the session. Responses to date have been very positive.

 

 

The SECC team sent formal invitations for the March 1 Assessment and Accountability Network conversation. The selected topic is a focus on state education agencies' (SEAs) public communication of assessment and accountability programs. The SECC team developed, edited, and reviewed materials for the session including a feedback survey. The SECC team finalized preparations (agenda, roles, etc.) by conducting a walk-through. The SECC team sent an initial communication to SEA network members informing them of this upcoming event. A team teleconference was held to discuss tentative time frames, specific subtopics within early childhood assessment, etc.

SECC staff reviewed the Procedures Manual for the Development of the North Carolina Standard Course of Study and provided feedback regarding the content and structure of the document. SECC staff also provided the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI) some resources and templates that can be used when determining which standards to revise, facilitating internal staff conversations about standards, and how to engage stakeholders in the standards revision process. NCPDI will review the submitted resources and the developed materials for February. The SECC team will continue their efforts to support NCDPI based on any requests for additional materials or resources that result from that review and analysis.

A guest speaker for the combined early childhood assessment conversation to be held in April or May was secured. The SECC team will continue with planning sessions using feedback from SEA staff and other information to finalize the session date/time, content, agenda, etc. The SECC team will assist the guest speaker and coordinate efforts regarding development and review of materials and needed resources. The SECC team will prepare and/or send communications, updates or invitations as needed to ensure both SEA audiences are kept informed.

Writing of the annotations for the selected resources and upcoming events sections for the March bimonthly CCRS-A newsletter was completed. A draft of the newsletter was completed, reviewed. and edited. The newsletter was forwarded to appropriate SECC team members for final quality assurance (QA) review and conversion to a final electronic version. The final draft of the March CCRS-A bimonthly newsletter will go through QA review and subsequently be converted to an electronic version. The link for access to the newsletter will be distributed to designated SEA staff via email. The SEA distribution list will be updated based on undeliverable emails. Research for the content of the May CCRS-A bimonthly newsletter will be conducted. Recommended resources will be submitted for decisions for inclusion or exclusion. The SECC team will begin writing the annotations for those selected resources.

SEA staff provide feedback after each assessment and accountability conversation via an online survey regarding the quality and utility of the session. Responses to date have been very positive.

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.

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.