This ADP Network webinar highlighted information from Achieve’s policy brief, State Support for Open Educational Resources: Findings from Achieve’s OER Institute , and provided an opportunity to hear first-hand accounts from two states involved in this effort on progress, challenges and next steps in their efforts to utilize quality OER to advance the college- and career-ready agenda. Since 2012, seven states in Achieve’s ADP Network—California, Illinois, Louisiana, Minnesota, North Carolina, Washington, and Wisconsin—have agreed to work together in the OER Institute to discuss the challenges and policy implications of using OER to implement the Common Core State Standards or college- and career- ready standards. Hans Voss, Policy Associate at Achieve, highlighted key points from the brief, including background on Achieve’s OER work, the objectives and activities of the OER Institute, opportunities for cross-state collaboration in this work and key findings from the OER Institute. Beth Aune and Deborah Proctor from the Minnesota Department of Education shared their goals, challenges and progress in this work, including lessons learned from working with OER-focused coalitions in the state and the development of the Minnesota Digital Curriculum Referral catalog. Karl Nelson and Barbara Soots at the Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction presented their efforts to evaluate OER materials and launch a grant program to support local educators in developing, adapting and implementing OER in the classroom. September 17, 2013.
This ADP Network webinar highlighted states’ actions to lift academic achievement, educational attainment and career success through innovative public reporting from early childhood through postsecondary education and workforce outcomes as well as key points from a recent Achieve policy brief, Creating a P-20 Continuum of Actionable Academic Indicators of Student Readiness . Cory Curl, Senior Fellow for Assessment and Accountability, shared key highlights from the brief, which makes the case for the importance of states defining, calculating, and using a continuum of actionable indicators to propel and keep students on the path toward and beyond college and career readiness, and identifies a number of high-impact indicators for states to consider in building or refining such a continuum. We were joined on the webinar by Peter Godard and Brandon Williams from the Illinois State Board of Education, who shared insights from their efforts to revise the state’s report card. We were also joined by Charles McGrew and Kate Akers from the Kentucky Center for Education and Workforce Statistics, who shared insights from their current and anticipated efforts to update the state’s P-20 reports. July 25, 2013.
After collecting feedback on and reactions to Achieve's advocacy resource center over the past year, The Future Ready Project, Achieve presented the new and improved Future Ready Project 2.0 website. With a sleeker design and more easily navigable pages the website provides research-based communications and advocacy materials to support the sustainability of the college- and career-ready agenda and its related policies, including the Common Core State Standards, college- and career-ready assessments, rigorous graduation requirements and advances to state accountability systems. On this webinar, we walked through new features and resources available on the website, which represent all of Achieve's communications, outreach and advocacy resources. We heard directly from Erin Hart with Expect More Arizona on how she and her colleagues have made great use of the site before and after the re-launch, how the website can and should be used by states in their communications and outreach efforts, and what our plans are moving forward to engage advocates through the site and related social media. Recorded March 26, 2013.
The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) are described as the academic knowledge and skills all students need to be college and career ready. Content knowledge is fairly straightforward, but there has been less clarity on just what skills are embedded throughout the CCSS. To that end, Achieve commissioned research to identify skills in the CCSS, using the Deeper Learning Standards and Career Cluster Essential Skills Statements as benchmarks: Understanding the Skills in the Common Core State Standards . The report identifies the types and ranges of college- and career-ready skills reflected in the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) in mathematics and English Language Arts/Literacy, using two sets of skills statements – the Deeper Learning Standards and the Career Cluster Essential Knowledge and Skills Statements – as benchmarks. Achieve deliberately selected two diverse sets of skills statements to ensure that the analysis focused on both broad, transferable “habits of mind” skills and skills more aligned with workplace and career readiness. These two skills statements - selected from those currently in use across states - are fairly representative of the universe of skills most valued by education, business and society. On the webinar, we heard key findings and implications from the authors as well as stakeholders from ADP Network states and provided time for the audience to engage directly with the authors and ask questions. Recorded December 19, 2012.
Anyway you crunch the numbers, securing a job with a family sustaining wage that offers pathways to advancement increasingly calls for education and training beyond high school. In an effort to add to the research base and provide state leaders with tangible resources to make the economic case for the advancement of the college- and career- ready agenda in their states, Achieve has produced a series of research projects that explore the link between a strong K-12 academic foundation and students’ ability to access and succeed in the careers of their choice. This webinar highlighted three new research projects from Achieve’s Future of the U.S. Workforce  series, including a literature review on middle skills jobs and the growing importance of postsecondary education, new research on the limited career prospects for high school graduates without additional education and training, and results from a national survey of nearly 4,700 human resource professional from across nine industries to better understand how the skills mismatch affects companies’ hiring practices, conducted in partnership with the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). The webinar captured key findings and recommendations and provided time for the audience to engage directly with the authors and ask questions. October 10, 2012.
How will states know how implementation of Common Core State Standards is playing out in classrooms? Are key messages being heard? What instructional shifts are happening, and what is the impact on student learning? How can states identify roadblocks early and craft targeted interventions? Achieve, Education First and EDI have released a Common Core Survey Tool, along with supporting materials, to help state and district leaders track the quality of implementation of the new standards.
Achieve, EDI and Education First provided this presentation via Webinar on June 25, 2012 to members of the American Diploma Project Network. It covers the purpose, content and potential uses of the tool. The guidance document explains the context of the tool, methods for customization and use, and suggestions for how to use the data to make mid-course corrections. The survey item bank includes survey questions tailored to teachers and school leaders. State leaders can use the item bank as a base for creating customized surveys. June 25, 2012.
Guidance for Surveys  (PDF)
CCSS Feedback Tool  (Doc. format)
Reporting clear, actionable data is one of the most powerful strategies in a state’s toolbox for meeting college and career readiness (CCR) student performance goals. A state’s report card on districts and schools, in particular, has the visibility and accessibility to reach many people with interest in and influence on student outcomes. Given the high value that students, parents, and the public place on readiness and success in postsecondary education and careers, states are beginning to incorporate CCR indicators into their report cards on districts and schools. Effectively communicating these indicators to these groups can lead to far stronger focus on improving readiness for all students. June 13, 2012.
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