Standards, Accountability, and Instructional Improvement

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This session elevated steps state leaders have undertaken to catalyze on standards implementation as well as waiver related school intervention policies to further the college- and career- ready policy agenda, particularly in regard to standards, accountability and instructional improvement. Chris Cerf, Commissioner, New Jersey Department of Education Terry Holliday, Commissioner, Kentucky Department of Education Scott Palmer, Partner and Founder, EducationCounsel, LLC Stefan Pryor, Commissioner, Connecticut Department of Education Facilitator: Michael Cohen, President, Achieve The annual American Diploma Project (ADP) Network Leadership Team Meeting took place on September 13-14, 2012 in Alexandria, Virginia. The goal of the annual meeting was to give states a significant opportunity to address key challenges and opportunities associated with advancing and sustaining the college- and career-ready policy agenda. Participants had time to engage with national experts, learn from colleagues in other states, and meet in state teams to plan next steps in their ongoing efforts to advance the ADP policy goals. Some of the topics discussed included the economic and equity imperitatives of the college- and career-ready agenda, Common Core State Standards implementation, defining career readiness, K-12 and postsecondary alignment, competency-based education systems, college- and career-ready reporting and accountability, and transition to college- and career-ready assessments. More information is at