Resources

 

Exploring Multiple Measure Dashboards

The Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO), the Learning Policy Institute (LPI), and the Stanford Center for Opportunity Policy in Education (SCOPE) are excited to launch a webinar series on Multiple Measures Dashboards for state education agency leadership.

 

Educator Competencies for Personalized, Learner-Centered Teaching

The Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) and Jobs for the Future (JFF) are proud to release a set of educator competencies for personalized learning, a guide to help teachers lead and thrive in personalized learning environments. In personalized, student-centered classrooms, gone is the default image of a teacher—an adult lecturing to students seated neatly in rows, assigning the same textbook pages to everyone, and administering the same quiz on the same day to the entire class, with the expectation of a “normal distribution” of achievement along a bell curve. Instead, teachers in personalized, learner-centered settings are called upon to assess and address individual student needs and help all reach rigorous proficiency standards. These educators promote collaborative work among groups of students; integrate learning experiences that occur outside the classroom; and, above all, foster learner independence and student voice and choice, or student agency. Achieving this ambitious vision is only possible with significant changes in the very role of the educator and the ways in which educators interact with students, peers, and the broader community. The development of Educator Competencies for Personalized, Learner-Centered Teaching (“the Competencies”) serves as a first step in identifying the knowledge, skills, and dispositions that educators need in order to create and thrive in effective personalized, learner-centered environments.

 

Innovation in Action: State Pathways for Advancing Student-Centered Learning

The Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) is proud to release a new framework state education leaders and policymakers can use to find innovative ways to make sure every child graduates from high school prepared for college, careers and life. CCSSO’s Innovation Lab Network (ILN) has published the Innovation in Action: State Pathways for Advancing Student-Centered Learning for states to use this successful framework, known as the ILN Policy & Implementation Logic Model, as a guide to advance future innovations.

 

Evolving Coherent Systems of Accountability for Next Generation Learning: A Decision Framework

Several states, including those in CCSSO’s Innovation Lab Network, are supporting local practitioners to rethink how to redesign classroom environments to deliver better outcomes for all students. As schools and districts across the country increasingly develop models of student-centered “next-generation” learning, states are considering how they can take action to encourage and scale these important shifts in teaching and learning. To support the shift toward student-centered, personalized learning models, state departments of education play an important role in both signaling the learning outcomes toward which these models should strive, and ensuring that state systems of assessment and accountability enable, rather than discourage, these new models. This resource guides state policymakers through a series of central design questions and provides sample options – including key considerations, potential trade-offs, and state examples – to help inform the state’s decision-making. While not exhaustive, this document provides state leaders with a starting point for considering how to evolve their current assessment and accountability systems. It is intended to spark collaboration and discussion among state leaders, their staff, and local leaders as they consider innovative solutions that improve student outcomes.

 

Roadmap for Competency-based Systems: Leveraging Next Generation Technologies

The Innovation Lab Network- a network of nine states facilitated by the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO)-, and 2Revolutions, a national education design lab, released the Roadmap for Competency-based Systems: Leveraging Next Generation Technologies. As states and districts across the nation move toward competency-based education (CBE), technology has emerged as a critical enabler for CBE implementation. This online resource is a free interactive roadmap that directly addresses this need and explores the different levels of readiness within a competency-based education system (CBE) for states, districts and schools.

 

Recommendations from the CCSSO Accountability Advisory Committee: A Vision for Improved Education Accountability Systems

The Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) has a vision of improved education accountability systems. CCSSO recently convened a broad-based group of education leaders in an Accountability Advisory Committee to develop recommendations for states as they continue to advance systems of college and career ready accountability and supports. The Accountability Advisory Committee considered current promising practices as well as new ideas beyond established systems. The committee’s recommendations for improving accountability systems are summarized in this resource.

 

Knowledge, Skills, and Dispositions: The Innovation Lab Network State Framework for College, Career, and Citizenship Readiness, and Implications for State Policy

This white paper provides the Innovation Lab Network's framework for defining college and career readiness consistent with deeper learning, and describes policy and implementation considerations for states adopting or adapting the framework.

 

Educare: Re-envisioning Education Beginning at Birth

This issue brief, written for education and state policy leaders, provides a detailed description of the Educare early childhood model.

 

Chiefs’ Pocket Guide to Class Size: A Research Synthesis to Inform State Class Size Policies

A guide to make sense of current and historical class size research literature for use by Chief State School Officers and state education agnecy staff