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Momentum: A Newsletter of the ARCC
October 2016
In This Issue
Resources & Opportunities
Interested in the unique circumstances of rural schools in turnaround efforts? The Center on School Turnaround will offer a webinar " The Role of Technical Assistance in Turning Around Rural Schools: Lessons for ESSA Implementation " on October 4, 2016 at 11:00 am PST/2:00 pm EDT. Register at this link
Want to learn about changes required by ESSA for English Learners? Education Week will offer a webinar " English-Language-Learner Literacy Under the Every Student Succeeds Act " on October 6, 2016 at   02:00 pm EDT. Changes required by ESSA for English Language Learners will reflect their growing importance in measuring overall student achievement. Register at this link.
Curious about establishing statewide P-3 systems? The Center for Enhancing Early Learning Outcome has published Building State P-3 Systems: Learning from Leading States, a policy report on the SEA role in P-3 system building.  Visit this link to download the report. 
Looking for information about state policy on student privacy? Data Quality Campaign has just published Student Data Privacy Legislation:  A Summary of 2016 State Legislation, a look at recent shifts in state approaches to privacy. Visit this link to see the report.
Curious about ESSA's emphasis on evidence-based school improvement practices? The  Center for American Progress has published Better Evidence, Better Choices, Better Schools: State Supports for Evidence-Based School Improvement and the Every Student Succeeds Act , which reviews the significant opportunities that ESSA gives SEAs to implement evidence-based practices. Visit this link to download the report. 
Considering how to link advanced course credit to accountability for all students ? Achieve has published Integrating Earning College Credit in High School into Accountability Systems , which suggests how policy makers and educators who value this indicator for key student subgroups can drive improvements in outcomes. Visit this link to download the report. 
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Editor: Kimberly Hambrick

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Reflections    
Caitlin Howley
Caitlin Howley, Director, ARCC
As we begin our fifth year operating the Appalachia Regional Comprehensive Center (ARCC), we reflect on what region state education agencies (SEAs) have accomplished in collaboration with us. We are struck by the range of work SEAs have undertaken in the last four years--from developing policies to establishing new programs to providing support as educators refine their practice. As notable as these achievements are, their effects are even more so.
For example, the four Appalachian states have conceived and implemented an array of important education reforms since 2012. Our staff is assisting Tennessee to review, refine, and better align its early learning system, to include a statewide early literacy coaching program and early childhood assessment system. The result of this work will be improved quality of programming and outcomes for children in pre-K through the early grades. In West Virginia, our assistance contributed to the state's selection of a new teacher performance assessment while simultaneously enhancing agency staff's capacity to collect, analyze, and use data to inform future policy decision making. The state now has a consistent means by which to assess, not just the knowledge, but also the pedagogical skills, of teacher candidates.
We also partnered with region SEAs to help them support districts and schools. MORE
Spotlight: An Interview with Holli Cook on Virginia's Formative Assessment Pilot
The second installment of our Spotlight series features Holli Cook, Assessment Specialist for the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE), interviewed by the ARCC. The purpose of Spotlight is to explore innovative practices as seen through the eyes of state leaders. The topic of this Spotlight is the VDOE's Formative Assessment Pilot. 
VDOE has partnered with the ARCC since 2013 to help educators understand and apply formative assessment instructional practices in the classroom. Formative assessment enables differentiated instruction that can improve both student achievement and teacher morale, allowing teachers to determine what students understand and adjust instruction accordingly.
"We are very committed to continuing to push for increased use of formative assessment in all classrooms in the Commonwealth," emphasized Ms. Cook. "Teachers are so focused on the summative assessments that are statewide here in Virginia, and we wanted to promote a deeper look at instruction.... MORE
Every Student Succeeds Act Resources
The Appalachia Regional Comprehensive Center offers a resource page on its website for policy makers and practitioners looking for information and guidance on the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). Visit this link for resources either developed or shared by Content Centers in the U.S. Department of Education's Comprehensive Center network. These include tools, webinars, and other documents from the College & Career Readiness & Success Center, Center on Standards & Assessment Implementation, Center on School Turnaround, Center on Great Teachers and Leaders, and Center on Enhancing Early Learning Outcomes.
Webinar Series Examines Career Pathways
In partnership with Advance CTE, the ARCC has sponsored a webinar series on career and technical education innovations by states. The August 2016 webinar highlighted Kentucky's Tech Ready Apprentices for Careers in Kentucky youth pre-apprenticeship program--a partnership between the Kentucky Department of Education's Office of Career and Technical Education and the Kentucky Labor Cabinet--to provide secondary students with career pathway opportunities into registered apprenticeship programs.  A previous webinar examined the way that Tennessee has reshaped work-based learning to create a rigorous and relevant experience for all students that reinforces academic, technical, and social skills through collaborative activities with industry and professional learning communities to provide ongoing support to local practitioners. The inaugural webinar in the series explored how West Virginia's Simulated Workplace, poised for statewide implementation in 2016-2017, has reinvented career technical education by bringing the workplace inside the four walls of a classroom for a student-centered simulated experience. For the Kentucky webinar, visit this link   ; for the Tennessee webinar visit this link   ; and for the West Virginia webinar, visit this link   . Visit this link   for an interview with Kathy D'Antoni, West Virginia Associate Superintendent, Career and Technical Education.