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Welcome colleagues,

As we enter 2016, CCE remains committed to our founding vision and mission - transforming schools to ensure that every student succeeds and is prepared for college, career, and life. Our hope for the New Year is to continue our current work in our primary service areas, collaborating with teachers and leaders to promote meaningful change at all levels, as well as open new horizons. In early 2016, we will be launching our newest initiative, the Massachusetts Personalized Learning Network. CCE will partner with a network of schools and districts throughout the state to place students at the center of their own education, creating a critical mass of equity-minded schools that exemplify personalized and engaging learning for all kids. We look forward to sharing much more about this exciting initiative with you in the next couple of months.
Happy New Year!
Dan French
Executive Director
Program Spotlight
Cross-State Collaboration in RI
This is CCE's third year partnering with the Rhode Island Department of Education's  Office of Multiple Pathways on our Scaling Up Proficiency Based Graduation initiative - a network of Rhode Island secondary schools working collaboratively to create high-quality performance assessments as part of the state's Graduation by Proficiency policy. 

Watch the video below to hear from RI's teachers and leaders about their efforts to scale up performance assessment, and the impact their collaboration is having statewide!
Cross-State Collaboration: Rhode Island's SPBG Initiative
Cross-State Collaboration:
Rhode Island's Scaling Up PBG Initiative
Policy Focus
Results from NH's Performance Assessment Efforts
On December 14, the Commissioner of Education announced the 2014-15 New Hampshire Performance Assessment of Competency Education (PACE) common assessment results. PACE is a rich system of local and common (across multiple districts) performance assessment tasks that support deeper learning and connect content standards with critical skills. This announcement marks a significant moment for education in the U.S., as it is the first reporting of student results based on performance assessments rather than standardized tests.  
The recently passed Every Student Succeeds Act allows up to seven states to opt out of standardized testing to pursue local options for assessment. New Hampshire is paving the way for other states to make this change, transitioning from a reliance upon a single standardized test to determine a student's proficiency to a more robust model of curriculum-embedded performan ce tasks that promote critical thinking skills and the habits of mind that are so important for today's graduates to be college, career, and life-ready. CCE is proud to be a contributor and partner to New Hampshire's PACE accountability initiative.

In the News
In early December 2015, President Obama signed the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) - a long-overdue replacement of its predecessor, No Child Left Behind. ESSA marks a new chapter in public education and we see some promising signs. To hear CCE's view on this historic legislative act and the impact on teaching and learning, we invite you to read Executive Director Dan French's entire commentary, ESSA Opens the Door for 21st Century Learning.
The NEA Foundation is offerin g Learning & Leadership Grants , in the amount of $2,000 for individuals and $5,000 for groups, to public school educators to participate in high-quality professional development experiences. This grant is a great way to 
fund your own summer learning, including participation in CCE's annual  Quality Performance Assessment Summer Institute. Applications for the NEA grants are due February 1, June 1, and October 15. 
January 2016
In This Issue

"Everybody can see themselves in somebody else that is in this diverse network. 

All schools in Rhode Island are going to be able to say - if they can do it, we can do it. I'm really looking forward to accelerating our reach across the state." 

Sharon Lee, Director, Office of Mutiple Pathways,  Rhode  Island Department of Education

"ESSA opens the door to enable states to rethink what schools and learning of the 21st century should look like. If we believe that every school should nurture life-long learning in every student...then state accountability systems should be recast and reimagined."

Dan French, Executive Director, CCE