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State Collaboratives to Meet in Louisville for Spring 2010 SCASS Meetings

CCSSO held its collaborative advisors’ retreat and spring State Collaboratives on Assessment and Student Standards (SCASS) meetings for six SCASS groups from May 16-20, 2010 in Louisville, Kentucky. The SCASS members held meetings to develop original publications, generate grant proposals for future work, meet with national education organizations, and engage in professional development with their peers. The meetings attracted over 135 attendees from over 30 states.

SCASS members met with CCSSO Director of Standards Keith Gayler who informed SCASS members about the process and timeline for implementing the Common Core State Standards. The Math SCASS plans to play a key role in creating a set of implementation tools for states. Two past presidents of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics met with the Math SCASS and played an active role in the discussions.

CCSSO Senior Advocacy Associate Adam Ezring delivered an update on the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), the Race to the Top (RTTT) competitions, as well as other federal education initiatives.

Other meeting highlights include:

  • Members from the Science and Math SCASS groups met with representatives from the National Science Foundation to seek guidance about their initiative to define Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics education as it pertains to state education agencies.
  • The Career and Technical Assessment Collaborative SCASS interacted with groups developing career and technical education assessment proposals for RTTT.
  • Dr. Diana Hess from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, participated in a one-day workshop hosted by the Social Studies Assessment, Curriculum, and Instruction SCASS. Dr. Hess discussed her book on ways to approach teaching controversy as a component of social studies curriculum.
  • The English Language Development Assessment (ELDA) SCASS announced it is completing the final shortened form of the ELDA test for the 2011 administration. 
  • The Health Education Assessment Project SCASS said it continues to develop web-based assessment and training resources to advance student health and reading literacy and align pre-service and in-service programs.

The next multi-SCASS meeting will be held from June 23-25 in Detroit, Michigan. The SCASS System has begun its membership drive for 2010-2011. For more information about the 17 SCASS projects and the membership process, please click here or contact Bob Olsen at roberto@ccsso.org.