The Mid-Atlantic Comprehensive Center at WestEd (MACC@WestEd) works in seven content areas to help state leaders in Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania support, scale up, and refine their key education reforms.
The MACC@WestEd works with states to implement high-priority reforms, including their State Common Core Standards. Our colleagues at the Center on Education Policy have compiled information from over sixty research studies on critical issues related to common core state standards including testing, teaching, and teacher preparation.
The MACC@WestEd is engaged in conversations led by Schools Moving Up on cutting-edge practices around content literacy for social science and science classrooms, instruction to help English learners accomplish college and career standards, and helping special needs students address college and career standards. Join the conversations!
The toolkit helps charter school leaders define staffing needs, recruit to meet the needs, and select qualified teachers along dimensions defined in the Delaware’s human capital model and educator evaluation system. Mounted on the state’s hiring portal, JoinDelawareSchools.com, it offers educators procedures and templates developed from best practices of public charter schools nationwide.
While policymakers and other stakeholders across the country often struggle to find common ground on tough issues like teacher evaluations, Maryland’s State Department of Education (MSDE), board of education, and the state’s largest unions representing teachers and administrators recently signed an unprecedented agreement on including student learning measures in instruction and teacher evaluations.
The MACC@WestEd has mounted a year-long program of technical assistance with the College and Career Readiness and Success Center for state teams to work together to advance state definitions of college and career ready, identify metrics to operationalize the definitions, and define paths to tracking student progress and engaging multiple stakeholder groups across their states.
In an unprecedented declaration of support for rigorous state college and career ready standards from higher education, CA’s higher education system has endorsed the state’s use of the Common Core standards and Smarter Balanced Assessments. WA and WV also have plans underway to use CCSS assessment results for placement decisions in state colleges and universities.
This award is a cooperative agreement under prime award #S283B120026 between the U.S. Department of Education and WestEd. The findings and opinions expressed herein are those of the author(s) and do not reflect the positions or policies of the U.S. Department of Education.