The Mid-Atlantic Comprehensive Center helps state leaders in Delaware, District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania plan, implement, scale up, and sustain statewide education reforms.
In 2012, the U.S. Department of Education selected WestEd to operate MACC@WestEd as part of a federally funded network of fifteen Regional Comprehensive Centers and seven supporting Content Centers across the nation. Additionally, all organizations work closely with other centers to build on and extend their work.
We focus in the key reform areas of:
- Standards and assessments
- Educator and leader effectiveness
- School turnaround
- Early childhood education
- College and career readiness and success
- Scaling up of innovative approaches that improve student outcomes
- Effective use of data to improve education
Each Chief State School Officer and his or her senior staff agree annually on two-three top priorities for advancing reforms during the coming year. Areas of emphasis and approaches differ by state and by the status of the state’s work at that time. An annual workplan portrays the nature of the work, timelines, and responsible parties so all staff can track progress and communicate about next steps. In addition, MACC@WestEd organizes cross-state or regional efforts to address issues states have in common.