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Building Teacher Capacity in K–12 Computer Science with Formative Assessment

This newly published set of resources highlights some of the challenges faced by current computer science (CS) teachers and presents a call to action for states and school districts to support CS teacher capacity-building through standards-aligned, sustained, scalable, and reusable teacher professional development.  The white paper focuses on promoting teachers’ CS formative assessment literacy as a way to improve teachers’ ability to effectively teach CS. The practice guide outlines five steps to implement formative assessment.

Building Teacher Capacity in K-12 Computer Science by Promoting Formative Assessment

Practice Guide: Applying a Principled Approach to Develop and Use K-12 Computer Science Formative Assessments

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FOCUS ON: Region 1 - Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont

The Region 1 Comprehensive Center builds the capacity of state education agencies (SEAs), local education agencies, and schools in Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Vermont.  The goal of the Center is to improve instructional quality, address achievement and equity gaps, and improve outcomes for all students on state-identified priority initiatives. Special projects include career pathways, K-3 literacy, education-to-workforce, and support for Return to School initiatives. 

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FOCUS ON: Region 3 - Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Isles

The Region 3 Comprehensive Center (R3CC) provides technical assistance to state educational agencies to improve educational outcomes and close achievement gaps. Focus areas in Puerto Rico include special education, social emotional learning (SEL), improving remote instruction, and support for a united Department of Education of Puerto Rico (DEPR). Focus areas in the U.S. Virgin Isles include curriculum and instruction, and assisting the VI Department of Education with their Consolidated Grant Application (CGA).

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Succeeding During the Pandemic

This collection shows resources that will help SEAs, REAs, LEAs and schools succeed during the pandemic. It includes resources produced by the National Comprehensive Center’s Systemic Technical Assistance Team (STAT) to successfully meet the needs of students and educators during significant disruptions. This collection also includes information about how the pandemic shutdown will affect school district revenues and what the financial turmoil will mean for public education. The collection also includes a set of links to resources that have been curated by National Center staff to support SEAs, LEAs, and school administrators during the pandemic.


Click here to visit the National Center Website

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Comprehensive Center Network Website

Welcome to the Comprehensive Center Network (CC Network)! The U.S. Department of Education awarded new five-year grants  to 19 Regional Comprehensive Centers and 1 National Comprehensive Center.  These 5-year grants will provide services to all fifty States, the District of Columbia, the Bureau of Indian Education, and U.S. Territories and outlying areas.  Here you can learn about the Centers, search information for all 20 Centers’ resources, and request technical assistance.                                                                                      

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Resource that can aid in Learning Recovery

This toolkit is for the principal and the team the principal assembles to help everyone return to school, whatever that may look like. Suggested actions, recommended resources, quick tip sheets—the toolkit is a handy computer desktop companion for helping people with Change, Communication, Collaboration, and Care in the time of COVID. Click on the links below to view a short vlog that describes each section.

Open Returning to School: A Toolkit for Principals

Development                                   Change 

Communication                               Collaboration 

Care                                                    Testimony 


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Feb 23, 2021
The U.S. Department of Education (ED) is providing guidance to states emphasizing the importance of flexibility in administering assessments this year as a result of the pandemic and supporting the use of assessment data as a source of information for parents and educators to target resources and support, rather than for accountability purposes this year. State assessments and accountability systems play an important role in advancing…
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