On June 1, SECC staff met with NCDPI Title III staff to discuss the ELL trainer evaluation rubric interrater reliability tests that two SECC project team members completed in April. During the meeting, the Title III director inquired on the differences in ratings between a trainee’s self-assessment and the evaluator’s.
SECC’s evaluation expert provided feedback on possible reasons for the discrepancy, namely how bias may occur during a self-evaluation. Other than minor issues with the rubric’s format, the team determined the rubric was ready for full implementation. Next steps are to consider needs for Year 5 work, which may include further assessment of the implementation of the rubric using multiple data sources. NCDPI staff will be discussing needs with other department staff.
SECC and NCDPI project team members submitted a conference proposal on June 17 to the 2017 National Title I Conference to be held in Long Beach, California, February 22–25. The title of the conference proposal is Capitalizing on Local Expertise to Build a Statewide System of EL Support. The presentation will guide participants through a series of decision points used by North Carolina and walk through steps for completing a needs assessment of their own. Notifications about proposal submissions will be sent to the project team in September 2016.
SECC project staff prepared for its upcoming SECC state networking webinar whereby Title III coordinators and collaborating colleagues in their departments will be participating. SEAs planning to engage in this event include those from Alabama, Mississippi, North Carolina, and South Carolina. SECC staff sent an email to participating staff at NCDPI on June 29 with details on how to prepare for the event. Next steps are for the SEA to complete its 15-minute presentation and send it to SECC staff by July 14. SECC staff will compile each state’s presentation slides into one file, which will be used during the July 19 webinar.
On June 7–8, NCDPI staff and staff from the AIR American Indian Education (AIE) content team participated in the American Indian Education Meeting sponsored in partnership with a network of comprehensive centers and CCSSO. The theme for this meeting was "Opportunities in ESSA for improving American Indian Educational Opportunities."