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#AskExcelinEd: How can states evaluate next generation learning programs?

• ExcelinEd

Next generation learning programs need strong evaluation plans from their states to succeed. These plans include strategies to effectively use data, create a process for continuous improvement and identify ways to effectively communicate the impact of these initiatives to external stakeholders.

Yet state education agencies (SEAs) often do not have the capacity or tools to accurately evaluate and communicate the progress and impact of next generation learning programs. This means programs could be sunsetted or eliminated before they have been evaluated.

New Resource for States: Evaluation Planning Tool

A new evaluation planning tool developed collaboratively by ExcelinEd and the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) Student-Centered Learning team provides guidance for developing an effective evaluation process that includes objectives, guiding questions and indicators of success or progress. With existing capacity, SEA staff can use this tool to take critical preliminary steps to pave the way for the development and implementation of an evaluation plan.

The tool can help SEA staff identify the essential goals, indicators and timelines to begin building a framework, roadmap or RFP for an effective evaluation plan.

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