Expert Policy Analysis and Guidance

edCount provides and disseminates expert policy analysis and guidance to states and practitioners via print media and in-person testimonials, as well as by facilitating conversations on these topics in public and private forums.

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Providing Policy-Based Technical Assistance to State and District Leaders

edCount has conducted numerous technical assistance workshops to help state- and district-level administrators understand, implement, and develop responses to national education policy.

To support the Florida Department of Education (FLDOE), edCount partnered with Alpine Testing Solutions to conduct an independent verification of the validity of the Florida Standards Assessment in math and English language arts, grades 3 through high school. edCount conducted studies of the of how well Florida’s assessment content aligned with Florida’s academic standards, and contributed to a summary of commendations and recommendations.

Over the past decade, edCount has helped meet the high demand for technical assistance relating to Title III funding requirements and use. Specifically, edCount’s workshops have focused on helping administrators understand how to coordinate Title III programs with Title I programs while abiding by supplement-not-supplant guidelines. edCount has provided technical assistance on this topic to district administrators in Utah, members of the Council for Chief State School Officers (CCSSO)’s Title I Comprehensive Assessment (T1-CA) State Collaborative on Assessment and Student Standards (SCASS), and other attendees nationwide through multiple web-based seminars sponsored by Thompson Interactive.

Providing Expert Testimony and Serving On Task Forces

edCount has provided technical advice and testimony to state-level policymakers in Wisconsin, Indiana, Delaware, Florida, and South Carolina to support their efforts to revise their assessment and accountability systems.

In Wisconsin, edCount’s CEO and Chief Scientist, Dr. Ellen Forte, testified before a Commissioner of Education-appointed taskforce considering the redesign of the statewide assessment system. In Indiana, edCount guided the State Board of Education through reconceptualization of the statewide assessment system by providing expert testimony, developing the structure for organizing and evaluating evidence related to system design, and creating protocols for gathering stakeholder input. In Delaware, edCount provided technical and policy advice for the Governor’s Taskforce that created a new blueprint for an assessment system that would support large-scale accountability requirements as well as critical data to inform instruction. In South Carolina, edCount facilitated an advisory taskforce for the State Department of Education as it sought to redesign its accountability assessments. 

The Administrator’s Guide to Federal Programs for English Learners

edCount CEO & Chief Scientist Dr. Ellen Forte authored this comprehensive manual about serving English learners, first published in 2010 and released in its second edition by LRP Publications in 2017.

The Administrator’s Guide to Federal Programs for English Learners, 2nd Edition, explains federal statutes affecting English learners, including the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Equal Educational Opportunities Act of 1974, and programs within the Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015 (ESSA). The book discusses the overlap and interplay of statutes, policies, and funding across different pieces of legislation, as well as best practices and protocols in a number of areas (such as professional development and curriculum design) to ensure fair, effective services for English learners.

The Administrator’s Guide also includes over 200 pages of appendices, including all federal laws and regulations for ESSA, final notices of interpretations for both programs, memoranda from the Office of Civil Rights, and monitoring indicators used by the U.S. Department of Education’s Student Achievement and School Accountability (SASA) program.

It is available for purchase on the LRP Publications website.

Technical Advisory Committees: Convening, Facilitating, and Participating

edCount has convened assessment technical advisory committees (TACs) for the Puerto Rico Department of Education and the Laurent Clerc National Deaf Education Center. In addition, edCount’s CEO and Chief Scientist, Ellen Forte, Ph.D., is a veteran TAC member, currently serving on seven annual and semi-annual TACs.

TACs are committees of nationally-renowned measurement experts who meet regularly to provide feedback and guidance to partners about how to improve and implement their assessment systems. edCount facilitates these meetings by helping set the agenda and preparing background material for the experts, and helps the partners decide how they will respond to feedback and guidance following each meeting.

edCount’s CEO and Chief Scientist, Ellen Forte, Ph.D., also provides expert technical and policy guidance to numerous state education agencies (SEAs) and education companies as a TAC member. Currently, she participates in TACs regarding psychometrics and education policy and practice for the state education agencies (SEAs) of Louisiana, Montana, South Dakota, and Wyoming. She also serves on the TACs of Project Lead the Way, Curriculum Associates, and ACT, Inc.