Johnny Key

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College and Career Readiness (CCR)

*NEW* Districts CCR Vendor selection list for the 2020-2021 thru 2022-2023 school years

A good Student Success Plan addresses preparation for college, career and community engagement. Interest inventory and skills assessment tools provide schools multiple measures of student academic achievement and growth to assist with development of the student success plan. Access to survey tools in grades 8-12 can provide students insight into their personal strengths, aptitudes, and interests. This information can enable them to better transition from high school to an occupational and academic future that will meet their personal needs and work values.
 
To support this process, the Division of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) is providing access to a College and Career Readiness Tool (CCR Tool) for Arkansas students in grades 8-12. Through the state procurement process, the following list of providers have been selected as viable vendors who meet the minimum qualifications to adequately assess student aptitude using a variety of research based solutions. School Districts who select a vendor from this list will have the cost of contract for 8-12 grade students paid by ADE. This will allow the schools to maintain local decision making ability while allowing ADE and ARCareerEd to ensure quality assessment tools for career planning.
 
CCR Tool Vendor Resources to Assist with AMI:
During the school closures due to COVID-19, please consider the resources available through the College and Career Readiness tools currently in place in your district.  Each vendor has offered support and assistance to work with schools during this time. Please reach out to your representative for more information on support with the existing contract.
 
We have also been made aware of several Open Resources available by the vendors for use during the alternative methods of instruction days in Arkansas as well as other states.  This list is by no means comprehensive but will be updated as we are made aware of new supports. Please note, we are only including resources provided by our current contract vendors, but these resources are not a part of the existing contract agreement and may only be available for a limited time.
 
2020-21 Vendor Selection Process
School Districts have had access to their chosen vendor tool for one year.  DESE is providing schools an opportunity to change their selected vendor before beginning a three year commitment.  A certified selection link will be provided to Superintendents in late April 2020, allowing 4-6 weeks for submission.  By June 1, 2020 Superintendents must submit a certified selection of provider for the 2020-21 thru 2022-23 school years.  The next opportunity to change providers will be in the spring of 2023. 
 
To facilitate selection, DESE hosted a Virtual Vendor Fair March 16-20, 2020 for the approved providers of the CCR Tool. Each virtual session was recorded and can now be viewed in the Spring 2020 CCR Tool Virtual Vendor Fair document under Related Files.  More information on each vendor, including the recording, can be found by clicking on the vendor links to the right.
 
To assist with selection of the most efficient and productive tool as well as effective implementation, you may want to look over this Selection Guide.  It outlines the specified services that should be available from each provider, talks you through putting together a selection committee, and gives sample questions to ask. Districts are encouraged to have a staff team participate in the selection and implementation process.  Please consider the following roles when putting together your team:
 
·    CCR Tool Point of Contact (Manages communication between the district, DESE, and selected vendor)
·    Building Principals, Curriculum Coordinators, or other Administration
·    Counselors, Career Coaches, Teacher Advisers, or other student Mentor program staff
·    Classroom Teachers including Academic, ALE, CTE, Electives, GT, and SPED.
·    Other staff who work with scheduling, advising, or coaching students toward graduation and future planning
 
 Whether a district remains with their current provider for the coming cycle, or elects to change providers, as we being years 2-4 of this process the focus should now be on broadening student use of the resources and services provided.  Superintendents are asked to read this letter to assist with district and building level implementation.  
 
Success Stories:
Throughout the year, schools in Arkansas have been invested in implementing their selected CCR Tool with students.  There have been many questions, many hurdles, and many positive moments. We want to share the following success stories from your colleagues around the state. 
 
El Dorado
Fort Smith
Pocahontas
 
If you know of a story on a school doing great things with CCR Tools in Arkansas, please send us a link to the email address at the bottom of the page.
 
Approved CCR Tool Vendors :
These vendors were found to provide a standard set of desired services and features.  Aptitude tracking, skill assessment, and interest inventories will be used to guide students toward possible career options while allowing for exploration on a wide variety of career fields. Personal accomplishments such as awards, community service, or work experience can be added to a student’s profile.  Students will have access to local, state, and national employment data and occupational profiles for various careers.  Parents/guardians will be able to review and approve student plans within the system as well as monitor and assist with target goals.  School districts will have the ability to upload local and student information such as master schedules, course history, graduation requirements, and assessment data. Planning tools allow for tracking progress toward goals, assistance with scholarships and financial aid, and college applications. Students will have access to their accounts for a minimum of one year post graduation. A complete list of the CCR Tool Specifications is available via the link on the right.
 
School districts may elect to provide additional services or services to additional grade levels through their own contracts with these or other vendors, however those costs will not be covered by ADE as part of the CCR Tool funding
 

Headed2 has requested to be removed from the CCR vendor list. To learn more, click here.  

Resources:
Arkansas Division of Workforce Services
College and Career Planning Tools Comparison Chart for Districts (PDF)
District College and Career Readiness Vendor Choices for 2019-2020 (as of 8/27/2019)

For more information, please contact:

Dr. Ernie Huff
Information Systems Coordinator
Arkansas Department of Education
Division of Elementary and Secondary Education
Office of Student Assessment
Four Capitol Mall, Room 301-B
Little Rock, AR 72201
Office: 501-683-4228
Fax: 501-682-4886

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