The Mid-Atlantic Region: A Report Identifying and Addressing the Region’s Educational Needs
This report summarizes the activities and results of the Mid-Atlantic Regional Advisory Committee (RAC), 1 of 10 RACs established under the Educational Technical Assistance Act of 2002 (20 U.S.C. § 9601 et seq.). The RACs were formed to identify the region’s most critical educational needs and develop recommendations for technical assistance to meet those needs. The technical assistance provided to state education agencies (SEAs) aims to build capacity for supporting local education agencies (LEAs or districts) and schools, especially low-performing districts and schools; improving educational outcomes for all students; closing achievement gaps; and improving the quality of instruction. The report represents the work of the Mid-Atlantic RAC, which includes Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and the District of Columbia.
Committee members convened three times and reached out to their respective constituencies between July 19, 2016, and August 31, 2016. Members of the Mid-Atlantic RAC represented a variety of stakeholders, including local educational agencies (LEAs), state education agencies (SEA), education associations, and boards of education. The members collaborated, communicated, and shared resources using Communities360⁰, an interactive online platform hosted within the larger GRADS360⁰ system housed within the secure U.S. Department of Education environment. Table A provides a list of committee members and their affiliations. Two additional individuals, one from Maryland and one from New Jersey, were invited to participate but declined due to conflicts of interest. An additional superintendent from Pennsylvania originally accepted the invitation, but later removed herself from the committee.