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Recommendations and Action Steps

The following six recommendations emerged from the final workshop. Each recommendation is comprised of a series of action steps and the resources needed to accomplish each of them. The barriers to each, as identified by the participants, are presented. Each recommendation is followed by a short discussion which elaborates on the recommendation. The next section of this report encourages the reader to consider the recommendations in the broader context of state-local relationships.

Implementing Recommendation #1

Recommendation #1

“Where the current process works, leave it alone,” was identified by participants as one of the most do-able items in the workshop.

This work group placed a high importance on avoiding confrontation. They said working with ORPS, rather than against them, was the key to developing acceptable methodologies. Developing a partnership between ORPS and the local assessment community was essential to ensure the goal was met, according to the group. That meant collaboratively coming up with a set of simple flexible guidelines, “playing” from the same script, and maintaining a level of trust in on-going relationships. By allowing multiple approved methodologies, ORPS’s role becomes more service oriented than oversight oriented, keeping the relationship between ORPS and assessors positive.