Jessica Knevals-Watson joined the Accountability and Data Analysis Office as a Principal Consultant at the Colorado Department of Education (CDE) in 2012.
Through her work at CDE, Jessica is responsible for managing policy and data analysis projects associated with the Colorado Education Accountability Act, including production and release of the district and school performance frameworks issued to all districts and schools in Colorado. Jessica manages the appeals process for the district and school performance frameworks and the alternative education campus accountability process.
Prior to her work with CDE, Jessica was a Program Officer from 2008-2012 in the Data Analysis and Applied Research Department at New Visions for Public Schools (NVPS) in New York City where she participated in the launch of a comprehensive school data management platform and created a college readiness metric used to evaluate students’ progress based upon benchmarks for meeting graduation and college and career readiness goals.
Jessica was a Senior Research Associate from 2004-2008 with the Academy for Educational Development (AED, acquired by FHI360 in 2011) conducting quantitative and qualitative data analysis for various aspects of program evaluation. Jessica also has prior work experience with the Citizens Committee for Children (CCC) of New York City, and the Boys and Girls Clubs of America (BGCA).
Jessica received her M.P.A. in Public and Nonprofit Management and Policy from the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service at New York University and a dual B.A. in Public Affairs and Sociology from the Maxwell School of Public Affairs and the College of Arts and Sciences at Syracuse University.
Past AAPF Sessions:
Results from the Colorado Alternative Education Campus Accountability Working Group, Recent Policy Changes and Next Steps Under ESSA Colorado is ground zero for alternative accountability. Hear what the Colorado Department has learned to develop new policies for Alternative Education Campuses (AECs) in Colorado and results from the recently concluded Alternative Education Campus Accountability Working Group. Jessica will brief the audience on the AEC policy context in Colorado and invite audience interaction to inform their own state work. This session will review Colorado legislation and discuss the AEC work group that resulted. Jessica will discuss the creation of the work group, the topics that directly address AEC students in Colorado, and the work group’s final recommendations to the Legislature and the State’s Board of Education. She will also discuss how the recommendations fared in the 2015-16 legislative session and how Colorado’s AEC policy will be modified going forward. Jessica will discuss the implications of Colorado’s experience for ESSA.
the annual alternative accountability policy forum is a Education policy conference from:
Alternative Accountability Policy Forum 2605 Temple Heights Dr Suite F., Oceanside, CA 92056 (916) 712-9087