Some participants noted that the choice of group(s) to measure for the project would be more helpful if determined in advance as it would help the state to decide their level of participation and what resources they could invest in the project.
The “participating state” and “learning state” categories were useful in encouraging more states to become involved in the project and ultimately to participate in measurement. For example, New York and Colorado began as learning states and then became participating states.
Asking the NEWMOA State Program Directors to sign letters of commitment was
helpful in generating support for the project within the state agencies.
The States Common Measures Project Final Report