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Modernizing Your Approach to EdTech

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The School Data Leadership Association is co-presenting a webinar on September 15, 2022 at 10 AM PST.   TOPIC:  Modernizing Your Approach to EdTech: From Management to Optimization DESCRIPTION:    Schools, districts and charter networks of every size are managing increasing numbers of edtech products - often with few dedicated resources and limited bandwidth. In this webinar, we'll sit down with Christopher Moggia, EdD, to discuss best practices every district can follow to drive more value from their edtech investments. We'll cover six steps to update your approach to edtech management:1. Document which edtech tools your students and teachers are using.2. Understand dist...

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Webinar - Easing your District into a Data Warehouse

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K12 district information teams navigate a confusing array of data management strategies to connect, and pass data between, an ever-growing collection of applications.This webinar, led by the School Data Leadership Association, will answer the question that persists for all K12 educators and technologists: How do move towards truly connecting all of our data systems?Topics will include:What are districts' best data integration options?What is the future of data warehousing and data exchanges?What questions should data leaders ask if a district wants to achieve better cross-district data access?Presenters:Chris Moggia, Executive Director, School Data Leadership AssociationKathryn Grady, Senior...

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CALPADS EOY window update

 Dear CALPADS LEA Administrators and Representatives: This is the two-week update to the May 4, 2022 listserv message that announced a delay to the opening of the 2021-22 End-of-Year (EOY) submission window.  The CDE plans to open the EOY submission window on Thursday, May 26, 2022. Additionally, in recognition of the delayed opening, current system issues, and the need for student information system vendors to implement changes to local systems and users to adjust local business practices, the July 31, 2022 certification deadline has been lifted.  The CDE recognizes that LEAs will need adequate time to submit and review data for quality, and will assess the need to extend the...

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CALPADS File Submission Redesign overview

Here's a video from the CALPADS team regarding the changes.  https://youtu.be/7hjse9TiDeQ


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Weaver Union School District - CALPADS Opening

The team at Weaver Union is looking for a Data Technician to support with their CALPADS and state reporting. https://www.edjoin.org/Home/DistrictJobPosting/1533699 If you know someone in that area that might be interested, please forward the Edjoin link to them! -Chris

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Project Unicorn's State of the Sector Report

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Our friends over at Project Unicorn (a project of the New York based non-profit InnovateED supporting the K-12 Data Interoperability Space) have a fantastic "State of the Sector" report they've compiled that describes the growth of the dat interoperability movement in K-12 education.  You can grab your free copy here:  https://www.projectunicorn.org/state-of-the-sector. In addition, they too have rolled out a survey - not of the systems data we collect here at SchoolDataLeadership, but of some larger, more systemic/strategic concepts involving K-12 data interoperability.   Editor's note:  I was hesitant to send this info out at the same time that our 7th an...

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Instructure rebrands Videri and Certify

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Instructure announced on Thursday that they have rebranded their Videri data warehouse/analytics product as well as their Certify data validation suite.  The new name of "Elevate" was selected as the new name.   From their site:  In recent years, Instructure has grown significantly as we've expanded product offerings through a series of acquisitions. And with that growth, we have also seen opportunities to fertilize our mission to amplify teaching, elevate learning, and intensify impact to improve student outcomes. Today, the Instructure Learning Platform reinforces our commitment to learning on a personal level through software, assessment tools, content, professional develop...

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7th Annual District Systems Survey

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Hello SDLA members!We've just put the finishing touches on the 7th annual district systems survey.You can find it here: 7th Annual District Systems Survey The URL is https://www.schooldataleadership.org/ca-k-12-school-districts/2022-district-systems-surveyPlease help us compile the best single resource for systems used by California school districts by taking 5-10 minutes to complete the survey. Hint - you can print the list out and use that to review your district's systems, checking them off as you go. The list can also be used to help your district understand what OPTIONS exist within each category.Each year we review the results and update the product pages listed on our site. Our goal i...

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Mathematics Framework

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2022 Revision of the Mathematics Framework The California Department of Education (CDE), Instructional Quality Commission (IQC), and State Board of Education (SBE) have commenced the revision process for the Mathematics Framework for California Public Schools: Kindergarten Through Grade Twelve (Mathematics Framework). The framework is important guidance designed to help educators align classroom teaching with California’s rigorous math learning standards. Information and updates concerning the revision of the Mathematics Framework will be posted here. The revised Mathematics Framework posted below reflects input from California parents, educators, students, and others who commented during the first 60-day field review period in early 2021 and during the IQC’s May 2021 meeting. The draft is also responsive to the direction of the IQC provided during the meeting. California is committed to achieving excellence in math teaching and learning through curriculum and instructional approaches grounded in research and reflective of best practices across the globe. The revised Mathematics Framework provides guidance for mathematics learning for all students at all levels of math—including calculus—and ensures students have a wide variety of options including pursuing Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) in college and career. Frequently Asked Questions Information about the draft Mathematics Framework.Schedule of Significant Events for the 2022 Revision of the Mathematics Framework At its meeting on November 3, 2021, SBE revised the Schedule of Significant Events (Timeline) for the 2022 Revision of Mathematics Framework. The Timeline was originally approved by the SBE on May 8, 2019, and was previously revised on September 11, 2019, May 7, 2020, and July 14, 2021. Comments will be received from March 14, 2022 through May 16, 2022. At its May 19–20, 2021, meeting, IQC recommended the draft Mathematics Framework to the SBE, pending a second 60-day period of public review and comment. The public review and comment period is an opportunity for interested individuals or organizations to provide comments and suggested edits to the SBE. The links below are to the Second Field Review draft chapters. Please address your comments to these drafts. Chapter 1: Mathematics for All: Purpose, Understanding, and Connection (DOCX)Chapter 2: Teaching for Equity and Engagement (DOCX)Chapter 3: Number Sense (DOCX)Chapter 4: Exploring, Discovering, and Reasoning With and About Mathematics (DOCX)Chapter 5: Data Science, TK–12 (DOCX)Chapter 6: Mathematics: Investigating and Connecting, Transitional Kindergarten through Grade Five (DOCX)Chapter 7: Mathematics: Investigating and Connecting, Grades Six through Eight (DOCX)Chapter 8: Mathematics: Investigating and Connecting, High School (DOCX)Chapter 9: Structuring School Experiences for Equity and Engagement (DOCX)Chapter 10: Supporting Educators in Offering Equitable and Engaging Mathematics Instruction (DOCX)Chapter 11: Technology and Distance Learning in the Teaching of Mathematics (DOCX)Chapter 12: Mathematics Assessment in the 21st Century (DOCX)Chapter 13: Instructional Materials to Support Equitable and Engaging Learning of the California Common Core State Standards for Mathematics (DOCX) Chapter 14: Glossary: Acronyms, Terms, and Tables (DOCX) Appendix A: High School Pathways (DOCX) Appendix B: Works Cited (DOCX) Commenters may submit comments using the following methods: Via email to mathframework@cde.ca.gov. This is the preferred method of receiving comment.Via physical mail at Instructional Quality...

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SPI Announces New Digital Reading Partnership

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California Department of EducationNews Release California Department of EducationNews Release Release: #21-96 November 30, 2021 Contact: CommunicationsE-mail: communications@cde.ca.gov Phone: 916-319-0818 SACRAMENTO—State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond today announced a partnership with Renaissance that will provide unlimited access to myON digital books and daily news articles for all pre-K to grade twelve students in California from December 1, 2021, through January 31, 2022. This initiative aims to give students The Gift of Literacy during the winter break by providing opportunities to engage in reading at home, at school, and in the community and is part of the Superintendent Thurmond’s statewide literacy campaign to help all California students reach the goal of literacy by third grade, by the year 2026. “I encourage every parent and student to use this free service to continue to read over the holidays,” said Superintendent Thurmond. “This is a great opportunity for our families to share the joy of reading and establish routines that support literacy growth for our students.” Literacy is a key benchmark in measuring and predicting student success, which is why Superintendent Thurmond is taking bold action to help students meet this important milestone. “We hope that free access to thousands of digital books will create and cultivate a lifelong love of reading that can continue to be nurtured by our school and local libraries,” Superintendent Thurmond said. Through this initiative, students—with the support of their families and educators—will access books and news articles in English and Spanish using a special shared account on Renaissance’s myON digital reading platform. myON is compatible with computers, Chromebooks, and tablets, and low-bandwidth and offline reading options provide expanded opportunities to access reading materials. All myON books and news articles include natural-voice audio narration, which is particularly helpful for younger learners and encourages read-alouds and read-alongs outside of school. This initiative is intended to support California schools and districts that are not currently using myON with their students. School and district leaders can access information for this special, shared login on a new web page created for this initiative . They will also find a number of helpful resources to help them launch this initiative with students, staff, and families, including an overview of myON, tips for getting started, family reading activities, and short video walk-throughs. The myON personalized literacy solution is currently used in hundreds of California schools. Students in these schools and districts who have their own personalized logins should continue using them to access myON and take advantage of the enhanced personalization. “We are excited to support Superintendent Thurmond’s bold vision of literacy and access to books for every student in California,” said Chris Bauleke, CEO of Renaissance. “This partnership provides access to myON digital books and news articles through the end of January and reinforces Renaissance’s mission to accelerate learning for all children, in partnership with the California Department of Education.” As part of his literacy effort to ensure students can read by third grade by 2026, State Superintendent Thurmond is working to expand...

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Active Dashboard Alternative School Status Schools

Current list of schools participating in the Dashboard Alternative School Status (DASS) program. The DASS school list contains schools that are currently participating in DASS. If your school is not listed and would like an alternative status, please visit the DASS Participation Instructions Web page and apply when the application process re-opens. Questions: DASS Team | dass@cde.ca.gov | 916-319-0863  Last Reviewed: Thursday, September 30, 2021

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U.S. Department of Education Sends Letter to Superintendents Announcing the Administration of the Civil Rights Data Collection for the 2021-22 School Year

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https://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/docs/announcement-letter-202108.pdfThe U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights (OCR) sent a letter to district superintendents announcing that it will administer a 2021–22 Civil Rights Data Collection (CRDC), marking the first time that OCR has conducted a CRDC, including all public school districts and their schools, two school years in a row—2020–21 and 2021–22.  Read the superintendent letter PDF (78K)

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U.S. Department of Education Releases Resource Collections for Elementary, Secondary, and Postsecondary Schools

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 The U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights issued two resource collections—one for elementary and secondary schools and one for postsecondary institutions—designed to assist in planning for a successful and equitable return to schools and campuses. The two collections include fact sheets, Q&As, letters to educators, and other materials explaining the obligations that elementary, secondary, and postsecondary schools have under the federal civil rights laws enforced by OCR to provide educational environments free from discrimination. Read the Elementary and Secondary Resource Collection PDF (508K)Read the Postsecondary Resource Collection PDF (356K) As we look forward...

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Kahoot! will acquire Clever, a leading US K-12 EdTech learning platform, accelerating its vision to build the world's leading learning platform

Kahoot! today announced the acquisition of Clever, one of the most widely-used digital learning platforms by U.S. K-12 schools, to make learning awesome worldwide. Oslo, Norway (May 6, 2021) – Kahoot!, a global learning platform company, announced today the acquisition of Clever Inc., a privately-held, California-based company that is one of the most widely-used digital learning platforms by U.S. K-12 schools. The partnership between two of the most popular platforms in education, with distinct and highly complementary offerings, will provide improved learning solutions and offerings to U.S. schools, while accelerating the global expansion of Clever's solutions. Kahoot! Group will acquire 10...

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US DOE Approves some Accountability Waivers for 2020-21

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The United States Department of Education on Tuesday April 6, 2021 approved in writing a request from the California Department of Education to waive some accountablity, school identificiation, and related reporting requirements for the 2020-21 school year due to challenges related to the Covid-19 pandemic.   Please note that these accountabilty requirement waivers did NOT extend reporting or testing deadlines nor did they waive the administration of any CAASPP, CAST, CAA, ELPAC, or related state tests.  In addition no extension to testing deadlines were issued. You can read the full report below: 

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5 Reminders for Success During the Testing Season

Jason DuBose, MBA, M.Ed. Vice President of Sales - TestHound The holidays have passed us by and the season for testing is upon us. As a testing coordinator, you know what is coming, but even the best among us can get caught up in the hustle and bustle of the new semester and it is easy to let things slip. These five reminders will help new and seasoned coordinators alike set the stage for testing success this season. #1 - Build a Team I consider building a team the most important piece in having a successful testing season. You do not have to bear the testing load by yourself, and if you are to thrive in this demanding role, you need allies. Whether you are a teacher, counselor, assistant pr...

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Governor Newsom debuts "CA Safe Schools for All" website

California's Safe Schools for All Plan provides the support and accountability to establish a clear path to minimize in-school transmissions and enable, first, a phased return to in-person instruction, and then ongoing safe in-person instruction.   The Safe Schools For All Hub consolidates key resources and information related to COVID-19 and schools. New resources will be added to the Hub on a routine basis. CA Safe Schools for All This new website for school administrators, staff, and parents outlines the funding, testing, and safety measures the state offers to support safe in-person instruction for California’s kids. https://schools.covid19.ca.gov/

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CTA urges waiver of 2021 state assessments

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The California Teachers Association (CTA) is calling on the State Board of Education and the California Department of Education to apply for a federal waiver for the English, Math and Science portions of California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) in spring 2021. They've issued a petition: cta.org/takeaction. This year has been extraordinarily challenging for our students. CTA's position is that annual standardized tests – never meant to be administered remotely – would be detrimental to students and of little use to schools. "CTA recommends that to truly meet California's diverse needs, the state must pursue a waiver from standardized testing," said CTA Pres...

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Let's Stop Trying to Turn Teachers into Analysts

Jenny Rankin, whose research revealed that teachers drew the wrong conclusion from test data most of the time when using conventional reports.

In ten years, will historians look back at the 30-year effort to get teachers to interpret test data as a failure? I'm impatient. I don't want to wait ten years. Although I'm no historian, here's my verdict. Yes, it was a failure. This long push to make teachers do "data-driven decision-making" has flopped. But of all those who share responsibility for this flop, teachers are the least culpable. Evidence of its failure is everywhere. The tests most teachers favor are the ones they create. Those teacher-created tests often reveal the least about the degree to which students have mastered the subject matter they've studied. State tests are disliked, disrespected and misunderstood. Proof of how...

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Entering Student Scores for the ELPAC test using the DEI

 The Data Entry Interface (DEI) is used to enter student responses and scores for the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) and the English Language Proficiency Assessments for California (ELPAC). This video will demonstrate how to enter student responses and scores into the DEI.


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