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CALPADS Update FLASH #153

End-of-Year 3 Updates and Reminders CERT125 Will Be Disabled and CERT127 Will Become Fatal In analyzing the 2017–18 End-of-Year (EOY) 3 certified data, the California Department of Education (CDE) found that a significant number of local educational agencies (LEAs) did not report suspension records in the Student Discipline (SDIS) file for students who were reported as attending in-house suspension or absent due to an out-of-school suspension in the Student Absence Summary (STAS) file. To further enforce the alignment of discipline incidents to absence summary data, the CDE will implement for the 2018–19 EOY 3 submission, the following changes to existing validations: Disable certification v...
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CALPADS Update FLASH #152

Data Collection in CALPADS for Adult-age Students In California, public K–12 local educational agencies (LEAs) serve three types of adult-age students: Students with disabilities in postsecondary/transition programs enrolled in K–12 schools and programs.Adult-age students attending charter schools with exclusive partnerships with one of the following programs:Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA)JobCorpsCalifornia Conservation CorpsYouthBuildAdult-age students attending Adult Education Programs (AEPs) funded with Adult Education Program funding. Recently, there has been confusion about which of these adult-age students should be reported to CALPADS. The purpose of this communicatio...
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E-Rate New Flash Issue 19-04, March 8, 2019

E-RATE NEWS FLASHContents:Announcements Funding Commitment SummaryPending Dates and DeadlinesUpcoming Training EventsE-rate Process: Activities to Work on NowAnnouncementsCALNET 3 Contract Extensions PostedMany public agencies including public schools and libraries utilize the state master contract CALNET 3 for the purchase of broadband and telecommunications services, some of which may be eligible for E-rate discounts. California's Department of Technology has recently posted extensions to CALNET 3 through June 30, 2020, on the California Department of Technology website. California E-rate applicants citing the CALNET 3 contract on their Funding Year 2019 FCC Form 471 funding requ...
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CALPADS Flash #151

Complying with the Attorney General's Model Policies for K–12 Schools and CALPADS Data Submission Assembly Bill (AB) 699 (Chapter 493, Statutes of 2018) requires the Attorney General (AG), by April 1, 2018, to "publish model policies limiting assistance with immigration enforcement at public schools, to the fullest extent possible consistent with federal and state law, and ensuring that public schools remain safe and accessible to all California residents, regardless of immigration status." The bill further requires local educational agencies (LEAs) to adopt the model policies by July 1, 2018. Pursuant to this legislation, the California Attorney General published the document "Promoting a S...
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E-Rate News Flash Issue 19-03, February 22, 2019

E-RATE NEWS FLASH Announcements  Limited Waiver for Victims of October 2017 California Wildfires and Additional Opportunity to Request Relief On January 3, 2019, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) issued a limited waiver (DA 19-15 ) for victims of the October 2017 wildfires in eight counties designated by Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) as eligible for disaster relief. The Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) published a list of affected applicants and issued instructions on how affected applicants may initiate requests in its January 22 USAC News Brief. It is important to note while this particular decision is limited, the FCC stated in its decision than ...
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E-Rate News Flash- Issue 19-02, February 1, 2019


E-RATE NEWS FLASH  Announcements Limited Waiver for Victims of October 2017 California Wildfires On January 3, 2019, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) issued a limited waiver (DA 19-15 PDF) for victims of the October 2017, wildfires in eight counties designated by Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) as eligible for disaster relief: Butte, Mendocino, Napa, Nevada, Sonoma, Lake, Orange, and Yuba. Applicants in the affected counties may have additional time to file appeals or requests for waiver with the FCC or the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) and to file FCC Forms 486, Forms 472, and Forms 474. Applicants that had E-rate records destroyed...
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CALPADS Flash #150 - February 15th, 2019

 Spring 2019 Training Offered:CALPADS Course Codes, Assignment Monitoring and LCAP Federal Addendum Equity Data Training Beginning in March 2019, California Department of Education (CDE) and Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) staff will be conducting training sessions at county offices of education (COEs) throughout California. The training sessions will cover: The new State Assignment Accountability System (CalSAAS)Changes in the California Longitudinal Pupil Achievement Data System (CALPADS)Changes to the state course codes and descriptions The CalSAAS will use data from the CTC and the CDE to identify potential misassignments and provide a communication platform for counties a...
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U.S. Department of Education Acts on School Safety Report Recommendation to Improve Understanding of Student Privacy Law


February 12, 2019 Contact: Press Office, (202) 401-1576, WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Education today released a comprehensive set of frequently asked questions (FAQs) on schools' and districts' responsibilities under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) in the context of school safety. The Federal Commission on School Safety (FCSS) released an in-depth report last December, which observed that "substantial misunderstanding remains at the local level among officials and educators concerning (FERPA), and in particular its application to school-based threats." This FAQ document, titled, School Resource Officers, School Law Enforcement Units and the Family E...
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SiteImprove Academy offers courses for accessibility education

  Siteimprove Academy's role-specific courses offer accessibility education and training for every experience level and skill set. So, whether you're a manager looking for training for your entire team or an individual hoping to brush up on your skills, Siteimprove Academy has something for everyone. Frequently Asked Questions about Siteimprove Academy Q: What format are the courses in? A: The courses include quizzes, interactive content, and videos that offer a fun and engaging learning experience. Q: How many times can I access the courses within my package? A: Siteimprove Academy Free gives you unlimited access to the Web Fundamentals learning track. Limited-time access to ...
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CALPADS Flash #149 - February 14, 2019

File Name: calpadsupdflash14_20190214-213924_1 File Size: 142 kb Download File Date: February14,2019 To: Local Educational Agency (LEA) Representatives From: California Department of Education (CDE) — California Longitudinal Pupil Achievement Data System (CALPADS) Team Guidance for Assigning Statewide Student Identifiers (SSIDs) for Adults Students in CALPADS Beginning in 2019–20, public K–12 local educational agencies (LEAs) that administer Adult Education Programs (AEPs) are responsible for acquiring statewide student identifiers (SSIDs) for adult students who do not have an SSID, or who do not have a social security number (SSN) in the California Community College Adult Education Data Sys...
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New school immunization rules for 2019-20

The California Department of Education is sending out the following information on behalf of the California Department of Public Health. Please contact CDPH with any questions. Dear School Information System vendors, Changes to California school immunization regulations will become effective starting July 1st, 2019. Schools are required to maintain immunization information for each student as outlined in regulation section 6070. The required information may be collected in the revised California School Immunization Record (aka form CDPH 286 or Blue Card) at http://eziz.org/assets/docs/shotsforschool/CDPH-286.pdf. The changes to the regulations include, but are not limited to: 1) Requiri...
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CALPADS Fall 2 staff info form

 Here's the form I mentioned at the LACOE CALPADS group today. Note:  The username and password for the SEID login are probably way old.  If you don't already know that info you can contact CTC and request access. -Chris File Name: CALPADS_Employee-For_20190214-002339_1 File Size: 115 kb Download File
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Renaissance Product Updates!


What's new? Here's a peek at just a few of the updates available to you now Access rich content for practice and instruction Assign instructional resources (Renaissance & open educational resources) using the Star Record Book.Enjoy a seamless connection between assessment results, practice, and instruction.Manage lesson plans with the ability to view and delete existing lesson plans. View updated and enhanced reports View State Standards Mastery reports which show your state standards in reading and math.Know which students are beginning, developing, or secure in each standard.Track progress of grade-level standards mastery for district administrators.See Test Activity reports with separ...
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Ed-Fi webinar February 7th, 2019 11:00 am

The Ed-Fi association is conducting a free webinar on February 7th (11:00 am PST) to discuss the Ed-Fi standard.  It's only 30 minutes long, and should provide a good overview of this emerging data standard for K-12 schools and vendors..  Follow this link to REGISTER. 
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New Course Offering - Leading with Evidence in Schools

Great new course being offered online from Columbia Teachers College:  Leading with Evidence in Schools: Data and Research Literacy March 4, 2019 - March 31, 2019 Upcoming course offerings:Spring Session - March 4 - 31, 2019Summer Session - July 1 - 28, 2019 Where: Online asynchronous course Registration Fee: $595 Group/Team Discount (5 or more):25% off the registration fee, please contact to register Units Awarded: Participants receive 2 CEUs OR 20 clock hours OR 20 CTLEs (applicable only to NYS residents).  View Course Schools today are awash in data, from grades, to test scores, to discipline reports and attendance to name just a few. Additionally, educators ...
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IlluminateEd User Conference - San Diego Jan 30-Feb 1

San Diego Conference Center - Jan 30-Feb 1st

​Attending the Illuminate Education User Conference in San Diego at the end of this month?  Stop by the CASDAAP booth to learn more about the California Association of School Data, Assessment, and Accountability Professionals.  Mention that you saw this announcement and claim your free prize (while dwindling supplies last!)  Or just stop by and talk to Chris or Kate from CASDAAP. More info about the Illuminate conference: More info about CASDAAP:
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Massive Data Breach hits San Diego USD


Fox 5 news in San Diego reported today a massive data breach involving the San Diego Unified School District.   Full Story here:  https://fox5sandiego.com/2018/12/21/san-diego-unified-victim-of-massive-data-breach/   
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CALPADS Flash #147

CALPADS Fall 2 Functionality Rollout and Deadline Following the Tuesday, December 11, 2018 release, Local Educational Agencies (LEAs) will be able to: Upload Fall 2 files which include: Staff Demographic (SDEM) Staff Assignment (SASS) Course Section Enrollment (CRSE) Student Course Section Enrollment (SCSE) View and correct Fall 2 Input Validation Rule (IVR) errors Request/retrieve Fall 2 Operational Data Store (ODS) extracts (SDEM, SASS, CRSE, SCSE) The CDE anticipates the online maintenance functionality for staff and course data and reports (ODS and Certification) will be available in early January. Fall 2 training will be available the second week in January 2019. Fall 2 snapshot revisio...
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We have 600 members! WOW!

When we started this site back just three years ago, I really had no idea how big it would get - and how quickly.  When you start a blog, or rather, a community, you really don't know what it's going to be like until its there.   Congrats to Terri Wheeler from Inglewood USD, who became our six hundredth member last week!  Since the beginning our goal has been simple - create a free and useful site for those of us struggling with the California systems/compliance stuff.   In just the last 3 years, we've created a community site with a question/answer forum, a list of the 400 most used "enterprise" systems in California K-12 schools, a list of the districts that USE those s...
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Halloween fun! Learn to code

 If you've never checked out codepen.io, I highly recommend it. It's a fun way to learn how to code, especially if you are focused on learning the basics of html / css / javascript.  Here's a fun little page that let's you change Mike's outfit.
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