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Elpac Update # 7 Sept. 29, 2017

Operational ELPAC Summative Assessment Administration and Scoring Trainings Begin Next Month! The ELPAC Summative Assessment (SA) Administration and Scoring Trainings will begin on October 24 and continue through December 13. LEA ELPAC Coordinators are responsible for registering participants from their LEA. Coordinators will receive an e-mail the first week of October confirming LEA participants' registration. That e-mail will include a registration code that the Coordinator can use to log on to the registration system at any time this fall and change participants' names as well as add names to the waiting list. Specific registration information is located on the ELPAC Web site, under the "...

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Massive Data Breach at Equifax exposes almost half of America

Credit reporting firm Equifax says cybersecurity incident could potentially affect 143 million US consumers. Equifax said data on 143 million U.S. customers was obtained in a breach which occurred on July 29th, 2017 Personal information including birth dates, credit card numbers and more was obtained in the breach. Equifax Inc., which supplies credit information and other information services, said Thursday that a cybersecurity incident could have potentially affected 143 million consumers in the U.S. Leaked data includes names, birth dates, social security numbers, addresses and potentially drivers licenses. 209,000 U.S. credit card numbers were also obtained, in addition to "certain disput...

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ELPAC Update Issue #6

 The English Language Proficiency Assessments for California (ELPAC) Update, from the California Department of Education (CDE), is an e-mail for K–12 educators, including testing coordinators that focuses on the English Language Proficiency Assessments for California. When the ELPAC is operational, it will replace the California English Language Development Test (CELDT). The ELPAC Update will be sent once per month beginning March 2017. Please forward this e-mail to any educators in your local educational agency (LEA) who would be interested in or benefit from this information. Operational ELPAC Summative Assessment Administration and Scoring Training: Registration Now Open Thank you fo...

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CAASPP Update #221 August 30th, 2017

Postponement of Public Release of 2016–17 CAASPP Summary Results  During the preview period of the 2016–17 CAASPP public Web reporting site, some local educational agencies (LEAs) identified a small number of cases in which test results did not appear to aggregate as expected to their district or charter school summaries. The CDE delayed the release of the statewide test results in order to investigate these reported cases.  The issue impacts only the CAASPP public Web reporting site and the research files available from that site for 2016–17. Please be assured that the individual student achievement levels and scale scores that have been reported to your LEA or direct funded ...

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"Hey Echo, what are junior's grades today?"

Very cool application of one SIS system's OPEN API to connect with one family's Amazon Echo device (similar to an Alexa or Siri device) - Editor When Sycamore Education's public application program interface (API) was released, the possibilities opened up that would allow third-party developers to access data stored within Sycamore in a safe and secure manner. Most recently, a parent at Shakopee Area Catholic School in Shakopee, Minnesota has increased those possibilities even further to assist him and his family. Todd Kitta, an architect with the Microsoft Technology Center, created quite the social media buzz when he shared a YouTube video of receiving Sycamore information from his Amazon ...

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Interactive (and safe!) Eclipse Website (very cool!)

Nasa put together a virtual preview of what the eclipse will look like in your area.  Click on your hometown on the map and see a minute-by-minute preview! 

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Regional Training for new CAASPP Coordinators

Dear County and District Superintendents and Charter School Administrators: NEW CALIFORNIA ASSESSMENT OF STUDENT PERFORMANCE AND PROGRESS COORDINATOR TRAINING Every local educational agency (LEA) must identify a Coordinator responsible for the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) System. The New CAASPP Coordinator Training is designed for LEA CAASPP Coordinators who have been in their role for less than 12 months. The purpose is to help new LEA CAASPP Coordinators understand their role and responsibilities. Highlights of the training include: Responsibilities of the CAASPP Coordinator Procedures to support a successful CAASPP administration Checklists, examples,...

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Dashboard Aficionados! Join the LCFF Review Team!

Good afternoon! The California Collaborative for Educational Excellence (CCEE) is seeking qualified individuals to serve as leads and as members of LCFF Content Library Review Teams. If you are interested in serving on a review team, please complete the Application to Serve as Lead/Member of LCFF Content Library Review Team. The deadline to submit an application is September 1, 2017. As background, the CCEE, in partnership with many other stakeholders, is developing the LCFF Content Library, a free repository of files (e.g., slides, handouts, videos, and other physical or electronic content) on California's accountability and continuous improvement system. The CCEE supports and curates the L...

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ViewSonic Showroom Event

You're invited to a private demonstration of the latest education solutions designed to empower teachers and excite students. Get a hands-on demonstration of our new ViewBoard® interactive displays with a suite of interactive annotation software that make it easier than ever to engage students. Including the new interactive 4K display, with an embedded ability to wirelessly connect to any OS. Our new projectors provide interactivity at a price point that meets the most stringent budgets. See the newest award-winning monitors and digital displays to outfit your entire campus.  ​Time September 13, 2017 ​Location 10 Pointe Drive, Brea CA 92821 (Second Floor) ​Tickets​Admission is free Sche...

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E-Rate Newsflash #17-07

E-Rate Newsflash Post Application Filing Window Reminders The filing window for the 2017–18 E-rate funding year closed on May 11, 2017. Local Education Agencies (LEAs) that submitted an FCC Form 471 may continue to review these forms and submit corrections, if needed, until the Funding Commitment Decision Letter is issued. A detailed list of the corrections that can be made, as well as instructions for how to submit the corrections can be found in the Schools and Libraries Program (SLP) News Brief dated May 12, 2017, which is archived on the Schools and Libraries Division (SLD) Web page at http://www.usac.org/sl/tools/news-briefs/preview.aspx?id=772. Program Integrity Assurance Review The SL...

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CAASPP Update Issue #215

Focusing on the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) System, including the Smarter Balanced assessments—a major component of CAASPP—and the California Alternate Assessments and science assessments. Accessibility Last month, the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium passed eight motions to update the Usability, Accessibility, and Accommodations Guidelines (UAAG). The changes, which apply only to specific CAASPP assessments, are as follows: New universal tools - Embedded thesaurus - Embedded line reader
New designated supports - Non-embedded amplification - Embedded mouse pointer size and color New accommodations - Embedded braille transcript ...

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Breaking News!

 Dear LEA Representative, The CDE is aware of the CALPADS performance issues that have occurred over the last two days and will be addressing the cause later today. Additionally, we will be postponing the July 31, 2017 End-of-Year (EOY) certification deadline. The new EOY deadline will be announced in Flash 129 set to be released on Friday, July 21, 2017. Thank you again for all of your patience and your diligent work. CALPADS Team

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Third Annual K-12 Systems Survey Now Available!

We just finished updating the survey itself (added additional categories and systems), and it's ready to go for the 17/18 school year.  Please help us create the most up-to-date and comprehensive open-source listing of enterprise systems in use by California K-12 school districts. Last year we had over 400 responses.  This year our goal is 500!   Small districts and charter schools are welcome to update their systems too! It just takes a few minutes to complete and you'll get an email with the results when they are completed!   Having an understanding of which districts are using which systems helps us prioritize our open-source support initiatives.   Since...

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BrightBytes Acquires Trusted IPaaS Provider Authentica Solutions

 BrightBytes adds Authentica to brand portfolio, providing educators with end-to-end data management to improve the way the world learns SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. — June 29, 2017 — BrightBytes,® a learning analytics organization currently impacting one in five schools in the United States, today announced the acquisition of Authentica Solutions, developer of DataSense, an education data Integration Platform as a Service (IPaaS). Authentica, a 2017 Microsoft Education Partner of the Year Finalist, currently partners with top enterprise solutions in edtech to help educators at every organizational level meet data management requirements. It is this deep experience in data integration within t...

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New DataQuest Enrollment Reports

Dear LEA Representative,  This message is to notify you about several new enrollment reports for academic years 2014–15, 2015–16, and 2016–17 that are now publicly available on the California Department of Education (CDE) DataQuest Website. These reports are based on data previously submitted and certified in CALPADS by districts and charter schools; however, they have been updated with several visual and functional modifications.  These reports include:  Enrollment by Ethnicity and Grade Enrollment Multi-Year Summary by Ethnicity Enrollment by Ethnicity (with County Data) Enrollment Multi-Year Summary by Grade Enrollment by Grade (with County Data) En...

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Measured Progress & Illuminate Education partner up!

DOVER, N.H. (PRWEB) MAY 22, 2017 Measured Progress, Inc. is pleased to announce a partnership with Illuminate Education to add high-quality assessment content from Measured Progress to the Illuminate Education Intelligence platform. As a result of this partnership, Measured Progress will make formative assessment items and pre-built quizzes in reading, mathematics, and science from the Measured Progress Formative Content Bank and STEM Gauge® available for use by mutual customers of Measured Progress and Illuminate Education. "This is an ideal partnership," says Rich Swartz, Senior Vice-President of Strategy, Products, and Portfolio for Measured Progress. "Our two companies, which have been w...

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CALPADS Flash #127

CALPADS LEA ADMINISTRATOR AUTHORIZATION INTERIM PROCESS To implement best practices and enhance overall CALPADS security, the process for authorizing CALPADS LEA Administrators has been modified. If the CALPADS Administrator application on file at the California Department of Education (CDE) is over one year old, a new application is now required upon an LEA Administrator account password reset request. This process will continue until the completion of the 2017–18 End-of-Year (EOY) data submission, and will not begin this August as stated in the April 2017 CALPADS Information Meeting. A new process will begin with the rollout of the changes to the CALPADS security model and upgraded user in...

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CALPADS Fall 2 for Beginners

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CA Accountability Coordinators Update for May 24, 2017

(Editor's Note - From an email distributed today to all CA Accountablity Coordinators) Dear Accountability Coordinators:  The purpose of this e-mail is to inform you of two important notifications announcing the opening of the 2016–17 End-of-Year (EOY) data submission to the California Longitudinal Pupil Achievement Data System (CALPADS).  These notifications are attached and are also available online on the California Department of Education’s Web site at: 2016–17 Data Collections:  Mid-Year Update (May 5, 2017 Letter to Superintendents and Charter Administrators): http://www.cde.ca.gov/ds/sp/cl/data1617midyearupdate.asp  CALPADS Update FLASH #127: http://www.cde.ca.gov/...

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(Editor's Note:  From an email from the CASEMIS listserv from earlier this week -Thanks Rose!) Dear County and District Superintendents and Charter School Administrators: REVIEW AND CERTIFICATION OF SPECIAL EDUCATION DISCIPLINE DATA IN THE CALIFORNIA LONGITUDINAL PUPIL ACHIEVEMENT DATA SYSTEM In the spring of 2015, the California Department of Education (CDE) began a process to align data collection processes for students with disabilities in California. This process ensures student data are accurate for the purposes of both monitoring and accountability, as outlined in the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). In 2015–16, the coll...

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