June 2, 2016Dear County and District Superintendents and Charter School Administrators: CALIFORNIA SUPERINTENDENTS TECH FOR SCHOOLS SUMMIT I want to extend a special invitation for you to attend the Second Annual California Superintendents Tech for Schools Summit. The Summit brings together the leading superintendents and district teams from across California to interact with the most creative education technology entrepreneurs. Conference topics include digital equity, the Williams Act and how you can stay on top of it, and student data privacy. In addition, you will have an opportunity to meet with more than 30 companies selected by a panel of education advisors. Plus, there will be a fascinating tour of the Google campus the night before to network and mingle with education and technology leaders. This event takes place on Tuesday, July 26, 2016, in Mountain View, California. Registration and information are available on the Ed Surge Web page at https://go.edsurge.com/TS- 1606CAa_07-LP-Partner-CDE.html. You are encouraged to bring your central office teams comprised of the Superintendent, Director of Curriculum and Instruction, Chief Technology Officer, and any other member of your team who plays a pivotal role in selecting and implementing instructional technology. Optional attendance is also available for one school board member.
All California Community Colleges can now utilize an online assessment tool designed to improve learning outcomes in online courses. The assessment tool, called SmarterMeasure™ Learning Readiness Indicator, was created by eLearning applications provider SmarterServices™. This agreement came about through a partnership between the California Community Colleges Online Education Initiative (OEI) and the Foundation for California Community Colleges (Foundation). SmarterMeasure™ Learning Readiness Indicator™ is a web-based, diagnostic assessment that evaluates multiple factors related to education and student success, including learning styles, life factors, individual attributes, technical competency and knowledge, on-screen reading rate and recall, and typing speed and accuracy. "Since 2002, 3.7 million students have taken the SmarterMeasure™ assessment and have received guidance and resources mapped to their scores to help them succeed," said Dr. Mac Adkins, CEO & founder of SmarterServices. SmarterServices and the SmarterMeasure™ Learning Readiness Indicator were originally only available to select Online Education Initiative pilot colleges, but are now available to the entire California Community College system through the Foundation's systemwide purchasing program, CollegeBuys, which offers significant discounts on a wide range of educational products for colleges. "Online student readiness is one of the most important factors that will impact whether or not a student will succeed in a course," said Pat James, OEI's executive director. "Making SmarterMeasure™ available to all California Community Colleges allows these students to be fully informed about their individual challenges with online learning." Students can use the results of these assessments to understand their own strengths and weaknesses and seek help. Administrators are empowered to better identify at-risk students, provide remedial help to meet specific student needs, and ultimately improve retention. The SmarterMeasure™ assessment is part of Quest for Online Success, a learning program developed by the OEI to prepare students to succeed in online education. Online student success and retention rates have been consistently lower in online learning environments than in traditional academic settings, and the Quest for Online Success program aims to address these discrepancies. SmarterMeasure™ joins a burgeoning suite of tools designed to serve online counseling, online course preparation, online tutoring, and proctoring needs. These tools have been identified in partnership with the OEI and community college practitioners. For more information about SmarterMeasure™, visit smartermeasure.com. For more information about the Online Education Initiative, a project of the California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office, visit ccconlineed.org. For information about CollegeBuys products offerings, please visit foundationccc.org/CollegeBuys. About SmarterServices, LLC SmarterServices™ offers a suite of eLearning applications that empower nearly 600 educational institutions—K-12 schools, colleges, universities—to organize and analyze relevant data about students, teachers, employees, and curriculum. Our data-driven solutions include assessments that measure learner readiness, non-cognitive skills, and CBE readiness and an exam proctoring management tool. As a result, clients can more intelligently form strategic plans, maximize efficiency, and foster formative learning. Since 2002, over 3.7 million students have benefited from SmarterServices. About the Online Education Initiative The Online Education Initiative is a collaborative effort among California Community Colleges (CCCs) to ensure that significantly more students are able to complete their educational goals by increasing both access to and success in high-quality online courses....
Three school districts in Orange County, California have invested in a new visitor management system that scans visitor IDs before approving access into buildings. The Santa Ana Unified School District, the Anaheim Elementary School District and the Irvine Unified School District have all installed the technology at some or all of their schools, reports Campus Safety magazine. Under the system, a person enters the school building and gives their driver's license or other government ID to the desk attendant. The attendant puts the ID into a hand-sized scanner that runs the ID through all 50 states' databases for registered sex offenders. After an ID has been approved, a printer automatically ...
Using Federal Funds to Improve Student Outcomes in Humanities To help state educational agencies (SEAs), local educational agencies (LEAs), and their partners identify potential ways to use Federal formula grant funds to support humanities education during the 2016–17 school year, the U.S. Department of Education released a letter to provide examples of how funds from Titles I, II, III, IV, and V of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), as amended by No Child Left Behind (NCLB), the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), and the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006 (Perkins) can support efforts to improve Pre-K–12 and postsecondary instru...
CAASPP Update # 161 - July 6, 2016 Focusing on the CAASPP System, including the Smarter Balanced assessments—a major component of CAASPP—and the California Alternate Assessments and science assessments. Updated Usability, Accessibility, and Accommodations Guidelines The Usability, Accessibility, and Accommodations Guidelines document has been updated for the 2016–17 CAASPP administration. Among the changes are two new resources: - Simplified Test Directions (non-embedded designated support) - 100s Number Table (non-embedded accommodation) In addition, the recommendations on the use of scratch paper (non-embedded universal tool) now include the use of a whiteboard and marker as well as low-te...
A Weekly E-Mail from the California Department of Education
Focusing on the CAASPP System, including the Smarter Balanced assessments—a major component of CAASPP—and the California Alternate Assessments and science assessments.
Summer Hand Scoring Workshops Online Registration Coming Soon!
Educational Testing Service (ETS) will conduct one-day CAASPP Summer Hand Scoring Workshops in July and August. These workshops will train educators to score constructed-response items and performance tasks for English language arts/literacy and mathematics and to prepare students for the Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments.
The workshops, which will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., are scheduled as follows:
June 15, 2016
A Weekly E-Mail from the California Department of Education
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.
Revised CAASPP Regulations Now Available
On May 18, 2016, the Office of Administrative Law approved California Code of Regulations for CAASPP. The CAASPP regulations are located on the California Department of Education (CDE) CAASPP System Web page under the “CAASPP Info” tab. Highlights of the revisions made to the CAASPP regulations include the following:
Section 851.5(c) clarifies eligibility for the Standards-based Tests in Spanish as a student in one of grades three through eight and grade eleven (1) whose primary language is Spanish and who is receiving instruction in Spanish; or (2) who is enrolled in a dual language immersion program that includes Spanish; or (3) who is a recently arrived English learner and whose primary language is Spanish.
From today's press release:
We are excited to announce that we have acquired Haiku Learning, leading provider of an innovative cloud-based learning management system (LMS) and classroom collaboration solution designed to meet the needs of K-12 educators. With this acquisition, PowerSchool has invested over $100 million within the past six months to implement the K-12 education industry's first Unified Classroom platform.
The addition of a learning management system to PowerSchool's suite of solutions—student information system, special education, assessment, and analytics—brings the industry's first solution that provides all of the information and tools teachers and students need to manage instruction and collaboration in one unified platform. PowerSchool Unified Classroom is designed to facilitate instructional processes so that teachers can digitally deliver rich content with embedded lessons and interact in real-time with students in the classroom. The system simplifies the task of running both classrooms and schools to let educators spend more time teaching and less time managing assignments, tracking down homework, and grading papers.
OPENING OF 2015–16 END-OF-YEAR SUBMISSION WINDOW
The 2015–16 End-of-Year (EOY) submission window opens May 23, 2016. Local educational agencies (LEAs) are expected to certify all applicable EOY submissions this year.
LEAs are strongly encouraged to start on the EOY submissions immediately and not wait until school is out to begin file uploads to CALPADS. All the EOY submissions use a reporting period of July 1, 2015 to June 30, 2016. It is to an LEA's advantage to begin the upload process now, prior to school ending, because doing so can provide reports to help LEAs resolve data problems before staff leave for the summer. Once school ends, LEAs will need to re-upload the files, but the reconciliation process should be much faster because the majority of issues would have already been resolved.
Smarter Balanced Content Development Opportunities This Summer! If you are a California educator with the following qualifications, Smarter Balanced wants to hear from you regarding possible participation in content development activities: l Currently certified or licensed to teach English language arts/literacy (ELA) and/or mathematics in a K–12 public school or certified to teach English learners and/or students with disabilities.Currently teaching in a public school or currently employed by a public school, district, or state education entity, including higher education, located within a Smarter Balanced member state.Within the past three years:Have taught ELA and/or mathematics in grades three through eight and/or high school or worked in a classroom content support role, such as a literacy or mathematics coach or district/state content specialist.and/or Have taught students with disabilities and/or English learners in grades three through eight and/or high school or worked in a support role, such as a district/school coordinator or instructional specialist. Educators with specialization in teaching students with visual impairments or who are deaf or hard of hearing are encouraged to apply.Familiarity with part or all of the Common Core State Standards for the content area in which they are interested in working. For ELA item review, educators who have documented expertise in the area of science and/or social science may apply.Some opportunities will have additional preferred experience qualifications. The activities are taking place this summer, beginning in July, and selected educators will participate in a meeting that lasts four or five days. The content development meetings are as follows: Data review—review of field-tested items for possible content-related issues or accessibility-related issuesItem review—review of items before their being field-testedInterim assessment block/Digital Library connections—development of resources to connect the Digital Library with interim assessment blocks Apply by e-mailing Dixie Abbott, California Educator Involvement Coordinator, email@example.com, to request an application. Completed applications must be returned by May 20, 2016. An FAQ document can be requested by e-mail as well. Smarter Balanced and respective contractors will make the final selection of educators to serve from each member state. The goal of that selection will be to have a balance of geographic regions, grade levels, years of experience, and other demographic data. Lodging, travel costs, and applicable reimbursements to each selected participant will be provided following the meeting and may include substitute reimbursement defined by local policy. New This Week! Parent Resources for Understanding the Student Score Report The video “Understanding the CAASPP Student Score Report 2015–16,” which explains how to interpret student results and highlights the new features found in the report, is now available in English. It is located on the California Department of Education (CDE) CAASPP Student Score Report Information Web page. The Spanish version of the video is coming soon. A CAASPP document, Understanding Your Student Score Report, is now available in English for each of the following on the Understanding the CAASPP Student Score Reports Web page: Grade three (ELA and mathematics)Grades four, six, and seven (ELA and mathematics) Grades five and eight (ELA, mathematics, and science) Grade ten (science)...
As millions of California students take tests aligned with the Common Core standards for the second year, results are coming in more quickly than they did the first time around, a change that could help educators make better use of the tests to help guide classroom instruction. One of the major selling points of the Smarter Balanced tests was that schools would get the results much more quickly than they did under the old California Standards Tests, and that the scores would be more useful in informing how students were taught. Read the entire article here: http://www.mercurynews.com/education/ci_29949767/faster-results-student-tests-aligned-common-core
Published on Mar 20, 2015 Walk through real questions from the Smarter Balanced assessment with 2010 National Teacher of the Year Sarah Brown Wessling to see how the new test asks students to demonstrate their analytical, reasoning, and critical-thinking skills and what it means for their success.