LASE Update 5/3/2016
Next LASE meeting - May 13th
- TIME: 1:00 (NOTE THE LATER TIME DUE TO NOT HAVING LUNCH)
- LOCATION: Springfield Public Schools - Special Services / Roseanne Bentley Building 1610 E Sunshine, Springfield MO (South side of Sunshine across from Hogan Title Company) You will need to enter from the front of the building to sign in and the receptionist will direct you to the meeting room.
AGENDA: Collaborative Discussion Activities on Various Hot Topics, LASE Planning for Next Year, and Retirement Celebrations
MAP-A Trainings for 2016-2017
MAP-A Training - for teachers who are new to MAP-A
This training is for Special Education personnel who are NEW to the administration of the MAP-A, and for those who need to be familiar with the DLM process.
- Cost is $23.00
- Offered 4 separate times as follows:
MAP-A Training Update - for those experienced with MAP-A/DLM
This workshop is for special Education personnel who have previously been trained to administer the MAP-A.
- Cost is $16.00
- Offered 4 separate times as follows:
RECENT MAP-A UPDATES
News: Data Lockdown will continue until this summer. The instructional plan history is no longer available. Each of the 5 math, 5 ELA and 9 science testlets will have their own tickets (ELA and math each have a 6th testlet that will be generated for field testing purposes, but is not mandatory to give). The testing window closes on May 27 at 11:59 pm.
Find TIPS: TIPs are found only on testlets that have not been taken. To find the Test Information Page, go to Educator Portal, choose Test Management (blue box), then Test Management (green box). Click search. Click on the new test session name (double-click the blue words). When the gold bar appears, scroll to the right to see the column entitled Test Session. The TIPs should be a PDF in that column. Please print all TIP sheets BEFORE looking at the testlets.
NOTE!! Please use the Missouri-specific DLM phone number: 844-675-4479 for quicker service. For calls regarding lockdown questions, touch the 8 key as soon as the first recorded greeting is heard, to skip to the head of the queue.
Lockdown Procedure Hints:
- When DLM requests the District ID number, they want the 6 digit District number. The school ID is a 10 digit number with the District number and the building number all together.
- When the district code begins with a zero, that cell must be formatted as text to keep the zero there. Select the cell that has the leading zero. In the menu bar, towards the right side, find the words “format cells.” Click on “format” and a box opens. Go to the bottom and select “format cells.” Then under “Category,” choose “Text” and click OK.
- All student data is transferred via a secure link called a Hawk Drive (sent by DLM). Request a link to the Hawk Drive from email@example.com (put “need Hawk Drive” in the subject line). To use the Hawk Drive link, first select the appropriate Scenarios, fill them out completely and save them on your computer desktop. Open the Hawk Drive link and use the password that was sent in a separate email. Click the “upload” button, select desktop and find the files you need. After the files are visible in the dialogue box, click the “upload” button again. The screen will change (that is your indication that the submission was successful).
- The reason for exiting a student is found in the Exit Table in the Data Steward Manual (around page 73—it may have changed during the manual editing process).
DYSLEXIA LEGISLATIVE UPDATES
Here is the recent updates shared via the Legislative Bulletin sent out by the Missouri School Administrators Coalition
HB 2379 – Mandatory Screening and Supports
House Bill 2379, filed by Rep. Kathy Swan (R – Cape Girardeau), centers on screening students for dyslexia or a related disorder. The bill also requires districts to provide “supports” for said students and requires training for all teachers regarding dyslexia. House Bill 2379 has passed the House and was heard in the Senate Education Committee on Wednesday of this week. It has yet to be voted out of committee, but if it is, its next stop will be the Senate floor for debate and potentially final passage.
As we have noted in previous bulletins, there may be a large fiscal cost associated with this measure should it become law. Presently, the bill has been presented as a low cost initiative. However, the bill mandates that the screening, supports and training must be implemented in a manner that is consistent with a LegislativeTask Force that would be created within the bill. Thus, the legislature, should it pass this legislation, would be allowing the Legislative Task Force to determine what initiatives districts are required to follow as opposed to the legislature.
There are many unknowns about the mandates contained within the HB 2379. Despite all these ambiguities, schools should be proactively evaluating current mechanisms used to identify children who are struggling with reading and make sure those mechanisms identify children with phonological skills deficits (the core skill deficit characteristic of dyslexia). Similarly, schools should be examining their reading instruction to ensure that structured literacy is widely available, see http://eida.org/effective-reading-instruction/. Structured literacy is not only effective for students with dyslexia but also for many other students who struggle with reading.
There is a very real possibility that this bill may become law. It is also very likely that this bill language will be amended onto other moving bills during the last weeks of session. Indeed, as of the drafting of this bulletin, the provisions of HB 2379 have been amended onto SB 711, filed by Sen. Dan Brown (R – Rolla), and SB 635, filed by Sen. Dan Hegeman (R – Cosby). Unfortunately, an updated copy of SB 635 is not available online as of the drafting of this bulletin.
HB 1928 – Dyslexia Task Force
The House gave final approval to HB 1928, filed by Rep. Eric Burlison (R – Springfield), on Monday of this week. The bill seeks to create a legislative task force to review the issue of dyslexia in depth. There are now a number of bills with the Dyslexia Task Force language included (probably six or more) and these are all bills with a good chance of passing. The text of these bills is not identical, however, as some of the bills have 18 members and some have more (one added a pediatrician to the task force).
During debate on the House floor last week, this bill was amended to include a portion of HB 2546 which was filed by Rep. Tila Hubrecht (R – Dexter). The portion of HB 2546 that was inserted into the bill requires DESE to offer optional training on dyslexia to all teachers on an annual basis at no cost to school districts or teachers.
Other amendments to the bill included HB 1611, filed by Rep. Kathy Swan (R – Cape Girardeau), which pertains to comprehensive school guidance programs and HBs 2564 and 2565, filed by Rep. Genise Montecillo (D – St. Louis), which pertain to a trauma-informed initiative and pilot program.