LASE Update 2/18/2016

NEWS AND HIGHLIGHTS!

Thank you to Springfield, Rethink, and SpedTrack for hosting last weeks CASE Hybrid Conference. I think everyone who was able to attend would say it was great information and a great location. CASE does offer a recording of the conference which can be purchased on the CASE website.


The next regular LASE meeting will be March 4th back at our regular location at McAlister's. We hope to see everyone there! Remember we will not be holding a regular April LASE meeting due to the National CEC conference being held in St. Louis.


For our May meeting we have Ernie Trakas, Attorney from Mickes Goldman O'Toole LLC, presenting to our group. In order to give him some guidance on a topic to prepare for us I am in need of your input. Please let me know any legal topics you might want to hear more about by clicking on the following link...and hopefully I didn't make another mistake and this link should work this time!!


LEGAL TOPIC SUGGESTIONS FOR MAY MEETING


If you are lucky enough to be retiring at the end of this year or you know of someone who is retiring and have not yet emailed me please let me know by email to esmith@wolves.k12.mo.us. We will celebrate those retiring with a yummy treat at our May meeting.

MAP-A Updates

Your district test coordinators recently received an email with some 2016 data clean-up procedures for MAP-A to help your district prepare for the Spring upload of data for this year's accountability measures. The data clean-up window is March 1-11. The Spring testing window will be open April 4 through May 27. If you did not receive this information from your test coordinator here is the link to the procedures.

http://dese.mo.gov/sites/default/files/asmt-mapa-data-cleanup-procedures-packet-2016.pdf


Updated Manuals Released/February 15, 2016

Updated Assessment Coordinator Manuals are available on most state’s DLM webpages. The manuals received minor updates with new screenshots and information about accessing braille ready files, preparing for data lockdown, and viewing student reports.

  • IA, KS, MO, NC, ND, UT, and VT click here.

An updated Data Steward Manual is available on state DLM webpages. A summary of the significant changes is included in the Document History section. The update contains new information regarding roles and permissions in Educator Portal, managing student moves and transfers, data cleanup, and data lockdown. To access the Data Steward Manual, click here.


Updated Test Administration Manuals are available on most state’s DLM webpages. This update includes new procedures to retrieve braille ready files, view a student report (previously view a student’s alternate assessment report), an update to Frequency of Testlet Delivery During Spring Testing, an update to Understanding the DLM Test Administration Monitoring Extract, and an update to the Alternate Text Information in a TIP document. Please locate your state below and follow the link provided.

  • IA, KS, MO, NC, ND, UT, and VT click here.

Be sure to check your state page on the DLM website to see if your state has provided additional information or resources. Start on the Operational Testing page.

TESTING AND CURRICULUM ITEMS

Is your district updating any curriculum or testing materials? Do you have older materials that are still in good shape that could be used by other districts? If you do have any items to donate that may be of interest to other districts feel free to email any details to esmith@wolves.k12.mo.us and I will share with those interested. I have at least one district who is interested in seeing if they can round up any extra math or reading curriculum items.

GOVERMENT ACCOUNTABILTIY OFFICE (GAO) REPORT RELEASED

The United States Government Accountability Office (GAO) recently released their report, "Special Education: State and Local Imposed Requirements Complicate Federal Efforts to Reduce Administrative Burden" The fact that there are lots of paperwork burdens is not shocking to any of us, but the report will be helpful someday if IDEA is reauthorized.

WINTER WEATHER!

If the need arises to cancel a regular LASE meeting due to weather I will attempt to get an email out to everyone with sufficient notice. You are also welcome to call, text, or email me to check the status of our meeting if needed.

You can reach me by cell at 417-335-0360 or email esmith@wolves.k12.mo.us