CESA 8 RSN

Fall Newsletter

A new Year

Yes, we have another school year underway and the work you prepared for all summer is revealing the benefits!

My goal for the year is to send out a seasonal newsletter. I will attempt to share updates and other information you will need in your role. Please let me know if there is something that you would like shared in this letter. The next newsletter will be December.


Please feel free to contact me!

Deb Wall

dwall@cesa8.org

Cell 715 490-3689

*If you are unable to reach me please leave a message with Jessica at CESA 8 - 920.855.2114 ext. 241.*

2015-16 CESA 8 RSN - Special Education Leadership Meetings (Directors/PST Mtgs)

Here are the dates:


November 13, 2015 - with Principals

December 18, 2015

March 11, 2016 - with Principals

June 9, 2016


Registration is required! Register online at http://www.cesa8.k12.wi.us/


Also, please use our Livebinder for handouts, agendas, and other information. http://www.livebinders.com/play/play?id=1772810

What is RSN? What can it do for you!

"The purpose of the Regional Service Network (RSN) is to assist LEAs in improving outcomes for students with disabilities including advancing academic achievement through targeted technical assistance and by providing leadership, ensuring communication and disseminating information from the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction." (Notice of Funding Availability Grant Guidelines (NOFA, pg. 2).

RSN is paid for through federal grant funds to provide support to special education leaders. There is no charge for services provided through the RSN grant. While there may occasionally be a charge for some of the training provided through the grant, these costs simply cover the cost of providing the training.

You benefit from regular networking and professional learning opportunities with your peers. Director/PST (RSN) meetings are a great way to connect with colleagues and to learn with and from each other.

What RDA Means in Wisconsin

ACT Update

Item 3: Biweekly Updates for the ACT High School Assessments

The ACT High School Assessment webpage

The DPI ACT High School Assessment webpage http://oea.dpi.wi.gov/assessment/ACT is updated with information such as test times for the ACT, ACT ASPIRE, and the ACT Work Keys assessments by grade and content area, checklist of dates, sample items, data and results etc. There have been some changes made to the ACT ASPIRE test times. You may also notice that the test times for Spring 2016 ACT writing will be 40 minutes as a result of enhancements to the writing assessment.

ACT Aspire

The newly released Chrome 45 browser from Google no longer supports the Java plug-in that TestNav uses to launch secure browser-based tests. The information regarding how to handle this change is available in the ACT ASPIRE technology requirements webpage http://oea.dpi.wi.gov/assessment/ACT/technology. Please contact ACT ASPIRE at 888-802-7502 or ACTAspire_Implementation@ACTAspire.org for further clarification on this matter.

The ACT and Work Keys

A welcome document, with assessment overview, common terms used, and a brief test cycle which illustrates the milestone activities during a testing phase, and the length of time for the relevant activities, is available in the ACT webpage http://www.act.org/aap/wisconsin/files/WelcometoStateandDistrictTesting.pdf. The testing cycle starts with establishment and ends with reporting.

Establishment process:

  • The ACT Establishment process is basically a way for the test coordinator (TC) to provide their schools’ information to ACT, in order to participate in the ACT testing program. Establishment begins on Monday, October 12, 2015 and closes on Friday, October 23, 2015.
  • Staff who won’t be serving as school TC should contact their district official to have this information changed with ACT.
  • Next Steps: Watch for emails from ACT on October 8th and 12th about establishment. These emails will cover the topics such as establishment materials posted online, the establishment window opening.

Important Dates to Remember

October 8th - 2nd week: Establishment materials posted online

October 12th: Accommodation trainings become available

October 12th-23rd: Window for test coordinator (TC) to submit establishment information to ACT

November 4th: Accommodations Q&A session - 1

November 10th: Accommodations Q&A session - 2

November 20th: Deadline to submit requests for ACT-approved accommodations

IEP Forms Update

Item 5: I-7 Assessment Forms Updates

The I-7 assessment forms have been updated to reflect the current accommodation and accessibility policies for Wisconsin assessments. IEP teams will notice the following changes:

I-7-A Participation Guidelines for Alternate Assessment- Removal of specific assessment names and name change to reflect Wisconsin Essential Elements and Wisconsin Academic Standards in footer, change in language from CD to ID

I-7 ACT® Plus Writing and ACT WorkKeys®- Removal of specific assessment names and name change to reflect Wisconsin Essential Elements and Wisconsin Academic Standards in footer, change from State-Allowed Accommodations to non-college reportable accommodations

I-7 ACT Aspire™- Removal of specific assessment names and name change to reflect Wisconsin Essential Elements and Wisconsin Academic Standards in footer

I-7 DLM-Inclusion of Science and applicable grade levels, removal of specific assessment names and name change to reflect Wisconsin Essential Elements and Wisconsin Academic Standards in footer

I-7 ACCESS for ELLs®/Alt. ACCESS for ELLS™-update in language to reflect accommodation policies for online platform, clarification to grade levels assessed with each assessment

Updated Assessment Information

Updated Information

From DPI

September 11, 2015


PALS

The actual state statute language is below with links. I hope that this clarifies the question about the need for the assessment to be valid and reliable. I believe Troy and Laura also provided this clarification.

118.016 Assessments of reading readiness.

(1)

(a) In the 2014–15 and 2015-16 school years, each school board and the operator of each charter school established under s. 118.40 (2r) or (2x) shall, using the appropriate, valid, and reliable assessment of literacy fundamentals selected by the department, annually assess each pupil enrolled in 4-year-old kindergarten to 2nd grade in the school district or in the charter school for reading readiness. The department shall ensure that the assessment evaluates whether a pupil possesses phonemic awareness and letter sound knowledge.

(b) Beginning in the 2016-17 school year, each school board and the operator of each charter school established under s. 118.40 (2r) or (2x) shall, using the appropriate, valid, and reliable assessment of literacy fundamentals selected by the school board or operator, annually assess each pupil enrolled in 4-year-old kindergarten to 2nd grade in the school district or in the charter school for reading readiness. The school board or operator shall ensure that the assessment evaluates whether a pupil possesses phonemic awareness and letter sound knowledge. A school board or operator may administer computer adaptive assessments.

(c) The department shall pay to the school board or operator, from the appropriation under s. 20.255 (1) (f), the per pupil cost of the selected assessment. If the appropriation under s. 20.255 (1) (f) in any fiscal year is insufficient to pay the full amount of aid under this paragraph, the state superintendent shall prorate state aid payments among the school boards and operators of charter schools entitled to the aid.

(1g) If a pupil is enrolled in a special education program under sub ch. V of ch. 115, the school board or operator of the charter school under s. 118.40 (2r) or (2x) shall comply with s. 115.77 (1m) (bg).

(1r) The school board or operator of the charter school shall report the results of a pupil's assessment under sub. (1) to the pupil's parent or guardian.

(2) The school board of the school district or operator of the charter school in which the pupil is enrolled shall provide a pupil whose assessment under sub. (1) indicates that he or she is at risk of reading difficulty with interventions or remedial reading services, as described under s. 121.02 (1) (c).

History: 2011 a. 166; 2013 a. 20; 2015 a. 55.

DLM Facilitated Training Modules

  • Designated facilitators have access to resources on Moodle specific to facilitated training. Facilitators must be added by either the District Test Coordinator for a district or by DPI. Facilitated materials are listed in the course list after logging into Moodle. AFACILITATOR GUIDE FOR REQUIRED TEST ADMINISTRATOR TRAINING 2015-16 is posted on the DLM Webpage. Once the DTC or DPI upload a facilitator, it may take up to a full week before access to Moodle is granted. Please plan accordingly for all DLM trainings.

  • Test Administrators must also have an active Educator Portal account before access to the required test administration trainings can be granted. A Moodle account will be created for each test administrator with an active account in Educator Portal account.Allow at least one full week for access to Moodle after your Educator Portal account is created.

  • Educators who completed the required training last year should be listed as ‘returning users.’ New educators to Educator Portal or users who didn’t complete the required training last year, will be uploaded as ‘new users.’ Log in to Moodle at training.dynamiclearningmaps.org.

Educators who have changed districts, have new emails, or have a name change should contact the DLM Helpdesk to have their accounts linked. Districts should not create new accounts for these individuals.
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