Early Childhood Admin. News

ESC-Region 6 October 19, 2020

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ESC REGION 6 EARLY CHILDHOOD PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITIES

ESPECIALLY FOR YOU.....ENJOY PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT WHEN IT WORKS BEST FOR YOU! ACCESS THE LINKS BELOW BY REGISTERING AND LOGGING INTO THE 24 HOUR PD SESSION



Oct 22nd- Session # 421418- Tools for a Lifetime: Social and Emotional Development


Oct. 29th- Session # 421538- Tips for Managing Student Behavior in the Early Childhood

Environment


Nov. 10th- Session #421584- Phonological Awareness Skills- What's the Big Deal?


Dec. 8th- Session # 421990- Working with Young and Challenging Students

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ASSESSMENTS AND STATE REPORTING

2020-2021 ECDS KG & PK ASSESSMENTS AND SUBMISSION TIMELINE

REMINDERS:


  • Please remember to notify families in writing of BOY screening results within 60 days of assessment administration


  • Make Plans to Administer a Universal Dyslexia Screener to all 1st graders (and 2nd graders as needed) by January 31, 2021 - (Kindergarten students will be screened at the end of the year)


2020-2021 ASSESSMENT TIMELINE

Nov 9, 2020 - Open to Promote KG data

Dec. 3, 2020-PEIMS Fall Submission ERI Code

Jan 21, 2021 - District KG File Due to R6 (Completed)

Jan 28, 2021- KG Data Due at TEA

Jan 31, 2021- Deadline for administering Universal Dyslexia Screener to all 1st graders and 2nd graders as needed.

June 10, 2021- District PK File Due to R6 (Completed)

June 17, 2021- PK Data Due at TEA

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LET'S PLAN TO MAKE THIS YEAR'S KG & PRE-K ECDS SUBMISSION AS SMOOTH AS POSSIBLE!

SAVE THE DATE-

DEC. 2, 2020 from 1:00-3:00 P.M.

FOR ESC-REGION 6 ONLINE TRAINING FOR ECDS STATE REPORTING!


  • AT LEAST 1 ADMINISTRATOR, 1 PEIMS CLERK, AND 1 TEACHER ARE STRONGLY ENCOURAGED TO ATTEND THIS NO COST WEBINAR TRAINING.

  • WILL COVER INFORMATION FOR CLI ASSESSMENTS AND mCLASS-TEXAS EDITION by AMPLIFY ASSESSMENTS

IMPORTANT !! START PREPARING NOW FOR A SMOOTH ECDS SUBMISSION

**ACT NOW TO PREVENT PROBLEMS AT SUBMISSION TIME!


IT IS CRITICAL THAT ALL INFORMATION IS ENTERED INTO YOUR ASSESSMENT SYSTEM CORRECTLY AND IT MATCHES THE SAME INFORMATION THAT IS ENTERED INTO YOUR STUDENT INFORMATION SYSTEM (S.I.S)


**CORRECTING THE LITTLE THINGS MAKES A HUGE DIFFERENCE WHEN UPLOADING YOUR STUDENT DATA FOR STATE SUBMISSIONS!


CHECK TO SEE IF :


  • all of your students have State Unique ID's entered correctly

  • all student Local ID's are entered correctly

  • all teacher State ID's are entered correctly

  • all teacher Local ID's are entered correctly

  • all teacher names and email addresses are listed in the assessment system the exact same way as in your S.I.S. files

  • the name of the school is listed exactly the same way in the assessment system as in your S.I.S. files.


  • the Administrator and P.E.I.M.S. clerk have a login account with your assessment system website

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NEED HELP WITH ASSESSMENTS OR REPORTING?

K-2 Diagnostics & Reporting – Contact mary.allen@tea.texas.gov or Natalie.flores@tea.texas.gov


  • Upcoming TEA Office Hours

Registration links for ECE Office Hours are located in the Best Practices section of the Data Driven Instruction in ECE webpage: https://tea.texas.gov/academics/early-childhood-education/data-driven-instruction-in-early-childhood-education


All About ERI Codes: October 26th 3:00-4:00 pm Register Here


In this office hours session, Natalie and Mary will present some information and answer your questions regarding ERI Codes. Specifically, we will address the following:

  • Using literacy assessment tool data and cut scores to determine how students qualify for receiving accelerated Instruction

  • Carefully combining cut scores with formative data to provide necessary interventions

  • Reviewing how EOY data will be used for summer submission, as data may change based on interventions

  • Gaining insight for the summer submission by combining results from the Dyslexia Screener and data from interventions to determine whether moving forward with a full dyslexia evaluation is warranted




DO YOU OR YOUR TEACHERS HAVE QUESTIONS ABOUT THE C.I.R.C.L.E., TXKEA, TPRI, OR TEJAS LEE ASSESSMENTS?
NOW IS A GREAT TIME TO ASK! CLI Engage is currently holding live webinars to answer questions about assessments and to provide assistance with login issues, setting up accounts for teachers, uploading your student data into the system, and more. They are offering these sessions through the end of November. Webinars are offered each Wed., Thurs., and Fri. from 8:00-11:00 or from 1:00-4:00. Click here to join the webinars!

UPDATED TEA LANGUAGE ON ASSESSMENT OF PK3'S AND PK4'S

The information below can also be located under the “requirements” section of our website: https://tea.texas.gov/academics/early-childhood-education/early-childhood-data-collection-requirements


Districts and open-enrollment charters, in the provision of high-quality, full day prekindergarten for 4-year-old students, must collect data regarding student progress in health and wellness, language and communication, emergent literacy reading, emergent literacy writing, and mathematics at both the beginning and end of the year by using one or more of the tools on the commissioner's list.


Progress monitoring is required in high-quality prekindergarten classrooms. If a student is served in a mixed classroom (PK3 with PK4), where progress monitoring is required, a teacher should implement progress monitoring that is developmentally appropriate for students and may adjust monitoring for 3-year-olds or exclude 3-year-old students if it is deemed developmentally inappropriate. Student progress monitoring is a very important part of the teaching cycle and is considered a best practice with all age groups. It enables a teacher to effectively adapt the daily classroom instruction to meet the needs of their students. Specific progress monitoring is not required for students served in a stand-alone PK3 classroom.


If a district conducts student progress monitoring with its eligible three-year-old students using a tool from the Commissioner’s List, the BOY and EOY data must be submitted into ECDS annually. This is true for both standalone PK3 classes and mixed PK3/PK4 classes.

ENGLISH LEARNERS SUPPORT DIVISION

English Learners Support Division – Contact: amy.johnson@tea.texas.gov

The state vendor (DRC) has now Mandarin initial language testing available for PK students

(new to Texas public schools and with a language other than English on the HLS). Each of the

ESC’s bilingual/ESL staff have the information on this and are coordinating with districts.

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OCTOBER IS DYSLEXIA AWARENESS MONTH!

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Have your First Grade Students been assessed with a Literacy Screener to check for struggling students? (This is a beginning of the year, general assessment- not the real Dyslexia Screening which should be completed before the end of January)



  • Do your teachers know the common signs of dyslexia?


  • Are your teachers aware of how they can assist students who have Dyslexia?


  • Did you know that Dyslexia can be spotted in Pre-School Students?


Good Dyslexia articles to read:


Dyslexia in Preschool: 4 Signs You Might See

Clues to Dyslexia in Early Childhood


Videos from Bright Solutions:


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