NRES Staff Newsletter
Week of October 4th, 2015
Teachers in grades 3-5 you should have received an ALEKS email regarding establishing accounts. We have 56 accounts as a building. Divided evenly that's approximately 18 per grade level. Please take a look at your urgent intervention and intervention students first when considering placement followed by your advanced students. Please check with me about who'd you'd like to assign to accounts before doing so, so I can keep track of who we are targeting with this intervention. See me for questions.
The window for first period grades is open and you are able to begin entering grades and comments. The grading period ends on Thursday, October 15th. Grades will be due in PB by Tuesday, October 20th at 11:00 pm. Mr. Schmid will begin printing grade cards on Wednesday, October 21st very early with the goal of having grade cards in your mailbox by 7:30 am. If you find mistakes and need reprints please email John.
8th Grade Math Tutors Available
Free Storia eBooks available for fourth grade
Fourth grade teachers will have access to a special collection of 160 eBook titles through Scholastic’s Storia, courtesy of INFOhio. The 160 titles – 58 fiction and 102 nonfiction – were specially chosen to support Ohio’s fourth grade standards in English, math, social studies and science. A spreadsheet with the complete list of titles is available on the Storia information page at infohio.org/goto/storia.
Teachers who want to start using Storia can request access codes at infohio.org/goto/getstoria.
Ohio’s Kindergarten Through Grade 3 Learning and Development Standards
Ohio has created learning and development standards that address Approaches Toward Learning, Physical Well-Being, and Social and Emotional Development. These learning and development standards promote an understanding of the whole child and guide the instructional strategies that support all areas of learning. These standards are not tied to any assessments but are intended to be useful in determining how to support students in these early grades. The development of these standards represented a collaboration between state agencies including Ohio Department of Education, Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, Ohio Department of Health, Ohio Department of Mental Health, Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities, and the Governor’s Office. The state agencies worked with national experts and writing teams made up of Ohio-based content experts and stakeholders to craft these standards.
BLC Item: Copier Etiquette- A Friendly Reminder
- If you jam the copier, please unjam it
- Supervise your jobs on the copier. Programming a long job and walking away from the copier can result in the next person walking into a situation where they are dealing with a jam or other error. (See #1)
- Check to make sure you have all of your copies and originals.
- Clean up after yourself. If you leave something at the copier expect that it will be recycled or thrown away.
- Please only run large jobs on your plan period or after school. Running jobs while your students are on a bathroom break isn't great supervision for students at the bathroom and can tie up the machine for those on their plan period.
- Be generous in allowing people with only a few copies to proceed you in line if you have many copies to make.
Differentiation What It is and What It is Not
Performance Level Recommendations for Ohio’s State Tests
The State Board of Education approved the recommended performance level scores for Ohio’s State Tests. Cut scores and preliminary statewide results can be found here.
The scores were determined by the PARCC Governing Board for English language arts and mathematics and by the expert educator panels of Ohio teachers for science and social studies. The chart includes the approximate percentages of points needed to attain each level on the base online form of each test. The base online form is the version of the test that was used by the performance level setting panelists to make their recommendations on performance levels.
The percentages under each performance level show the initial results for Ohio students using the recommended performance level cuts. For mathematics and English language arts, PARCC identified four cut points to create five levels. PARCC uses different descriptions for each of its levels, but Ohio will use the performance level names specified in Ohio Revised Code. The data include results for the online tests only, which represent about 64 percent of tests administered in Ohio this spring. We expect the paper-pencil results to be comparable.
Because each PARCC state is releasing its own data, state comparison and consortium average results will not be available until later this year. District and building-level results for all four tests also will be released later this year.
Two anomalies in the data are the high results in the grade 10 tests for mathematics and English language arts. This is because only students in grade 9 and below were required to take the tests during the 2014-2015 school year. The higher results in geometry, integrated math II and English language arts II are likely due to the small population of accelerated students taking the tests. Biology, which typically is a 10th-grade course, was not given the spring of 2015 and the standards for biology were set based on the field test data from the spring of 2014.
The State Board of Education is being asked to accept the performance levels and to approve benchmarks for performance indicators on the school and district report cards. The full State Board of Education is scheduled to vote on those proposals Tuesday.
Ohio is maintaining the same performance levels as were determined by the PARCC Governing Board for English language arts and mathematics. The only difference between Ohio and PARCC is the descriptors used for the five levels of performance. Ohio’s performance level descriptors are specified in Ohio law (3301.0710) as Advanced, Accelerated, Proficient, Basic and Limited. The table in the upper righthand corner shows the corresponding labels for PARCC.
Update on State's Schedule for Test Results
As you know, Ohio is switching this school year from PARCC (Pearson) math and English language arts tests to Ohio-specific tests developed by Ohio educators with the American Institutes for Research. However, Ohio will still be receiving student tests results from last year’s Pearson tests along with Ohio’s science and social studies assessments.
On Sept. 15, the State Board of Education approved performance-level cut score recommendations and projected state-level results for Ohio’s State Tests in math and English language arts (from Pearson) and science and social studies (from AIR).
The board took this action in accordance with state law requiring approval as part of the transition to new assessments. However, neither Pearson nor AIR is releasing district or building-level results for these tests. The test vendors will make this information available later this fall. See a projected schedule below.
Both AIR and Pearson have worked with educators, content experts and psychometricians to recommend the most appropriate performance levels for the 2014-2015 state tests. Both vendors assembled panels to review actual test questions, and these panels included Ohio educators and experts. After reviewing the test questions, the AIR and Pearson panels recommended scores based on what students should know or be able to do at each performance level. Vendors then compiled the information and determined how many students reached each performance level. This is the information department staff will share with the State Board next week.
After State Board approval, the test vendors will apply these performance levels to the raw test scores of Ohio students to produce district and building results, along with parent reports.
Please note that the data the State Board will be reviewing will include only the results for online tests. Ohio schools administered about 64 percent of Ohio’s 2014-2015 state tests online. A sampling of results from paper-based tests shows that performance should not vary greatly from the online versions.
WHAT THE RESULTS CAN TELL US
These preliminary state test results are the first that are based on tests that fully measure student performance under Ohio’s Learning Standards, which aim to ensure that students in every tested grade are on track to succeed in college and careers. Consequently, while the percentage of students scoring proficient or higher may be lower than the rates on Ohio’s previous tests, this does not mean that the performance of our students or schools has declined. Instead, Ohio’s Learning Standards have raised expectations of the knowledge and skills students should acquire in each grade to be truly college and career ready.
While no single test can give a complete picture of achievement, Ohio’s year-end tests, combined with student grades and teacher reports, give us important information about student progress that can improve our future instructional strategies and testing.
WHAT TO EXPECT IN THE FUTURE
Ohio will receive results for the current year’s state tests sooner than it has received last year’s results. As part of Ohio’s transition away from PARCC math and English language arts tests, Ohio lawmakers have established new deadlines for when vendors must provide test results to districts and buildings. The vendor for all of Ohio’s 2015-2016 tests, AIR, will return tests results by June 30.
Ohio educators will be setting the performance levels for the new AIR mathematics and English language arts tests that are to be given this December. The State Board will review and conditionally approve these proposed performance levels in January 2016 and is expected to give final approval in spring 2016.
SPRING 2015 TEST RESULTS PROJECTED DELIVERY SCHEDULE
Oct. 5 – Districts receive an electronic data file with individual student results for high schoolPARCC math and English language arts tests.
Oct. 12 – Districts receive an electronic data file with individual student results for AIR science and social studies tests.
Oct. 26 – Districts receive an electronic data file with individual students’ scores for grades 3-8math and English language arts tests.
Early November – District summary reports available.
Nov. 2‒6 – AIR Parent Score Reports for science and social studies arrive at districts for distribution.
Nov. 3‒20 – PARCC Parent Score Reports for high school students arrive at district offices for distribution.
Nov. 30‒Jan. 9 – Parent Score Reports for grades 3-8 math and grades 4-8 for English language arts tests arrive at district offices for distribution.
This Week's Marshall Memo
This week's quotes and articles come from The Education Gadfly, The Atlantic, AMLE Magazine, Principal Leadership, BuzzFeed, American School Board Journal, Time Magazine, Peabody Journal of Education, and Teaching Children Mathematics. The headlines:
- What kind of smarts should schools be developing?
- How serious are we about civic education?
- Handling confrontations with particularly challenging students
- Addressing various parent concerns
- Twelve big ideas in science
- Keys to increasing classroom rigor
- Embarrassment, guilt, humiliation, and shame
- Insights from Germany on assessing teachers' professional competence
- Finding numbers in the real world
Things to do:
- Send Conference Schedules to Rob
- Email Tim at the board office if you'd like to sign up for a flu shot.
10 Day Forecast
Monday, October 5
- Pledge-J. Roberts
- HIB Training-Mann, 9:45 a.m.
- 504 Meeting-4th Grade, 2:10 p.m.
- IEP Meeting-Toth, 4:00 p.m.
- Kindergarten Meeting w/ Doc, 2:20 p.m.
Wednesday, October 7
- Elementary Staff Meeting, 2:30 p.m.
Thursday, October 8
- Fire Prevention Day
- Fire Prevention Assembly K/1 in gym, 8:15 a.m.
- Fire Prevention Class Visit-Blaker, 8:15 a.m.
- Fire Prevention Class Visit-Curtin, 8:30 a.m.
- Fire Prevention Class Visit-Doogs, 8:45 a.m.
- Fire Drill, 9:15 a.m.
- Lockdown Drill, 1:45 p.m.
Friday, October 9
- Kindergarten Field Trip to Maize and Berries
Monday, October 12
- Columbus Day
- 2nd Grade Team Meeting, 10:00 a.m.
- 5th Grade Team Meeting, 2:20 p.m.
Tuesday, October 13
- NEAT Meeting-Rob Out, 9:30 a.m.
- 4th Grade Team Meeting, 10:40 a.m.
- Kindergarten Team Meeting, 1:05 p.m.
Wednesday, October 14
- 1st Grade Team Meeting, 12:30 p.m.
Thursday, October 15
- Board of Education Meeting @ NR, 6:00 p.m.
- End of 1st Grading Period
- 1st & 2nd Grades-Keep Clark County Clean Assembly, 8:30 a.m.
Friday, October 16
- District Professional Development Day-No School for Students