LASE Update 2/9/2016

NEWS AND HIGHLIGHTS!

CASE Hybrid conference is coming up this Thursday and Friday. Thank you to Springfield Schools, Rethink, and SpedTrack for sponsoring the conference and providing lunch! Those who registered for the conference should have received an email today from the wonderful Tanya Rapert with all the details of the conference.


Our next regular LASE meeting will be March 4th so 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.


Some more exciting news! Meredith Morris, Director at Republic has been able to secure Ernie Trakas, Attorney from Mickes Goldman O'Toole LLC for our May LASE meeting. Ernie has graciously offered to present a couple of hours (for free!) about SpEd or 504. Give your input on any hot topic legal items you might want to hear more about by clicking on the following link!


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 please email any details to esmith@wolves.k12.mo.us. We will celebrate those retiring with a yummy treat at our May meeting.

FEBRUARY 2016 COMPLIANCE TO-DO LIST AND MYTH OF THE MONTH

The Compliance To-Do List for February 2016 is now posted on the DESE website along with the Myth of the Month.


TO-DO & MYTH OF THE MONTH FOR FEBRUARY

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.

DESE MAP-A UPDATE

Volume 4 issue 2, Week beginning February 8, 2016


MAP-A Test Windows 2015-2016

  • Winter Operational Window (ELAand MA) - Opens 1/1/16 - Closes 3/1/16
  • Spring Operational Window (ELA, MA, and SCI) - Opens 4/4/16 - Closes 5/27/16


News:

DLM has dedicated a new (toll-free) Service Desk phone number just for Missouri: 844-675-4479. For quicker, more accurate assistance, please call this number to ask MAP-A technical questions.


A new version of the training, Using the Instructional Tools Interface for Instructionally Embedded Assessment is posted at this link… http://dynamiclearningmaps.org/sites/default/files/documents/Training/ITI_video_slides_and_transcript.pdf


Nine science Essential Elements will be tested in the spring. Teachers will not have to select EE's—the system will generate the testlets automatically. However, to prepare students, please review the Blueprint on science. See this link: http://dynamiclearningmaps.org/sites/default/files/DLM%20Science%202014%E2%80%9316%20Phase%20I%20Blueprint.pdf


To see practice testlets for science to prepare for the first administration of the MAP-A science assessment, look at the “demo.lisa” series that showcases the science testlets with a variety of PNP features demonstrated. Here is the path: www.dynamiclearningmaps.org, assessment, operation testing, Missouri, science testing page, Guide to Practice Activities and Released Testlets for Science, then see the table on page 4.


A video is available called, “Science Alternate Assessment Training” at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qCt7qGYaEmk&feature=youtu.be.


If your district did not participate in the fall science field test, PLEASE NOTE: students in grades 5, 8 and 11 need be rostered for the Spring administration. Details: Students may be enrolled and rostered any time the window is open. If assistance is needed with these, or other technical actions, please contact the Dynamic Learning Maps Service Desk at DLM-support@ku.edu or 844-675-4479.


Caryn Giarratano, Ph.D.| Assistant Director Assessment| Office of College and Career Readiness

Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education|573-751-6731|dese.mo.gov

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