CIA Educator Update

September 2015

Wayne Learns 2015 Highlighted Presenters

  • Carl Anderson - author of several books on writing instruction, conferring with writers, and assessment in the writer’s workshop including How’s It Going? and Assessing Writers. Offering 2 long sessions on using mentor texts to support writing instruction and conferring with writers.
  • Dr. Renee Azziz - Do you see what I see? Changing Our Lenses: Making The Invisible Visible. Audience would be anyone who want to engage in experiential learning activities about unconscious bias. Indiana U
  • Roy Dobbs, Young Men of Purpose - Thinking about beginning a mentoring program or strengthening an existing one? This is a great introductory session! Young Men of Purpose
  • Dr. Banks, Reaching Every Student: Strategies to Develop Cultural Responsiveness - energizing session for all!
  • Joy Edwards - Mrs. Edwards is back to address equity issues from a different perspective...gender equity. Come learn how analyzing situations from an equity lens is always critical to success.
Wayne Learns 2015

A NEW Link for Conference Registration

Education Foundation Celebrations!

Congratulations to the many Wayne Educators who were awarded foundation grants in the 2014-2015 school year! We look forward to more innovative and inspiring ideas for educating our Wayne students in 2015-2016! #WeAreWayne

INTESOL Conference November 14, 2015

Indiana Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages conference is fast approaching. If you are interested in attending this conference and learning more about English Learners, please email Dr. Denita Harris to share your interest.

Those interested can also visit for more detailed information.

College Go!

FACT: Federal statistics indicate that 40% of admitted and enrolled students take at least one remedial course, reducing dramatically their probability of graduating and costing up to an estimated $1 billion per year. While the precise number of students requiring remediation is difficult to ascertain, we acknowledge it is an issue nonetheless throughout the country!

  • REALITY: National statistics indicate that only one in three will enroll in college, and only one in seven will earn a bachelor’s degree (Bedsworth, Colby, & Doctor, 2006; Conley, 2005).

FACT: Federal statistics indicate that 40% of admitted and enrolled students take at least one remedial course, reducing dramatically their probability of graduating and costing up to an estimated $1 billion per year. While the precise number of students requiring remediation is difficult to ascertain, we acknowledge it is an issue nonetheless throughout the country!

  • REALITY: National statistics indicate that only one in three will enroll in college, and only one in seven will earn a bachelor’s degree (Bedsworth, Colby, & Doctor, 2006; Conley, 2005).

Great Articles on Behavior

What If Everything You Knew About Disciplining a Child is Wrong? This article was in the Squire Wire shared with her from one of her amazing teachers and such a great reminder about how our students in Wayne really require the Wayne Habits of Success.

The “Kids Do Well, If They Can” article shares information about how kids with social, emotional, and behavioral challenges lack important thinking skills and strategies for addressing those.

Educational Leadership, the October volume has an article by Minahan and Baker called The Skill-Building Lens which asks us to shift our conversation when it comes to disruptive students.

Assessment Updates

ACCESS 2.0 Information

WIDA ACCESS 2.0 will be administered to our English Language Learners from January 11 through February 27.

  • The IDOE has stated that they will NOT extend the testing window.
  • Kindergarten Students: Paper/Pencil One on One assessment
  • Grades 1-5 Students: Online testing for listening for reading, speaking and writing (writing: read the prompt on the computer and write out response)
  • Grades 6-12 Students: Online testing for listening, reading, speaking, writing
  • The online assessment is an adaptive assessment.
  • The assessment must be given in order to determine the correct tier. The listening and reading assessments will determine the tier for speaking and writing.
  • A small group of students can take the speaking portion of the assessment in the same room; however, WIDA recommends at least 6 feet between students.
  • For special education EL students: If their state accountability is online, they should also take the ACCESS assessment online.

Accuplacer Updates

Testing window is divided into two parts

  • Part 1 October 2 through November 25
  • Part 2 February 15 through April 1

Part 1 Participation Criteria

  • Schools should plan to administer the assessment to juniors who meet the State Board adopted criteria during Part 1.
  • In preparation for the ACCUPLACER Part 1 test administration, the attached graphic has been designed to assist school in determining Grade 11 student participation.

Accuplacer Accommodations:

  • Reading section cannot be read aloud
  • Math section can be read aloud for those with an accommodation.
  • Since Accuplacer is an adaptive test student taking it online will not be seeing the same questions making it impossible to read aloud to a group.
  • In order to provide the read aloud accommodation for online math, we plan to have staff available to read over the shoulder for those that request a question to be read aloud.

Acuity Readiness Updates

After working with Acuity regarding “extra” problems showing on the reading and math assessments as well as “randomized” problems on the math assessment, we were informed that both of these issues are due to pilot questions in the assessments (for future use). Acuity stated that there will be 3-4 pilot questions per assessment but we have already seen 4-8 extra questions appear.

These extra questions will not impact a child’s overall score. Thanks for making adjustments to your testing times to allow for additional questions. Each student may see these questions at a different time throughout the assessment so you cannot plan to skip the last several (these may not be pilot questions for all students).

We are continuing to work with our technology department to utilize Google Read & Write for providing the read aloud accommodation. Until we are able to find a solution for Google Read & Write, we will continue to float and provide the read aloud accommodations for the math assessment (since all students will not see the same question at the same time).

Acuity Performance Tasks

As part of our formative assessment grant, Acuity offers performance tasks with each testing window. We have elected to use these tasks as an optional instructional tool in the classroom. The tasks cannot be assigned within the Acuity program but teachers can use the PDF’s for extra practice with students. A test map of standards as well as an answer key/rubric is also available for each set of tasks. Acuity A Performance Tasks

ISTEP+ Grades 3-10 IDOE Assessment Committee

Last spring the DOE requested volunteers from throughout the state to participate in reviewing ISTEP+ questions for inclusion on our 2016 assessments. We are excited to have so many of our Wayne staff who were chosen to participate! Wayne Staff: Sarah Archer (SFE), Melanie Potter (CHC), Melissa Bullerman (LHC), Cindy Cottrell (LHC), Tom Arthur (BDHS), Nicole Caulfield (staff developer), John Ulbright (Ed Specialists), Trevor Ewing (SFE), and Sandy Plyley! What great representation of the many Wayne Staff who applied!

ACT and SAT Changes Ahead!

The new SAT, scheduled to roll out in March 2016, will “focus on vocabulary that students are likely to use again in college and career,” according to an article published this week in Forbes Magazine. No more words like “prevaricator” and “sagacious!” The test will be more aligned to the lessons teens learn in high school, writes Jim Montoya, a vice president of the College Board. In addition, students will no longer be penalized for guessing.

The College Board, which oversees the SAT, partnered with Khan Academy to release practice materials for the new test. Students can download a rull, full-length SAT practice test, and get even more practice using the interactive questions.

Changes are also ahead for the ACT. Starting this fall, students who take the essay portion of the exam will be asked “to evaluate multiple perspectives on a complex issue and to generate an argument based on reasoning,” according to the test website. Previously, the ACT’s writing test was considered an “exercise in classic persuasion.” The new test seeks to measure the writing skills that students will need in college and in the workplace, according to ACT.

Preparing for the NEW PSAT

College Board Powerpoint:

  • What Is the New PSAT/NMSQT?
  • Skills Tested on the New PSAT/NMSQT
  • How to Prepare for the New PSAT/NMSQT
  • Sample New PSAT/NMSQT Questions
  • Resources

What’s Changing?

  • Total testing length: 2 hours 45 minutes
  • Personalized SAT® practice through Khan Academy ® with your own PSAT/NMQST scores
  • No penalty for guessing or blank responses also known as “rights-only scoring”
  • Scale ranges for the scores are 320 – 1520 for the total score

IREAD3 Letter for Parent/Teacher Conferences

Latest IDOE Updates

A-F Grade Process and Timeline IDOE Memo

  • This memo has important dates and information regarding the release of ECA and ISTEP+ results.

ISTEP+ 2015 Results

ISTEP+ 2016

  • Early estimate of testing times and testing modes IDOE Memo

ISTEP+ Test Administration Memo

  • This memo includes early estimates of total testing time by subject for ISTEP+ both part 1 and part 2

ISTEP+ Test Administration Comparison Memo

  • This memo compares the length of testing time 2016, 2015, and 2014. Interestingly enough there is a decrease in length of test administration for all areas but science and social studies. (Note the chart moves from left to right 2016, 2015, 2014).

Wayne Disability Alliance

Monday, Nov. 2nd, 6pm

1155 South High School Road

Indianapolis, IN

WE NEED YOUR HELP! Sign up to volunteer and please share this and invite families to attend.

What: Families, community members and educators working together to increase positive outcomes for individuals with disabilities. (Dinner, GIANTS ZONE, Spanish Interpretation)

When: November 2nd 6:00-8:00

Where: BDU Cafeteria/WTP Multi-Purpose Room


6:00-6:30 Dinner

6:30-7:30 Speaker from ASK: Life with Stress, Balance and a Plan

7:30-8:00 Networking

Wayne Habits of Success

We wrapped up our September lessons thanks to the hard work of our pilot team!

Hispanic Heritage Month

Hispanic Heritage Month runs from September 15 - October 15. This year’s theme is “Honoring our Heritage. Building our Future.” Need an idea for your classroom? Check out this information link.

Indiana Statehood Celebration

On December 11, 1816, Indiana was admitted as the 19th state to join the Union. On Friday, December 11th, 2015, downtown Indianapolis will come alive with many opportunities for your 4th grade groups to celebrate Indiana’s 199th birthday. Flyer

The Indiana State House Tour Office in conjunction with the Indiana Center for the Book and the Indiana State Library is hosting an essay competition to commemorate Indiana Statehood Day 2015, a celebration of Indiana's 199th birthday and the kick-off celebration for our 200th birthday! This year's theme is Hoosier Bicentennial Celebrations! Winners of the Hoosier Bicentennial Celebration essay contest will be honored at the Statehood Day Celebration at one of four participating locations on Friday, December 11, 2015.

PBS Friday Zone

Friday Zone is a weekly program on Indiana PBS stations that uses hands-on demonstrations to teach children in grades K-2 principles drawn from state educational standards. PBS Friday Zone

HOSTS Updates

We’re sharing this 2015-2016 HOSTS Cancellation Procedures document with all of our mentors this week.

  • Please note that we will make a district decision about cancelling HOSTS due to state assessment schedules.
  • As in past years, we WILL NOT be cancelling HOSTS for Acuity. Because we value our mentors’ time, we will not be sending 1st or 4th grade students to HOSTS to sub for our 2nd and 3rd grade students.
  • Thank you for working your Acuity schedule around HOSTS.
  • Thanks for working to be sure our HOSTS tutor schedule is not interrupted.

myON Update

  • All classroom teachers and students that were enrolled prior to Aug. 31 should now be enrolled in the system. K-6 classroom teachers should see their students connected to their class list.
  • New students (enrolled after Aug. 31) will be added to the system by Alyson McLaughlin. Teachers should send an email to Alyson that includes the student’s first and last name, grade level, and teacher. Please let Aly know if the student is new to the district or has moved from another Wayne school.
  • All other certified staff (Title I, EL, Sped) can create groups and add students into their groups. This document shows how to create groups. Creating a Group
  • Teachers can share login information with parents so students can login at home too. Two different sample letters are attached. Teachers will need to complete the school and username information for each student. English myON letter Spanish English Parent myON Letter Spanish Parent myON Letter
  • Students’ usernames are their standard district logins. Teachers can download students’ usernames from the myON system by clicking the Classroom tab - Students icon - Download in the teacher’s class box.

Pebble Go Update

Our district PebbleGo accounts have been activated! PebbleGo is a database for students in grade K-2 that includes articles, videos, and information about Animals, Biographies, Science, and Social Studies. All users in a school will login with the same username and password. Anne will share the school-specific usernames and passwords to each All Staff email list. Please share the usernames and passwords with students, families, and teachers in your school only. The following Parent Letter could be used to communicate information about PebbleGo with parents of students in grades K-2. Please note that the username and password would need to be added before sending it home!

  • PebbleGo Parent letter: As an added bonus, we were able to get access to PebbleGo Next. This database includes information about states and Native Americans, and will be helpful to our 4th and 5th grade teachers and students for research. Schools may also choose to send home the following PebbleGo Next Parent letter for students in grades 4 and 5.
  • PebbleGo Next Parent Letter: We will have access to PebbleGo for the next 3 years, through September 2018. Please contact Anne with any questions.

Core Data Base Reminders

  • Please DO NOT change the file names or make copies of the files . When we export the data from the database, it creates errors when there have been filename changes.
  • If there are 1-2 students missing from your roster, you can add them at the bottom of the list (using the student's official full name, please). Please find the student number that is in the same format as the ones included on the spreadsheet, and carefully add that ID number. If you want help with this, please contact Thelma Webb.
  • If there are students listed who are not currently in your class, you can backspace within the cell to erase the name. Please don't delete cells or rows.
  • If students leave your class in the middle of the year, please just leave their BOY data in the spreadsheet and the other fields in that row blank. Please don't delete them from your spreadsheet.
  • If there are issues or problems with your class roster, beyond those listed above, please contact Thelma Webb. If there are issues with the spreadsheet, please contact Anne Olson.

Technology Corner

Google Read and Write

Get up to speed with Google Read and Write with the support of your iTEC teachers! They have been trained and are ready to jump in to help! Installing Google Read and Write information: Link

Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment Team

Curriculum Coordinators

Dr. Anne Olson: Elementary, ELA

Dr. Denita Harris: Middle School, AVID, Equity, LAP

Ms. Sandy Plyley: High School, Math, Assessment System

Special Education

Dr. Tara Rinehart: Director of Special Education

Mrs. Jill Lambert: Assistant Director for PreSchool and Secondary Schools

Mrs. Jennifer Garrett: Assistant Director for Elementary

Director of College and Career Readiness

Ms. Wendy Skibinski

eLearning Coordinator

Dana Lile: Tech Department but a valuable resource for us

Assistant Superintendent of Academics

Judy Stegemann

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