The official newsletter for SD-STARS - December 2020
English learner projected targets
How one Sioux Falls educator's question led to new EL report
“What if we could look at current EL population and see right away when their first ACCESS test was and its score, how many years are expected to the projected exit date, and other information that is included in the report card?”
Nicole Hansen, who works for the Sioux Falls School District, asked the SD-STARS team this question in January 2019. Read more...
New items in the Content Library
The SD-STARS team updated the Content Library with the following articles, documents, and guides to help educators. Users may find these articles by using the search box at the top of each page in SD-STARS or by selecting the Content Library menu.
- Continuous Improvement in Education: A Toolkit
- Parent and Family Digital Learning Guide
- Accountability: 2020 Equity Report Calculation Guide
- FERPA and COVID-19
- FERPA and Virtual Learning Related Resources
Coming Soon: A new look for SD-STARS
SD-STARS is getting a new look! In late December, SD-STARS users will notice some changes that are the result of an update to our portal software called Blender. Read more...
Data loads and updates
Recent data loads and updates include:
- Data Load: Dual Credit
- Data Load: ACT
- Report Update: Subgroup Longitudinal Performance
- Report Update: Student FAY List – Projected
- Updated Resource: Data Sources and Reports
COVID-19 privacy, hacking threats
Training series recap, invitation
Users explore reports in ongoing SD-STARS training series
The SD-STARS team began a webinar training series in October. Following is a recap of the first two sessions in the series and a sneak peek at the third session, which will be offered in February 2021.
Tuesday, Feb. 23, 1:30-2:30 p.m., CT: Finding trends & making observations
Upcoming SD-STARS webinars
Learning opportunities for SAMs, EL, and SPED
The SD-STARS team will provide the following online trainings in the coming months.
Thursday, Jan. 14, 10:30-11:30 a.m., CT
SAM webinar to introduce new Admin menu
Thursday, Jan. 28, 2:00-3:00 p.m., CT
SD-STARS/EL joint webinar
Tuesday, Mar. 23, 1:30-2:30 p.m., CT
New feature: Special education community
STARS Certified Trainers
South Dakota STARS Connections is a bi-monthly publication for South Dakota administrators and teachers, produced by the South Dakota Department of Education. This publication is intended to communicate news and events regarding the South Dakota Student Teacher Accountability and Reporting System (SD-STARS), our Statewide Longitudinal Data System. To view an online edition of this newsletter, go to doe.sd.gov/publications.aspx.
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