May 18th READ News

Resources and Supports for Educators

In this Edition you will find:

  • Celebrations and Thank You!!
  • READ Plan Updates
  • Information on Finalizing READ Plans
  • Ending RtI Interventions in Enrich
  • State Reporting Deadlines
  • 2015-16 Assessment Plan Information (No new information this week)

Celebrations

This was a great learning year for the READ Team, Teaching Partners, and School Leaders! We know there were countless hours spent planning for and supporting educators with READ Act implementation. We thank each and every teacher, Teaching Partner and School Leader who took on the learning and was able to provide the support needed. We know it was very challenging at times and we appreciate your questions, feedback, and promptness in addressing the needs of students on READ plans so they can accelerate their learning every day!

District Update-32 plans still need to be created because the students still qualify for a READ Plan.

Continue READ Plan-Student still qualifies

  • For the plans that need to be created, the teacher entered this outcome, but they haven't gone back to the programs tab and created the plan.
  • A copy of the plan is there when they check the box to keep a copy.
  • Teachers need to add the appropriate dates and confirm the goals and progress monitoring.
  • They can add any parent communication notes and information, then FINALIZE the plan.
  • To access a report for your school: READ-Pending Items Report (This reports shows students who have had a plan ended, but no new draft started)

We recommend asking teachers to finalize ALL plans and add parent communication information as a comment

Reminder to Finalize all READ Plans- 74 Plans Still Need to be Finalized

  • There are many READ Plans district-wide that are still in draft status.
  • Plans are not considered ACTIVE until they are finalized and teachers won't be able to progress monitor until plans are finalized.
  • To access the report for your school READ Open Draft by Team Leader (This report shows plans that have been started, but not completed)
  • After you log-into Enrich, it will take you to the report page
  • If you have any questions about these reports or about specific Enrich questions, please contact Kim Patten

Ending RtI Interventions in Enrich


  • We will no longer close out RtI plans at the end of the school year. READ Plans and AGATE Plans stay open all year, so we are keeping RtI intervention plans open as well.
  • At the end of the year, all teachers will need to update current intervention plans in Enrich with data and comments to help next year's teacher understand what interventions were in place as well as the effectiveness of the intervention (s). This will help teacher's plan for precise intervention support soon after the beginning of the 2015-16 school year.
  • This will also give schools the opportunity to batch print all open plans at the beginning of the school year in order to better prepare teachers and support students.
  • If you have any questions, please ask for support from your MTSS Partner.
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State Reporting: Data Entry Deadlines

Reminder that May 8th was the deadline for all teachers to enter data into Enrich on ALL students K-5.

K-3: Enter a DRA-2 level

4th Grade: Students on a READ Plan-enter a DRA-2 level, for all others-enter either DRA-2 or BAS level.

5th Grade: Enter DRA-2 level or BAS level.

(Please consult the Key Assessment Chart dated 9/15/2014 for specific details on all assessment requirements).

  • DRA-2 must be administered for ALL students K-3 and students in 4th grade who have a READ Plan. There is not an option this year to administer BAS in lieu of DRA-2 and correlate the DRA-2 score to report.
  • Please support teachers who may need to review DRA-2 administration and scoring guidelines.

As of 5/18/2015 we are missing 143 literacy assessment scores for all schools (with the exception of Vista Peak and our Charter Schools). Please enter your DRA-2 (for all students grades K-3 and Grade 4 students on READ plans) or BAS scores as soon as possible.


IF your school has an alternative calendar and you have questions about the deadline date, please contact Kim Patten.

UPDATES on the 2015-16 Assessment Plan (nothing new added for May 18th)

The Key Assessment Chart will be complete by the end of June. We are waiting on deadlines and testing window guidelines from the state in regards to the READ Act.

  1. Beginning FALL 2015, we will no longer use DRA-2 as our assessment screener. The state is removing it from their approved list of assessments.
  2. We will be using PALS as both our screener and our diagnostic assessment tool.
  3. The BAS (Benchmark Assessment System) will be used to progress monitor reading level growth.
  4. All students in grades 1-3 need to be assessed using PALS within the first part of the school year according to state guidelines. They will have to take the required assessments as determined by PALS to get a summed score.
  5. The state is in the process of making some changes to the READ Act legislation, including the time-frames for testing and confirming if a student has a Significant Reading Deficiency.
  6. One possible change involves the state reporting requirements. If it is approved, students who score at benchmark/proficiency level on the initial PALS screener will not need the assessment again at the end of the year. This would cut down some unnecessary assessments for students who are proficient. We will communicate when we receive final approval from the state.
  7. We will continue to provide you updates as soon as we have additional information.

District READ Act Team

A Division of Equity in Learning partnership:
  • Elementary Literacy
  • Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS)
  • Accountability & Research
  • Exceptional Student Services
  • English Language Acquisition


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