Act 91 Classroom Monitor Classroom Management Course
ARIN is excited to announce that our classroom management course for individuals seeking classroom monitor permits under Act 91 has been approved by PDE. Please click here to access the memo that was sent to superintendents on Thursday, February 3rd. The memo features access to the completely asynchronous training. If you need any additional support or have further questions, please contact Lauren Cunningham at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- The Future Ready Index will be updated with new state testing around March 1st. In regards to this, it was also shared that the average statewide participation data for testing was 71%, but individual school district participation data ranges from 20% to 80% across the commonwealth. It was stressed that this information is of course crucial to consider when looking at the big picture of these results. Districts will have a preview window of about 3 days before the updates are released to the public facing website.
- PREVIEW WINDOW EXTENDED through March 3rd. See this letter from Brian Campbell.
- Growth data updates to the index will be more delayed than achievement data. This information will not be released until late April or the beginning of May.
- The state will be releasing new school improvement designations in the fall of 2022. The designation criteria will be altered from it has been in the past. We will know around the beginning of April what that designation criteria will look like.
Reports from eMetric: disaggregated to include state average, IEP, and ED average populations.
WINTER Keystone Exams Release Dates
The winter 2021-2022 Keystone Exam results have the following items released:
March 2, 2022 - District Student Data Files Released
March 7, 2022 - Parent letters available on Data Interaction
March 22, 2022 – Data Interaction update
March 23, 2022 – District and School Summary Reports Available
April 11, 2022 – Individual Student Reports (ISR) delivered
From the Spring 2022 Assessment Newsletter
PIMS Staff Student Subtest
The Staff Student Subtest collection is used to create linkages between students, teachers, and state assessments – and provides the percentage of instructional responsibility. The Staff Student Subtest data goes from your LEA into PIMS and then onto SAS EVAAS for import into the PVAAS roster verification system. The deadline for this submission is March 9th at 12:00noon – although you can submit anytime before that date as well.
PVAAS Updates Continued: What's NEW or DIFFERENT with Roster Verification?
ACT 82 vs ACT 13 – Implications for PVAAS Roster Verification
Calculation of Teacher-Specific Achievement Measure (% Prof/Adv at teacher level)
- SAS EVAAS did not previously calculate this for LEAs under Act 82.
- SAS EVAAS will now calculate % Prof/Adv for LEAs.
LEAs can choose to use:
- this % Prof/Adv for the Teacher-Specific Achievement Measure, OR
- a local calculation of the % Prof/Adv for the Teacher-Specific Achievement Measure
Therefore, LEAs can choose to include grade 3 and PASA in their PIMS SSS collection and roster verification process; PVAAS teacher specific growth reporting would not be provided for Grade 3 or PASA.
Evaluation of Temporary Professional Employees (TPEs)
Under Act 13, TPEs are evaluated 2X per year, 100% using the Framework for Observation & Practice
Although PVAAS data is not included in the TPE’s evaluation, the LEA can have the TPE complete the PVAAS roster verification process and receive a PVAAS teacher specific growth reporting in the PVAAS reporting system
Revisiting Roster Verification Webinar
NEW Science Standards!
On January 13, 2022, the State Board of Education unanimously voted to approve the final-form amendments to Chapter 4 (Academic Standards and Assessments).
- The standards will take effect on July 1, 2025. This was changed from July 1, 2024, to maintain our commitment to a 3-year implementation window.
- The first year of mandated implementation of the revised standards will be school year 2025-26.
- The Biology Keystone and science PSSAs will be updated, and the new tests will be implemented in school year 2025-26.
- Two documents were approved:
Our Intended Plan to Begin Preparing Teachers for Full Science Standards Integration: STEM “Soft Launch” Topics:
3D Teaching and Learning
Phenomenon based learning
Lending Library customized sessions
PDE Act 158 Office Hours Winter 2022 (3PM to 4 PM)
March 2: Industry Credentials
March 9: Special Education
March 30: Technical Assistance Session for Tracking Tool
Additional Training OpportunitiesMarch 16th: Tracking Tool Webinar –9-10:30am
The 2022 Data Summit (March 21-23, 2022) will also offer multiple sessions on Act 158 topics. Any questions related to Act 158, the trainings, or resources may be directed to email@example.com
Bus Excavation Report
Released on 2/1/22.
Due for submission on 4/10/22.
Found under “Reports” - “Safe Schools” in the FRCPP.
Must be assigned to users with permissions by the LocalUserAdmin.
All information regarding this report can be found here.
School Improvement Plans
PDE released a document to help schools with meeting the requirements for their School Improvement Plans.
Click here to access the Federal Programs Compliance Requirements for 2022.
K-12 Guidance Plan (339) Phases
PDE has released the Master Phase List for K-12 Guidance (339) Plans for LEAs.
These plans are broken down into 5 phases for submission.
These phases are not aligned with Comp Plan/Special Ed Phases.
The master phase list, a how to guide and additional information can be found here.
Full Comprehensive Planning Presentation from February 2022
Your IU Supports from ARIN
Accelerated Learning Choice Board
Our curriculum department created this choice board of Accelerated Learning topics for you to use FREE in your schools if you'd like. Each topic consists of 2 hours of professional learning for teachers and/or principals.
*This choice board meets all Accelerated Learning topics
Asynchronous Winter and Spring Training
We are opening the winter window of asynchronous training from January 7th through April 30th.
Here are the available offerings currently open for registration:
The Achievement Mindset
- Google Basics Part 1 (can be completed separately from the full bootcamp)
- Google Basics Part 2 (can be completed separately from the full bootcamp)
- Google Classroom (can be completed separately from the full bootcamp)
*Accelerated Learning Categories: Equitable Practices, Class-Wide Supports, SEL
In Person at ARIN
Universal Design for Learning
This training will take a deeper dive into Universal Design for Learning, how to incorporate it into your classroom daily without burning yourself out, and creating a learning environment that impacts all learners.
- What is Universal Design for Learning?
- How can I implement Universal Design for Learning?
- Time to apply learning about Webb's Depth of Knowledge and Universal Design for Learning.
Training Date: Wednesday, April 6, 2022, from 8:30-3:30. Click here for more information!
Accelerated Learning Categories: Scaffolded Supports
From 1:1 to Wow!
Date: March 10, 2022
In this session, we will introduce how to use those chromebooks and laptops! Everyone has as a tool to engage students in collaboration and communication tools. We will used tools like Nearpod, Jamboard, StartSOLE, and others to get you and your students thinking differently about computer time.
StartSOLE (Self Organized Learning Environment)
Date: March 24, 2022
This half-day session will provide teachers the opportunity to use StartSOLE with their students in their classrooms. StartSOLE is a Self Organized Learning Environment (SOLE). It is a simple educational approach designed to promote inquiry and foster self-empowerment. This interactive and collaborative session will give teachers a new tool to engage students in their learning. Participants will need to bring a laptop or Chromebook that can access the Internet.
There is no cost to attend this session. Please have those who are interested register online at: https://www.solutionwhere.com/ww/arin/.
*Accelerated Learning Categories: Academics
Remake Learning Days
Remake Learning Days - SEEKING EVENT HOSTS
MAY 12-23, 2022
We're looking for hands-on and engaging events designed for kids of all ages. Anyone can be an event host - schools, public libraries, tech centers, museums, play spaces, community centers, non-profits, business and industry partners, and more.
SCHOOLS: (THINK: Title 1 Literacy Family Nights, PTO/PTA fun nights, STEAM Showcase or Science Fairs, etc.)
Interested but not sure where to begin?
Look Through: Brochure of Past Remake Learning Day Events
- Watch: 5-Minute Video Tour following families around Southwestern PA Remake Learning Day events
Remake Learning and the Career Ready PA Backpack Challenge
Information coming soon!
For more information, click here!
OpenEd Week 2022 - March 7-11
To learn more about this FREE, asynchronous opportunity go to: https://sites.google.com/iu08.org/exploring-open-ed/home.
These offerings are an alternative to LETRS training. We can also support your district with LETRS training.