KSD Special Services ~ Feb 2016

Pursuing Excellence Today for Tomorrow

Transition Fair 2016

Feb 12th PD

Location: KJH Computer Lab (Location change!)

Just a reminder the Special Services team is meeting on Friday, February 12th from 1:30-3:00 p.m.

1:30 p.m. - ECSE-12th Grade staff meeting

1:50 p.m. - Google data collection with Ashley Weaver (teachers and SLPs only - we will be looking for a separate meeting for contractual therapists)

KSD Special Programs Site Council

Site Council

We are in the process of developing a Site Council for the Special Programs department. An email will be going out to all families of children with special needs PreK-11th grade in the next week. This leadership group will represent our students with special needs and provide guidance and a parental/community perspective for programming and help develop the overall vision for our special programs department.

I want a variety of opportunities for our parents to serve, so we can include as many as possible. Volunteering for the Site Council, participants may select their level of involvement based on their availability. Options include:

  • Quarterly Site Council meetings (4 times per year)

  • Subcommittee meetings (2-3 times per year)

  • Periodic focus group meetings (1-2 times per year)

I will be looking for 2 staff members, 2 administrators, 3-5 parents, and 2 community members (including a Board of Education member) to serve on the Site Council. Please let me know if you are interested in serving.

Feel free to give me a call if you have any questions or ideas!


Standards Based Grading


We are going to slow down the process a bit for Standards-Based grading with our Lifeskills and Early Childhood programs. Rather than rolling this out with families for next school year, we will implement the report cards as pilots, so we can identify areas that are working, areas that need improvement, etc. In addition to staff feedback, the Site Council will be a great resource to us as we are preparing for implementation. The plan is to fully implement the report cards with families during the 2017-2018 school year.

Teachers in the LIfe Skills classrooms will still meet on February 25th from 11:30-3:00 to work on developing the pilot report card.

MAP Assessment Information

MAP-A Testing Window

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MAP-A Update

MAP-A Update

Missouri Assessment Program—Alternate

Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

Volume 4 issue 2, Week beginning February 8, 2016


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.

We are working on cleaning up our email list--please let us know if you wish to be added or deleted.

MAP Accommodations

  • Review Form D for students to be sure the accommodations can be implemented as written if using an older version of Form D. If any changes are needed, remember the IEP amendment process requires only the parent and the LEA representative to agree to the change so this might be a relatively quick and easy way to update a student’s IEP. Keep in mind that only accommodations used in the classroom on a regular basis should be used during state-wide assessments.

  • An updated Tools and Accommodations list has been posted on the Assessment webpage which provides clarification on the use of several accommodations and universal tools. Remember that students with IEPs have access to all of the universal tools just like any other student. Be sure to read the entire description for any universal tool or accommodation to be sure it what the student needs. Also be aware that some universal tools require a code be input into the system. Be sure to check with your District Test Coordinator (DTC) for the procedures for communicating Grade-level and End of Course accommodation required by IEP Form D-Part 2. It is vital to have access to the description and reporting codes for each of the designated supports, accommodations, or modifications to ensure each student is accurately provided what is required by the IEP. The following resources will provide clarification:

Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)

ESSA - Impact on Alternate Assessment

In general, ESSA returns the responsibility of holding schools accountable for helping all students succeed back to the state. One significant change affecting special education is that the ESSA has a 1% cap on the total number of students participating in the alternate assessment