KPBSD’s Comprehensive System of Assessment aligns well with State and Federal requirements

The path below goes to the district’s shared drive and contains 38 slides that attempt to explain the System of Assessment used within KPBSD. Many of the assessments identified are either state or federal requirements. All slides except #36 have an audio component that provides additional information.

Computer>KPBSD Shared (S:)>Districtwied Staff Shared>Assessment 2014>Comprehensive Assessment System.

Please address questions to Tim Vlasak

Second Quarter Common Quarterly Writing Assessment – Informative/Explanatory

Below you will find a link to Rubrics, Common Prompts and Directions for the Common Quarterly Writing Assessment for Quarter 2 – Informative/Explanatory.

The ELA Committee continues to refine and revise our Quarterly Writing Assessments.  Please be sure to read the directions, rubrics, and prompts before you administer the assessment.

ELA Common Writing Assessment Committee Members


The Common Quarterly Benchmark Writing Calibration online course is available! This course offers teachers the opportunity to calibrate and score common quarterly assessment student writing samples with the district standards-referenced rubrics.

How to participate in the course:


2. Find Common Quarterly Benchmark Writing Calibration (click to add to cart and check out)

3. LAUNCH the course from your current class list

4. After reading the Overview page, SELECT YOUR GRADE LEVEL and you may participate in all the grade levels if you wish.

In addition…

Melissa is offering three Lync sessions to familiarize teachers with the online course.  Mark your calendars for one of the dates below!

December 15 @ 3:45 – Join Lync Meeting  Join by phone 1 (907) 714-8965

December 18 @ 3:45 – Join Lync Meeting Join by phone  1 (907) 714-8965

December 19 @ 8:00 – Join Lync Meeting      Join by Phone 1 (907) 714-8965


As always, feel free to contact Melissa Linton  with any questions.













Blended & Online Learning

KPBSD sent 17 educators to the International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL) Symposium in California.  Through the Digital Learning Initiative Grant that the KPBSD received we were able to send a team of district teachers and administrators to learn about “Blended Learning.”  This conference focuses on showcasing districts, schools, and classroom teachers who are using new learning models considered blended learning.  The intent is to “level the playing field for students through the creation of new learning models, and to ensure that students everywhere have access to a world-class education that prepares them for a lifetime of success, no matter their geographic location or economic situation.” -iNACOL


What is Blended learning?  Blended learning is any time a student learns at least in part at a supervised brick-and-mortar location away from home and at least in part through online delivery with some element of student control over time, place, path, and/or pace; often used synonymously with

Hybrid Learning. (Horn and Staker, 2011)


KPBSD hopes that this 3 year Digital Learning grant will help us to build the capacity of our teachers to learn how to and begin to apply blended learning strategies throughout our district’s 43 schools. Over the next three years the grant will help fund professional development and learning opportunities for three cohorts of 15 teachers per year. The teacher cohorts will learn how to implement blended learning/teaching strategies within their classrooms and to share what they have learned with colleagues in their schools so that blended learning can be implemented in more and more classrooms.


Blended learning is all about personalizing the learning experience for each student focusing their individual learning at a time, place, path, and pace that meets their unique learning needs.  By using digital learning tools  within the classroom setting, teachers are able to leverage these tools and skills to provide higher quality immediate feedback to their students about their learning and growth.  Some teachers in our district already employ blended learning strategies in their classrooms and we hope more and more of our classrooms will become blended in the near future.

2014 Informative/Explanatory Standard-Referenced Rubrics

Attached are links to Standard-Referenced Rubrics for Explanatory/Narrative Writing.
The ELA Committee continues to revise these rubrics so feedback is appreciated and welcome. Our intent is to align our District Quarterly Benchmark Writing Assessments with Alaska State Standards. Common prompts will be available in late November.

The rubrics are meant to not only be used for assessment, but also instruction.

Note: The Rubrics for grades 8 and 11/12 will be ready at the end of the week and will be distributed as soon as possible.

2014 Informative/Explanatory Rubrics




Secondary Education & Student Activities Sept. Info.

This information was shared with Principals at the Sept. 24, 2014 Administrator Meeting:

  • As of September 23rd the District Distance Learning Program has a total of 914 Semester class enrolments. This is our highest ever and if second semester enrollments follow the same trend we are on track to our highest enrollment year ever.
  • The Blended Learning Initiative Cohort for Year one of the grant has been selected.  We have a total of fifteen (15) teachers who are involved representing  upper elementary, middle school, and high school levels from across multiple content areas.  Two of the teachers are from our partner districts (Cordova and Bristol Bay).
  • Schools with 5th and 10th Graders in attendance will all be administering the Gallop Student Poll/survey as a means of establishing benchmark data for our KPBSD Key Performance Indicators on Emotional Well Being.  Tiffany Eck the Secondary Education Administrative Assistant is working with coordinators of the Gallop poll from each school.  Questions contact Tiffany.
  • CTE Department announcement:  Dan Bohrnsen our district’s CTE/WDC Coordinator is retiring at end of the 2014-2015 school year.  We will be working on a transition plan very soon.
  • High Schools should be focusing  on working with Juniors to make a decision on which College, Career Ready Assessment they will take and have the State of Alaska Pay for. Choices are the WorKeys, ACT, or SAT.  This decision needs to be made by October 15th and returned to Julie Williams in the Assessment Department.  Remember this is a graduation requirement replacing the HSGQE.

Kindergarten Developmental Profile

Thank you to everyone who was able to participate in the Lync session regarding the state mandated reporting using the Kindergarten Developmental Profile.

  • The state website shared during the powerpoint is
  • A copy of the training powerpoint, recording form, and implementation guide are all available at the website above.
  • There are no changes from previous years, although additional guidance regarding the 0-1-2 ratings has been provided by the state.
  • The data for reporting should be collected during the first four weeks of school.  Teachers generally find it easiest to record the information on a paper version of the form (downloadable from the website above) and then enter the information in the electronic database all at once.
  • The data cannot be entered until the electronic database opens on Sept. 15th.
  • Log in information for the electronic database will come via email around Sept. 15th from either Julie Williams or Tim Vlasak, and is based on your name as recorded on your teaching certificate and a password generated by the state (unless you’ve changed yours).
  • Remember to use the ‘save’ button in the database to prevent having to re-enter data.  Also, remember that partial records cannot be saved- but completed records can be edited.

PowerSchool II Lync Session

The following link can be used to access a Lync recording of the PowerSchool II session held on 8/18/14 at 3:30 p.m.  Please note that the account used during the training was created with fictional information for the purpose of the training and does not contain actual student information.  Please contact your instructional coach, Christine Ermold, or David Henson with questions.



Federal Programs and Assessment 8/5/14

Welcome back everyone,

Please (make sure you) review the attachments and ask questions.

Welcome back and make it a great 2014-15 attachment provides lots of the recurring information from year to year mainly concerning principals. Pay special attention to item 12.

Test Coordinator–site attachment is the information to put out to certified staff to take on the test coordinator duties for your school. I remind you that the test is moving to an online format and therefore having someone with computer skills is highly recommended.

Assessment Matrix 2014-2015 attachment is revised today to include changes. The state currently has out for public comment until Aug 15 a refinement to the new graduation requirement. I believe it will be approved. First off, you should be aware the HSGQE was repealed and replaced with the requirement for student to “take” either the Workeys or ACT or SAT. What I believe will be passed is the requirement that 11th grade students will choose one of the tests between Aug and Sept and register for it. Workeys will be administered Nov 10- Feb 13 online. ACT will be administered March 3rd in the school and SAT will be administered Feb 25th in the school. All materials for these administrations will be sent directly to the school. This is a HUGE change to plan for. Schools may be allowed to jointly test for ACT and SAT. We’ll have to wait and see what the details identify.

I know this hits on all the “big” things and will keep you updated as the team gets updates from the state Department of Ed.


Leadership Academy – Day 2, Effective Feedback MS and HS Breakout Presentation

Below are the links to the PowerPoint Presentation and handouts Mr. O’Brien and Melissa Linton presented on day two of the Leadership Academy.


Distortionof Grading through 0 Handout – 100 point and 4 point scale

Modified Tuning Protocol

Secondary Education 4-30-14 Admin. Meeting Presentations

Here is the inforgraphic and the powerpoints  that were presented at the 4-30-14 Admin. meeting:


CTE Presentation

KPBSD College Readiness Indicators Spring 2014