Following input from our pilot participants and after many discussions and a review of current practices nationwide, the Effective Instruction Committee settled on the following rating system for the purpose of the SGM pilot. The rating system will be reviewed at the end of May to determine if changes need to be considered for 2015-16.
The ELA Committee encourages teachers to use the Rubric for instructional purposes as well as for this on-demand assessment. Teachers are also developing student friendly rubrics/checklists to assist in their instruction.
Rubrics may not match the pre-load assignments in PowerSchool. Only input scores for standards that are identified in the common rubric. This misalignment will be corrected in the 2015-2016 school year. Thank you ahead of time for your patience.
As teachers transition to the standards referenced rubrics from the Six Traits, the following resources from Education Northwest may be helpful:
We are half way through year 1 of our three year grant from the DEED. Our mid-year report was submitted January 15th to the independent evaluator (Dr. Dale Cope)
The 15 teacher cohort is in the middle of their formalized training/PD sessions.
Most cohort members have completed the Quality Matters online course training curriculum.
Several Blended Learning topic Lync session trainings have/will also take place throughout this school year.
19 Educators attended the iNACOL conference in Palm Springs, CA funded by the grant
20+/- Educators will also attend ASTE this February in Anchorage funded by the grant
Activity/Field Trip Travel Possible Technology Assistance:
David Henson and Jim White are working on a prototype activity trip tracking system that will preload trips, participants, emergency paperwork, and the ability to add/subtract trip participants and add notes/details using a smartphone and a QPC code reader application.
We are going to be working with some schools to pilot this year and hope to go live district-wide next Fall for all activity and fieldtrips (K-12).
A new Travel regulations memo will be formalized by the end of this year to reflect all current and any new activity travel expectations for schools (i.e. travel range restrictions, when use of ALMR radio is expected, private vehicle transport restrictions, coaches driving restrictions, and driver on duty/driving time restrictions, etc…).
Distance Learning Program:
Our second semester course enrollment numbers are at 1010 as of this morning (1.21.15). This is early for numbers to be this large and our teachers are near capacity on their individual teacher loads.
Some changes planned include allowing students to enroll in distance classes during the course enrollment period directly from Powerschool (DP/Counselors working on this now)
Next year Credit Recovery Courses for Connections and our K-12 program will no longer be supervised/Teacher of Record by the Distance Learning Program. Like our larger high schools have for years, these schools will now need to oversee Credit Recovery with their own teaching staff.
As the program grows we are hearing concerns/worries from teachers about whether they will eventually be replaced by distance education. This is absolutely not the case and I would be happy to discuss these concerns with anyone. Please refer questions on this matter to me (John O’Brien)
Summer School Credit Recovery Session:
The session will be run just as it has in the past.
Our large high schools provide the program (SoHi, Nikiski, Homer, KCHS, Seward)
All CORE areas are provided (Math, Lang. Arts, Social Studies, and Science)
The program is an “on-line prescriptive” web based program through Pearson called “GRADPOINT”
The Session runs for three weeks in June. Half days (8:00-noon) June 1-19
Principals do their own hiring by emailing internal certified staff to solicit interest
Staff need to be certified and HQ in one of the four CORE areas (preference)
Policy Change TAKE NOTE:
AR 6146.1 High School Graduation Requirements: Additional quality points will be assigned for College Board Advanced Placement (AP) courses for the purpose of calculating grade point average (GPA). For each passing semester grade in an Advanced Placement course, 0.021 will be added to the student’s cumulative GPA. Effective for SY 2015, the fall semester weighted quality points will be added at the conclusion of the fall semester (like before). In order to receive the spring semester weighted quality points, students must also complete the National Advanced Placement course examination.
The following link is an excel at-a-glance matrix for teachers of grades 3-11. The excel sheet identifies each Assessment Title, AK Standards and number of items for each testlet that is currently available through the Kite System. The excel is also broken down by grade level for your convenience.
This excel will be updated periodically as assessments are added to the test bank.