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.
The Algebra 1 Semester 1 Common Assessment was created and reviewed by several members of the KPBSD Math Committee. Only Priority Standards are assessed and teacher may add additional items if they choose.
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.
Blended and 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
Key Performance Indicators:
5th and 10th Graders Social, Emotional Wellness. For this KPI we recently administered the Gallop Student poll district wide. Gallop has indicated that our results should be ready just before Thanksgiving.
By Graduation all students will have completed at least one college course or earn an industry certification: We started tracking KPC/UAA dual credit last year with the assistance of David Henson and Powerschool. (Beginning in SY2014, counselors/counselor assistants must indicate that a back loaded college course is a dual credit course by checking the box titled “Also received college credit?” on the “Single New Entry” or “Edit Stored Grade” screens.)
Career and Technical Education:
We recently informed that some of our Principals may not be aware of other CTE opportunities offered throughout our district. I know there’s no way you can keep abreast of all the different offerings throughout our district, but thought the following info. may help you. Our CTE department works closely with all of the counselors in making them aware of these opportunities, and we periodically advertise these in your school announcements, but it may help you to have a better understanding of what we offer by looking at the following links. A great source for finding out about CTE offerings can be found on our “OneStop” page found on the “Students/Parents” link on our main KPBSD webpage. Once you click on this tab, look to the far left and click on the “OneStop” link.
There are a number of discussions currently taking place at the district and school board level regarding 6th grade participation in middle school co-curricular activities. I have been tasked by the KPSAA board to create a work group to address some of these discussions. In order to make sure we have complete input from all types of schools, representatives from each type of district school have been identified to be part of that work group (K-8, K-6, Charter, 7-8,6-8, 6-12, K-12, etc…) The purpose of the work group is to discuss the issues and create recommendations to KPSAA, which will then be taken to the school board. KPSAA Middle School Rep. Jason Bickling is in contact with each school and will be working with me on facilitating this task.
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.
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.
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.
The Priority Standards Committee has drafted a priority standards and pacing guide for English Language Arts. The guides are additional tools you can use to inform your instruction for the school year.
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.