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1 LEARNING SERVICES UPDATE FALL 2014 Debbie Jones, Assistant Commissioner Stacy Smith, Director Curriculum & Instruction Hope Allen, Director Assessment Arkansas Department of Education Revised October 20, 2014

2 Learning Services Division Organizational Chart Alternative Education Professional Development Learning Services Support Curriculum & InstructionDistance Learning Services Charter/Home Schools Educational Renewal Zones (ERZs) Scholastic Audit School Health Services Schools of Innovation Educational Options 21 st CCLC Even Start McKinney-Vento SI Grants Title I Title IV Title VI Federal Programs Gifted/Talented & Advanced Placement Guidance/School CounselingMigrant EducationSpecial EducationStudent Assessment Revised October 20, 2014

3 Digital Learning Act 1280-provided for expansion of digital learning opportunities for kids Blended- instruction in the classroom complimented with online instruction Online Instruction- instruction & content are delivered online Approved Provider Courses Revised October 20, 2014

4 4.04 “Highly Qualified Teacher” means a teacher who holds at least a Bachelor’s Degree and has demonstrated subject area competence in each of the core academic subjects in which the teacher teaches. A highly qualified teacher that delivers digital learning courses under these rules is not required to be licensed as a teacher or administrator by the State Board of Education. Note: Federal laws or regulations may require teachers in certain subject areas to hold a teaching license (e.g., special education teachers who teach core academic subjects). Core Subjects requiring license include: English, reading or language arts, mathematics, science, foreign languages, civics and government, economics, arts, history, geography. Revised October 20, 2014

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6 Virtual Arkansas Core Alternative Education Career & Technical Concurrent Credit Content only Home-Grown Cathi Swan, State Coordinator of K12 Distance Learning Revised October 20, 2014

7 Virtual Arkansas Follow iNACOL National Standards for Quality Online Courses 20,000 registered students & 1,900 on waiting list All courses are ADE approved Arkansas certified teachers 2 days/week minimum face to face instruction Cathi Swan, State Coordinator of K12 Distance Learning Revised October 20, 2014

8 SCHOOLS OF INNOVATION Innovation not Evasion Application Due: March 1, 2015 Application Revised October 20, 2014

9 Schools of Innovation Schools of Innovation PostedPosted Goals & Performance Targets Reduce achievement gap Increase student participation in curriculum options College and career readiness Motivating students by exploring innovative teaching & learning Transform a school’s culture Better prepared students for success in life and career Innovative practices Revised October 20, 2014

10 ASSESSMENT UPDATE What to Plan for in Hope Allen, Director of Assessment Revised October 20, 2014

11 Assessments for TestAudience Fall PARCC PBA & EOY9-12 on 4x4 Block ITBSGrade 1-2 QELIKindergarten ELDAELL Students Biology EOCBiology Students NCSCSignificant Cognitive Disabilities (1%) Spring PARCC PBA & EOY 3-10 ELA, 3-8 Math, Algebra I, Geometry *Algebra II & 11 ELA Optional Science PortfolioGrade 5, 7 and 10 Science BenchmarkGrade 5 and 7 Explore/Plan/ ACT or PSATGrade 8/Grade 10/ Grade 11 Highlighted fields indicate changes from 2013 Revised October 20, 2014

12 Science There are no changes in science. Students will be tested in grades 5, 7 and for Biology with the Augmented Benchmark and End-of-Course Exams. Students who qualify will complete science- only portfolios in grades 5, 7 & 10. Revised October 20, 2014

13 Major Changes for The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) tests align to the CCSS All 3-10 students that do not qualify for NCSC The National Center and State Collaborative (NCSC) alternate assessments for students with significant cognitive disabilities align to the CCSS Only about 1% of students Revised October 20, 2014

14 PARCC Assessments Required ELA/Literacy at grades 3 – 10 Math at grades End-of-Course Algebra I Geometry District Choice Grade 11 ELA Algebra II Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers Revised October 20, 2014

15 PARCC Updates Administration of Grade 11 ELA/Literacy and/or Algebra II is optional per the ADE. Districts may decide to administer one or both assessments See Commissioner’s Memo LS Students in grade 8 or below enrolled in Algebra I/Geometry/Algebra II will take only the end-of-course assessment. Change in ELA/Literacy test design at Grades 3 – 5 has reduced the EOY to ONE unit. Revised October 20, 2014

16 Math Portfolio The 9 th grade math portfolio will no longer be used Students who have significant cognitive disabilities will be assessed for math in high school in 11 th grade with NCSC. Students who do not have significant cognitive disabilities will take a PARCC high school math assessment… …even if they are in a special education class. Revised October 20, 2014

17 Changes for Students with Disabilities in High School Math Students with disabilities can take one, two or three of the PARCC EOC math assessments, as determined by their IEP team. Only required to take one PARCC EOC math assessment in high school. Students must receive a full year of instruction in the course that will be assessed. Algebra 1 is a pre-requisite to Geometry. Revised October 20, 2014

18 PARCC Assessment Design Summative Assessments Performance -Based Assessment End-of-Year Assessment  After 75 percent of the school year  Extended tasks, applications of concepts and skills  ELA/Literacy: Writing effectively when analyzing text, research simulation  Math: Solving multi-step problems requiring abstract reasoning, precision, perseverance and strategic use of tools  All grades and courses  After 90 percent of the school year  Innovative, short-answer items  ELA/Literacy: Reading comprehension  Math: Short items that address both concepts and skills  All grades and courses All students take both components for a final PARCC score Revised October 20, 2014

19 Scheduling PARCC - Unit Times Revised October 20, 2014

20 Fall Block PBA Window December 1 – December 19 EOY Window December 15 – January 16 Schools must schedule all assessments on 10 consecutive days within each window All tests will be paper based Schedules submitted to ADE Revised October 20, 2014

21 Spring PBA Window March 9 – April 10 EOY Window April 27 – May 22 Computer Based Schools can set assessment schedule within the windows Paper Based Assessment schedule will be provided by ADE Revised October 20, 2014

22 May schedule a grade cohort anywhere within the window Grade cohort (or course) must test same unit/session in the same day At the same time Back-to-back Morning and afternoon Make up testing must be completed within the window Scheduling PARCC Revised October 20, 2014

23 Practice Tests Classroom Instruction Revise all LPAC, IEP and 504 plans There are changes in the accommodations PARCC will allow Accessibility Features and Accommodations Manual will be released October 29th Preparing for PARCC Revised October 20, 2014

24 PARCC ACCESSIBILITY POLICIES Features for All Students Accessibility Features Identified in advance Accommodations Built into the test Available to All Students Example: magnification, highlighting, eliminate answer choices, line reader Available to All Students Must be turned on in Advance Example: answer masking, text-to-speech for mathematics, background/font color Available through LPAC/IEP/504 Must be identified in Advance Example: Word to word dictionary, small group testing, extended time Revised October 20, 2014

25 Features for All Are operational for all students during Computer Based Testing Students should determine whether they wish to use the feature on an item-by-item basis Cannot be turned off Do not require IEP/504/LPAC Revised October 20, 2014

26 Accessibility Features for All Students Built in Tools Eliminate Answer Choices Flag Items for Review Highlight Line Reader Magnifications/Enlargement Device NotePad Pop-up Glossary Spell Checker Writing Tools Math Tools Other Audio Amplification Blank Paper General Administration Directions Clarified General Administration Directions Read Aloud and Repeated as Needed Headphones or Noise Buffers Redirect Students to the Test Revised October 20, 2014

27 PARCC Accessibility Revised October 20, 2014

28 Accessibility Features Are operational for identified students during Computer Based Testing Students should determine whether they wish to use the feature on an item-by-item basis Must be indicated in the Personal Needs Profile (PNP) Turned on prior to testing Training forthcoming this fall Do not require IEP/504/LPAC Revised October 20, 2014

29 Accessibility Features Identified in Advance Answer Masking Background/Font Color (Color Contrast) General Masking Text-to-Speech for the Mathematics Assessments Headphone will be needed Revised October 20, 2014

30 Accommodations Are available for identified students during Computer and Paper Based Testing Do require IEP/504/LPAC It is advised to update all IEP/504/LPAC plans to reflect the PARCC wording of accommodations Must be documented prior to testing Revised October 20, 2014

31 English Language Learners Extended Time Word-to-Word Dictionary Scribe or Speech-to-Text: Responses Dictated for Mathematics Assessment in English General Administration Directions Read Aloud and Repeated as Needed in Student’s Native Language (by test administrator) General Administration Directions Clarified in Student’s Native Language (by test administrator) Revised October 20, 2014

32 Special Education Extended Time Word prediction on the ELA/Literacy PBA Scribing or Speech-to-Text for constructed response on ELA/Literacy, mathematics and selected response ELA/Literacy Calculation Device and Mathematics Tools on Non-Calculator session Braille Test and/or Note-taker Additional Assistive Technology ASL Video for Mathematics and Test Directions Closed Captioning Descriptive Video Paper-and- Pencil Edition Tactile Graphics Text-to-Speech or Video of Human Interpreter for ELA/Literacy Revised October 20, 2014

33 School personnel must be familiar with the available features well in advance of testing Students must have the opportunity to use the features available to all before operational testing Administer tutorial and practice tests PARCC Accessibility Revised October 20, 2014

34 Administrative Considerations Principal’s discretion Must be documented prior to testing Do not require IEP/504/LPAC Small group testing Frequent breaks Time of day Separate or alternate location Specified area or seating Adaptive and specialized equipment or furniture Revised October 20, 2014

35 PARCC Resources Assessment information https://www.pearsonaccess.com (select PARCC) https://www.pearsonaccess.com Accessibility and Accommodations Manual and Appendices*: features-and-accommodations-manual features-and-accommodations-manual *the appendices are separate documents and contain vital information for planning New version coming in Fall 2015 Revised October 20, 2014

36 Upcoming Trainings PARCC Administration Procedures Training November 6 – 21 9 sites around the state from ADE Pearson Regional Training November 3 rd Benton Event Center 9:00am - 3:00pm Accommodations Training Early November Webinar from ADE Dates will be sent to District Testing Coordinators Revised October 20, 2014

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38  For students with significant cognitive disabilities  An alternate assessment based on alternate academic achievement standards  Will replace the Alternate Portfolio in Literacy and Math  A student’s IEP team will determine if this assessment is appropriate to administer using the NCSC Participation GuidelinesNCSC Participation Guidelines  If NCSC is not appropriate the student will take the PARCC Assessment NCSC* Alternate Assessment NCSC* is pronounced like “nick-sick” Revised October 20, 2014

39  Math and ELA testing  Grades 3 – 8  Grade 11  Administered online  Approximately hours per content area NCSC Alternate Assessment Revised October 20, 2014

40 NCSC Big shifts Online test administration HS math testing at grade 11 no math portfolio at grade 9 Resource math class does not determine the math assessment NCSC – most significant cognitive disabilities ~ 1% PARCC – resource students not qualifying for NCSC Refer to Commissioner’s Memos LS and LS for updated course code and assessment informationLS LS Revised October 20, 2014

41 Assessment Contacts Hope Allen – Director Susan Gray – PARCC Charlotte Marvel - NCSC Revised October 20, 2014

42 CURRICULUM AND INSTRUCTION UPDATE Revised October 20, 2014

43 Act 1294 Dyslexia The Arkansas State Legislature enacted Act 1294 of 2013, codified as A.C.A. § , Title 6, Subtitle 3, et al., to ensure that children with dyslexia have their needs met by the public school system. Revised October 20, 2014

44 ACT 1294 Dyslexia ADE Dyslexia Webpage The reality for schools: Strong core reading programs Response to Intervention Early intervention for students with dyslexia. Therapy for students with dyslexia K-12 Revised October 20, 2014

45 Universal Screening Who should be screened? According to Ark. Code Ann. § , a school district shall screen 1) Each student in kindergarten through grade two (K-2); 2) Kindergarten through grade 2 (K-2) students who transfer to a new school and have not been screened; 3) Kindergarten through grade 2 (K-2) students who transfer from another state and cannot present documentation that the student has had similar screening; 4) A student in grade three or higher experiencing difficulty, as noted by a classroom teacher. Universal Reading Readiness Fact Sheet Revised October 20, 2014

46 Now What? Universal reading screener Tier I or II RTI What if the student makes insufficient progress? Based on instruction and data (teacher observations, progress monitoring, student work, etc.) Tier II or III RTI What if the student has characteristics of dyslexia? (Dyslexia Resource Guide Section II and Dyslexia Awareness Training) YES characteristics of dyslexia Level 2 Dyslexia Evaluation (This is NOT a diagnosis) Revised October 20, 2014

47 Dyslexia Therapist A.C.A. § A professional who has completed training and obtained certification in dyslexia therapy from a dyslexia therapy training program approved by the Arkansas Department of Education. Timeline:By , school districts shall have individuals to serve as dyslexia interventionists as defined in the Dyslexia Resource Guide who are trained interventionists by the department or using other dyslexia training programs approved by the department (A.C.A. § ). Dyslexia Therapy Program and Therapist Fact Sheet

48 Dyslexia Therapy Dyslexia Therapy Program and Therapist Fact Sheet A dyslexia therapist is defined in the law as a professional who has completed training and obtained certification in dyslexia therapy from a dyslexia therapist training program (A.C.A. § ). Revised October 20, 2014

49 Three Approved Pathways 1.Temporary Approval 2.IDA and IMSLEC Certification 3.Program of Study Endorsement

50 Approved Programs If the school district determines the following five (5) criteria are met within a dyslexia program, that program is considered approved and may be used for dyslexia. No application is required. 1. Training course is delivered by a certified trainer in the selected dyslexia program; 2. Training and program is systematic and research based; 3. Instruction is multisensory; 4. Provides small group instruction in the essential components of reading including phonemic awareness, graphophonemic knowledge, and structure of the English language, linguistic instruction and strategies for decoding, encoding word recognition, fluency and comprehension; and 5. The program is approved by another state department of education as an approved dyslexia program. If the program meets criteria 1-4 but is not recognized as an approved program by another state department of education, the district must submit the Dyslexia Program Approval Form to OR ADE approves dyslexia therapy programs that are nationally accredited by International Dyslexia Association (IDA) or International Multisensory Language Education Council (IMSLEC). Revised October 20, 2014

51 ACT 1294 Dyslexia Reality ADE Dyslexia Webpage The reality for schools: Strong core reading programs Response to Intervention Early intervention for students in reading Revised October 20, 2014

52 ACT 1294 Dyslexia ADE Dyslexia Webpage ADE Dyslexia Specialist -Vicki King Revised October 20, 2014

53 College & Career Readiness A.C.A § High school shall assess student’s college readiness High school shall provide one or more transitional courses High school shall award 4 th year math credit Higher Education Coordinating Board shall exempt from placement exam first time entering freshman those who meet readiness standards Revised October 20, 2014

54 College and Career Readiness College and Career Readiness Assessment Administered PRIOR to senior year Approved Assessments: PARCC 11 Grade ELA/Literacy & Algebra 2 ACT PLAN PSAT ACCESS Compass Revised October 20, 2014

55 ACT 585 Transitional Courses: Math Ready & Literacy Ready Will be available in the spring of 2015 as a pilot if districts are interested (contact ADE for course code) (e) “high schools shall award the same credit for a full mathematics transitional course as it does for a fourth-year mathematics course” (will count as Smart Core 4 th math course) Revised October 20, 2014

56 Math Ready-Transition to College Algebra Professional Development will be offered in the summer of 2015 Approximately 3-5 days, materials provided by SREB Curriculum is written as a blended course taught with a math teacher. Approximate cost to districts for curriculum $ District would need technology Students need TI84 Calculator Will count as student’s digital course Link to course information: Revised October 20, 2014

57 Literacy Ready-Transition to College Algebra Professional Development will be offered in the summer of 2015 Approximately 3-5 days, materials provided by SREB Curriculum is written as a blended course taught with a certified teacher Local Credit (Not English replacement) District would need technology 6 Units: 2 social science, 2 English, 2 Science Revised October 20, 2014

58 NEED MORE INFORMATION? Revised October 20, 2014 CONTACT LEARNING SERVICES:


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