Presentation on theme: "Foundations of Reading Survey: Implementation and Administration"— Presentation transcript:
1 Foundations of Reading Survey: 2014-15 Implementation and Administration Webinar for District LiaisonsWednesday, June 18, 2014, 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.Wednesday, June 18, 2014, 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.Thursday, June 19, 2014, 1:00 p.m. –2:00 p.m.Thursday, June 19, 2014, 2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
2 Reading Survey Webinar Agenda WelcomeGeorgette Nemr, Bureau of Educator Standards and Certification, Connecticut State Department of EducationState Context and BackgroundFoundations of Reading Test versus Foundations of Reading SurveyImplementation and Administration of Survey inList of Teachers Required to Take the SurveyResults Data Downloads to District LiaisonsAnalyzing Results Data and Planning Professional DevelopmentAccessing the Foundations of Reading SurveyPamela Eisermann, Evaluation Systems Group of Pearson, Inc.
3 Overview and State Context Foundations of Reading Test (FORT)On May 7, 2008, the State Board of Education adopted the FORT as a requirement for anyone applying on and after July 1, 2009, for issuance of:Elementary Education K-6 (#013) orIntegrated early childhood/Special Education Nursery –K and Elementary 1- 3 (#113)Effective September 1, 2013, the FORT or a comparable test, as adopted by the State Board of Education became a requirement for issuance of:Comprehensive Special Education (#165)Remedial Reading and Remedial Language Arts (#102)Reading and Language Arts Consultant (#097)Required for a first-time endorsement, a cross-endorsement, or reissuance of a lapsed certificate with one of these endorsements
4 Overview and State Context Foundations of Reading Survey: Public ActThe local or regional board of education that employs a certified individual who holds an initial, provisional or professional educator certificate with an early childhood nursery through grade three or an elementary endorsement in a position requiring such an endorsement in kindergarten to grade three, inclusive, shall require each such certified individual to take a survey on reading instruction, developed by the Department of Education that is based on the reading instruction examination approved by the State Board of Education on April 1, 2009, or a comparable reading instruction examination with minimum standards that are equivalent to the examination approved by the State Board of Education on April 1, The department shall design such survey in a manner that identifies the strengths and weaknesses of such certified individuals in reading instruction practices and knowledge on an individual, school and district level. Such survey shall be administered at no financial cost to such certified individual and in a manner that protects the anonymity of such certified individual. The results of such survey shall not be included as part of any summative ratings for performance evaluations, conducted pursuant to section b, as amended by this act, and not be subject to disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act, as defined in section Such results shall be used for the purpose of improving reading instruction by developing student learning objectives and teacher practice goals that will be included in the professional development conducted pursuant to section b, as amended by this act, for such certified individuals.
5 Overview and State Context Foundations of Reading SurveyWho must take it?Any teacher holding a certificate endorsed in one of the following areas and serving in a position requiring such an endorsement:Integrated ECE/Sped. Nursery –K and Elementary 1-3 (#113)Elementary education (#001, 002, 003, 004, 005, 008, 013, or 305)Bilingual elementary education (#009, 902)Teaching in Grades Kindergarten, 1, 2 or 3
6 Overview and State Context Foundations of Reading SurveyWhen?Commences in the school year and biennially thereafterWhy/Purpose?Identify the strengths and weaknesses in reading instruction practices and knowledgeImproving reading instruction by developing student learning objectives and teacher practice goals that will be included in the professional development
7 Overview and State Context Foundations of Reading SurveyPrivacy?Protect the anonymity of survey participantResults shall not be included as part of any summative ratings for performance evaluationsResults will not impact certificationResults are not subject to disclosure under the Freedom of Information (FOI) ActCost?No cost to the teacherCSDE has purchased authorization codes for teachers required to take the survey and will release the codes to the district
8 Implementation of Survey 2014-15 Communication with DistrictsCircular Letter to Superintendents disseminated June 4, 2014Appointment of a District Coordinator / Liaison to the CSDE by June 13, 2014Dedicated CSDE webpage where district liaisons will be able to access and/or download the following:All statewide communications regarding the surveyList of identified teachers required to take the survey based on Certification and Staff File DataAuthorization codes associated with the individual teacher’s Educator Identification Number (EIN) andDistrict results from the survey administration windows
9 Implementation of Survey 2014-15 Communication with DistrictsCSDE to identify teachers required to complete the survey based on Certification and Staff File DataDistrict liaisons may download from the dedicated CSDE website the list of identified teachers required to take the surveyDistrict must review and ensure the accuracy of the teacher list includingAssignment Data (Elementary, Kindergarten, Bilingual Elementary)Grade Level Data (K, 1, 2 or 3)Check current year staff file data to ensure accuracy of the teachers’ assignment or grade level, and make change in the ED163 Staff File on or before June 30. The Staff File is scheduled to close at the end of the day on June 30 and will not reopen until end of August with the new Educator Data System (EDS). Changes to next year’s assignment and grade level data, addition of new hires or returning teachers, will need to be made in August/September in the new EDS.
10 Implementation of Survey 2014-15 Communication with TeachersCSDE recommends using the circular letter or other district letter to notify teachers now (and not wait until the fall)Teachers who took and passed the actual Foundations of Reading TEST will be exempt from the surveyTeachers who participated on the CSDE item review panel will be exempt
11 Implementation of Survey 2014-15 Survey administrationComputer-delivered format via a Pearson website linkTwo windows for survey completion during – (1) September 15 to November 14 and(2) January 5 to February 6 (window may be expanded and/or another added)To be completed on school/district siteRecommend centralized school or district locations such as the media centers or computer labs where the surveys may be taken85 multiple choice items/180 minutes allotted including a 15 minute tutorial (one sitting only)If a teacher cannot complete the survey, the survey will be “timed out” and may not be completed at a different time; district liaison will need to report problem to CSDE
12 Implementation of Survey 2014-15 Survey ResultsResults provided to the teacher immediately upon completion of the survey to the teacher’s survey account (created at the log-in stage) and may be printed directly from the accountFollowing survey administration window, the results will be posted to the dedicated CSDE website and district liaisons may download results dataDistrict liaison and leadership will need to plan for analysis of survey results data in order to determine professional development needs
13 Implementation of Survey 2014-15 Survey ResultsReported for each teacher based on the number and % of items correct in the following 3 Survey Subareas and 9 ObjectivesFoundations of Reading DevelopmentUnderstand phonological and phonemic awareness.Understand concepts of print and the alphabetic principle.Understand the role of phonics in promoting reading development.Understand word analysis skills and strategies.Development of Reading ComprehensionUnderstand vocabulary development.Understand how to apply reading comprehension skills and strategies to imaginative/literary texts.Understand how to apply reading comprehension skills and strategies to informational/expository texts.Reading Assessment and InstructionUnderstand formal and informal methods for assessing reading development.Understand multiple approaches to reading instruction.
14 Implementation of Survey 2014-15 Resources for Supporting Teachers Prior to SurveyReview the Survey ObjectivesUse the practice test for the Foundations of Reading TestReview the Computer-based Testing Tutorial
15 Implementation of Survey 2014-15 Planning of Professional DevelopmentCSDE to provide future guidance and resources for planning professional development related to K-3 ReadingDistrict responsibility to analyze survey results to identify areas of reading instruction that data may indicate for professional development supportConsider including teachers not required to take the surveyTESOL, Special Education, etc., Teachers who were exempt, Reading and Instructional Specialists
16 Follow-Up with District Liaisons CSDE will follow-up during the summer and in August to prepare for the September administration of the surveyQuestions about the reading survey may be sent to the following address address accessed on the dedicated webpage