Presentation on theme: "Special Education Director Call February 2015. LEGISLATIVE UPDATES."— Presentation transcript:
Special Education Director Call February 2015
Legislative Updates ( ) Bills out of play HB 1070 – a bill that mandated school districts to provide special education and related services to homeschool students. Withdrawn by the sponsor. HB 1093 – a repeat of last year’s bill to allow parents/guardians to opt their students out of the state assessment. Defeated in House Education. Tight vote: 7 in favor of allowing the opt-out; 8 against it. SB 104 – a bill that clarified the process for receiving parental consent when a school is administering particular types of surveys. Tabled in Senate Education. SB 164 – a bill that required students to pass a civics test in order to graduate from high school. Test would be the same one used by the federal government to test applicants to become U.S. naturalized citizens. Withdrawn by the sponsor; a resolution has been offered in its place (SCR 6).
Bills making their way through process HB 1092 – a bill to establish and fund a rural school teacher recruitment assistance program. Current dollar amount is $1. Passed the House; to be heard next in Senate Appropriations. HB 1101 – a bill to ensure local control over curriculum and instruction. Passed the House – a bill to increase the dollar amount of the South Dakota Opportunity Scholarship. Passed out of House Appropriations and headed to the floor. HB 1148 – a bill to require monthly fund balance amounts from school districts, collected as part of district’s annual report to DOE. Passed the House. SB 176 – a bill to provide for development of online resources and a rubric for textbook analysis, and to make an appropriation. To be heard by Appropriations Committee. SB 183 – a bill to revise the voting requirements regarding issuance of bonds and capital outlay certificates (from 60% to 55%). Passed out of Senate Local Government.
Bills yet to be heard HB 1184 – a bill that would heavily regulate the use of digital learning platforms HB 1198 – a bill that would require legislative approval of the state assessment HB 1207 – a bill to revise certain provisions concerning pension fund and capital outlay fund tax levies, to provide opt-out for capital outlay levy, and to revise the PSA HB 1223 – a bill to end the state’s involvement with the Common Core standards. To be heard in House Education on 2/18. Access all bills at
Proficiency in Reading by 4 th Grade Proficiency in Math by 9 th Grade
Accommodations For SBAC – SBAC Usability, Accessibility, and Accommodation Guidelines – administrators/http://sd.portal.airast.org/test- administrators/ – Review IEP’s to make sure assessment accommodations meet requirements for the state testing – Tools also found on SD SBAC website - D-Step Science -
Online Science Accommodations Embedded Tools – Answer Choice Eliminator – Bookmark Flag – Calculator – Digital Notepad – Highlighter – Line Reader – Magnify – Zoom Accommodations – Embedded Color Contrast (not available yet) – Non-embedded Alternate Setting ASL Calculator (talking) Noise Buffers Read Aloud (needs to be trained) Scribe
Paper/Pencil Science Accommodations Same as in previous years Still need to mark the student demographic sheet for accommodations
Training Read Aloud - (SBAC Read Aloud Guidelines) Scribe – (SBAC Scribing Protocol) Sign Language Found at:
Testing Dates Testing Dates for everything – ACCESS and ACCESS Alt (for ELL students) ACCESS: Feb. 2 – March 6, 2015 ACCESS Alt: Feb. 2 - March 6, 2015 – Smarter Balanced (ELA and Math Assessment) Grades 3 – 8: March 10 – May 15, 2015 Grade 11: March 30 – May 15, 2015 – NCSC (Alternate ELA and Math Assessment) March 30 – May 15 – DSTEP Science and DSTEP Science Alt March 30 – April 24, 2015
Assessment Administration Training All trainings will be provided through the webinar venue Will be posted sometime this week Assessment directors receive updates from Jan Martin Registration for webinars is through the GoSignMeUp online registration system
Smarter Balanced workshops Based on a number of factors, the Office of Assessment has scheduled face-to-face workshops for Smarter Balanced Feb. 23 rd – Rapid City – Ramkota – 9-4 Feb. 24 th – Pierre – Ramkota – 9-4 Feb. 25 th - Aberdeen – Ramkota – 9-4 Feb. 26 th - Sioux Falls – SE Tech – 9-4
DSTEP-A Science Training Dates Test Admin Training Session 1 – Mon 3/2/15 1-2:30 pm CT Test Admin Training Session 2 – Tue 3/3/ :30 am CT Test Admin Training Session 3 – Wed 3/4/15 1-2:30 pm CT Test Admin Training Session 4a – Thur 3/5/ :30 am CT Test Admin Training Session 4b (teacher only) – Thur 3/5/15 3:15-4:30 pm CT Test Admin Training Session 5 (Q&A)– Thur 3/26/15 1-2:30 pm CT
NCSC Training Teachers and Testing Coordinators will participate in a series of modules to train on administering the assessment Dates as to when the modules will open to begin training have not been decided Modules take about 3-4 hours to complete
NCSC Assessment Be sure to have students that are participating in the Alternate Assessment marked in Campus Testing Coordinators, Principals, Superintendents, SPED Directors – be on the look out for template to register coordinators and teachers to administer the assessment.
EARLY CHILDHOOD AND DATA COLLECTION
“Brown Bag” Thursdays in March Indicator 6, 7, 11, & 12 Training Series Save the Dates (12pm-12:45pm CST) – Indicator 6 on March 5 th – Indicator 7 on March 12 th – Indicator 11 on march 19 th – Indicator 12 on March 26th No registration required (see attached flyer for login/call-in information) Contact Wendy Trujillo at with any questions on beginning implementation with the state
Early Childhood Guides SEP developed 4 pamphlets for district use (each district/Coop should have received a packet of printed guides) – Least Restrictive Environment (LRE) for Providers – Least Restrictive Environment (LRE) for Parents – SD Early Childhood outcomes (updated) – Transition: Preschool to Kindergarten Available to print – If you would like to provide any feedback on the guides please
Indicator 11 & 12 Spreadsheets Spreadsheets and directions are now available at Submission will begin being accepted May 1 st, 2015 – Indicator 11 due by August 1 st, 2015 – Indicator 12 due by September 1 st, 2015
College and Career Ready Students graduate high school ready for postsecondary or the workforce
For more information on Catch the Wave, please go to
Effective Teachers and Leaders Students are supported by effective teachers and leaders.
Reading Fluency Tracker
Parent Surveys The parent needs to complete and return the survey by May 31, If the parent has more than one child receiving services, they need to fill out a survey for each of their children separately. Provide the option to participate online: English: Spanish: If you need additional surveys please contact
Middle School Advocacy and Leadership Grant DD Council Request for Proposals (RFP) that encourage creative and innovative ideas for starting or enhancing advocacy and leadership skills training or sharing those curriculums and activities that are already working within your school for middle school students. Grant application to the Council by March 31, If you have any questions, please contact me at
School Climate Students enter schools that are provide an environment conducive to learning.
February Behavior Tip Can’t Do vs. Won’t Do 1.Have we taught the skills? 2.Do they have the skills? 3.How do we know they have the skills? 4.Do they have the skills in all settings? 1.Have we reinforced the skill 2.when we see them?
Can’t Do vs. Won’t Do Ask the question “why won’t he/she?” How can I motivate this student to help change behavior? How can we start building momentum? Plan for reinforcements and fading reinforcements. Allyson Felix
SPECIAL EDUCATION SPECIFIC
CEIS Data Collection Districts that elected to use 15% of IDEA Part B funds during the SY – reporting was submitted through Flowthrough – Districts will be contacted to verify the number of students who received special education and related services under Part B during the preceeding two years. – Questions?
Indicator 17-State Systemic Improvement Plan Students with specific learning disabilities will increase reading proficiency by fourth grade from 36% to 45% by 2018, as measured by statewide assessments.
District stakeholders Coherent Improvement Strategies Data Analysis Instructional Practices and Strategies Collaboration Family and Community Engagement
Assistive Technology Webinar Series Dates – Feb 17 – On-line Assessment Supports – Mar 17 – Update on Kurzweil (What’s in it and what can it do to help you?) – Apr 21 – Preparing for college: What’s available for the incoming freshman for AT Time: 2:30 PM MST/3:30 PM CST To register, click on the registration form link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/G8FVNJ2 https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/G8FVNJ2 See attached flyer for more information Provided for by the Assistive Technology Workgroup
Special Education Conference Raising the Bar to Achieve Results for All! March 10 – 11, 2015 Best Western Ramkota in Sioux Falls USD and CEU credits available – College & Career Readiness: – 21st Century Learning: – Instructional Practices: – Positive Behavior Approaches:
FREE! Parent Presentation with Jonathan Mooney We’re Not Broken: Empowering Labeled Students High school students encouraged to attend with parents!! March 10, :00PM-8:30PM Ramkota Hotel, Sioux Falls For more information on Jonathan Mooney please visit
Multi-tiered System of Supports Registration will open mid March – Summer MTSS Conference College credit and CEUs available – June 3 and 4 – Pierre June 3- Jill Jackson (academics) June 4- George Sugai (behavior) Contact Rebecca Cain at with any questions on beginning implementation with the state
Monthly Topical Calls Upcoming Calls 3:30-4:30 (central): – MTSS March 3, PBIS tier 1 – AAC (4 th Tues) – SPED (2 nd Tues) – Assistive Technology (3 rd Tues) – Check Sped Director Monthly Meeting site for webinar links, call in numbers and recordings: –
TEACHER OR DISTRICT SHARING Is there a teacher or program that is newsworthy? Please share
Nominees for 2015 Parent Nominated Special Education Staff of the Year Stephanie Light: Irene-Wakonda Jessica Griebel: Brandon Valley Wendy Reischle: Lennox Nancy Clary: Rapid City Jennifer Gross: West Central Angela Keller: Frederick Janet Elesen: Frederick Kathy War Bonnet: Garretson Michele Latt: Faulkton Shawn Frewaldt: Lifescape Heather Trefz: Highmore-Harrold Tamara Hughson: Oelrichs Alyssa Boeding: Rapid City Tisha Moore: Todd County
Adaptive PE aims to level physical education playing field Spearfish Nick Bindert and Instructor Chris Geuke a7d3-11e4-9d49-1b9bb145ce95.html a7d3-11e4-9d49-1b9bb145ce95.html
Next Sped Directors LiveMeeting March 17, :00 CST Topics: – Federal Part B IDEA Application
ESEA FLEXIBILITY WAIVER PUBLIC COMMENT Laura Scheibe
REVIEW OF SOUTH DAKOTA PERFORMANCE ON SPP FOR SCHOOL YEAR
State Performance Plan Annual Progress Report FFY 2013
PREPARING CHILDREN FOR LEARNING
Indicator 12: Early Childhood Transition
Indicator 6: 3-5 Least Restrictive Environment
Indicator 7: Preschool Outcomes
IMPROVE READING AND MATH PROFICIENCY Through conducive learning environment and high quality instruction
Indicator 3A Districts meet AMO
Indicator 3B: Participation on Statewide Assessment
Indicator 3C: Proficiency Number of Children with IEPs proficient Children with IEPs who received a valid score and a proficiency was assigned. Due to pilot year, no data to report.
Indicator 4A: Suspension/Expulsion
Indicator 4B: Suspension/Expulsion
Indicator 5: 6-21 Least Restrictive Environment
FACILITATE INVOLVEMENT AND EVALUATE STUDENTS APPROPRIATELY
Indicator 8: Parent Involvement Survey
Indicator 9 Disproportionate Representation by race/ethnicity for all students on an IEP. –Must meet numerical (min N of 20 and 3.0 weighted risk ration) and policy and procedures out of compliance –South Dakota had 0 districts –Meet 0% target
Indicator 10 Disproportionate Representation by race/ethnicity for specific disability categories (SLD, CD, ED, Speech, OHI, and AU). –Must meet numerical (min N of 20 and 3.0 weighted risk ration) and policy and procedures out of compliance –South Dakota had 0 districts –Meet 0% target
Indicator 11: Initial Evaluation Timeline South Dakota has a 25 school day evaluation timeline Collected via Spreadsheet
COLLEGE AND CAREER READY
Indicator 1 Graduation Rate ESEA Calculation Report Card Data One year lag ( Graduates) South Dakota graduation requirements
Indicator 2: Dropout Rate Number of youth with IEPS (age 14-21) who exited special education due to dropping out Total number of students (14-21) on child count. FFY 2012 Data FFT 2013 Target FFY 2013 Data %3.11%2.53% -Number of youth dropout divide by number of youth age One year lag behind ( data)