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1 Florida Kindergarten Readiness Test Training for Reading Coaches and Non-Public Schools Fall 2014 Colleen Risner

2 Agenda What is the Kindergarten Readiness Screening (FLKRS)? Schedule Who to Test Responsibilities PMRN FAIR-FS K Work Sampling System (WS)

3 What is FLKRS? Components Work Sampling System (WSS) – Observational Tool – Five Domains Personal and Social Development Language and Literacy Mathematical Thinking Scientific Thinking Physical Development, Health, and Safety – 45 Skills observed during classroom activities

4 Assessment Schedule Send Parent Letters Home – Letters located in PMRN – Send during first week of school (or ASAP thereafter as become available) – English, Spanish, Haitian-Creole WSS Observations (Days 1 – 30) – Recorded on Individual Student Developmental Checklist or on Classroom Roster, transferred into PMRN FAIR-FS K (Days ) – Administered one-on-one directly through PMRN

5 Who to Test All public school kindergarten students who enter within the first 30 days of school except for retained students Private School kindergarten students who attended a VPK program – Some ESE students with Potentially Limiting Physical Conditions may not be able to be assessed but every student should be given the opportunity to participate – Survey 8 is used to generate students in PMRN for Public Schools. Private Schools will hand-enroll all students into PMRN. Survey 8 uploads begin August 20, will be updated on Wednesdays Students and teachers should be available in PMRN on August 25

6 Responsibilities School Principal – Confirm access to DOE Single Sign On for all Staff – Register School and Reading Coach as PMRN Manager – Enter school schedule into PMRN Reading Coach/PMRN Manager – Verify/Approve Access for Teachers – Add or Remove Users – Verify Students/Create Classes – Record Coach’s Log – Train Teachers/Test Administrators – Access Score Reports, utilize for guiding instruction

7 Responsibilities School Coordinator – Ensure all test administrators are trained on FLKRS and PMRN – Ensure test administrators have access to the PMRN – Distribute FLKRS materials to test administrators – Monitor the testing window to ensure test administrators record results in PMRN by Day 30. WSS won’t be available after Day 30. Test Administrators – Screen kindergarteners – Record student observations for the WSS benchmarks in the PMRN system using K-2 EST – Share student results with parents during conferences, etc.

8 New PMRN Addresses (DOE Single Sign On – for public schools) fs/pmrn.asp Private Schools will register for PMRN here (DOE’s PMRN Information Webpage) fs/pmrn.asp https://pmrn.fldoe.org (Private schools use to access PMRN once registered) https://pmrn.fldoe.org

9 New Service Center Information Florida Department of Education (FLDOE) Integrated Education Network Service Center – Provide support via the PMRN v4, K-2 AIR, 3-12 WAM, and FAIR-FS Operational Hours – Monday – Friday – 6:00 AM – 7:30 PM ET Contact via Phone or – –

10 Work Sampling System (WSS) Observational Tool

11 Accessing WSS Teacher Administration Manual (TAM) WSS TAM and Student Score Booklet (SSB) – Printable downloads in PMRN All materials will also Posted to A&A Blackboard (public school access) Access Materials – Sign In – Click K-2 button on Portal – Download materials via links

12 WSS Basics The heart of the Work Sampling System is focused on ongoing evaluation where a student’s work is assessed repeatedly through – Guidelines and Checklists – Teacher observations – Work samples and other methods of documenting Repeated assessment allows the teacher to identify patterns of student learning. WSS differs from ECHOS in that for ECHOS, a skill only needed to be observed one time, but for WSS, the skill needs to be observed repeatedly to be rated as in process or proficient.

13 WSS Basics A major difference between ECHOs and WSS is the use of actual student work as part of the documentation for observation. Teachers can select samples of work that cover multiple indicators. Teachers may also take photos of students performing activities that show skills being observed, and annotate as documentation.

14 WSS Basics

15 Five Domains Personal and Social Development Language and Literacy Mathematical Thinking Scientific Thinking Physical Development, Health, and Safety Under the domain of Mathematical Thinking, we can look at several Functional Components: Processes and Practices Number Operations and Algebraic Thinking Measurement Geometry

16 WSS Basics Each functional component is composed of a set of performance indicators. In Processes and Practices, we see specific performance indicators: −Reasons quantitatively and begins to use some tools −Begins to recognize patterns and makes simple generalizations. These would be the specific indicators for which the teacher will be observing and collecting evidence of the child’s performance

17 WSS Basics The evidence collected may include teacher observations, work samples, and possibly other sources of information like other school personnel or families Teacher will rate students based upon collected evidence (Not Yet, In Process, Proficient) Rating will need to be completed and entered into PMRN system within the first thirty days of school. Users will not be able to access and view WSS screens after the first 30 school days. WSS Reports will be available in late October or early November.

18 Documenting Observations Documenting observations effectively requires that teachers differentiate between what is actually seen and heard and what are opinions and interpretations of these actions. There is not a set way to document observations – what works best for the teacher should be used.

19 Special Needs/ELL Students When using the Work Sampling System with students with special needs, it is permissible to modify the way you assess or how the student demonstrates the skills, but not the checklist Look for non-verbal means a student can convey skill, especially for non-English speakers

20 WS Developmental Guidelines Each teacher must be given a copy of the WSS Developmental Guidelines Provides teachers with rationale for each performance indicator and gives examples of ways students demonstrate the skill, knowledge, or behavior related to the performance indicator Helps maintain similarity of interpretation

21 WSS Developmental Checklist Located in back of FLKRS Test Administration Manual and on Blackboard Shows all Domains, Functional Components and Performance Indicators Teachers completes one per student to record evidences collected, then makes rating When a teacher selects ratings on the Developmental Checklist, they compare the evidences of the child’s performance of an indicator to the expectations detailed in the WSS Developmental Guidelines to determine appropriate rating.

22 WSS Rating Guide The student was given opportunity to show skill, but did or could not. The expectation is that there will be very few students with this rating, as the guidelines are based upon normal 4 year old development. The student almost always demonstrates the skill under different circumstances and settings. Rating of “No Opportunity to Observe” should only be used for students with physical disabilities, after attempts to observe using accommodations, and for students who enroll late in the window or have excessive absences.

23 Entering WSS Ratings via K-2 EST See pages 19 and 20 of the FLKRS Administration Manual for how to assign rating points Information on how to enter into PMRN still to come

24 Contact Information Colleen Risner Shawn Harrold


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