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Panama-Buena Vista School District hit with a ransomeware attack.

Panama-Buena Vista School District hit with a ransomeware attack.

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Meet Marilyn, our 800th Member!

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Meet Marilyn Lapkass, the 800th member of the School Technology Leadership community.  Marilyn is a PARENT of a student attending the Roseville City School District who was interested in learning more about online testing and assessments.  (Psst. We have brand new assessment FAQ section that will be up soon on the website!).  Ms. Lapkass is sporting a highly sought after item - the complimentary SchoolTechnologyLeadership.com mug!    Thanks for joining or community Marilyn!-Chris
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Assessment Spotlight - January 9, 2020

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Assessment SpotlightFocusing on the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) System and English Language Proficiency Assessments of California (ELPAC)—and including, when timely, updates on California's other statewide assessments.Calendar Reminder: CAASPP and ELPAC System Downtime Fast ApproachingVarious CAASPP and ELPAC systems will be unavailable from Wednesday, January 8, at 5 p.m. through Tuesday, January 14, at 8 a.m. for a scheduled downtime. During the downtime, the following CAASPP and ELPAC systems will not be available:Test Operations Management System (TOMS)Test Administrator InterfaceCompletion Status and Roster Management SystemData Entry InterfaceInte...
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Jan 15, 2020 "Make and Take" event for users of the i-Ready platform

​You are invited to a unique one-day "Make It and Take It" event for users of i-ReadyDate: January 15, 2020Time: 9:00 am to 3:00 PM PSTLocation: Charter School Management Corporation (CSMC) Training Facility: 201 N. Brand Blvd., B100 Glendale, CA 91203We'll explore the product and dig deep into topics like:Single Sign On/RosteringData Warehouse Integration TechniquesAnnual MaintenanceConnecting i-Ready to 3rd party apps (e.g. Illuminate, Aeries, SchoolZilla)Take full advantage of i-Ready's capabilities by learning integration tips and tricks. Come with your questions, concerns, ideas, and headaches. We'll work together and address each one! Meet the i-Ready Team who will be on hand to explai...
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Loni Bennett
An invaluable experience! Can't wait for the next one!
Thursday, 16 January 2020 09:27
Chris Moggia
Thanks Loni. We're working on more specific material for next one too! We'll dig deeper into your district's specific set of sys... Read More
Thursday, 16 January 2020 09:35

New York State Schools to get Data Protection Officer

School districts face July 1 deadline to create policies, procedures to safeguard student data | Education | nny360.comMASSENA — School districts have until July 1 to create policies and procedures to safeguard student data and other personnel information.https://www.nny360.com/communitynews/education/school-districts-face-july-deadline-to-create-policies-procedures-to/article_076ba157-5bb5-5fba-b227-b6f35a389bd8.htmlShould California follow New York's lead?
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Site Updates and Improvements!

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Half of the fun of building out the SchoolTechnologyLeadership.com website is working on the back-end website. We've cobbled together this site over the last few years and try and make weekly, if not daily, improvements to the user interface/user experience, ease of use, and speed. We've been tinkering away under the hood and are pleased to announce that we've hit an important milestone - a GTMetrix score of 100% (A+). That means we've been doing all of the right things to optimize the site and see how fast it loads pages.   You can gauge the optimization of any website by entering it's URL into the GTMETRIX.com website.  Our technical goals for 2020 include:1)  Beefing u...
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ELPAC: 2020 Summative Forms Assignment Now Posted

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ELPAC: 2020 Summative Forms Assignment Now PostedDear LEA ELPAC Coordinator:Form assignments for the 2019–20 Summative English Language Proficiency Assessments for California (ELPAC) administration are now available on the ELPAC Forms Assignments web page. Use the lookup tool to search for a local educational agency (LEA) to see which form number the LEA has been assigned. In some cases, large LEAs will be assigned to multiple forms; these will be displayed accordingly.Secure Directions for Administration (DFAs) that correspond to these form assignments will be available for download from the Test Operations Management System (TOMS) on Thursday, January 16, 2020. LEAs must download and use t...
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Updated Joint Guidance on Privacy and Student Education and Health Records

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December 19, 2019Updated Joint Guidance on Privacy and Student Education and Health RecordsThe U.S. Department of Education and the Office for Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services released updated joint guidance today addressing the application of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) and the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) Privacy Rule to records maintained on students. The guidance, which was first issued in November 2008, clarifies for school administrators, health care professionals, families, and others how FERPA and HIPAA apply to education and health records maintained about students. The revised guidance ...
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CALPADS Flash Update #168 - December 17, 2019

Important Reminder to update the Student English Language Acquisition Status in CALPADS Prior to Summative Testing for the English Language Proficiency Assessment for CaliforniaAll English learners must be assessed annually with the Summative English Language Proficiency Assessment for California (ELPAC). In order to be tested, students must have an English Language Acquisition Status (ELAS) of English Learner (EL) in CALPADS. Therefore, it is critical that students' ELAS are up-to-date in CALPADS before the Summative ELPAC testing opens on February 3, 2020, in order that students may be tested. In addition, any students' initial ELAS statuses that have been corrected through one of the allo...
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Physical Fitness Data Collection Update

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This is from an email distributed today (December 17, 2019) to LEA's:The California Department of Education (CDE) will not be collecting 2019–2020 school year California Physical Fitness Test (PFT) results from the local educational agencies (LEAs) maintaining any of grades five, seven, and nine. LEAs are still required to annually administer the PFT.In accordance with California Education Code Section 60800(c), "Pupils shall be provided with their individual results after completing the PFT [by the LEA]. The test results may be provided orally as the pupil completes the testing." For the School Accountability Report Card (SARC) February 2020 reporting, LEAs have the option of submitting the...
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CALPADS Flash Update #167

When to Use an Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP), Individualized Education Program (IEP), or an Individualized Service Plan (ISP)This Flash provides further specificity to Flash 161 regarding which plan types students with disabilities (SWD) should have. Individuals:Birth to 35 months should have an Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP).Ages 3 to 5, should have an Individualized Education Program (IEP), even if the child is attending a private preschool, private transitional kindergarten, or private kindergarten (that is not a nonpublic, nonsectarian certified school). LEAs should enroll students ages 3 to 5 who are attending a private school at the district level, with the Repor...
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Public Comment Open for CTE State Plan

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California Department of EducationNews ReleaseRelease: #19-81December 4, 2019Contact: Scott RoarkE-mail: : 916-319-0818SACRAMENTO—State Superintendent Tony Thurmond announced today that public comment is now open for the draft California Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act (Perkins V) State Plan. The plan was developed by the California Department of Education (CDE), California State Board of Education (SBE), and California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office (CCCCO).“This plan is a significant opportunity to strengthen Career Technical Education (CTE) programs and pathways for all students in both the K–12 and community college systems,” Thurmond said. “I encourage educators and stakeholders in the CTE field to submit their valuable input on this plan. These programs provide valuable skills to meet industry needs.”Perkins V was signed into law on July 31, 2018. This bipartisan measure reauthorized the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006 to provide nearly $1.3 billion annually in federal support for CTE programs across the nation. California receives approximately $127 million annually to support CTE programs and pathways.To provide feedback on the Perkins V State Plan, please visit the Perkins V Plan Feedback web page hosted by WestEd. Public comments will be used to finalize the Perkins V State Plan, as well as inform the future development of the Comprehensive California State Plan for CTE.Informational webinars and public meetings are scheduled on the following dates:Informational Webinars:Friday, December 610-10:30 a.m.Dial: +1-669-900-6833 (U.S. Toll-Free) Meeting ID: 900 354 042 orJoin via Zoom Conference .Friday, December 62-2:30 p.m.Dial: +1-669-900-6833 (U.S. Toll-Free) Meeting ID: 949 783 063 orJoin via Zoom Conference .Public meetings:Monday, December 910 a.m. and 1 p.m.WestEd Offices, Capitol Room1000 G Street, Suite 500Sacramento, CA 95814Public feedback for the Perkins V State Plan will be received until January 3, 2020. Additional information can be found on the CDE’sCalifornia Workforce Pathways Joint Advisory Committee’s web page. 
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DataQuest Update for November 26, 2019

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Lisa Constancio - New CDE Deputy Superintendent

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California Department of Education News Release
California Department of EducationNews ReleaseRelease: #19-80November 21, 2019Contact: Jonathan MendickE-mail: : 916-319-0818SACRAMENTO—State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond announced today that he has appointed Lisa Constancio as Deputy Superintendent of the Operations and Administration Branch of the California Department of Education (CDE). The branch oversees the apportionment of state and federal resources to local educational agencies (LEAs); assistance to LEAs for fiscal and business aspects of public schools; school facilities and transportation; and CDE budget, accounting, information systems, and personnel services. Constancio is the former director of the School Fiscal Services Division and the Charter Schools Division.“Lisa brings with her a wealth of knowledge and experience after over 13 years of dedication to the Department in various roles,” said Thurmond. “As the former director of our Charter Schools Division, she was a key player in navigating the recent statewide Charter Task Force and helping to ensure equity for all students. Her competencies over multiple areas have shown her value as a leader, and I couldn't be more excited to have her vision and skill set to lead this branch.”Prior to joining CDE, Constancio was the Operations Manager for the Department of General Services’ Office of Public School Construction, where she worked with leaders of the charter community in crafting the regulations for the $1 billion Charter School Facility Program funded through state general obligation bonds. She has a master’s degree in Organizational Management from the University of Phoenix and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from California State University, Sacramento.# # # #Tony Thurmond — State Superintendent of Public InstructionCommunications Division, Room 5602, 916-319-0818, Fax 916-319-0100Last Reviewed: Thursday, November 21, 2019
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NEW CALPADS errors/bugs for November 20th, 2019

A list of the new bugs . . .  :( Problem Number Classification Sub Classification Title Request Description Work-Around Priority 5233 Defect Fall 1 Certification Module Fall 1: Invalid fatal CERT138 error CERT 138 is triggered when the exit code is E140. n/a High 5232 Defect Reports & Extracts CERT142 - spelling errors on Certification Error Report Typos on 1.0 Certification Error report for CERT142. n/a Low 5231 Defect Reports & Extracts Fall 1: Snapshot Report 16.1 and 16.3 missing some students Some students who appear to be eligible are missing from 16.1 and 16.3 reports. n/a High 5230 Defect Reports & Extracts Fall 1 Certification page shows inflated error counts F...
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National Cybersecurity Career Awareness Week, Nov 11-15, 2019

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National Cybersecurity Career Awareness Week, brought to you by the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE), is an opportunity for government, business, education, community-based organizations, students, and workers to inspire, educate, and engage citizens to pursue careers in cybersecurity. The week-long campaign provides an opportunity to learn about the contributions and innovations of cybersecurity practitioners and the plethora of job opportunities that can be found when exploring cybersecurity as a career choice.Join us in encouraging awareness and exploration of cybersecurity careers through written or online announcements and resources, conducting outreach to share yo...
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$37.5 Million Literacy State Development Grant

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California Department of EducationNews ReleaseRelease: #19-73November 4, 2019Contact: Cynthia ButlerE-mail: : 916-319-0818SACRAMENTO—State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond announced today that the California Department of Education (CDE) was awarded a $37.5 million federal Comprehensive Literacy State Development grant. The grant will provide the necessary funds to allow for the expansion of current literacy efforts statewide over the next five years.“Many of the students who are struggling with reading comprehension or are not reading at grade level are our most vulnerable students—economically disadvantaged students, English language learners, students with disabilities, and students in rural communities,” said Thurmond. “This grant will allow us to promote and support equitable access to high-quality literacy instruction that will benefit not only our high-need students but all of our students from pre-K to high school.”The CDE is partnering with WestEd, the Region 15 Comprehensive Center, the California County Superintendents Educational Services Association, First 5, and the California Subject Matter Projects to carry out the grant’s three objectives:Build state capacity to support literacy instruction.Develop and implement a comprehensive state literacy plan.Build local capacity to establish, align, and implement literacy initiatives.In addition to the grant partners, the CDE will establish new sustainable partnerships with local educational agencies, institutions of higher education, and early childhood agencies to coordinate statewide professional learning and will disseminate a comprehensive statewide literacy needs assessment to local educational agencies by December 2019, which will provide vital information to assist in the development of the state literacy plan.For questions, email .# # # #
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ESSA Implementation Stakeholder Session Oct 18, 2019

 Key Implementation Activities for California's Continuous Improvement and Accountability System October 18, 2019 File Name: ESSA_CDE_Webinar-2019.10.18 File Size: 421 kb Download File
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San Bernardino City School District Hit with Ransomware Attack

Source: https://www.sbcusd.com/news/what_s_new/u_p_d_a_t_e__ransomware_attack_on_district_networkSBCUSD INFECTED BY RANSOMWARE ATTACKStudent and Parent Data Secure on Independent SystemSan Bernardino City Unified School District (SBCUSD) was infected by a malicious ransomware attack over the weekend. Ransomware is a type of malware that locks data with threats to perpetually block access unless a ransom is paid.SBCUSD computer servers are currently inaccessible due to the cyberattack. We don't believe student data and related family information has been compromised. We are working diligently to protect this data."It's true that there are significant challenges to access the District net...
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2019 CAASPP Scores Announced

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California Department of EducationNews ReleaseRelease: #19-68October 9, 2019Contact: Scott RoarkE-mail: : 916-319-0818SACRAMENTO—State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond announced today the statewide results of the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) summative assessments for English language arts/literacy (ELA) and mathematics. School districts have had access to their own results since May.For CAASPP, performance continues to improve slightly overall within grades as measured by the Smarter Balanced ELA and mathematics assessments. Statewide results in all tested grades showed that 50.87 percent of students met or exceeded standards in ELA, a .99 percentage point increase from 2018 and a 6.87 percentage point increase from 2015. In mathematics, 39.73 percent of students met or exceeded standards, a 1.08 percentage point increase from 2018 and a 6.73 percentage point increase from 2015.Thurmond acknowledged the slight score increases but expressed deep concern that improvement is less consistent across the score range in the later grades of 7, 8, and 11, with a persistent percentage of students of color not meeting standards and, in several grades, showing declining scores from last year.“Disparities between students of color and their white and Asian peers continue from year to year and demonstrate the importance of our priority initiative of closing the achievement gap. Education equity should mean equity for all students and right now, we are not there,” said Thurmond. “All students should have an equal opportunity to succeed academically and enter the workforce prepared with the needed skills to compete in the industries that drive our state forward.”One plan to address disparities that Thurmond supports is working with data experts to interpret the declining scores and evaluate what is causing the results. Strategies can then be identified for how local educational agencies (LEAs) and educators can improve test scores. “The CDE can work with all educational stakeholders to identify strategies and then explore legislative efforts to support the needs of local districts and provide resources to improve test scores,” Thurmond said.Performance gaps have narrowed (based on tracking the same cohort over time and different cohorts over time) in ELA in most grades between Hispanic or Latino students and white students, Ever-English Learner students and English Only students, and Reclassified Fluent English Proficient students and English Only students.The CAASPP Smarter Balanced ELA and mathematics results are the basis for the academic indicator, and the Summative ELPAC contributes to the English Learner Progress indicator of the California School Dashboard. Thurmond reinforced that test results are only one measurement out of many that the state uses to evaluate schools on the California School Dashboard, which allows educators and parents to identify strengths and weaknesses. Schools and districts that are struggling across Dashboard indicators are flagged for state assistance.This is the fifth year of the computer-based tests, which use California’s challenging academic standards and ask students to write clearly, think critically, and solve complex problems, as they will need to do in college and future careers. During this time period, less than one percent of students did not take part in...
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