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Massive Data Breach at Equifax exposes almost half of America

Credit reporting firm Equifax says cybersecurity incident could potentially affect 143 million US consumers.

Equifax said data on 143 million U.S. customers was obtained in a breach which occurred on July 29th, 2017

Personal information including birth dates, credit card numbers and more was obtained in the breach.

Equifax Inc., which supplies credit information and other information services, said Thursday that a cybersecurity incident could have potentially affected 143 million consumers in the U.S.

Leaked data includes names, birth dates, social security numbers, addresses and potentially drivers licenses. 209,000 U.S. credit card numbers were also obtained, in addition to "certain dispute documents with personal identifying information for approximately 182,000 U.S. consumers."

Equifax said it is now alerting customers whose information was included in the breach via mail, and is working with state and federal authorities. Its private investigation into the breach is complete. 

Source:  https://www.cnbc.com/2017/09/07/credit-reporting-firm-equifax-says-cybersecurity-incident-could-potentially-affect-143-million-us-consumers.html


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ELPAC Update Issue #6

 The English Language Proficiency Assessments for California (ELPAC) Update, from the California Department of Education (CDE), is an e-mail for K–12 educators, including testing coordinators that focuses on the English Language Proficiency Assessments for California. When the ELPAC is operational, it will replace the California English Language Development Test (CELDT). The ELPAC Update will be sent once per month beginning March 2017. Please forward this e-mail to any educators in your local educational agency (LEA) who would be interested in or benefit from this information.

Operational ELPAC Summative Assessment Administration and Scoring Training: Registration Now Open

Thank you for your patience during the recent delay of online registration for Summative Assessment (SA) Administration and Scoring Training. We are pleased to announce that registration is now open! This training will be a "training-of-trainers" model. A portion of the training day will be divided into two groups: kindergarten through grade five in one room, and grades six through twelve in another room. We recommend that you plan accordingly and bring one trainer for the lower grades and one other trainer for the upper grades, if applicable.

LEA ELPAC Coordinators are responsible for registering participants from their LEA. Using the registration code provided in the e-mail sent from the Sacramento County Office of Education to LEA ELPAC Coordinators on August 14, an LEA ELPAC Coordinator can log on to the registration system at any time this fall and change participants' names as well as add names to the waiting list. Specific registration information is located on the ELPAC Web site under the Training tab.

If you have any questions, please contact the ELPAC Customer Support Center by phone at 844-782-2714 or by e-mail at.

Coming to You: SA Operational Regional Trainings

Are you unable to attend a state-sponsored SA Administration and Scoring Training on any of the designated dates? No need to worry—county offices of education also will be hosting local trainings throughout California. Staff from county offices will first attend the statewide trainings, and then host local trainings. These regional trainings are posted on the ELPAC Web site, which is regularly updated to include new regional training sites.

New ELPAC Resources Now Available!

The wait for the new ELPAC resources for parents and educators is over! The CDE is pleased to announce that the following resources are now available on the CDE ELPAC Web page and on the ELPAC Web site:

Do We Administer the CELDT or the ELPAC in 2017–18?

A Parent Guide to Understanding the ELPAC (translated into seven languages)

•"ELPAC Assessments Fact Sheet"

•"Domain Information Sheets"

Matrix Four: Universal Tools, Designated Supports, and Accommodations for the English Language Proficiency Assessments for California,

Practice Makes Perfect

The ELPAC Practice Tests are under development. When finalized, they will be posted on the CDE ELPAC Web page and on the ELPAC Web site. Watch for more information, coming in the September issue of the ELPAC Update.

Question of the Month: If the CELDT Initial Assessment is administered to students in 2017–18, must the students also take the ELPAC SA in spring 2018?

Answer: All students who currently are being tested with the CELDT Initial Assessment (IA) within 30 calendar days of enrollment also will be administered the ELPAC SA in spring 2018. All students who took the IA and were identified as ELs will take two assessments each year. Why? The SA is the measure for accountability requiring that each student be tested annually.

The ELPAC Overview Video

The CDE is pleased to announce that in October, the "ELPAC Overview" video, in English and Spanish, will be available for download by LEAs! This video will be an excellent resource for LEAs to share with parent groups and staff. The video will showcase the new ELPAC and its importance for California. More information will be coming soon.

The ELPAC IA Field Test

If your LEA is participating in the ELPAC IA field test from August 28 to September 22, please remember that no pre-identification labels are available. Test Examiners will need to fill in the student demographic information before sending the materials to Educational Testing Service. If you have any questions, please contact the ELPAC Customer Support Center by phone at 844-782-2714 or by e-mail at .

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CAASPP Update #221 August 30th, 2017

Postponement of Public Release of 2016–17 CAASPP Summary Results

 During the preview period of the 2016–17 CAASPP public Web reporting site, some local educational agencies (LEAs) identified a small number of cases in which test results did not appear to aggregate as expected to their district or charter school summaries. The CDE delayed the release of the statewide test results in order to investigate these reported cases. 

The issue impacts only the CAASPP public Web reporting site and the research files available from that site for 2016–17. Please be assured that the individual student achievement levels and scale scores that have been reported to your LEA or direct funded charter school are correct. 

Once we complete our analysis and the new release date is finalized, the information will be provided to LEAs along with details and timeline for accessing the embargoed Web site. LEAs will have an opportunity, before the public release, to review the state, county, district, and/or school CAASPP reports once again to verify that the anticipated results are displayed and that all schools in the LEA are included. 

Reminder: CAASPP Online Systems Resume September 5! 

The Labor Day holiday marks the end of the system downtime period for the transition to the 2017–18 CAASPP assessments! On Tuesday, September 5, the CAASPP online systems will resume operations and provide LEAs with the following: 

    • Access to the 2017–18 Smarter Balanced Interim Assessments—which include new and revised Interim Assessment Blocks—and hand scoring materials 
    • A brand-new Interim Assessment Reporting System, chock-full of data features, including item-level student responses and advanced grouping features, for 2017–18 results (Results from prior school years will appear in the new reporting system but will not be displayed in the same level of detail as results from the 2017–18 school year.) 
    • New accessibility supports available for both summative and interim assessments 


Questions regarding the 2017–18 CAASPP online systems should be directed to the California Technical Assistance Center by phone at 800-955-2954 or by e-mail at .

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"Hey Echo, what are junior's grades today?"

Very cool application of one SIS system's OPEN API to connect with one family's Amazon Echo device (similar to an Alexa or Siri device) - Editor

When Sycamore Education's public application program interface (API) was released, the possibilities opened up that would allow third-party developers to access data stored within Sycamore in a safe and secure manner. Most recently, a parent at Shakopee Area Catholic School in Shakopee, Minnesota has increased those possibilities even further to assist him and his family.

Todd Kitta, an architect with the Microsoft Technology Center, created quite the social media buzz when he shared a YouTube video of receiving Sycamore information from his Amazon Echo.

By leveraging the Echo, Microsoft Azure, the Microsoft Bot Framework, and Sycamore Education's API, Kitta was able to pull data from Sycamore's K-12 system, Sycamore School, to be read aloud by "Alexa." As a result, Kitta could find out the grades in his children's classes in a matter of seconds, with just a simple voice command.

"I wanted to make it easy for all of us to check the status of grades in each class, as well as check for missing assignments." Kitta continued, "Simply being able to ask Alexa about the current state for each kid is super helpful, and will likely make it more often that each of us check these items."

The inspiration for this project came from a surprising source: the kitchen table. A common occurrence in the Kitta household was that dinner unknowingly would be the same thing children had for lunch at school that day.

"I wanted to make it easy for my wife and the kids to find out what was on the [school] menu without having to dig out a phone or paper calendar," Kitta said.

Kitta's tech-savvy nature was also a motivating influence on the project, as he wanted to test the development experience of the Echo. He found the development of the Echo, combined with the integration with Sycamore's API, to be quite beneficial.

"I was skeptical that an API would be available, but I was pleasantly surprised to find that one was indeed out there," Kitta stated. "Not only that, but it was very well documented, and had an awesome sandbox that greatly assisted my development."

Kitta plans to use the demonstration in the Microsoft Technology Center's Innovation Alley, which showcases up-and-coming projects and demonstrations from visionary thinkers, innovators, and entrepreneurs in the technological field.

In the future, he hopes to add the same capabilities to leverage Microsoft's Cortana, as well as create further functionality for school news and contact information for the Echo, with the help of Sycamore's API.

Source: http://sycamoreeducation.com/thanks-to-tech-savvy-parent-sycamore-education-meets-the-amazon-echo/


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Interactive (and safe!) Eclipse Website (very cool!)

Nasa put together a virtual preview of what the eclipse will look like in your area.  Click on your hometown on the map and see a minute-by-minute preview! 

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Intro to Data Impressions's services

Remember at Data Impressions, Making Good Impressions is Our Business.

Check out a showcase of Data Impression's white glove deployment services.

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CASEMIS to CALPADS (C2C) TRANSITION UPDATES

(Editor's Note:  I copied this directly from the PDF file that was distributed on the listserv.  A few folks were having issues with the attachment not coming through, so here is the raw text:)

California Department of Education – CALPADS Team and Special Education Division

Subject: CASEMIS to CALPADS (C2C) TRANSITION UPDATES

END-OF-YEAR (EOY) SUBMISSION CERTIFICATION DEADLINE MOVED TO AUGUST 25, 2017

Per the CALPADS Update Flash #129 that was released on July 21, 2017, the final August 11th EOY certification deadline (the close of the amendment window) for EOY 1, 2, and 3 has been moved to August 25th, in order to accommodate a defect fix. Special Education Local Plan Areas (SELPAs) should work with district CALPADS administrators to ensure that all discipline reports in the EOY 3 submission have been reviewed prior to the August 25th certification date. The certification deadline for the California Special Education Management Information System (CASEMIS) suspension data (formerly Table C) has also been extended to August 25th. All other submissions for CASEMIS (Tables A and B) still have a certification deadline of August 11th.

SPECIAL EDUCATION PROGRAM END DATES IN CALPADS: FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

When is it appropriate for LEAs to populate the Education Program End Date for a Special Education Program record (Education Program Code 144 – Special Education)?

 The only circumstance in which the Education Program End Date for a Special Education Program record should be populated is when the student exits special education for one of the following reasons:

o Student was determined to be no longer eligible for services; o Student completed high school;
o Student aged out of the program (on 23rd birthday);
o Student dropped out of school;

o Student transferred out of state or out of the country; o Student died;
o Parent withdrew the student from special education; o Student received a special education waiver;

o No parental consent was given for an infant to be evaluated for Individualized Education Plan (IEP) services.

 It is NOT appropriate to populate the Education Program End Date for a Special Education Program record in any of the following scenarios:

o Routine year-end program record exits in CALPADS;
o To reflect changes from one primary disability to another;
o When the student transfers to another California public school or district.

How should Special Education Program records be reported for a student who was eligible for special education services, subsequently exits the program and then, after a period of time, is once again determined to be eligible for services?

 First, LEAs must ensure that the original Special Education Program record reflecting the Special Education Initial Entry Date (Education Program Start Date field) and the Special Education Program Exit Date (Education Program End Date field) are in CALPADS. If the record is not in CALPADS, then the record should be submitted.

Then, in order to reflect the subsequent determination that the student is eligible for services, a subsequent Special Education Program record should be submitted reflecting the new eligibility determination date (IEP meeting date) in the Education Program Start Date field. The Education Program End Date field should be null.

UPCOMING CASEMIS FALL ROADSHOWS

The California Department of Education (CDE) Special Education Division will be conducting its annual "Fall CASEMIS Roadshows" beginning in October 2017. Special Education and CALPADS staff will update local educational agencies on upcoming changes in CASEMIS for December 2018, as well as debut some of the data validations that will be required when CASEMIS is transitioned into CALPADS. The proposed dates and locations of these roadshows are listed below. The exact times, addresses, and registration information will be finalized and sent out in the September C2C newsletter. Please save these dates on your calendars.

October 9, 2017, San Diego, CA, San Diego COE
October 11, 2017, Santa Clara COE
October 12, 2017, Sonoma COE
October 13, 2017, Sacramento, CA, Sacramento COE
October 16, 2017, Saddleback USD
October 20, 2017, El Cajon
October 26, 2017, Desert Mountain SELPA
October 27, 2017, Ventura County SELPA
November 9, 2017, Los Angeles, CA, Los Angeles COE 
Contact Us Special Education Division Amanvir Sahota (916) 327-1022 CALPADS Office Sotain Fisher (916) 327-0210 

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Regional Training for new CAASPP Coordinators

Dear County and District Superintendents and Charter School Administrators:

NEW CALIFORNIA ASSESSMENT OF STUDENT PERFORMANCE AND PROGRESS COORDINATOR TRAINING

Every local educational agency (LEA) must identify a Coordinator responsible for the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) System. The New CAASPP Coordinator Training is designed for LEA CAASPP Coordinators who have been in their role for less than 12 months. The purpose is to help new LEA CAASPP Coordinators understand their role and responsibilities.

Highlights of the training include:

  • Responsibilities of the CAASPP Coordinator
  • Procedures to support a successful CAASPP administration
  • Checklists, examples, and timeframes for completing activities
  • Opportunities to connect with other CAASPP Coordinators in a regional network

  • Dates and Locations:

    Date

    Location

    Time

    October 11, 2017

    Sacramento County Office of Education

    8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

    October 16, 2017

    Fresno County Office of Education

    October 23, 2017

    Riverside County Office of Education

    Registration Information:

    Registration must be completed online at https://www.eventsforce.net/scoe/4/home. The registration fee is $40 per person and covers training materials, breakfast, and lunch.

    If you have any questions about the New CAASPP Coordinator Training, please contact Rachel Perry, Director, Sacramento County Office of Education, by phone at 916-228-2669 or by e-mail at .

    Sincerely,

    /s/

    Michelle Center, Director

    Assessment Development and Administration Division

    MC:rp

    cc: New LEA CAASPP Coordinators

    Regional Assessment Network members

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Dashboard Aficionados! Join the LCFF Review Team!

Good afternoon!

The California Collaborative for Educational Excellence (CCEE) is seeking qualified individuals to serve as leads and as members of LCFF Content Library Review Teams. If you are interested in serving on a review team, please complete the Application to Serve as Lead/Member of LCFF Content Library Review Team. The deadline to submit an application is September 1, 2017.

As background, the CCEE, in partnership with many other stakeholders, is developing the LCFF Content Library, a free repository of files (e.g., slides, handouts, videos, and other physical or electronic content) on California's accountability and continuous improvement system. The CCEE supports and curates the Library in partnership with review teams, the members of which may include representatives from county offices of education, statewide education associations, advocacy organizations, community-based organizations, and other entities selected by the CCEE. Following submission of a file, it is typically reviewed by at least one review team, which then makes a recommendation to the CCEE based on whether the file is accurate and current but also whether it is aligned with the California School Dashboard, the Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP), and other files in the Library.

Please contact me with any questions. Additional details on the LCFF Content Library can be found on the CCEE Web Page at www.ccee-ca.org.

Thank you for your time and consideration,

Michelle Magyar

Senior Manager, Training

@CCEECA

Click HERE to sign up for the CCEE listserv

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ViewSonic Showroom Event

You're invited to a private demonstration of the latest education solutions designed to empower teachers and excite students. Get a hands-on demonstration of our new ViewBoard® interactive displays with a suite of interactive annotation software that make it easier than ever to engage students. Including the new interactive 4K display, with an embedded ability to wirelessly connect to any OS. Our new projectors provide interactivity at a price point that meets the most stringent budgets. See the newest award-winning monitors and digital displays to outfit your entire campus. 

​Time September 13, 2017
​Location
10 Pointe Drive, Brea CA 92821 (Second Floor)
​Tickets
​Admission is free

Schedule

11:00 am- 1:00 pm

As a thank you for joining us, you will automatically be entered to win our award winning 24" professional monitor

Please RSVP by September 6th to Jack Mele at Jack@dataimpressions.com
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E-Rate Newsflash #17-07

E-Rate Newsflash

Post Application Filing Window Reminders

The filing window for the 2017–18 E-rate funding year closed on May 11, 2017. Local Education Agencies (LEAs) that submitted an FCC Form 471 may continue to review these forms and submit corrections, if needed, until the Funding Commitment Decision Letter is issued.

A detailed list of the corrections that can be made, as well as instructions for how to submit the corrections can be found in the Schools and Libraries Program (SLP) News Brief dated May 12, 2017, which is archived on the Schools and Libraries Division (SLD) Web page at http://www.usac.org/sl/tools/news-briefs/preview.aspx?id=772.

Program Integrity Assurance Review

The SLD has begun review of FCC Form 471 submittals for the 2017–18 E-rate funding year. This process is known as the Program Integrity Assurance (PIA) review. If, during the PIA review process, the reviewer has questions about the application, an e-mail will be sent to the contact person with a link to the questions in the E-rate Productivity Center (EPC).

It is important to note that a 15-day deadline is associated with each round of questions. In order to ensure that you receive all communication in a timely manner, we advise applicants to verify that the correct person is identified as the contact person in the EPC.

Please see the SLP News Brief from May 19, 2017 to learn more about notification of application questions, response guidance and deadlines, and options to request an extension if additional response time is required. This News Brief is archived on the SLD's Web page at http://www.usac.org/sl/tools/news-briefs/preview.aspx?id=773.

Additional Information & Support

The Schools and Libraries Program (SLP), commonly known as E-rate, provides timely information and insight through their Weekly News Brief. If you haven't already done so, we encourage you to sign up to receive these communications by visiting the SLP's Web page at http://www.usac.org/sl/tools/news-briefs/Default.aspx.

You can subscribe to the California Department of Education (CDE) E-rate e-mail listserv by sending a "blank" message to . If you would like to unsubscribe from the CDE E-rate listserv, send a "blank" message to .

As always, we are here to help if you have questions or need support. Members of the CDE E-rate team are available to assist by e-mail at . 

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Breaking News!

 Dear LEA Representative,

The CDE is aware of the CALPADS performance issues that have occurred over the last two days and will be addressing the cause later today. Additionally, we will be postponing the July 31, 2017 End-of-Year (EOY) certification deadline. The new EOY deadline will be announced in Flash 129 set to be released on Friday, July 21, 2017.


Thank you again for all of your patience and your diligent work.

CALPADS Team

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CAASPP Update Issue #215

Focusing on the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) System, including the Smarter Balanced assessments—a major component of CAASPP—and the California Alternate Assessments and science assessments.
 
Accessibility
 
Last month, the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium passed eight motions to update the Usability, Accessibility, and Accommodations Guidelines (UAAG). The changes, which apply only to specific CAASPP assessments, are as follows:
 
New universal tools
- Embedded thesaurus
- Embedded line reader

New designated supports
- Non-embedded amplification
- Embedded mouse pointer size and color
 
New accommodations
- Embedded braille transcript for English language arts listening passages
- Non-embedded word prediction
- Non-embedded braille paper and pencil assessments
 
In addition, 10 existing policies have been updated for clarification or editorial changes. The updated UAAG, published on June 30, 2017, is available on the Smarter Balanced Accessibility and Accommodations Web page in the "What Are Accessibility Resources?" section.
 
On another accessibility note, Matrix One is in the process of being updated for the coming administration. The matrix updates will reflect the UAAG changes.
 
Student Score Reports in Spanish
 
We are pleased to announce that the 2017 Spanish versions of the Student Score Reports for both Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments and the California Alternate Assessments are now available on the CDE CAASPP Student Score Report Information Web page.
 
Available—Guide to Understanding Student Score Reports
 
The 2017 version of the Guide to Understanding the Student Score Report is now available for both Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments and the California Alternate Assessments. These guides come in both English and Spanish, with other translations coming soon. These documents are organized by grade level and provide information about the assessments specific to each grade level.

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Third Annual K-12 Systems Survey Now Available!

We just finished updating the survey itself (added additional categories and systems), and it's ready to go for the 17/18 school year. 

Please help us create the most up-to-date and comprehensive open-source listing of enterprise systems in use by California K-12 school districts.

Last year we had over 400 responses.  This year our goal is 500!  

Small districts and charter schools are welcome to update their systems too!

It just takes a few minutes to complete and you'll get an email with the results when they are completed!  

Having an understanding of which districts are using which systems helps us prioritize our open-source support initiatives.  

Sincerely,

Roberta Trujillo, Volunteer.

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EdTech Summit Update: The Future of Teaching is Here

All of us at Datalink Networks have been obsessed with the planning for our EdTech Summit, two weeks from today at the Sheraton Universal here in Los Angeles. Open to any local school employee, it will be an exciting day of exploring the challenges and advances in K12 technology.

We know that some of our attendees are most interested in the focus on curriculum and the Connected Classroom, so Fran Mauney, of Intel Education, will open with a keynote that will cover current trends and where EdTech is going. Our team has been laser-focused on security lately, so we've landed experts from Fortinet and Datto to address the issues that have made schools ripe targets for hacking. And we understand that budgeting is always an issue for cash-strapped schools, so Mike Fleetwood will be on hand to talk about ESSA, ERate, and other resources and strategies for keeping pace with technological advances.

But we also know that a certain cohort of our audience just wants a chance to "play with the toys." That's why our events usually include a "Vendor Pavilion," featuring some of the latest offerings from the big technology companies you already know - plus a few that may be new to you.

Our EdTech Vendor Pavilion will feature education products from both Microsoft and Google, as well as networking solutions from Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Aruba Networks, and Huawei. Lenovo will be there with some of their hottest laptops and Chromebooks for the school market. And in addition to Fortinet and Datto, we've invited Malwarebytes to show you how to keep your student data secure.

We think you'll also enjoy getting up close and personal with these products and services:

Promethean - Promethean's Interactive flat panels, walls, whiteboards, and other delivery systems - especially when paired with their Classflow software solutions - are designed to energize your learning environment and maximize the return on classroom technology.

Blocksi - Cloud, web and YouTube filtering for G Suite-managed Chromebooks and Chrome clients, featuring an Administrator, Teacher, and Parent Dashboards that makes it simple to set filtering policies and collect analytics on G Suite-managed users, organizational units, Chromebooks and Chrome clients.

Blocksi Manager provides trend analysis, web and YouTube analytics per user. This system can even help administrators monitor cyberbullying and improper behavior through content analysis.

Soundtrap - An online learning tool that enables teachers to follow the STEAM curriculum through music and podcasts. Its simple interface, designed to suit students of all levels, fosters a collaborative environment in which students develop their creative and communication skills.

StarTech.com - Did you know there are over 200 types of connector types and technologies used in IT solutions? Ever have trouble finding the right one? From the latest technology to legacy products, StarTech.com is your trusted advisor for connectivity, making it easy to identify, find, get and use the connectivity parts you need.

C2G stands for Cables To Go, and they want to be your go-to place for classroom connectivity. They note that simplifying connectivity makes collaborative learning an easier experience for teachers and students. From ceiling speakers to projector mounts to the cabling and covers necessary to make it all work invisibly, Cables To Go will help you connect.

We believe the EdTech Summit will be a valuable resource for school IT pros, teachers, and administrators as they gear up for the 2017-18 school year. Check out the full agenda and register here.

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BrightBytes Acquires Trusted IPaaS Provider Authentica Solutions

 BrightBytes adds Authentica to brand portfolio, providing educators with end-to-end data management to improve the way the world learns

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. — June 29, 2017 — BrightBytes,® a learning analytics organization currently impacting one in five schools in the United States, today announced the acquisition of Authentica Solutions, developer of DataSense, an education data Integration Platform as a Service (IPaaS). Authentica, a 2017 Microsoft Education Partner of the Year Finalist, currently partners with top enterprise solutions in edtech to help educators at every organizational level meet data management requirements. It is this deep experience in data integration within the K-12 space and the shared dedication to use data to drive learning that makes the combination of BrightBytes and Authentica an unstoppable force.

As big data informs more and more learning decisions, this groundbreaking acquisition marks a major milestone for the industry. Bringing the two companies together will provide educators with fast, easy, and secure data integration, research-based analysis, and actionable recommendations. Big data has caused an undeniable shift across every industry, but many educators have struggled to participate in the data revolution due to widespread data disarray or extreme DRIP (data rich, information poor) conditions. Collection methods, variables, and captured information differ greatly within data sets and produce disparate results for limited analysis. Authentica's IPaaS solution, DataSense, solves many of these integration challenges by providing a single, unified approach to managing all data integration, transformation, and migration processes between all of an education organizations' critical applications, including SIS to APP, APP to APP, and APP to EDW. The solution quickly streamlines quality data flow and removes laborious data collection, rostering, and scrubbing on the user's end.

The widespread availability of accurate and usable data has the potential to unlock a universe of information for educators. However, without the most insightful lens to understand data, the right research to provide meaning, and the clearest methods to communicate results, data is simply a scatter of numbers. The BrightBytes Clarity® platform, the world's leading decision support platform for K-12 educators, provides research-based analysis and organizes and delivers data across engaging, easy-to-understand dashboards and reports. To date, BrightBytes has impacted 9.2 million students by helping schools use data analysis to address common education challenges. Across the platform's core modules, educators can easily gain access to actionable data to evaluate technology efficacy, improve graduation rates, ensure organization-wide data privacy and security, and develop effective leaders. Clarity connects each organization's data to relevant research proven to drive outcomes.

"Educators have always had a lot of data, the challenge is integrating data from multiple sources, analyzing that data against research, communicating the results in an engaging and educative way, and understanding what specific levers need to be pulled to drive effective change. Bringing these two companies together will, for the first time, give educators an end-to-end solution for data-driven decision making," said BrightBytes' Chief Executive Officer, Traci Burgess.

The addition of Authentica to the BrightBytes family will help education leaders cost effectively manage data integration and analysis, improve the quality of data collection, and free education institutions to use their data for the intended purpose of student achievement and success.

About BrightBytes
BrightBytes is a learning analytics organization that translates complex analysis and educational research into fast actions that drive student learning. Their flagship platform, Clarity, measures modern learning outcomes and provides visualized results that are educative, engaging, and actionable, allowing organizations to make evidence-based decisions that improve instruction and advance student achievement.

About Authentica
Authentica Solutions supports K-12 organizations no matter where they are on the data exchange spectrum. Their unique approach toward implementing, handling, and storing data from disparate systems provides school districts the freedom to select the software solutions that work best for them. With direct experience integrating their products with over 30 of the leading enterprise solutions in the edtech space, no other team has the hands-on experience to help all customers meet their data management requirements.

Follow BrightBytes
Twitter: https://twitter.com/BrightBytes
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/brightbytes


Media Contact for BrightBytes
Kristal Ayres, 239.398.1770,

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ELPAC Update Issue #4, June 30th, 2017

The English Language Proficiency Assessments for California (ELPAC) Update, from the California Department of Education (CDE), is an e-mail for K-12 educators, including testing coordinators, which focuses on the English Language Proficiency Assessments for California. When the ELPAC is operational, it will replace the California English Language Development Test (CELDT). The ELPAC Update will be sent once per month beginning March 2017. Please forward this e-mail to any educators in your local educational agency (LEA) who would be interested in or benefit from this information.

ELPAC Regulations Approved!

Have you heard the news? The ELPAC regulations have been approved and will become effective on October 1! These regulations include definitions, requirements, responsibilities, and guidelines for the administration, test security, and reporting of the ELPAC. In addition, they include, but are not limited to:

-  Procedures for the administration of two separate assessments
-  A change in the annual summative assessment window to a four-month period, beginning February 1 and lasting through May 31
-  The use of universal tools, designated supports, and accommodation

    The ELPAC draft regulations are located on the CDE ELPAC Regulations Web page. Be on the lookout on the CDE ELPAC Web page after October 1, when the approved regulations will be posted and ready for the first administration of the ELPAC in spring 2018.

    New ELPAC Resources Next Month

    Are you interested in ELPAC resources for parents and educators? The CDE and Sacramento County Office of Education (SCOE) are developing an ELPAC flyer for parents, an ELPAC Fact Sheet, and ELPAC Domain Information sheets for educators. These resources are designed to provide the reader with valuable information about the ELPAC. Be on the lookout in August, when these resources will be posted on the ELPAC.org Web site.

    ELPAC Initial Assessment Field Test (FT): Coming Soon!

    With the ELPAC Summative Assessment having ended last April, we are now gearing up for this fall's ELPAC Initial Assessment (IA) FT. The CDE and its testing contractor, Educational Testing Service (ETS), are looking for LEAs interested in having several of their schools participate in the IA FT, which is scheduled for Monday, August 28, through Friday, September 22.

    Is your LEA interested in participating in this important work? If so, please contact Jackie Adams at SCOE by phone at 916-228-2207 by Monday, July 17. Interested LEAs will be required to send Test Examiners to a one-day training in August. The training schedule is as follows:

    Description

    Date

    Time

    Location

    In-person IA FT training

    August 16

    8:00 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

    Sacramento—SCOE, New Conference Center

    In-person IA FT training

    August 17

    8:00 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

    Bay Area—East Side Union High School District, Independence High School

    In-person IA FT training

    August 18

    8:00 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

    Clovis—Veterans Memorial Building

    In-person IA FT training

    August 23

    8:00 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

    Costa Mesa—Orange County Department of Education

    In-person IA FT training

    August 24

    8:00 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

    San Diego—Marina Village Conference Center


    Feedback on the ELPAC Student Score Report

    The CDE and ETS are in the process of developing the ELPAC Student Score Report. In order to develop a student score report, one that effectively communicates a student's progress toward English language proficiency, educators and parents/guardians will be invited to provide their input on the format and content of the score report. Stay tuned for more information, coming soon—in the July issue of the ELPAC Update.

    Due August 1: Superintendent's Designation of LEA ELPAC Coordinator Form

    Reminder: The online Superintendent's Designation of an LEA ELPAC Coordinator Form for the coming school year is due by August 1. This form was e-mailed to superintendents on March 1. After ETS has received the designation form, a confirmation e-mail will be sent to the newly designated LEA ELPAC Coordinator. The confirmation e-mail will prompt the new coordinator to fill out and submit the Test Security Agreement for LEA ELPAC Coordinators and ELPAC Site Coordinators Form, which will grant the coordinator access to the Test Operations Management System (TOMS). TOMS is the online system that coordinators will use to manage all aspects of ELPAC testing, including the assignment of user roles.

    After August 1, important communications from ETS will be sent directly to LEA ELPAC Coordinators. Take care of this detail now, and then rest assured that the appropriate staff in your LEA will receive important ELPAC-related communications from ETS without delay!

    To subscribe to the ELPAC Listserv, please send a blank e-mail to .

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New DataQuest Enrollment Reports

Dear LEA Representative, 

This message is to notify you about several new enrollment reports for academic years 2014–15, 2015–16, and 2016–17 that are now publicly available on the California Department of Education (CDE) DataQuest Website. These reports are based on data previously submitted and certified in CALPADS by districts and charter schools; however, they have been updated with several visual and functional modifications. 

These reports include: 

  • Enrollment by Ethnicity and Grade 
  • Enrollment Multi-Year Summary by Ethnicity 
  • Enrollment by Ethnicity (with County Data) 
  • Enrollment Multi-Year Summary by Grade 
  • Enrollment by Grade (with County Data) 
  • Enrollment by Ethnicity for Charter and Non-Charter Schools 
  • Enrollment by Subgroup for Charter and Non-Charter Schools 
  • Enrollment for Charter and Non-Charter Schools with County Data 
  • Enrollment Multi-Year Summary for Charter and Non-Charter Schools 
  • K-12 Enrollment by Age Group and Grade 
  • K-12 Enrollment by Age Range with County Data 
  • Enrollment by English Language Acquisition Status (ELAS) and Grade 
  • Enrollment by English Language Acquisition Status (ELAS) (with County Data) 


You can access these reports by performing the following steps: 

  1. Navigate to the DataQuest home page at http://dq.cde.ca.gov/dataquest/
  2. Select the desired Level (State, County, District, or School) 
  3. Select Subject=Enrollment located under Student Demographics 
  4. Click "Submit" 
  5. Select Year 2014–15, 2015–16, and 2016–17 (Legacy enrollment reports are still available for prior years) 
  6. Click "Submit" 
  7. Select desired report from the menu 
  8. Click "Submit" 


Included in these updates is a new stylistic report template optimized for mobile display that works within the recently released CA Schools mobile application (http://www.cde.ca.gov/re/mo/caschools.asp). These reports have also been updated to include a "Report Description" section that provides important information about each report. Additionally, these reports have been equipped with enhanced filtering capability available within the expandable "Report Options and Filters" section at the top of each report. These new filtering options allow users to remove or isolate charter school data, simultaneously apply multiple filters, and change the data display (number or percent). 

Please note that enhanced filtering capabilities are not enabled for all reports. The CDE will be issuing a press release tomorrow about these new reports. Included in this press release will be information about a new DataQuest listserv. This listserv is being established to provide one-way communication to subscribers about DataQuest updates, including new data releases (e.g., reports and downloadable files), new report options and functionality, data release schedules, reporting documentation, and periodic data analysis summary, overview, and findings. We hope you find these updates useful. Please feel free to send any comments or suggestions by e-mail to .

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EdTech IT Summit for School Technology Pros

Join your peers and K12 technology thought leaders at the Sheraton Universal in Los Angeles for a day exploring the challenges around campus security, E-Rate, and the Connected Classroom. Admission is free to employees of districts and K12 schools. Lunch will be served.

Who should attend: School IT Directors and Managers, Network Engineers, Budget Officers, Superintendents, Principals, Vice Principals, Curriculum Developers, Science Chairs, Teacher Leadership.

EARLY BIRD PRIZE DRAWING: REGISTER BEFORE JULY 1 TO BE ENTERED. PRIZES INCLUDE A NEW XBOX.

Registration information.

​Time July 26, 2017 - 10:00 AM
​Location
​333 Universal Hollywood Dr., Universal City, CA
​Tickets
​Free to K12 and school district employees

Schedule

​This is the schedule as of June 14. Please note that we're still developing our presentations and it may change a bit.

​7:00 am - 11:00 am
​Check-in.
​11:00 am - 11:15 am
​Welcome and Introduction
​11:15 am - 12:00 noon
​Opening Keynote:  The New Classroom and the Technology that Supports It
Fran Mauney, Intel Education Network

​12:00 noon - 1:00 pm
​Ice Breaker and Hosted Lunch
​1:00 pm - 1:30 pmVendor Presentation:  Combatting the Evolving Cyber Threat Landscape in the K-12 Arena
Carrie Cate-Clements and Rensley Pereira, Fortinet

​1:30 pm - 2:15 pm​School Community Panel Discussion featuring IT Leaders from local schools.
​2:15 pm - 2:45 pm​Break
​2:45 pm - 3:30 pm​Vendor Presentation: Staff, Students, Outages, Oh My! Risks Every School Community Faces and How You Can Protect Your Campus 
Eric Torres, Datto

​3:30 pm - 4:15 pm​Closing Keynote: Connecting the Dots: Funding and Taking Action on Your School's own Technology Plan
Mike Fleetwood, Technology Education Consultant, Synnex

​4:15 pm - 4:30 pm​Concluding Remarks
​4:30 pm - 6:00 pm​Happy Hour - Networking

Speakers

​For more information on our speakers, visit our blog.

EdTech IT Summit - July 26, 2017

Fran Mauney
Intel Education, SYNNEX Corp.

First and foremost, Fran is an educator. She is a Microsoft Innovative Educator and a STAR Discovery Education Network teacher, and grant writer. She was the Coordinator of the Upstate Technology Conference in South Carolina and served as an Adjunct College Professor for the College of Charleston. She has presented at ISTE, MACUL, SC Edtech, SCASL, SCIRA, and Upstate Technology Conference.

At SYNNEX, Fran represents Intel Education and connects Intel Educators with schools and resellers nationwide. She works with resellers in the education market and shares ways technology can meet the needs of students as we prepare for the future. She promotes Intel devices to personalize learning for students and for teachers and works closely with the Google and Microsoft teams. 


Mike Fleetwood
Senior Business Development and Services Manager, SYNNEX Corp.

Mike Fleetwood has worked in the Technology field since 1995. He served over 20 school districts in a consulting role through resellers introducing managed services, Internet, networks, servers and computers into the schools and businesses. He played a key role in developing Technology Plans, ERate Plans and Technology Support. As the Senior Business Development and Services Manager, Mike's role is to take a lead in the charge on the Google an Microsoft for Education platform.

Since joining SYNNEX, Mike has spoken to hundreds of school districts nationwide on Google, Chrome, Google Apps, Google Play for Education, Microsoft, Instructional Technology, Funding, Physical Security and E-Rate.

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CAASPP--REMINDER: 6/13/17 Webcast Announcement

Dear LEA CAASPP Coordinator:

On Tuesday, June 13, 2017, beginning at 8:30 a.m. and concluding at approximately 3:30 p.m., Educational Testing Service and WestEd, in partnership with the California Department of Education, will broadcast the 2016–17 California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) Post-Test Workshop: Using Assessment Results to Inform Teaching and Learning live from the Post-Test Workshop at the Santa Clara County Office of Education.

The purpose of the workshop is to inform local educational agencies (LEAs) of the various components of the 2016–17 CAASPP student results and reports for the Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments for English language arts/literacy (ELA) and mathematics and the California Alternate Assessments (CAAs) for ELA and mathematics, and how this information might be used to inform instruction.

Questions to be answered during the workshop will include

  • What do you need to know about these assessments?
  • What resources are available to you and your team?
  • Where and how can you access these resources?
  • How can you use the results and resources to inform teaching and learning?
  • How can you and your team optimize the results and the resources?

You may view the Webcast on the CAASPP Webcast Web page on the CAASPP Portal. This Webcast does not require preregistration or a logon account. It is highly recommended that remote viewers participate in a local group setting as there will be 20–30 minute blocks of time where you are asked to work with others in your group. We encourage you to watch this Webcast with curriculum, professional development, and instructional leaders, as well as other LEA or site representatives who might be expected to disseminate the information to other educators within your LEA.

PowerPoint presentations and handouts are available on the Training Videos and Webcasts Web page on the CAASPP Portal.

If you would prefer to attend an in-person training, registration is still available at some locations. Visit the online registration form to see dates and availability.

Questions about the Webcast and all other topics regarding the 2016–17 CAASPP administration should be directed to the California Technical Assistance Center by phone at 800-955-2954 or by e-mail at .

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