Dear Accountability Coordinators:
Governor Brown's FY 2018-19 budget includes funding for improvements to the California School Dashboard (Dashboard). The California Department of Education and State Board of Education are gathering stakeholder feedback to help inform potential updates to the look and feel of the Dashboard.
This meeting will take place on Monday, July 23rd, from 1:00 to 2:30 p.m., over WebEx. Please use the following connection information to sign in:
Topic: Broad Stakeholder Webinar on Dashboard Redesign
Date and Time: Monday, July 23, 2018 1:00 pm, Pacific Daylight Time (San Francisco, GMT-07:00)
Event number: 668 426 813
Event password: 155428
Event registration/address for attendees: https://cdeevents.webex.com/cdeevents/onstage/g.php?MTID=edad07edf2cc650c61db8f28ab9462e50
We look forward to receiving your input.
Notes on the ELPAC
- The Initial ELPAC administration window opened on July 1.
- The Local Scoring Tool (LST) became available in the Test Operations and Management System (TOMS) on July 9.
- The Initial ELPAC data file layout will be posted on the ELPAC Test Administration web page by July 13.
- The Initial ELPAC preliminary score sheet and instructions as well as the conversion tables will be posted in TOMS by July 13. They are available for optional summer use by local educational agencies (LEAs) that choose to wait until fall to enter raw scores in the LST.
"Understanding Your Student Score Report"—in English, Spanish, Mandarin, and Vietnamese—is now available on the ELPAC Resources web page of the ELPAC website. It provides parents and guardians with an explanation of their child's Summative ELPAC score report.
In addition, LEAs are reminded that non-scorable Summative ELPAC materials must be returned to Educational Testing Service (ETS) as soon as possible. Non-scorable test materials are not to be shredded locally. If your LEA shredded the test materials, please submit an ELPAC Testing Irregularity and Security Breach Form, available on the ELPAC Test Administration web page, and email the form to ETS at .
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There are more than 130 known errors in the CALPADS system currently. If you are having difficulties with some errors or totals not working out as expected, try consulting the attached excel file. It may contain information about your particular situation that may be impacting your district's data.
We've been updating our various categories and listings of systems. This link takes you directly to our Help Desk / Ticketing systems category. If you know of a school district that is using a system that isn't yet listed, please let us know, so we can add it.
lluminate Education, IO Education, SchoolCity, Alpine Achievement, and Key Data Systems merge to create the largest provider of data platforms, data, analytics, formative assessments, and a "whole view of the student."
Irvine, Lake Elsinore, and Santa Clara, CA., Atlanta, GA., and Centennial, CO. (July 03, 2018) – Illuminate Education, the company transforming K-12 instruction through education intelligence solutions, has merged with IO Education, SchoolCity, Alpine Achievement, and Key Data Systems (KDS). The new company, called Illuminate Education, will be led by Christine Willig, a 25-year K-12 industry veteran. Insight Venture Partners, a New York-based venture capital and private equity firm focused on software investing and majority owner of Illuminate and KDS, facilitated the combination.
The merger combines leading formative assessment and data platforms (Illuminate Education, IO Education, SchoolCity and Alpine Achievement) with a leading formative item bank provider (Key Data Systems).
"We're going to deliver what educators and teachers ask for and students need – truly adaptive assessments, data and analytics that inform instruction, and linkages to curriculum and third-party resources in a single interoperable environment wherein choice and opportunity become nearly unlimited. The combined companies' expansive capabilities will save teachers time, serve each student's unique needs, and drive student achievement. Teachers and students will get what they need most – more time on the right task," said Christine Willig, CEO, Illuminate Education.
"This combination eliminates many barriers that were holding back the solution that educators tell us they want – 'all the data' on a 'single pane of glass'– providing a holistic view of the child that efficiently and effectively informs instruction. With nearly 15 million students and almost 300K formative assessment items on our combined platform, the opportunity to personalize learning is groundbreaking," said Adam Berger, Managing Director at Insight Venture Partners and Chairman of the new Illuminate Education.
By bringing together the best of what each formerly independent company offered into an open and interoperable environment, the newly formed Illuminate Education will support teachers, inform instruction, engage parents, and enhance individualized student achievement.
"We're thrilled to join the Illuminate Education family because of our shared mission to promote educator and student success," said Michael Williamson, Chief Executive Officer of IO Education.
"We recognize the growing importance of providing insights that empower educators to personalize the support they provide to each student," said Alisabeth Shearn, Chief Executive Officer of Alpine Achievement.
"We have long admired how Illuminate, IO, Alpine, and KDS have brought innovative solutions to the K-12 ecosystem. Merging in SchoolCity's ability to provide customized solutions will give educators the broadest set of choices," said Vaseem Anjum, Chief Executive Officer of SchoolCity.
Current customers of all five companies should expect minimal disruption as the merger occurs. "As we bring together the best aspects of each company's solutions to support educators and promote student success, we will put customers' needs at the forefront. It will be business as usual," said Willig.
With complete respect for privacy, a commitment to interoperability, and a singular focus on learning, Illuminate Education serves the art of teaching for positive student outcomes and ultimate success. By enabling teachers to teach to each student rather than teaching to the middle or to the test, both teachers and students win.
About Illuminate Education
Illuminate Education is a leading provider of K-12 software and services. An educator perspective drives all of Illuminate's solutions, which are designed to maximize instructional time, streamline educator tasks and support data-driven decision-making. Illuminate's award-winning Education Intelligence Platform consists of a product suite featuring data, analytics, assessments and reporting. Illuminate serves more than 1,600 school districts and over 7 million students. Learn more at illuminateed.com
About Key Data Systems (KDS)
KDS is an educational research and content company serving K-12 educators by providing highly curated industry-leading item banks and a suite of over 500 pre-built formative assessments and solutions that combine rigor, innovation, and integrity. In 2017, KDS joined forces with Fluence Learning and Progress Testing to form the largest collection of formative assessment items in the education industry to inform instruction for increased student learning. KDS currently supports close to 12.5 million students in 43 states. For more information on Key Data Systems, visit http://www.keydatasys.com.
About IO Education
As a leader in the education technology industry for over 18 years, IO Education is on a mission to empower educators through data to improve educational outcomes. IO Education's award-winning solutions are used in all 50 states by over 7,500 schools and 120,000 educators, supporting instruction for over 6,000,000 students. The company is headquartered in Atlanta, GA. http://ioeducation.com/
SchoolCity Inc., (est. 1999) is a premier provider of personalized learning solutions to the K-12 assessment platform industry. Customer-centric at its core, SchoolCity has become the standard for service and innovation. Its flagstaff assessment platform, SchoolCity® SUITE is trusted by more than 140 districts across 16 states and utilized by nearly 2 million students. SUITE provides users with meaningful, timely, and easy to read analytic and assessment solutions that inform decisions and increase student achievement. As a contributing member of IMS Global and focused on interoperability, SchoolCity seamlessly integrates into the educational ecosystem to unite assessment with curriculum, instruction, intervention and enrichment to provide our partners in education with a comprehensive solution to ensuring all students are college and career ready.
About Alpine Achievement
Based in Colorado, Alpine Achievement has been supporting school and district administrators and teachers since 2001. Data analysis and reporting combined with individual student plans for RTI, Early Literacy, Gifted, English Language Learners, and others, save significant time and help educators connect data, meaning, and action to support the needs of all learners. The recent addition of automated cross-measure Early Alert capabilities also makes Alpine a significant player in MTSS, graduate competencies, and dropout prevention. For more information on: www.alpineachievement.com.
About Insight Venture Partners
Insight Venture Partners is a leading global venture capital and private equity firm investing in high-growth technology and software companies that are driving transformative change in their industries. Founded in 1995, Insight has raised more than $18 billion and invested in over 300 companies worldwide. Our mission is to find, fund and work successfully with visionary executives, providing them with practical, hands-on growth expertise to foster long-term success. Across our people and our portfolio, we encourage a culture around a core belief: growth equals opportunity. For more information on Insight and all its investments, visit www.insightpartners.com or follow us on Twitter @insightpartners.
Published June 25, 2018. The entire PDF file is below:
IRVINE, Calif. and MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. (PRWEB) June 25, 2018
Illuminate Education, a leading K-12 Education Intelligence Platform (EIP), today announced it has been certified as a Google for Education Premier Partner. As part of the partnership, Illuminate Education also selected Google Cloud Platform to power the Illuminate EIP. The collaboration will create interoperability with Google Classroom, streamlined navigation for users, and enhanced insights to drive personalized learning.
As a Google for Education Premier Partner, Illuminate Education is integrating its entire suite of products into the Google Cloud ecosystem, including full support of Google for Education productivity tools. The collaboration will focus on these key components:
– Google Cloud Platform (GCP) – Illuminate has selected GCP as its cloud platform provider and will be migrating its solutions to GCP. Google Cloud Platform, the same platform powering Google Search and YouTube, provides a secure, reliable, high-performance infrastructure with powerful data and analytics capabilities.
– Integration of Google Classroom – Illuminate users will enjoy single sign-on, direct links to Illuminate's Data & Assessment platform within Google Classroom's interface, and syncs from Illuminate to Google Cloud around gradebook and assessment results to provide greater interoperability between the two systems. Educators will be able to connect learning activities in Classroom with assessments from Illuminate to create a more comprehensive learning experience.
– Support for Chromebooks – This includes: (1) Full integration of online assessment and learning solutions for students. (2) Secure browsing during testing. (3) Immediate feedback via integration with Illuminate's Lightning Grader scanning application.
– Machine Learning and Analytics – By combining Google Cloud's advanced software tools and cutting edge TensorFlow Processing Units with Illuminate's learning data, Illuminate's ability to analyze big data sets and drive key predictive insights into student learning and performance will be enhanced.
"The integration between Illuminate and Google Cloud is going to be a game changer and is exactly what we asked for," said Margaux Cruz, instructional technology teacher on special assignment at Alta Loma School District. "Assignments, assessments and grades will flow between the two systems and make life easier for both teachers and students as they feel like they are living in one platform. I can't wait to see what else comes out of this partnership."
Illuminate Education is building additional online assessment support for Chromebooks, including integration of the Respondus LockDown Browser, an industry standard for web-based test security. Illuminate also enabled full Chromebook support for Lightning Grader, Illuminate's paper/pencil scanning and scoring solution, by utilizing the Chromebook camera to instantly score scan sheets. This provides immediate feedback for teachers on student performance.
"We are thrilled to welcome Illuminate as a Google for Education Premier Technology Partner," said Emma Fish, head of Google for Education Business Development. "Illuminate's use of Google Cloud will power data analytics and drive insights into their data sets, enhancing student learning and performance. The collaboration will also save Classroom and Illuminate users time and allow them to interact seamlessly with the two platforms."
"We're excited to extend Illuminate's 'all-the-data' concept with Google Cloud Platform because it enables more options for personalized learning and unparalleled insights," said Bryan MacDonald, chief technology officer at Illuminate Education. "We strive to provide a whole-child perspective so that educators can make the most informed decisions. This partnership will equip educators with better tools to inspire students and close achievement gaps."
To learn more about the details of the partnership, visit http://illuminateed.com/google.
About Illuminate Education
Illuminate Education is a leading provider of K-12 software and services. An educator perspective drives Illuminate's solutions, which are designed to maximize instructional time, streamline educator tasks and support data-driven decision-making. Illuminate's award-winning Education Intelligence Platform (EIP) consists of a product suite featuring data, assessments and reporting. Illuminate serves more than 1,600 school districts and over 7 million students. Learn more at illuminateed.com.
Here's a PDF of today's CALPADS Flash.
The Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) is a non-pricing meal service option for schools and school districts in low-income areas. CEP allows the nation's highest poverty schools and districts to serve breakfast and lunch at no cost to all enrolled students without collecting household applications. Instead, schools that adopt CEP are reimbursed using a formula based on the percentage of students categorically eligible for free meals based on their participation in other specific means-tested programs, such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF).
I came across this fantastic new podcast called "My Tech Toolbelt" at the CUE Conference. Great stuff! It's run by a two woman crew (Shannon Tabaldo and Brenda Argano) and focuses on recognizing great teaching (and teachers) and the work they are doing with technology. I love the 'hands-on' format of the podcast - instead of hyping up this product or that, they focus instead on the nitty-gritty of getting technology to work and making it practical for both teachers and students.
They are always looking for good content (aka awesome stories from technology using teachers). There is a contact form on their homepage where you can submit a name of someone you know (maybe it's you?) and perhaps get interviewed for their podcast.
Good stuff from Digital Promise. Link here: digitalpromise.com
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E-rate News Flash
Funding Year 2018–19 Funding Commitments
The Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) has released the first four waves of funding commitments for the 2018-19 funding year. As of May 11, 2018, funding commitments for California schools exceed $65.4 million.
Those local education agencies (LEA) that received a Funding Commitment Decision Letter (FCDL) must now do the following:
1. Review the FCDL for accuracy. The FCDL has a new format which can be previewed in a six-minute video provided by USAC. The video is located on the Schools and Libraries Division (SLD) Online Learning Library Web page at, https://www.usac.org/sl/about/outreach/videos/Funding-Commitment-Decision-Letters.aspx.
2.Use the appeal process to correct any inaccuracies. Instructions for the appeal process can be found on the USAC Web page at https://www.usac.org/about/about/program-integrity/appeals.aspx
Important Note: The new FCDL will be sent via a system-auto generated e-mail to the person who certified the associated Form 471 application. Additionally, USAC will manually send an e-mail to the person identified as the contact on the Form 471 with instructions on how to view the FCDL using the E-Rate Productivity Center (EPC).
3.Submit the FCC Form 486 within 120 days of the date of the FCDL or within 120 days from the start of services, which ever date is later.
Be careful to select the correct Children's Internet Protection Act (CIPA) certification for your agency in order to avoid needless delays in processing your form.
Confirm that the Services Start Date is on or after July 1, 2018, as this is the earliest possible date for invoicing to occur.
Important Note: The SLD is hosting a Webinar titled, Filing the FCC Form 486, on May 23, 2018. Visit the SLD's Webinar Web page at https://www.usac.org/sl/about/outreach/training/webinars.aspx to register for the webinar.
4.Decide on your method of invoicing. Learn more about E-rate invoicing at, https://www.usac.org/sl/applicants/step06/default.aspx
FCC Form 474, the Service Provider Invoice (SPI) method allows the service provider to issue discounted invoices to the LEA.
FCC Form 472, the Billed Entity Applicant Reimbursement (BEAR) method requires the service provider to invoice the applicant for the full amount of the service, then the applicant is reimbursed by USAC based on their discount level.
Important Note: Using the SPI method for E-rate invoicing is required to qualify for additional reimbursements through the California Teleconnect Fund (CTF). Learn more about the CTF by visiting the California Public Utilities Commission Web page at http://www.cpuc.ca.gov/ctf/
Reminder: Document Retention Requirements
LEAs are required to maintain E-rate documentation for 10 years past the last date of service delivered. This requirement could result in retained documentation for up to 17 years if the procurement process associated with the posting of an FCC Form 470 results in a 5 year contract. USAC has provided guidance on document retention on their Web page at https://www.usac.org/sl/tools/document-retention.aspx. Further, a suggested list of documents to be retained can be found in the section entitled Samples & Examples of USAC Web page located at https://www.usac.org/sl/tools/samples.aspx. Select "E-rate Binder Labels" and "E-rate Binder Table of Contents" for a detailed list.
Schools and Libraries Program Weekly News Briefs on E-rate
The SLP, commonly known as E-rate, provides timely information and insight through their Weekly News Brief. If you have not 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 .
Dear Accountability Coordinators:
2018 CALIFORNIA SCHOOL DASHBOARD WEBINAR
This e-mail is to invite you to participate in a Webinar on May 30, 2018, at 10 a.m., to assist local educational agencies prepare for the 2018 California School Dashboard (Dashboard) release. The Webinar will provide information and respond to questions on the following topics:
1. Information on the proposed student-level growth model
2. New business rule on the exclusion of English learners enrolled in a U.S. school for less than one year from the calculation of the English language arts participation rate for the Academic Indicator
3. Upcoming timeline to submit data in the California Longitudinal Pupil Achievement Data System (CALPADS) for the 2018 Dashboard.
The presentation materials will be made available at the time of the Webinar and will be posted, at a later date, on the California Accountability Model & School Dashboard Web page at https://www.cde.ca.gov/ta/ac/cm/ (under the Resources tab). The Webinar recording will not be archived.
If you are interested in participating in this Webinar, please refer to the following login information:
Date and Time: Wednesday, May 30, 2018 from 10:00 am to noon
Event number: 664 897 494
Event password: 152253
Event registration/address for attendees: https://cdeevents.webex.com/cdeevents/onstage/g.php?MTID=ecf2087ffe12662b44edacb54ef9f46a8
Interesting article and stats about Learning Management systems used by school districts in other states. As you know, this site looks mostly at California school district's use of systems. But having a comparison to other states I think is also useful. Worth a look. The organization typically looks at Higher Education back-office systems. This is one of their first forays into the K-12 community.
Since launching G Suite for Education, we've heard a common request from colleges, universities and large school districts: the need for more advanced tools to meet their complex technology needs. In January, we announced G Suite Enterprise for Education, a new edition of G Suite for Education that offers additional enterprise-grade capabilities designed for large institutions and customized for education. Starting today, G Suite Enterprise for Education is generally available to educational institutions in the United States, and is coming to more countries soon.