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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!

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

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
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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!


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

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

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 #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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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

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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2018–19 Data Crosswalk for the California School Dashboard and DataQuest

File Name: dashboarddq File Size: 70 kb Download File Document from the California Department of Education providing a short overview of the differences in the way that data are produced for DataQuest and the California School Dashboard. 5 page PDF file. 
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Assessment Spotlight Issue #72 - December 4, 2019

Focusing 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.Summative ELPAC Assessment Results in the California Educator Reporting SystemThe California Educator Reporting System (CERS) now includes Summative ELPAC results from the 2017–18 and 2018–19 school years. Local educational agency (LEA) staff who have Test Operations Management System (TOMS) logon credentials can enter CERS through the CAASPP Portal or ELPAC Portal to access student assessment results. Over the next two years, CERS will become the single sour...
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CALPADS Update FLASH #165

Topics include: 2019-20 Fall 1 submission requirements modification; viewing Fall 1 SPED certification errors.2019–20 Fall 1 Submission Requirements ModificationThe CDE recognizes the hard work of LEA staff to incorporate additional data into the Fall 1 submission, and that doing so requires more collaboration both within and external to the LEA. To enable LEAs to focus on certifying the most critical Fall 1 data, the CDE is making the following adjustments to the 2019–20 Fall 1 submission:Report 16.5 – Students with Disabilities – Student Services by Primary Disability  will be excluded from the set of certification reports that LEAs must approve as part of Fall 1. LEAs, however, ...
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DataQuest Update for November 26, 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

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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CALPADS Update FLASH #164

Postsecondary Status FileThe CALPADS File Specifications (CFS) includes a new file, the Postsecondary Status (PSTS) file that will be implemented in 2019–20. This file will be used by LEAs to submit survey data to CALPADS that LEAs previously submitted to the CDE through the Perkins Data System (PDS) and the California Special Education Management Information System (CASEMIS), both of which are now retired. LEAs have generally collected the postsecondary status data for Career Technical Education (CTE) pathway completers and concentrators, and students with disabilities (SWD) who have completed secondary education, through a student survey. LEAs will now submit the data they have collected t...
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DataQuest Update Issue 1

This message is to notify you that the California Department of Education (CDE) has developed the DataQuest Update to keep DataQuest users informed about upcoming data releases, new reports and downloadable data files, enhancements and changes to DataQuest, and to provide tips on how to use DataQuest.Please see the attached DataQuest Update #1, which provides information about the following topics:Introduction to the DataQuest UpdateDataQuest Changes and EnhancementsUpcoming DataQuest ReleaseDifferences Between DataQuest and the DashboardDataQuest TipsIf you have any questions, please send an email to  you,DataQuest Team File Name: DataQuest-Update-Issue-1- Fil...
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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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