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U.S. Department of Education Acts on School Safety Report Recommendation to Improve Understanding of Student Privacy Law


February 12, 2019 Contact: Press Office, (202) 401-1576, WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Education today released a comprehensive set of frequently asked questions (FAQs) on schools' and districts' responsibilities under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) in the context of school safety. The Federal Commission on School Safety (FCSS) released an in-depth report last December, which observed that "substantial misunderstanding remains at the local level among officials and educators concerning (FERPA), and in particular its application to school-based threats." This FAQ document, titled, School Resource Officers, School Law Enforcement Units and the Family E...
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SiteImprove Academy offers courses for accessibility education

  Siteimprove Academy's role-specific courses offer accessibility education and training for every experience level and skill set. So, whether you're a manager looking for training for your entire team or an individual hoping to brush up on your skills, Siteimprove Academy has something for everyone. Frequently Asked Questions about Siteimprove Academy Q: What format are the courses in? A: The courses include quizzes, interactive content, and videos that offer a fun and engaging learning experience. Q: How many times can I access the courses within my package? A: Siteimprove Academy Free gives you unlimited access to the Web Fundamentals learning track. Limited-time access to ...
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CALPADS Flash #149 - February 14, 2019

File Name: calpadsupdflash14_20190214-213924_1 File Size: 142 kb Download File Date: February14,2019 To: Local Educational Agency (LEA) Representatives From: California Department of Education (CDE) — California Longitudinal Pupil Achievement Data System (CALPADS) Team Guidance for Assigning Statewide Student Identifiers (SSIDs) for Adults Students in CALPADS Beginning in 2019–20, public K–12 local educational agencies (LEAs) that administer Adult Education Programs (AEPs) are responsible for acquiring statewide student identifiers (SSIDs) for adult students who do not have an SSID, or who do not have a social security number (SSN) in the California Community College Adult Education Data Sys...
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New school immunization rules for 2019-20

The California Department of Education is sending out the following information on behalf of the California Department of Public Health. Please contact CDPH with any questions. Dear School Information System vendors, Changes to California school immunization regulations will become effective starting July 1st, 2019. Schools are required to maintain immunization information for each student as outlined in regulation section 6070. The required information may be collected in the revised California School Immunization Record (aka form CDPH 286 or Blue Card) at http://eziz.org/assets/docs/shotsforschool/CDPH-286.pdf. The changes to the regulations include, but are not limited to: 1) Requiri...
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CALPADS Fall 2 staff info form

 Here's the form I mentioned at the LACOE CALPADS group today. Note:  The username and password for the SEID login are probably way old.  If you don't already know that info you can contact CTC and request access. -Chris File Name: CALPADS_Employee-For_20190214-002339_1 File Size: 115 kb Download File
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Renaissance Product Updates!


What's new? Here's a peek at just a few of the updates available to you now Access rich content for practice and instruction Assign instructional resources (Renaissance & open educational resources) using the Star Record Book.Enjoy a seamless connection between assessment results, practice, and instruction.Manage lesson plans with the ability to view and delete existing lesson plans. View updated and enhanced reports View State Standards Mastery reports which show your state standards in reading and math.Know which students are beginning, developing, or secure in each standard.Track progress of grade-level standards mastery for district administrators.See Test Activity reports with separ...
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Ed-Fi webinar February 7th, 2019 11:00 am

The Ed-Fi association is conducting a free webinar on February 7th (11:00 am PST) to discuss the Ed-Fi standard.  It's only 30 minutes long, and should provide a good overview of this emerging data standard for K-12 schools and vendors..  Follow this link to REGISTER. 
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New Course Offering - Leading with Evidence in Schools

Great new course being offered online from Columbia Teachers College:  Leading with Evidence in Schools: Data and Research Literacy March 4, 2019 - March 31, 2019 Upcoming course offerings:Spring Session - March 4 - 31, 2019Summer Session - July 1 - 28, 2019 Where: Online asynchronous course Registration Fee: $595 Group/Team Discount (5 or more):25% off the registration fee, please contact to register Units Awarded: Participants receive 2 CEUs OR 20 clock hours OR 20 CTLEs (applicable only to NYS residents).  View Course Schools today are awash in data, from grades, to test scores, to discipline reports and attendance to name just a few. Additionally, educators ...
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IlluminateEd User Conference - San Diego Jan 30-Feb 1

San Diego Conference Center - Jan 30-Feb 1st

​Attending the Illuminate Education User Conference in San Diego at the end of this month?  Stop by the CASDAAP booth to learn more about the California Association of School Data, Assessment, and Accountability Professionals.  Mention that you saw this announcement and claim your free prize (while dwindling supplies last!)  Or just stop by and talk to Chris or Kate from CASDAAP. More info about the Illuminate conference: More info about CASDAAP:
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Massive Data Breach hits San Diego USD


Fox 5 news in San Diego reported today a massive data breach involving the San Diego Unified School District.   Full Story here:  https://fox5sandiego.com/2018/12/21/san-diego-unified-victim-of-massive-data-breach/   
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CALPADS Flash #147

CALPADS Fall 2 Functionality Rollout and Deadline Following the Tuesday, December 11, 2018 release, Local Educational Agencies (LEAs) will be able to: Upload Fall 2 files which include: Staff Demographic (SDEM) Staff Assignment (SASS) Course Section Enrollment (CRSE) Student Course Section Enrollment (SCSE) View and correct Fall 2 Input Validation Rule (IVR) errors Request/retrieve Fall 2 Operational Data Store (ODS) extracts (SDEM, SASS, CRSE, SCSE) The CDE anticipates the online maintenance functionality for staff and course data and reports (ODS and Certification) will be available in early January. Fall 2 training will be available the second week in January 2019. Fall 2 snapshot revisio...
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We have 600 members! WOW!

When we started this site back just three years ago, I really had no idea how big it would get - and how quickly.  When you start a blog, or rather, a community, you really don't know what it's going to be like until its there.   Congrats to Terri Wheeler from Inglewood USD, who became our six hundredth member last week!  Since the beginning our goal has been simple - create a free and useful site for those of us struggling with the California systems/compliance stuff.   In just the last 3 years, we've created a community site with a question/answer forum, a list of the 400 most used "enterprise" systems in California K-12 schools, a list of the districts that USE those s...
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Halloween fun! Learn to code

 If you've never checked out codepen.io, I highly recommend it. It's a fun way to learn how to code, especially if you are focused on learning the basics of html / css / javascript.  Here's a fun little page that let's you change Mike's outfit.
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SchoolCity Assessment achieves IMS Certification

By becoming IMS Global certified, Illuminate continues to demonstrate a sincere commitment to interoperability standards," said Jason Naile, director of instructional technology and media at Forsyth County Schools in Georgia. To fulfill its promise to provide collaborative solutions to educators, Illuminate Education, the leading K-12 Education Intelligence Platform (EIP), announces that its suite of SchoolCity personalized learning solutions is IMS Global Standards certified. Through this certification, Illuminate Education is meeting its pledge to open standards in light of the critical needs of schools and districts to standardize the usability of digital teaching and learning tools acros...
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CALPADS Flash # 143

CALPADS Status and Common Problems As of Monday, October 8th, CALPADS has been up and running. The CALPADS team has mitigated the issue of users suddenly receiving an error message when working in the system; until the issue is fully resolved, we estimate that approximately 10% of users may experience an instance where CALPADS momentarily presents an error message.Should this occur, the user should log back into CALPADS. Our number one priority continues to be to fully address this problem, but note that this may take a few days. All CALPADS LEA Administrators with a current application on file with the CDE have now been issued an account. If you submitted an LEA Administrator application an...
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Using ELPAC data in CALPADS

 August 2018 "Data for the English Language Proficiency Assessments for California (ELPAC) in CALPADS presentation.

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Aeries Software adopts Ed-Fi Standard

Aeries Software, the leading provider of student data management systems in California with over 530 public school districts utilizing the Aeries® Student Information System (SIS), today announced at its annual fall User's Conference that it has committed to delivering interoperability to its customers by adopting the Ed-Fi Data Standard, which is a way for multiple sources of data to seamlessly and securely connect. Aeries Software is currently pursuing Ed-Fi Certification, which will ensure the technology platforms are mapped correctly and will work as intended. Aeries Software will be offering this additional functionality to its school districts at no cost. "By adopting the Ed-Fi Data St...
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The 4th annual systems survey is live!

​This is our fourth survey.  Bigger and better than ever!  Now includes over 40 categories and nearly 400 named systems.  Takes only a few minutes and helps us build a picture of the systems that are being used in California school districts and charter schools.   Thanks for your support! Take Survey
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ELPAC Networking Meeting - LACOE 12/12/18

  Please see the attached flyer for information about the ELPAC Networking Meeting being held on December 12, 2018. Location: Los Angeles County Office of Education 9300 Imperial Highway, Education Center Room 107 Downey, CA 90242 Time: 9am – 11:30 am Registration link: https://asm.lacoe.edu/asm/registrant_create.pl?workshop=172i250 Thank you. 
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CALPADS Information Meeting - October 3rd, 2018

A recording of the October 3rd, 2018 Calpads Information Meeting.  Closed captioning completed by the School Technology Leadership crew. :)  If you find the timely resources found on this site useful, please consider signing up and becoming a member.  It's always free and we don't spam or sell the list.  Our goal is to get to 1,000 members by June, 2019!  We can do it!   ​

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