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Stakeholder Webinar on Dashboard Redesign.

"I hope the new dashboard is in 3-D!"

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 RedesignDate and Time: Monday, July 23, 2018 1:00 pm, Pacific Daylight Time (San Francisco, GMT-07:00)Event number: 668 426 813Event password: 155428Event registration/address for a...
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CAASPP Update - July 11, 2018

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...
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Known CALPADS system errors


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.  File Name: CALPAD_knownissues_july5-2018 File Size: 31 kb Download File
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Five-Way Merger Creates New Illuminate Education


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 p...
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Happy 4th of July!


​Wishing you and your family all the best this Fourth of July!
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CALPADS Update Flash #138

Published June 25, 2018.  The entire PDF file is below:    Download PDF File Here
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Illuminate becomes Google Premier Partner.

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. ...
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CALPADS FLASH #137 - JUNE 18, 2018

Here's a PDF of today's CALPADS Flash.      Download PDF File Here
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Community Eligibility Provision (CEP)

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). File Name: CEPfactsheet File Size: 425 kb Download File File Name: california...

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New Cool Podcast - My Tech Toolbelt


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.   My Tech ToolBelt Podcast We are a small crew that is passionate about recognizing great teachers and the work they are doing with technology in their classrooms. We wanted to try someth...
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Data Interoperability explained - in only 72 seconds. . .

Good stuff from Digital Promise.  Link here:  digitalpromise.com  

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What is the GDPR and why should I care?

The European Union's General Data Protection Regulation on data privacy will come into force on May 25, 2018. This video explains how it could affect you, even if you don't live in the EU.​  The following 3 minute video explains it in basic terms.

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Finally! A way to transfer assignments/grades in PowerSchool!

Assignment and Grade Transfer Plug-in Moving assignment and grade information for students moving from one section of a course to another is manual process and a major pain in PowerSchool. Computer Logic Group has developed a simple plug-in that turns this laborious job into a smooth, efficient transaction for teachers inside of PowerTeacher Pro. This may well be the number one enhancement request from PowerSchool users, so spend 10 minutes walking through how this plug-in will save your team time and frustration while making you a hero to all!Click on the date you would like to join us to register!Wed May 30th 2:00 pm - 2:20 pm Thurs May 31st 10:00 am - 10:20 am
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CK-12 offering Educator Certification this summer

Reap the Rewards, Get CK-12 Certified! Summer break is the time to discover more about using CK-12 to boost your students' progress. Say hello to CK-12's Certified Educator Program! Our training program is back, with more sessions and flexibility to suit your every need. So don't wait, sign up now. BENEFITS Improved student engagement and learning. Discover how to: use a variety of resources through Concept-Based Learning, replace textbooks with customizable FlexBooks®, help your students explore math and science concepts with interactives, assign Adaptive Practice to support students at various skill levels, and more.Professional growth. Gain key skills, earn professional development hours ...
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E-rate News Flash May 16, 2018 - Issue 18-05

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-Decisi...
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2018 CALIFORNIA SCHOOL DASHBOARD WEBINAR

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 model2.  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 Indicator3.  Upcoming timeline to submit data in the California...
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Learning Management Systems

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. Preliminary Data on K-12 LMS Market - LISTedTECH Enter some description here... http://listedtech.com/preliminary-data-k-12-lms-market/
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G Suite Enterprise for Education Now Available

From: https://blog.google/products/g-suite/g-suite-enterprise-education-now-available/ 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.  Read Article
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CALPADS EOY for Beginners

A short 20 minute video explaining the "big picture" of the CALPADS end of year process. Reminder:  EOY deadline is July 31, 2018! 

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CAASPP Scores Reports move to Electronic Delivery

​​Editor's note:  Below is a communication sent out by the CDE on April 26, 2018 detailing some of the information regarding the transition from paper distribution of CAASPP test scores to the electronic distribution (e.g. secure PDF files sent via email to parents).  The effort is being headed up by CDE and ETS and additional details are available in the CALPADS vendor notes. ​ Dear County and DistrictSuperintendents and Charter School Administrators: CALIFORNIA ASSESSMENT OF STUDENTPERFORMANCE AND PROGRESS TRANSITION TO ELECTRONIC STUDENT SCORE REPORTS In spring 2014, California tookthe bold step of transitioning almost completely from paper assessments toonline assessments with ...
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