Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Tutorials for Accessing Curriculum & CSA Data Entry

How to Access Build Your Own Curriculum (BYOC):


How to Access Inform to Enter CSA Data:


How to Find PowerSchool Student ID Numbers:
You will only need this tutorial IF you choose to export your student data to an Excel Spreadsheet.  You will then NOT enter data into Inform, but instead email the spreadsheet to Christopher Hand and he will import into Inform.  HOWEVER, the notes below are extremely important for the import to be successful.

NOTE I: If exporting student answers to an Excel document Christopher Hand states that  PowerSchool Student Numbers must be a column within the Excel spreadsheet. If administering an assessment via Quia, Google Form, Clickers or any other digital platform...you can easily embed a non-graded question at the front of the assessment asking.... "Input your student ID here..."

NOTE II: If you are Quia savvy you can import all of your students and student IDs from a .csv report from PowerSchool. Students will then have a unique log in each time they take a Quia assessment on your Quia account thus capturing who they are inclusive of the ID number.  This prevents you from adding this as a question to your assessments.

Friday, January 31, 2014

Third Quarter Common Summative Assessment

Hello International Language Team!

Last semester each language team made great progress on level I curriculum work.  This semester French, German and Spanish will administer Common Summative Assessments (CSAs).  This message is to provide you a timeline for the first scheduled CSA:

1.     Window of Deployment for 3rd Quarter CSA
  • French (Leader: Jessica Lumetta) = February 24 - March 7 (BYOC: Unit 7)
  • German (Leader: Pam Tholen) = February 17-March 1 (BYOC: Unit 3)
  • Spanish (Leader: Susan Lynn) = February 17-March 1 (BYOC: Unit 5)
*BYOC = CSAs found in Build Your Own Curriculum (CLICK HERE to access your content)
2.     The CSAs are to be graded by each individual teacher.  However, you do have a choice in how you administer the CSA:  Quia, Clickers or Paper/Pencil.  Every CSA administered must have each student's PowerSchool ID documented as well. 
  • Quia: The first question should require students to enter PowerSchool ID
  • Clickers: Assign clicker numbers to each PowerSchool ID
3.     Student scores must be entered into INFORM no later than one week after the testing window has closed.
  • If using paper/pencil tests you must enter the scores into INFORM for each individual student.  Here are the directions (CLICK HERE) with detailed information for each teacher on how to upload data into INFORM.
  •  If using Quia or Clickers you must export your scores to an Excel spreadsheet and email the spreadsheet to Christopher Hand.  The spreadsheet must include:
    • Student Name
    • PowerSchool ID
    • Score per individual question or by standard
      • French = individual question
      • German = 
      • Spanish = individual question
5.     Dr. Westfall will be in contact with course leads, CC reps, and principals with dates for CSA review. We will be meeting as course teams to review the CSA and data analysis. This will most likely look like a 1/2 day meeting with all course members available.

Since this is a new process for all of us, please do not hesitate to ask Pam or I any questions you may have. Thank you for your patience and commitment to creating a meaningful way to meet the needs of our language learners.


Friday, November 15, 2013

Final Touches to Curriculum Work

Notes from High School Curriculum Council (HSCC) from November 15, 2013

A small team will convene on December 9th to review and publish curriculum work.  This team was selected by Dr. Westfall and includes:  HSCC Chair/Rep, Department Chairs from each HS, Dr. Westfall and optional Administrator Liaison (Liz Fletcher).

Work to be Published in Build Your Own Curriculum (BYOC) on December 9th:
  • Scope & Sequence/Map
  • First CSA for 3rd Quarter Implementation 
    • only 1 CSA due by this date
Scope & Sequence/Map Look Fors Will Be:
  • Order of Unit/Themes
  • Timelines/Windows for Unit/Theme Completion
  • Prioritized Standards/Domains
    • CSA/Priority concepts bolded, highlighted
Common Summative Assessment Look Fors Will Be:
  • Alignment of each CSA to the Priority Standards/Domains
    • notation on the Scope & Sequence/Map
  • Testing Window/Timeframe of each CSA noted on the Scope & Sequence/Map
  • Questions clearly scaffolded to Taxonomies (Depth of Knowledge)
    • At this point there has been no decision regarding how data will be reported out.  This will be determined as the HSCC team continues to work with directors.
Items to Consider:
  •  Add a row on your Scope & Sequence/Map to include:
    • CSA title, 
    • Priority Standard Alignment, 
    • DOK Levels Assessed on the CSA
    • Testing Window/Timeframe
How your teams can help:
  •  Leads will communicate with each content team member regarding work to accomplish
    • German:  Cindy Biermann
    • Chinese:  Shianguu Hsieh
    • Latin:  Patricia Kurtz
    • Spanish:  Susan Lynn
    • French:  Jessica Lumetta
  • All team members vested in curriculum work are welcome to dive into the work by accessing their Tab (at top of page) to view work and provide feedback to Team Leads
Thank you for the amazing work you have completed thus far.  Please let us know if there is any way we can assist in the completion of this work over the next few weeks.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

ACTFL's Three Domains

There are great conversations happening regarding Priority Skill Sets and CSAs.  As we know the ACTFL Standards (The 5 C's) are very broad and not entirely helpful in drilling down to priority skill sets for our CSAs.  That being said, I thought the image below might help teams choose priority skill sets in relation to ACTFL's 3 Domains:  Functions, Content & Context, Text Type.  (These are also linked on the blog, upper right)

In looking at CSAs for French, German & Spanish it appears these teams are focusing on verb conjugations which supports the third domain "text type".  See image below and feel free to steal wording below the image IF it aligns with your teams CSA.

CSA Priority Alignment:  Priority Skill Set aligns with ACTFL’s 3rd domain “text type” specifically relating to.... (conjugation for communication and performance in current and future levels)