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.