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Admin Connection

The Administrator's Connection contains information for school and central administrators. Please see the current posting below which may include required action, required reading, deadlines and opportunities.

Admin Connection for June 24, 2014

Information for school and central administrators:

This administrative webpage will be the primary communication tool from district leadership. Occasionally, there could be a change in venue, date, or time of an event or meeting. When these or similar pieces of information need to be conveyed quickly, group e-mails will most likely be sent out. However, the number of these should be limited. School and district administrators are expected to view the Admin Connection every Tuesday (on Wednesday on weeks when the district is closed on Monday). Thank you and do not hesitate to notify us (admin-connection@pps.net) if you have suggestions for improvement of this tool.

REQUIRED ACTION

None at this time

REQUIRED READING

THIS IS THE LAST ADMIN CONNECTION FOR THE 2013-14 SCHOOL YEAR. Publication will resume in August when administrators return to their schools.

SCHOOL REPORT CARDS

​As you will recall, there are places in the new school report cards where administrators can submit additional information about your school, including introductory comments and reflections about the report card ratings. While the timing for this year is still a little tight, we will have a little more time than last year for you to review your preliminary report card and submit information to be included. ODE released some embargoed, preliminary report card data on 6/20 (performance and participation data, but no levels at this point). I will be providing a copy of that to you this week along with preliminary instructions on submitting additional information about your school to be included in your final report card. I will send further instructions and additional data (including levels) to you over the next few weeks as ODE makes those available. Please be on the lookout for these e-mails and instructions.

Joe Suggs, Director, Research, Evaluation & Assessment
x63209 jsuggs@pps.net


SMARTER BALANCED FIELD TESTING

The field test for the Smarter Balanced Assessment ended on June 6. I would like to acknowledge and express appreciation to the following schools for their participation: Ainsworth, Boise-Eliot/Humboldt, Bridger, Bridlemile, Creston, Duniway, Faubion, Forest Park, Gray, Maplewood, Markham, Marysville, Peninsula, Rieke, Roseway Heights, Sabin, SEI Academy, Sellwood, Skyline, Whitman, Winterhaven, Woodstock.

Both Smarter and ODE have released reports of how the field test went both nationally and in Oregon. To read those reports, please visit these links:
http://www.smarterbalanced.org/field-test/
http://www.ode.state.or.us/news/announcements/announcement.aspx?ID=9946&TypeID=5

In PPS we conducted focus groups at several schools and have compiled those results. We will share those findings along with recommendations for helping teachers and students prepare for the operational test in PPS next year. We will share those recommendations over the summer and again at the start of the school year.

Joe Suggs, Director, Research, Evaluation & Assessment
x63209 jsuggs@pps.net

DEADLINES AND DATES TO REMEMBER

None at this time

OPPORTUNITIES AND HELPFUL HINTS

IMPROVING GRADE LEVEL TRANSITIONS

School counselors are currently piloting a district-wide tool to communicate about student needs as they transition from elementary to middle school and from K-8/middle school to high school. This process will enable you and your team to make better data driven decisions from the start of the year. All high school and middle school counselors will be receiving a spreadsheet of their incoming students that include 30+ data points per student. Counselors met on June 18 to share this information with receiving counselors, so that they can plan early interventions and supports for students. To see the spreadsheet for your school, please contact your school counselor. For more information on the process, please contact Nicole Kappes-Levine, Student Services Counselor or Tammy Jackson, Director of Student Services.

Nicole Kappes-Levine, Student Services Counselor
x63036 nlevine1@pps.net

Tammy Jackson, Director, Student Services
916-2000 x71004 tjackson@pps.net


SCHOOL PROFILE REPORTS ARE NOW EASIER TO NAVIGATE TO

Data and Policy Analysis has added a webpage with links to individual reports that are embedded within the School Profiles: http://www.pps.k12.or.us/departments/data-analysis/9837.htm

Shawn Helm, Senior Manager
x63324 shelm@pps.net