Special Education Director Call January 2015. LEGISLATIVE UPDATES

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  • Special Education Director Call January 2015
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  • LEGISLATIVE UPDATES
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  • Legislative Updates Find legislative updates by subject at: http://legis.sd.gov/Legislative_Session/Bills/Subj ectIndex.aspx?Session=2015 Look at subject areas: Education and/or Disability
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  • Legislative Updates sd.gov
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  • Legislative Updates
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  • Summary of the four bills DOE is forwarding: SB 42 would provide for alternative documentation to be presented when a parent/guardian cannot provide a certified copy of the childs birth certificate when enrolling their student. SB 42 SB 43 clarifies the payment of lease purchase agreements for the technical institutes. SB 43 HB 1043 is a repeal of obsolete statutes. HB 1043 HB 1044 revises certain provisions regarding certification and discipline of educators. HB 1044
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  • Legislative Updates Bills brought forward by Bureau of Finance and Management SB 53 - revise certain provisions regarding the state aid to general education formula and to revise the property tax levies for the general fund of school districts. SB 53 SB 54 - revise certain provisions regarding the state aid to special education formula and to revise the property tax levies for special education. SB 54
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  • Proficiency in Reading by 4 th Grade Proficiency in Math by 9 th Grade
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  • Accommodations For SBAC SBAC Usability, Accessibility, and Accommodation Guidelines - http://www.smarterbalanced.org/http://www.smarterbalanced.org/ SBAC Frequently Asked Questions - http://www.smarterbalanced.org/ http://www.smarterbalanced.org/ Review IEPs to make sure assessment accommodations meet requirements for the state testing Tools also found on SD SBAC website - http://doe.sd.gov/octe/SMARTERbalanced.aspx http://doe.sd.gov/octe/SMARTERbalanced.aspx D-Step Science - http://doe.sd.gov/oats/dakSTEP.aspxhttp://doe.sd.gov/oats/dakSTEP.aspx
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  • Testing Dates Testing Dates for everything ACCESS and ACCESS Alt (for ELL students) ACCESS: Feb. 2 March 6, 2015 ACCESS Alt: Feb. 2 - March 6, 2015 Smarter Balanced (ELA and Math Assessment) Grades 3 8: March 10 May 15, 2015 Grade 11: March 30 May 15, 2015 NCSC (Alternate ELA and Math Assessment) March 30 May 15 DSTEP Science and DSTEP Science Alt March 30 April 24, 2015
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  • Assessment Administration Training All trainings will be provided through the webinar venue Will be posted sometime this week Assessment directors receive updates from Jan Martin Registration for webinars is through the GoSignMeUp online registration system
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  • DSTEP-A Science Training Dates Test Admin Training Session 1 Mon 3/2/15 1-2:30 pm CT Test Admin Training Session 2 Tue 3/3/15 10-11:30 am CT Test Admin Training Session 3 Wed 3/4/15 1-2:30 pm CT Test Admin Training Session 4a Thur 3/5/15 10-11:30 am CT Test Admin Training Session 4b (teacher only) Thur 3/5/15 3:15-4:30 pm CT Test Admin Training Session 5 (Q&A) Thur 3/26/15 1-2:30 pm CT
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  • NCSC Training Teachers and Testing Coordinators will participate in a series of modules to train on administering the assessment Dates as to when the modules will open to begin training have not been decided Modules take about 3-4 hours to complete
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  • RESOURCES IRIS Center and Reading Rockets
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  • IRIS Center http://iris.peabody.vanderbilt.edu/
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  • Reading Rockets They bring research-based strategies to teachers, parents, administrators, librarians, childcare providers, and anyone else involved in helping a young child become a strong, confident reader. http://www.readingrockets.org/ Note: Funded by U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs from 2001 to 2012
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  • College and Career Ready Students graduate high school ready for postsecondary or the workforce
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  • For more information on Catch the Wave, please go to http://www.tslp.org/CTW.htm
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  • Transition Services Liaison Project staff have received 90 applications for the upcoming YLF 2015 and are working to set up interviews with students at their schools. Thank you to teachers and parents for encouraging and assisting these students in applying for this program!
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  • Effective Teachers and Leaders Students are supported by effective teachers and leaders.
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  • Training and Technical Assistance Available through Centers for Disabilities Luke Comeau Luke.Comeau@usd.edu Luke.Comeau@usd.edu Center for Disabilities 1-800-658-3080
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  • Center on Technology and Disability http://www.ctdinstitute.org/
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  • School Climate Students enter schools that are provide an environment conducive to learning.
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  • January Behavior Tip Building Relationships 2X10
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  • MTSS Applications are Posted http://doe.sd.gov/oess/mtss.aspx Can begin with RtI or PBIS Due by January 28, unless otherwise specified Videos are posted Question? Rebecca.cain@state.sd.us
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  • Parent Surveys If you need additional surveys for 14-15, please contact, do not make copies Provide the option to participate online: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/Q6JW6HJ http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/Q6JW6HJ http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/MJNWNVJ http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/MJNWNVJ Contact: Arlene.Maxfield@state.sd.usArlene.Maxfield@state.sd.us
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  • ACCOUNTABILITY/MONITORING
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  • Discrepancy vs RtI for Eligibility Currently no district has submitted and received approval to use RtI, all SD districts should be using discrepancy model to determine LD eligibility 24:05:25:13.01. Response to intervention model. School districts that elect to use a response to intervention model as part of the evaluation process for specific learning disabilities shall submit to the state for approval, a formal proposal that at a minimum addresses the provisions in 24:05:25:12.
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  • New Assessments Nationally accepted practice is to phase out old editions of assessments within a year of the release of a new edition SD through the accountability process follows the same guiding practice If an assessment is not listed in the SD Eligibility Guide, the school psych can use the process outlined to determine if it will meet acceptable standards for use
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  • WISC-IV Old edition and use should be phased out no later than fall 2016 On the WISC IV, the full scale IQ, the GAI, or either the Verbal/Perceptual score was used as the IQ score;
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  • WISC-V FSIQ is the recommended intellectual ability score for predicting achievement on an achievement test, such as the KTEA-3, WIAT- III, WJ-IV, If there is some compelling clinical reason the school psychologist may determine one of the following is more appropriate VCI, VSI, FRI, QRI, NVI or GAI
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  • WISC-V Other Acceptable Scores Verbal Comprehension Index (VCI): measures the ability to access and apply acquired word knowledge Visual Spatial Index (VSI): measures the ability to evaluate visual details and to understand visual- spatial relationships to construct geometric designs from a model Fluid Reasoning Index (FRI): measures the ability to detect the underlying conceptual relationships among visual objects and use reasoning to identify and apply rules
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  • WISC-V Other Acceptable Scores Quantitative Reasoning Index (QRI): Figure Weights and Arithmetic Nonverbal Index ( NVI): Block Design, Visual Puzzles, Matrix Reasoning, Figure Weights, Picture Span, Coding General Ability Index (GAI):Similarities, Vocabulary, Block Design, Matrix Reasoning, and Figure Weights
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  • WPPSI-IV FAQ FSIQ is generally the first choice for an ability- achievement discrepancy analysis, as it provides the broadest sample of behavior. There may be other circumstances that influence your choice (e.g. significant discrepancy between index scores and language disorders). In these situations, other scores might be appropriate (i.e. VCI, VSI, FRI, GAI, NVI).
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  • Documenting Appropriate Score It is expected that the school psych report will include a statement of the psychologists determination of the representative IQ If the FSIQ is not selected a description of the clinical reason why another score was used should be included in psych report In the eligibility meeting, if compelling evidence came up to cause the school psych to reconsider the most representative score it should be documented on the eligibility doc or prior notice
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  • Results Driven Monitoring
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  • SD Results Driven Monitoring Action Plan 2014-2015 SY: Exploration and Study; Identify elements of monitoring for results Identify and visit state(s) that are currently implementing practices that are of interest. 2015-2016 SY: System Development; Piloting Develop Monitoring Manual
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