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State Testing Window Extensions

State Testing Window Extensions

The U.S. Department of Education (USDE) communicated on 2/22/21 that it was inviting states to apply for a waiver for using federally required assessment data for some accountability purposes; however, they are not offering a waiver that would cancel testing for the 2020-21 school year. The Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) shared a draft communication…

Civics Test Window Extension

Civics Test Window Extension

The testing window for the Civics test has been extended one week to March 3, 2021, in order to allow schools more time to test all required students. Completing the Civics test is a state requirement. Students in grades 9-12 in Social Science, Civics, AP US Government and Politics, and IB History courses are required…

Upcoming Star Testing Window: March 8-19

Upcoming Star Testing Window: March 8-19

The third Star Reading and Math testing window for this school year is scheduled for March 8-19 (a two-week period). Students in grades 6-12 should be tested. Unlike Fall and Winter, this window is only for Star, not aimswebPLUS. Star Champions will receive a more detailed message from the Office of Assessment. Note that there…

18 Essential Practices Selection

18 Essential Practices Selection

This week’s Leadership Convening session on school planning spent a significant amount of time reviewing how schools should select from the list of 18 Essential Practices in developing their 21-22 school plan. To further help you make these decisions, please consult the Essential Practices Ratings Rubric and Look-Fors document contained in the folder linked here….

QlikBAM Virtual Trainings for March

QlikBAM Virtual Trainings for March

Hello Principals, Mark your calendars for our next set of trainings for March 2021: Topic: Analyzing Disproportionality Data in Qlik Participants will learn to read and analyze disproportionality data across a variety of focal areas within climate and academics. This session will utilize data from the following Qlik applications: aimsweb-Star, PSSA & Keystone and Climate….

SDP Chromebook Distribution by Zip Code

SDP Chromebook Distribution by Zip Code

In order to help facilitate remote learning during the Covid-19 pandemic, as part of its Continuity of Education plan, the School District of Philadelphia (SDP) distributed Chromebooks to students in grades K-12 in spring 2020. The table below shows the number and percentage of enrolled SDP students in each zip code who have received an...
Analysis of AimswebPlus Subtest Performance for K-3 Students, Fall 2020

Analysis of AimswebPlus Subtest Performance for K-3 Students, Fall 2020

In order to track student progress more frequently than the once-per-year PSSA, SDP has identified within-year “leading indicators” of student performance. We find that, in order to reach the goal of 62% proficiency on the PSSA, there must be an increase in the percentage of students in grades K-3 (both overall and by student subgroup) who score at or above grade-level on aimswebPlus, the Districts’s within-year reading assessment.

Civics Test Window is Open through 2/24

Civics Test Window is Open through 2/24

As of Tuesday, 2/17, 20 schools have begun administering the Civics Test, which is for students in grades 9-12 in Social Science, Civics, AP US Government and Politics, and IB History courses. The test window closes on February 24th. If your school does not have a plan for administering the test, or if you need…

Assessing Student Performance Before and During Virtual Learning: A Cohort Comparison of Student Performance

Assessing Student Performance Before and During Virtual Learning: A Cohort Comparison of Student Performance

This 24-page report compares performance in reading and math assessments for the same set of students over time. The main metric used in this report is the National Percentile Rank (NPR). NPR is a norm-referenced measure that compares student performance to a national sample of students.

New Rule Coming to Certify

New Rule Coming to Certify

A new rule will be appearing on Certify scorecards in the coming weeks. Rule EN450 (All K-8 students must be assigned to the correct Hybrid Learning Group) is slated to be launched in the next few weeks, and is designed to identify students that are incorrectly assigned, or have not been assigned to the appropriate…