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16 Curriculum Coordinators Council –


									                 Curriculum Coordinators Council – September 23, 2011
                            PAIUCC Meeting – State College
                                   September 15 and 16, 2011
Updates from PDE, Ed Volbrecht

      2011 Standards Aligned System Model District Institute (SASMD)
          o October 16-18, 2011
          o Dr. Grant Wiggins will share expertise related to curriculum and Teaching
                   Enrollment is limited to ten districts
                   District to send 5 to 8 team members
                   Team members must include superintendent, admin, curriculum, teacher and IU
          o For More information, go to for a poscast, FAQ and
          o A schedule for the conference is included on Agenda Manager
      SAS
          o Components of SAS moving. Interventions to be moved into Instruction – Interventions
              to be tagged to specific lesson plans found in Materials and Resources
                   Will include the Danielson Model
          o Safe and Supportive Schools – to be the new Circle Element
                   Lessons
                   Standards
                   Total School Programs
          o Professional Development Center being placed into SAS (teacher tools)
                   Programs mentioned in SAS – will be included as professional development
                      opportunities in the system.
      Developing Scoring System for Schools (report cards)
          o To include
                   Fiscal Responsibility
                   Academic Achievement – including growth
                   Safe and Supportive Schools
          o Will be put into a data base to searched by region, etc…
          o To be on the Web – likely its own URL
          o Focus groups being put together, beginning in October
          o Scheduled to be released at the SAS institute
      SAS Institute
          o December 4-7 – Hershey Lodge & Convention Center
          o To include IU staff and districts participating in pilot Teacher Evaluation System
          o To include all PA Teacher Awards
          o To new school report system
          o To include new teacher evaluation system.
      Project Based Assessments for Keystones
          o IUs will play a roll in the evaluation process
          o There will be a section in SAS dedicated as a resource for students as well as a an
              evaluation tool for evaluators

           o Teacher teams met June 20, 21, and 22 to continue this work for Algebra 1, Literature,
               Composition and Biology
           o Teacher teams to meet Sept 20 and 21 to refine assessments
      Cornerstone Assessments
           o Teacher teams met June 27-28 to draft Cornerstone Assessments in Mathematics, ELA,
               Science, and Social Studies
      New Staff at PDE
           o Sally Flaherty has been hired as Social Studies Advisor and Linda Long has been
               promoted to the Bilingual Education Advisor 2 – Still seeking a Science Advisor
      Striving Readers Grant – Keystones Opportunity: Pa’s Vision for Sustainable Growth in
       Reading Achievement
           o 38 Million a Yr. for 5 years
                    USDoE Grant
           o IUs will be responsible for rolling out
           o Birth through 12th grade grant coverage
           o Large part of that money to go to schools through a competitive grant
           o Certain percentage to each of the categories: Birth to K, Elem and Secondary
           o Three lead IUs – IU 13, IU 20, and IU 3
           o Districts will apply for the monies – and encouraged to get training from their IUs
                    IUs will be provided the training
           o Developing a comprehensive plan Pre-K through 12 for Reading
               More details to come.
      ACT 48/45 Suspension Moratorium
           o New FAQ was released on 9/1/2011 – this is the most relevant data and supersedes the
               8/4/2011 FAQ
      ABG Supplemental – see handout on Agenda Manager for specifics
           o Applications are on e-grants and must be completed by the end of September
           o Contact Holly Sebastian if you need help: or 717-346-2120
      Common Core Transition
           o State Board adopted Common Core on July 2011
           o Timeline
                    October 2011 – Aligning Assessment Anchors and Eligible Content to the
                      Common Core in grades 3, 4, 5, 6, 6, 8, and 11
                    November –December 2011 – Revising PA Academic Standards to create PA
                      Common Core – will be the Common Core – but owned by PDE
                    Begin implementing Keystones including civics and gov’t
                    December 2011 – PA Common Core Training TOT Models to be developed – IU

Comprehensive Planning – Jason Conway and Jeff Byrem

      Quick Notes
          o Are now moving forward with permission for some of the program development
          o Process Training registrations are increasing
          o The tool not available until May, 2012

        o Districts in Phase I pilot – can begin to gather teams and work on Mission, vision and
            Shared Values
        o Of line guidance tools are being developed
        o Phase 1 districts to be trained on new process October 27, 2011 at IU1
   Research study conducted o look at all the work that was being done – all the plans, etc. -
    conducted in Spring and Summer 2010
        o Results of research – field indicated they wanted a single, streamlined approach to all
            planning and reporting and one tool to make it all happen
        o The plan was hatched to combine everything – including school improvement plans
   Required components of CSP
        o Profile
        o Core Foundations – meet requirements of Chapter 4, 12, 14, 16 and 49 Regs
                 Standards – 2 questions
                 Curriculum – 2 questions
                 Instruction – 3 questions
                 Assessment – 7 questions
                 Safe and Supportive Schools – 12 questions
                 Materials and Resources – 2 questions
                 Professional Education – 7 Questions
                 Special Education – 10 questions
        o Policy and procedural Assurances
        o Needs Assessment
                 Optional Data Walkthroughs
                 Accomplishment and Concerns
                 Record Patterns of School Accomplishments and Systemic Challenges
        o Comprehensive School Plan
        o Affirmations
   Schools to analyze their own needs prior to Thanksgiving so they are ready for district planning
    in the spring
   See the timeline provided for specifics – highlights are as follows:
        o July - Sept – AYP data received
        o Sept-Dec
                 District to complete profile, core foundational questions, policy & procedural
                   assurances, needs assessment and analyze needs
                 Schools to Complete school profile questions, compliance assurances, needs
                   assessment – analyze data and analyze systems, communicate prioritized
                   systemic challenges to LEA
        o Jan-April
                 District record pattern of school systemic challenges and analyze systems
                 Schools – waiting
        o April May
                 District communicates Comprehensive Plan to Schools
                 Schools – waiting
        o June 30 – Optional Submission for Peer Feedback for Districts
                 Schools Submission of Identified School Level Plans
        o July – Peer Feedback given – school level plans reviewed

           o  Aug-Sept – revisions to comprehensive plan and school level plans
           o  Sept – Jun – Identified School Level Plans Implemented
           o  Oct – Public Review of Comprehensive Plan
           o  Oct 30th – Assurance that Identified School Level Plans submitted June 30 remains
              appropriate given new PSSA data
           o November 30 – Final Submission of Comprehensive Plan
           o Dec – Jan – PDE Team Review
           o Dec – Jun -LEA Budget Development
           o Feb – Mar - LEA Presentation to Team of Reviewers
           o April 30 – Deadline for LEA/Approval
School Improvement
   o All School Improvement Schools will receive their pre-populated data in PASIP tool October 1st.
   o Schools submitted the plans for last year have been notified if their plans were approved or
       rejected – rejected schools are only required to revise and resubmit if and only if they are Title I
       schools and they missed critical pieces of NCLB requirements.

Keystone Exams, Rich Maraschiello
   o Keystones on hold this school year – no tests will be given
   o Civics and Gov’t exam is being developed – should be field tested next year – assuming funding
   o Keystone Exams school and District Summary Reports have been distributed to districts
   o Scale Score ranges have been developed – important to note: 1500 is the minimum scaled score
      for proficiency for all exams

                Content Area        BASIC             BASIC          PROFICIENT     ADVANCED

                  Algebra I      1200–1438          1439–1499        1500–1545      1546–1800

                   Biology       1200–1459          1460–1499        1500–1548      1549–1800

                  Literature     1200– 1443         1444–1499        1500–1583      1584–1800

   o Proficient and Advanced percentages are about the same as students who graduate ready for
     college (as compared to SAT/ACT predictors)

                 Content       BELOW
                  Area          BASIC       BASIC       PROFICIENT       ADVANCED

                 Algebra I      20.0         41.3             27.3          11.3


                Biology          31.7    32.6           26.5                9.2

              Literature         18.6    31.6           43.3                6.6

o Algebra I Summary

   Assessment Anchor                       State Percent of Students Earning
                                           more than the Minimum Points
   Operations with Real Numbers and                            34.1

   Linear Equations                                            36.3
   Linear Inequalities                                         26.2
   Functions                                                   37.0
   Coordinate Geometry                                         35.5
   Data Analysis                                               21.0

o Biology

   Assessment Anchor                    State Percent of Students Earning
                                        more than the Minimum Points

   Basic Biological Principles                         24.0
   The Chemical Basis for Life                         37.2
   Bioenergetics                                       28.7
   Homeostasis and Transport                           25.0

   Cell Growth and Reproduction                        38.6

   Genetics                                            24.8
   Theory of Evolution                                 26.0
   Ecology                                             28.4

o Literature

      Assessment Anchor                                 State Percent of Students Earning
                                                        more than the Minimum Points

      Reading for Meaning – Fiction                                     39.5

      Analyzing and Interpreting Literature – Fiction                   41.1

      Reading for Meaning – Non-Fiction                                 47.1

      Analyzing and Interpreting Literature – Non-                      41.6

PVAAS, Kristin Lewald

     New highlights this school year:
   o New Color Scheme and Legend Language
       o The NEW color code scheme and legend language allow for alignment of the reporting
           for grades 4-8 AND grades 9-11- reading, math, science and writing
       o The NEW color code scheme differentiates on both ends of the continuum, whereas the
           previous grades 4-8 color code scheme only differentiated below ZERO (a year’s worth
           of growth).
       o Each color code range is determined based on the standard error (SE).

              Color Legend for Use in Both Grades 4-8 and Grades 9-11 Value Added Reports

                   Color Legend for 4-8 and 9-11 PVAAS Performance Diagnostic Reports

                     L. Blue

                     L. Green


          o User-Friendly Report – Labels/Terms and Rollovers
          o New Web-Based Scatter plots – both on public and private site
          o FAQ
                o Q: Will the new color codes scheme/legends be used on the Public PVAAS
                    reporting site?
                o A: Yes, the colors and the legends will be the same on the LEA protected site and
                    the public PVAAS site
                o Q: How do you interpret the different shades of blue? Does dark blue mean
                    more growth was achieved then light blue?
                o A: The key statement in the legend is the level of evidence – significant and
                o Q: Will web-based scatter plots be available on the Public PVAAS reporting site?
                o A: Yes - however, the public site will only include data that is required via
                    legislation; currently legislation does not require the reporting of grade level
                o Q: Will other districts/schools/public be able to see my district’s gain and
                    achievement levels?
                o A: PA legislation determines what data is public reported. Since the reporting of
                    grade level data is not required by legislation, LEAs will only see the grade level
                    data for their respective LEA.
PVAAS Training
          o Overviews – Webinar and Face to Face (All PVAAS trainings/webinars contained in
             Professional Development Booklet sent to all PVAAS ccount holders.
          o Webinars on the following:
                o Introduction to PVAAS/PVAAS Overview
                o PVAAS 2011 Release: New Features
                o Open Q&A/Office Hours
                o PVAAS Public Site Tour
                o Effectively Communicate PVAAS with your Board and Community
                o High Growth, Achieving Schools: Is it Possible?
                o Using Multiple Data Sources to Identify Students at Risk of Not Reaching

                 o Using Multiple Data Sources to Ensure High-Achieving Students Stay on the Path
                     of High Performance
                 o Growth and High-Achieving Students
                 o Meeting the Needs of Low-Performing Students
                 o Meeting the Needs of Subgroups
                 o Using PVAAS Data for Resource Allocation Planning
                 o Using PVAAS Data As Part of Scheduling Students
                 o PVAAS and PA Data Tools: Resources for High Ed
           o To access a Webinar:
                 o To access an archived version of a webinar, go to
                 o Click on “Recordings” in the upper left.
                 o Using the calendar in the upper right corner of your screen, click on the day the
                     webinar was originally held. Click on the link that displays the title of the session.
                 o Enter your email address in the space provided and your first and last name as
                     your Display Name. Click “Play” on the lower right portion of the screen.
           o Districts can now search for similar schools – to compare whether or not their growth is
             similar or better, etc…

Curriculum Mapping Committee
          o General overview module
          o Needs Assessment piece was designed to analyze leadership knowledge on curriculum,
             content knowledge of curriculum and knowledge of SAS
   o Asked PLS to improve the directions of the system – that the tool is not user friendly

Bobbie and Cori – CDT Update
                                  Classroom Diagnostic Tools Updates
ESL Certification
     Group of folks were convened to enhance the competencies for ESL certification
            o New Competencies
            o New Comprehensive Competencies
            o 60 Hour field Experience is now required
                     Must demonstrate and be monitored in field experience
                     The 60 Hour field experience can be actual teaching time – for example
                            An emergency permit teacher, working with ELL students can have that
                               teaching time count for field experience as long as being observed,
                               mentored and supervised by ESL teachers
            o Go in affect – August 1, 2012 – anyone beginning class after August 1st – 2012 will need
                to complete new system
            o Programs approved on a 7 year cycle
            o There will be an approval process – application to be completed and distributed by the
            o Programs not to exceed 18 credits –most think 15 credits will be needed – however PDE
                can not preclude you from developing a program with less than 15 – if you can do it –
                but it might be approved.
            o Competency on professionalism – includes:


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