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  • on the corner of the desk are simply not fast enough If you have moved past that content on the assignment when you give it back it will have little impact on learning Formative assessment can be seen as overwhelming to teachers or just another thing to do Getting through the content unpacking the TEKS and designing quality student work are important and time consuming parts of great teacher s days When you say formative assessment it seems like a monumental task Give them a smaller bucket If you want people to make formative assessment habit then give them tools to do it and make it a small few There are so many things that can be done with technology that will ensure the accuracy of your data and make it take far less time Mentimeter We posed a question to breakout session participants regarding teachers and higher level questions The responses were then put in a word cloud and allowed us to deal with some of the reasons teachers do not use higher order questioning in their practice It is amazing what immediate feedback can do to learning Here are three more that are easy to use Plickers Kahoot Today s Meet Go forth and do formative assessment to increase your test scores sounds like a lot to eat Encourage teachers to try one or two of the above for an extended period of time The key to Index 2 and 3 is largely ensuring student expectations all of them are mastered at the appropriate level Respond quickly when learning does not occur View or Post a Comment 0 Learning at AIE Lasers Stakes and Boat Burning Nov 15 2015 09 51 00 pm What a great three days of learning networking and adding tools to the tool belt Advancing Improvement in Education is a conference that I encourage my coworkers to attend as you will get better simply by attending There were some wonderful takeaways this year Liz Dozier started the conference by stating THE one liner from the conference If you are going to take the island you have to burn the boats Liz worked in inner city Chicago at what we would all describe as a Turnaround kind of place Her story is documented in Chicagoland a documentary by CNN Sometimes you simply must take drastic action to get things where you want them Liz was not afraid to burn the boats as she saw no other way to get Fenger High School students graduating and reading on grade level If it is not working then stop doing it Sometimes you have to burn the boats to get people to change All in is the only way to make real positive change Get a laser like focus on learning It is really up to leaders to define what is important and make the conversation about the things we really value Beliefs do not change because the motivational speaker from August PD said they should Pointing the

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  • maintained by Ty Duncan Coordinator Accountability and Compliance Services 806 281 5832 Like us on Facebook Follow InstructionalLe Instructional Leaders This Level III Thing Can Be Done Oct 25 2015 08 38 00 pm One of the most substantial changes in the Index Accountability System is the inclusion of Level III performance on STAAR in Index 3 and keeping students at Level III in Index 2 This has created new issues around differentiation and even new students for whom acceleration is required There are some simple messages our team gives to districts around this issue for leaders and teachers Identification is half the battle Every teacher must know who the Level III students are in their classroom and also who are just below scoring at this this achievement level Grades 4 and 6 are especially problematic as we tend to lose them most at these two grade levels RtI must be adjusted to include some kind of acceleration for these students The fact is every student can grow and needs intervention Every student has their own passing standard Just passing is not adequate in this system We fully recognize that teacher training and professional development have perhaps been deficient in the past around addressing intervention for these students One of the things we hear consistently from educators around this issue is there is simply not enough time to devote to providing acceleration to these students while ensuring students who struggle are growing as well Here are two simple places to start Perhaps one of the most underutilized resources TEA provides are the Performance Level Descriptors which describe what Level III looks like for students This resource provides a wonderful place to start with your acceleration for these students Grade dialogue with students The only real way to know if students

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  • Met Standard or Met Alternative Standard compared to 7 285 85 0 in 2014 and 7 207 84 2 in 2013 610 7 1 campuses were rated Improvement Required compared to 733 8 5 in 2014 and 768 9 0 in 2013 Texas made large strides in the index accountability system the last two years we are down by almost half in regards to number of districts who were Improvement Required and down over a hundred campuses labeled Improvement Required This is certainly reason to celebrate as we move forward Texas schools are doing great work for the students of this great state There are some issues to consider as we move forward this school year Index 2 success generally is reflected across all indices When you take a kid by kid approach on a daily basis it pays off across the board Will your level III students stay there this year Index 3 is in large part driven by Level III performance of economically disadvantaged students Proactive campuses are addressing this issue to ensure those students with the ability and history attain this level of performance Are teachers aware and being urgent in regards to this issue Students in grades 4 and 6 continue to see very flat growth from the previous grade level Take a very close look at your 4th and 6th grade students as there are many issues in play here that could attribute to this issue from lack of SSI at these grade levels to the emotional issues of transition Index 1 has historically risen 5 points each year That would put the index score at 65 This is especially interesting given the phase in schedule will be moving up Increasing standards coupled with the possibility of increasing the required index target make this index in play for many in 2015 2016 This is going to be a great year for students in Texas Critical Success Factors on September 22nd https txr17 escworks net catalog session aspx session id 43173 Accountability for Leaders September 21 st https txr17 escworks net catalog session aspx session id 41818 Like us on Facebook https www facebook com pages Region 17 Instructional Leaders 204792002878635 instructionalle on Twitter View or Post a Comment 0 When Learning is the Center We Will Know It Aug 15 2015 12 02 00 pm We had over 2500 educators at our Leading With Excellence for All Learners conference last week We had a great time with educators from districts in Region 17 and many districts brought their entire staff for three days It was great fun and really an enjoyable activity for our staff here at Region 17 I learned a great deal from the presentations myself and left with the understanding that we are really called to learning as a profession It really should consume our actions as educators and leaders on a daily basis How will we know when learning consumes us Students who do not learn will create as much anxiety

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  • drop a passage to make it shorter The writing test can only take one day and will have to drop one of the essays They would more than like keep the expository and not the narrative Still in the exploratory stages of this Implementation will be spring in 2017 Have to change the blueprint and the vertical scale so it will take a year to implement the shorter tests HB1164 Requires the state to create a pilot test and allow the prompt to be locally scored Requires it to be studied at the local level and create a portfolio approach at the local level Only a feasibility study at this time All 3 8 will be the week in May when we do second administration for SSI Next year You will not get results back before the end of school Results due in districts on June 15th There is a trade off Accountability Index 1 target went up 5 points and Index 3 and 4 remained the same Index 2 is still set at the 5 th percentile STAAR Contractor question ETS got the bid What the test looks like is a TEA decision and not a vendor decision TEA is working to ensure the look of the assessment does not change a whole lot They hope the change of vendors is invisible to the client Phase In 2 Level 2 will be the standard next year As of today STAAR A and Alt will be included in accountability next year Indices Intellectualism and Instruction Click here for the slides One way to impact Level III performance in schools is to increase the intellectual practice of the teachers in the business Students need to see adults doing intellectual work Blog Show kids what smart writing looks like Instructional Rounds The benefit is not simply in increasing sophistication in staff but rather allowing students to see intellectual work taking place Mattering is the Agenda Angela Maiers http www littlethings com johanna dances respect Have you lost a little bit of your 5 year old self When was the last time extremely confident in your knowledge and ability Are you the teacher or leader who makes people excited about the future We tend to think we matter less as we get older and by grade 4 it starts Kids stop running to school earlier and earlier Research says it comes down to one thing People need to know that they matter You have more talent than you realize and most are not showing it Gallup Poll 100 million US workers 86 million said they were disgruntled because nobody thinks they matter Have you told someone they matter this week What if you made it a point to someone s life everyday by telling them they matter Everything a customer sees impacts the experience Everything matters Industries know it especially those in the luxury market get it They understand everyone matters There is Smile Training at Zappos Nothing is an accident Find a

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  • Online Contracts School Board Training Student Support Student Support Student Evaluation Services Assistive Technology Autism Child Find CRCG Community Resources Coordinating Group Deaf Education Certification Low Incidence Disabilities Multicultural Diverse Learners Non Ed Community Based Support Services Preschool Programs for Children with Disabilities PPCD Positive Behavioral Interventions Support Project Psychological Services Speech Language Pathology Transition Services Visual Impairment Blindness Technology Technology Services Distance Learning Email Services eRate Support Internet Access Internet Filtering Interactive TV Network ITV KACE Help Desk Technology Planning Web Hosting This blog is maintained by Ty Duncan Coordinator Accountability and Compliance Services 806 281 5832 Like us on Facebook Follow InstructionalLe Instructional Leaders Takeaways from Accountability Release 2015 Apr 09 2015 10 14 00 pm Full Press Release http tea texas gov About TEA News and Multimedia Press Releases 2015 STAAR grades 3 8 math assessments to be excluded from 2015 state accountability system 2015 Accountability Development Materials http ritter tea state tx us perfreport account 2015 materials html These were certainly some very interesting developments in regards to Accountability 2015 and the use of Math and STAAR Alt and STAAR A The new Math TEKS have certainly generated a great deal concern and Commissioner Williams addressed this with the elimination of grades 3 8 math from the 2015 Accountability results Removing STAAR A and STAAR Alt also provides relief for these new assessments with very little predictive data on future performance There are however some issues to consider with the removal of these assessments There are some takeaways as we move forward Removing these assessments increases the significance of the other assessments The denominator becomes smaller and reading scores for example are magnified Each reading student becomes more valuable in each index This will impact campuses especially that are grades 3 4 only for example as they have only writing and reading to contribute to index calculations The Level III in Index 3 and the Level II Final Standard on two or more tests in Index 4 become more valuable as well When you shrink the denominator that places an extra spotlight on these scores The work we have done in regards to unpacking the new math TEKS has been worth the effort regardless of this decision The data from the assessment will be invaluable to future planning and professional development needs of teachers There is give and take in this Removing assessments makes it easier to change the index target as there is no change in the passing standard Moving the target in Index 1 to 60 will impact some districts and campuses Accountability 2015 and Beyond June 19 th update on the final accountability release by the Commissioner http escite2 esc17 net default aspx name wmsworkshop w 15978 Index Accountability 101 June 5 th This training is designed for leaders to gain a fundamental understanding of the Index Accountability System We will take a comprehensive look at the system as well as instructional implications http escite2 esc17 net default aspx name wmsworkshop w 15979

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  • Autism Child Find CRCG Community Resources Coordinating Group Deaf Education Certification Low Incidence Disabilities Multicultural Diverse Learners Non Ed Community Based Support Services Preschool Programs for Children with Disabilities PPCD Positive Behavioral Interventions Support Project Psychological Services Speech Language Pathology Transition Services Visual Impairment Blindness Technology Technology Services Distance Learning Email Services eRate Support Internet Access Internet Filtering Interactive TV Network ITV KACE Help Desk Technology Planning Web Hosting This blog is maintained by Ty Duncan Coordinator Accountability and Compliance Services 806 281 5832 Like us on Facebook Follow InstructionalLe Instructional Leaders Index 2 and You Mar 20 2015 10 15 00 pm The new accountability system has brought many substantive changes to the way we measure effectiveness in Texas Perhaps the most radical shift was the addition of a growth indicator to the system for reading math and writing This indicator measures vertical scale score growth in students as they progress through the system This has forced educators and leaders to add another layer to data analysis and create systems to ensure all students are meeting this indicator At the Texas Assessment Conference back in February several districts shared their effective approaches to the new index two growth measure Perhaps most interesting of these approaches was the Kid By Kid approach the Wylie ISD was using to improve student performance They had taken elements of standards based grading and student self monitoring of their own content knowledge to create a highly effective plan to increase index performance The systems were fabulous and well designed Data walls with student s pictures in teacher conference areas with color coded charts detailing progress Students had their own progress tracking to give teachers feedback on their knowledge and confidence of the student expectation The real impact of these systems is perhaps in creating an attitude and culture where learning consumes the organization The key to index 2 is measuring learning at the student expectation level and this will impact all other indices as well Index Accountability 101 June 5 th This training is designed for leaders to gain a fundamental understanding of the Index Accountability System We will take a comprehensive look at the system as well as instructional implications http escite2 esc17 net default aspx name wmsworkshop w 15979 Leverage Leadership A Practical Guide to Building Exceptional Schools June 2 nd We have posted a book study for June 2nd on the Leverage Leadership book that we used at Instructional Leaders Bring your books and come learn with us http escite2 esc17 net default aspx name wmsworkshop w 15949 Data Day Tools For Your School June 15 th http escite2 esc17 net default aspx name wmsworkshop w 15963 Come as ESC staff show leaders how to lead a Data Day for their staff before school starts in August Accountability 2015 and Beyond June 19 th update on the final accountability release by the Commissioner http escite2 esc17 net default aspx name wmsworkshop w 15978 Skillful Leadership Confronting Mediocrity in the Classroom June

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  • happening with the assessments the timeline of actions and how to utilize the Assessment Creator to best fit the needs of the district There will also be an update on the changes taking place in High School math and a look at the upcoming workshops in the summer months 11 30 to 12 25 Lunch in the Main Hall Accountability Updates and TSDS Updates and Summer Professional Development Putting Together the Pieces of Accountability and Assessment for 2015 March 3 2015 If you missed the Texas Assessment Conference last week we will have all the updates here http escite2 esc17 net default aspx name wmsworkshop w 15852 12 30 to 1 20 Breakout Sessions Five Levers to Improve Learning Michelle Hilton ESC 17 Coordinator Main Hall repeated session Do you struggle with prioritizing efforts and resources to result in the changes you desire for learning and achievement We will look at what Tony Frontier has found to be the 5 levers to improve learning and how to prioritize for powerful results in your school Eduphoria For Administrators Emily Nowlain ESC 17 Specialist PC Labs 302 304 repeated session Create your own perfect testing season by learning about ways to utilize Aware for creating accountability reports and ways Aware can help you be incident free Teaching with Heart Yolanda Sanchez ESC 17 Specialist Lecture Hall Let s examine teacher student and student student relationships and strategies to build both for greater student engagement and achievement T PESS Panel Discussion with Pilot Superintendents Larry Williams ESC Specialist and Pilot Superintendents Neely Room The panel will be comprised of several Superintendents that have implemented the T PESS principal appraisal system in their districts These administrators will describe the new appraisal system and how they have implemented this in their district Participants will learn about the timelines associated with the components of the system the self assessment and goal setting component and professional development planning The new appraisal system for principals will be quite a transition from what they are accustomed to Ample time will be allocated to address questions from the audience Articulated Courses Through South Plains College South Plains College Staff Douglas Room repeated session SPC will be talking about the academic and technical dual credit options available through SPC Articulated courses that are available to high schools and the process for obtaining authorization to offer those courses at no cost to the students at the high schools will also be discussed As a part of that process SPC will talk about the differences between articulated and dual credit courses and the advantages of offering those courses to high school students coming to SPC and how those courses will be beneficial in light of the new applied science degrees being offered at Texas Tech 1 30 to 2 20 Breakout Sessions Five Levers to Improve Learning Michelle Hilton ESC 17 Coordinator Main Hall repeated session Do you struggle with prioritizing efforts and resources to result in the changes you desire for learning and achievement We will look at what Tony Frontier has found to be the 5 levers to improve learning and how to prioritize for powerful results in your school Eduphoria For Administrators Emily Nowlain ESC 17 Specialist PC Labs 302 304 repeated session Create your own perfect testing season by learning about ways to utilize Aware for creating accountability reports and ways Aware can help you be incident free Communicating with Parents and Stakeholders Tori Mitchell and Frank Rodriguez ESC 17 Specialists Lecture Hall Parents and stakeholders must have a positive attitude about the school so leaders and teachers can maximize learning Tori and Frank will explore the research around parent communication and also look at a variety of applications and methods to reach parents and stakeholders T TESS Panel Discussion with Pilot Districts Larry Williams ESC Specialist and Pilot Principals Neely Room This panel will be comprised of administrators from some of the districts that are participating in the T TESS appraisal system Members of the panel will discuss the steps they took to implement the new appraisal system in their district Topics will include the teacher orientation self assessment and goal setting component the appraisal instrument itself and helping teachers with transitioning from PDAS to T TESS Time will be allocated for questions and answers from the audience Articulated Courses Through South Plains College South Plains College Staff PC Labs 302 304 SPC will be talking about the academic and technical dual credit options available through SPC Articulated courses that are available to high schools and the process for obtaining authorization to offer those courses at no cost to the students at the high schools will also be discussed As a part of that process SPC will talk about the differences between articulated and dual credit courses and the advantages of offering those courses to high school students coming to SPC and how those courses will be beneficial in light of the new applied science degrees being offered at Texas Tech View or Post a Comment 0 Thoughts and Resources from the Texas Assessment Conference 2015 Feb 16 2015 09 33 00 pm Great sessions and energy today at the Texas Assessment Conference Re new Re energize Re engage Bertice Berry Author and Sociologist You cannot change anybody but yourself If your energy is low the people around you know it If you want to change the world you really have to change yourself We should never forget what we are measuring Reflect how many lives you have changed There is a reason we do this every day and perhaps reflecting on that will give us new energy People who do so much for others forget to stop and assess themselves Renew your mind daily Remember your purpose You ignore the circumstances around you when you have a purpose Give kids a chance When you walk with purpose you collide with destiny Think differently about what you do and walk around like you love what you do and

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  • number one issue for educators based on our work with leaders and teachers Teachers are working hard to learn the language complexity changes and content changes but there is fear and rightfully so that these changes might have a negative impact on scores and accountability results TEA posted resources for teachers If TEA posts a list of resources then I would think using them would be beneficial and helpful Moving the test dates back for 5 and 8 will be helpful as well given there is no math SSI Conversation and dialogue with other educators and a daily attentiveness to the heart of the standard can help as we move forward STAAR A Accommodated Version of STAAR This issue is probably second on the anxiety list for teachers and leaders There is no doubt this is going to be difficult for some of our students TEA has provided accommodation resources and once again using those resources will be helpful in preparation of these students Level III Performance The two issues above are receiving a great deal of attention but the Level III performance for economically disadvantaged students and for students who were Level III in the previous year is just as big an issue Unless legislation changes the importance of top end performance on STAAR in Index 2 3 and 4 this issue will continue to negatively impact index scores and accountability ratings This system is about getting better every day and progress from grade to grade It does diminish the value of simply passing Schools who ignore this feature of the STAAR program will not achieve the desired index results they want The Future New Professional Development Models I wrote a blog awhile back that discussed the emerging trends of Professional Development and the movement to job embedded types of professional learning Schools are becoming highly sophisticated places with sophisticated practitioners simply because of the complexity of content and college ready expectations for all students The entire district school classroom teacher s lounge band hall and field house must become consumed by learning and it must be a part of the work If we want students to learn from us we must become models of learning ourselves and allow students to see adults who crave learning as much as we desire for them to crave it from us Progress Before Performance I have heard Lead4ward staff present at conferences and at our ESC over the last year and it is something that they have really stressed Culturally we have always leaned toward a did they pass mindset This is directly related to the bullet above Perhaps the need to explore job embedded learning is as much about framing a mindset that we are all a work in progress whether as a student or as an educated professional Accountability of 2015 and beyond demands this viewpoint but more importantly students in Texas deserve it from the adults around them and we as adults do as well I got a long

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