December 2014 PowerPoint

Curriculum Council
December 3, 2014
Updates from
*Math Design Collaborative
*STEM Consortium
Engineering byDesign
K’Nex Challenge
Updates from
Bethann McCain
*Statewide Keystones to Literacy
• Comprehensive Literacy Planning
• Eduplanet
*Text-Dependent Analysis
Close Reading
School-Specific Item Development
Interest in Administrator Version?
First in Math
*Free one year access available
*$6/child after kids solve 1000
*For more information, contact and copy
• CIU Professional Development Offerings
• Continuing Professional Education Courses
• SAS Institute – Dec. 7-9
• Improving Schools Conference – January 25-28
• PDE Data Summit – March 22-25
• Leadership Institute at Toftrees – July 8-10
• AP Summer Institute – August 3-6
• Spanish Language & Culture (Maria Vazquez-Mauricio)
• Statistics (Kenneth Pendleton)
• Physics 1: Algebra-Based (Patricia Zober)
• US History (Ed Austin)
• Environmental Science (Tim Anderson)
14/15 Data Quality Network Topics
• Dec – Data Governance, PATI
• Jan – Dirty Data, Course/HQT
• Feb. – PVAAS
• April – Preparing for Audits, Safe Schools
• May – Database Primer, Child Accounting
Contact Kim Moyer for more information.
*Copyright Update for PE and NTPE
*Contact Deb Wynn for the permission form
* Media Kit is updated
*Graph Icon
*Extra Credit for IB (4 or higher)
*Science Closing the Gap
*Writing  ELA doubled
*See the SPP formulas:
2013-14 formula and the 2014-15 formula
*Fidelity Implementation Review & Support
*Expected release = Jan. 15
*Available only for tested grades & subjects
*Teachers mark standards & eligible content
taught & at what level of fidelity
*Related formative assessments are available,
as well
• Reflection Guide = Self-Reflection
Tool for Teacher Specific
• Demo Account
• Frequently Asked Questions
PVAAS Frequently
Asked Questions
Q1. Why isn’t there a report for a
teacher who rostered?
PVAAS Frequently
Asked Questions
To actually be included in PVAAS Teacher
Specific reporting, a student MUST:
• Have a PSSA or Keystone score from the most recent year
• NOT be a foreign exchange student
• NOT be a first-year ELL student
• NOT be Proficient or Advanced on a PRIOR Keystone exam
• NOT be claimed at less than 10% instructional responsibility
• NOT have tested with the PASA (alternate assessment)
Must have at least 11 students
Must have an “Active N Count” of at least 6 students/6.0 FTE
PVAAS Frequently
Asked Questions
Q2. Why is there no Individual
Student Growth Measure?
PVAAS Frequently
Asked Questions
*Growth is about a GROUP of students NOT an
individual student.
*Error would be too large for an individual student
to know if they made growth or not.
PVAAS Frequently
Asked Questions
Q3. Why no predicted score Now for
SY 2014-2015?
PVAAS Frequently
Asked Questions
• A student’s predicted score is based on the student’s own testing
history and on the average performance of students in the same cohort
statewide who have a similar testing history.
• In other words, for each assessment we analyze with the predictive
model, we look at the past testing histories of students across the state
who took that assessment in the most recent year.
• Because the predicted score is based on the performance of other
students statewide who took the assessment in the same year, it’s not
possible to generate the predicted score prior to the assessment.
• What would the score tell you that a PVAAS projection/% of likelihood
does not?
PVAAS Frequently
Asked Questions
Q4. Why is there a difference in my
School Value-Added vs. Teacher
Value-Added Reporting?
PVAAS Frequently
Asked Questions
2 Primary Reasons:
• PVAAS School Reporting uses full academic year/Oct 1 as a
requirement for including students
• PVAAS Teacher Value-added reporting uses % Student +
Teacher Enrollment and % Shared Instruction to determine the
weighting of each student on each teacher’s PVAAS teacher
Specific Reporting
PVAAS Frequently
Asked Questions
Q5. What is the Composite score?
PVAAS Frequently
Asked Questions
• A combined growth measure across a teacher’s PVAAS reported
subjects/grades/courses within SY13-14.
• For SY13-14, we only have one year of reporting so the Composite
Score is a combined growth measure across a teacher’s PVAAS
reported subjects/grades/courses for SY13-14 only.
• In future years, the Composite Score will represent a combined growth
measure across a teacher’s PVAAS reported subjects/grade/courses
across years, up to and including 3 consecutive school years.
 1 year Composite
 2 Year Composite
 3 Year Composite/3 Year Rolling Average
PVAAS Frequently
Asked Questions
Q6. How is the Composite Score
PVAAS Frequently
Asked Questions
• To calculate the composite, a simple average is taken of
all of the teacher's individual index values for up to three
• Then the average is multiplied by the square root of the
number of individual index values that went into the
• This step is a necessary step that accounts for the fact
that more data was used to generate the average than
was used to generate each individual index, which affects
the standard error for the composite.
PVAAS Frequently
Asked Questions
Q7. Why is there a difference
between my Composite vs. my
Teacher Value-Added?
PVAAS Frequently
Asked Questions
• The growth color indicators are categories or ranges
of indicators of growth. We cannot “average”
categories. In other words, green + red ≠ yellow;
likewise green + dark blue ≠ light blue.
• For PVAAS, the assumption is that the achievement
level of the teacher's group of students is
maintained (green) UNLESS there is enough
evidence in the assessment data to say otherwise.
PVAAS Frequently
Asked Questions
• It is all about the amount of evidence in the student assessment
results – the assumption is that the achievement level of the teacher's
group of students is maintained (green) UNLESS there is enough
evidence in the assessment data to say otherwise.
• The more data available, the more evidence we have to see if the group
of students exceeded the growth standard OR not.
• There is more evidence when all data was combined for a composite
score. With data from multiple subjects (or multiple years when that’s
available) included in the Composite, there’s more evidence/more
• The composite is not really an “average,” but rather an accumulation of
the evidence/data towards meeting, exceeding, or falling short of the
standard for PA Academic Growth.
PVAAS Frequently
Asked Questions
Q8. Why is there a difference
between my Teacher Value Added vs.
my Diagnostic Reporting?
PVAAS Frequently
Asked Questions
• Diagnostic Reports do NOT factor in the
percent of Instructional Responsibility
• Students are weighted equally
• Reflect the growth of a group of students
who may have had more than one teacher
with instructional responsibility in that
specific subject/grade or course
*Priority & Focus Schools – Yearly Plan
Resubmission to Executive Director
*Updates were made to CTC
components to align with Ch. 4
*A new web service will handle EDNA
*Webcasts added to CP Resource Page
*To join the Listserv, go to
• Click PA Planning
• Click on Subscribe or Unsubscribe
*Act 71 of 2014 Requires:
• Youth suicide awareness and child
exploitation service professional ed.
plans beginning in 2015-16
• Related Board Policy
*Phase 3’s will have to do an
*More details forthcoming
Eligible Content
*Now fully populated for grades 3-8 ELA
and Math plus Algebra I and Literature
*Please provide input
Chapter 4 FAQ
*Now posted on SAS
• Keystone Exam Proficiency
• Opt-Outs
• Supplemental Instruction
• Special Ed & ELLs
• Out-of-State Transfers
• Waivers
SAS Updates
•The ELA and math glossaries were added to the Core Standards
section of SAS.
•The English Composition Argumentative Scoring Guideline was posted
•The English Composition Informative-Explanatory Combined Scoring
Guideline was posted
•Early Warning System simulations were posted
•New Science VMC resources were added
•The Science VMC naming convention was altered. Instead of
representing single grade levels, they were updated to reflect grade
•An updated video was added to all of the Literacy Design Collaborative
(LDC) tasks posted on SAS.
Gifted Education and Accelerated
*Invitation for Gr. 6-8 ELA, science, &
social studies teachers to participate in
10 days of RA PD
*A flyer and training calendar are posted
on the Curriculum Council page.
Real Life, Real
Issues: Drugs &
Young People
*WITF’s multimedia series devoted to
preventing youth drug abuse
*No cost
*Add links to your website
Support for Betsy’s
Former Roles
Educator Effectiveness – Jen Starner
SLO – Amy Garvey
Keystones/PBA – Kristen Baughman-Gray
PA Core – Bethann McCain
Comprehensive Planning – Jen Starner
PVAAS, SAS, CDT, SPP, eMetric – Bethann McCain
AP – Jamie Russler & Dr. Dwyer
CPE – Patti Rice & Dr. Dywer
Meeting Schedule
Jan. 28, 2015
Feb. 25, 2015
Mar. 25, 2015
May 6, 2015
January 28 Meeting – Need to re-schedule??
• Last day of the Improving Schools Conference
• Reschedule for January 23rd ???
Other Needs,