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  1. Standards-based Grading and Reporting Committee Meeting- April 29th

    by , Apr-07-2014 at 09:50 AM (Instructional Services Blog - Sandra Barton Smith)
    Dear School Leaders,

    On March 18, the OCS held our first informal gathering to consider the timing of moving more effectively into standards-based grading and standards-based reporting prototypes. Our school leaders were very positive and felt the timing is right for us to move forward with committee design work. Members of the ELA Committee will also be joining us in this conversation.

    Tuesday, April 29, 2014 Standards-based Grading and Report Card Committee ...
  2. 2014-2015 IOWA Testing Consortium Information

    by , Mar-31-2014 at 12:02 PM (Instructional Services Blog - Sandra Barton Smith)
    This fall, 8 schools moved into the IOWA Form E student achievement test, 2011 norms, through Riverside Publishing and it has been a valuable year of learning. I am happy to say that our 8 participating schools have been very pleased with the robust data available through Data Manager, which replaces the iRM (Interactive Results Manager) from Riverside Publishing. Our OCS Tech team has completed the technical construction of the new OCS IOWA database and it is working well; the OCS IOWA database ...
  3. Standards-based Grading and Standards-based Reports Cards

    by , Mar-10-2014 at 03:08 PM (Instructional Services Blog - Sandra Barton Smith)
    Kristin Dixon has reported in that the Religion Standards Review Process is nearing completion. In the on-line packet of materials, the Religion Committee is poised to make a recommendation for our Religion section of the report card. Additionally, the English Language Arts Committee has begun a review process, and this work will lead to a recommendation for PreK - 8 report card standards. What does a standards-based report card look like? How can this be accomplished in the PowerSchool ...
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  4. Diversified Learners Committee is Underway!

    by , Feb-10-2014 at 12:19 PM (Instructional Services Blog - Sandra Barton Smith)
    Dear Members of the Diversified Learners Committee,

    In order to better prepare for our next meeting scheduled for February 19 at 9-11 a.m. here at the Isaac Orr Conference room – The Chancery, please:

    1) Review the 12/04/2013 DL minutes: http://www.ocsww.org/files/uploads/18/12.04.2013DL Meeting MinutesFINAL.pdf
    2) Visit the online forums: http://www.ocsww.org/site/forumdisplay.php?f=73
    3) Review the 02/19/2014 agenda and register for the meeting. Bring laptop ...
  5. IDEA, Part B Equitable Services - Special Education

    by , Feb-04-2014 at 10:02 AM (Instructional Services Blog - Sandra Barton Smith)
    IDEA, Part B
    Equitable Services to Children Unilaterally Enrolled by their Parents in Private Schools


    OSPI through the Office of ESEA Private Schools have shared a very strong PowerPoint to assist school personnel and families understanding the rights and responsibilities regarding participation and equitable services for parentally-placed private school children for Special education Services.

    The OSPI PowerPoint document is attached for your convenience or you ...
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