to: Creswell Board of Directors and Dr. Rick Stuber
from: JOEL HIGDON, Technology Director
subject: Activity report
· Creswell schools will be participating in Technology Enhanced Student Assessment (TESA) for their assessment testing. Instead of pencil and paper, the student(s) will be taking their assessment test(s) on a computer. There is more flexibility and better management using this method. This department will be working with the schools to ensure a smooth process in the building’s computer labs.
· Before any assessment testing can occur the state requires a file upload of our Secure Student ID (SSID). The Secure Student ID is a unique identifier assigned to every public school student in Oregon. The SSID "follows students" throughout their K-12 educational career. The SSID supports more accurate collection of student academic preparation and assessment data as well as student participation in other programs (Migrant Ed., Professional/ Technical Education, etc.) We are in the process of uploading that data. Unbeknown to most districts the Oregon Department of Education (ODE) changed a few of the reporting requirements. This skewed our first upload. We have been working with ODE and Pentamation to resolve the “missing” information for future uploads. A special “thank you” is given to Jill Strader at the Middle School. Her help in this situation has been tremendous.
· It is an exciting time for technology in our schools. The integration of technology into class curriculums as well as day-to-day tasks is astounding. Just a sampling –
o At the Elementary School, staff will be taking part in training provide by Lane ESD on the use and integration of online streaming video through computer workstations. Reading Counts, a network based application, is used heavily by the 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade classes to improve reading comprehension skills.
o At the Middle School, Renaissance Learning, a network based application, is used by every student. The components of Renaissance Learning include math and reading.
o At the High School, PLATO, a network based application, has been used by students in the schools Resource Room. It is now being explored as a means for credit recovery. One cannot forget distance-learning opportunities made possible by technology.
· Thank you for your continued support in our school’s technology.