MEMORANDUM From the department of technology

~ Creswell public schools ~

“Preparing Students for success”


to:                             Creswell Board of Directors and Dr. Rick Stuber

from:                       JOEL HIGDON, Technology Director

subject:                  Activity report

date:                        10/07/2004



·        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.