In order to successfully collect data for the 35 percent quantitative portion of TLE, teachers will utilize a process called Roster Verification to properly link themselves to the students they teach.
Why is Roster Verification important? This process is important because no one is more knowledgeable about a teacher's academic responsibility than the teacher of that classroom! Rightfully so, teachers should have the opportunity to identify factors that affect their value-added results (e.g., student mobility and shared-teaching assignments).
In order to assist teachers throughout this process, the Oklahoma State Department of Education (SDE) has partnered with Battelle for Kids (BFK), a non-profit school improvement organization. Together, SDE and BFK will provide teachers with an easy-to-use data collection instrument, Roster Verification training, and communication resources.
During February, 2014 the Office of Educator Effectiveness is hosting webinars on Roster Verification. The webinars will explain how to use the Batelle for Kids program to link students and teachers accurately. Five sessions will be offered at various times. We encourage administrators and/or data personnel to sign up for a session. The same information will be covered at each session, and one session will be recorded and posted on the TLE Web page to access anytime.
TLE Roster Verification Webinars
Feb. 24, 1:00 – 2:30 PM; Feb. 25, 9:00 – 10:30 AM; Feb. 26, 3:00 – 4:30 PM; Feb. 27, 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM; Feb. 28, 9:00 – 10:30 AM
To register for a webinar session, go to: https://oksdetraining.webex.com and click on the "upcoming" tab. Select one of the webinars titled TLE Roster Verification.
As required by state statute, mandatory roster verification is scheduled for the spring of 2014 and should be completed by all districts.
To learn more about roster verification, please access the following link: http://ok.gov/sde/tle-roster-verification
It's December, and my school hasn't even thought about OAM implementation. Is it too late for us to start?
No, it is not too late to start Other Academic Measure (OAM) implementation.
For districts who have yet to begin this process with their teachers and leaders--that's okay! The TLE Office is here to help!
The first step is to review the OAM implementation timeline found here.
Next, acquire a working knowledge of the major statutory requirements for OAMs as listed here:
1. Every district must participate in this year's pilot of OAM implementation using a representative sampling of sites.
2. A "representative sampling" is defined as a subset of individual sites that can be used to estimate overall district characteristics. School districts comprised of all education levels must have a site from each level participate in the pilot (e.g., high school, junior high, middle school, elementary school).
3. Every teacher and leader of every participating site must have an OAM and at least two OAM options from which to choose. With the exception of the superintendent, "leader" means a principal, assistant principal or any other
school administrator who is responsible for supervising classroom
4. Develop a district policy that aligns with a requirements of the State Board of Education found here.
5. Every OAM must ( a) be job-related and provide actionable feedback, (b) be scaled 1-5, (c) be a state-approved measure, and (d) be approved in local board policy.
6. Using resources found here, provide OAM training to faculty. Have each teacher and leader fill out this worksheet or a modified version based on your district policy or pilot procedures and begin implementation. Now, you are back on track!
The TLE Office would like congratulate our Spotlight School of the Month:
Oologah-Talala Public Schools!
Mr. Robert Schornick, Oologah High School principal, recently shared his thoughts about the possibility of using Twitter, a popular social media source, as an Other Academic Measure (OAM).
Mr. Schornick states, "I am entertaining using Twitter and/or Edmodo because of the capability to establish Professional Learning Networks (PLNs) among teachers and to showcase teacher success. I was thinking of using the number of 'tweets' or 'posts' and/or the number of 'followers' as my OAM."
He adds, "I think it would be a great opportunity to share with other administrators the power of social media, and its impact on school reform. If used appropriately, it can change the way we gather and process best practices used across this nation."
Supporting his notion of using social media to promote collaboration, Mr. Schornick references NASSP's Breaking Ranks II in which the authors challenge every school to be a "...learning community for the entire community. As such, the school will provide the resources to ensure that the principal, teachers, and other staff members can address their own learning and professional development needs as they improve student learning.”
Connecting social media to NASSP'S conceptual framework of schools as community PLNs, Mr. Schornick says, "I am confident that this can be re-worded to 'Identify the Academic Area of Focus' to establish the initial step in the OAM. Or, do I focus on using Twitter or Remind101 as a means to increase school-to-home communication with parents and students. There are so many ways it [using Twitter as an OAM] can be spun."
Congratulations again to Principal Robert Schornick, Superintendent Rob Armstrong and the other teachers and leaders of Oologah-Talala Public Schools for exemplifying superior educational leadership and being named TLE Spotlight School of the Month! Go, Mustangs!