Monday DAC Email for January 27, 2020

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Monday DAC Email


January 27, 2020

Question of the Week

Q: When will practice tests for on-demand writing and editing and mechanics be available?   

A: On-demand writing (ODW) and editing and mechanics practice tests are currently available. Tutorials and previously released practice tests (reading, mathematics, science) are available from the PearsonAccessnext landing page or by clicking on the Practice Test and Tutorials direct link. The ODW and editing and mechanics practice tests have been created for grades 5, 8 and, 11.

Practice tests and tutorials provide opportunities for students, test proctors and administrators to prepare for online testing. Students will learn the functions of various tools within TestNav.  This unsecure version can be accessed from anywhere.

Scheduling the Quality of School Climate and Safety Survey

In order to minimize the interruption of instructional time as much as possible, the Quality of School Climate and Safety Survey, for grades 3-8, 10 and 11, should be administered just prior to each student’s assigned content area field test. The survey and content area field test should be administered in one test administration. Although the survey and content area field test will have separate test sessions in PearsonAccessnext, they should be administered together, one after the other.

OAA has recommended allotting 20 minutes for the survey; however, field testing indicated that most students will not need the full 20 minute time allowance. It would not be practical to adjust schedules and disrupt instruction for two separate administrations.

OAA does not recommend interrupting instructional time for the administration of the survey alone

Alternate Assessment Survey

The Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) values teachers and administrators and their ability to provide quality educational services across the state every day. No one knows our students better than their teachers. Therefore, it is critical to have that input as future assessments are considered.

To capture those thoughts and ideas, a survey has been developed on specific areas relating to the Kentucky Alternate Assessment, including the Alternate Assessment and Accountability Folder (AAAF), the combined Overview and Attainment Task quiz, and the administration of social studies at grade 12.

KDE is seeking input from teachers, district assessment coordinators (DACs), directors of special education (DoSE) and district level alternate assessment consultants who have students participating in the Kentucky Alternate Assessment. The first three questions are specific across all grade spans. The last question focuses on high school.

The deadline for completing this survey is Tuesday, March 31. For any specific questions regarding the survey please contact Kevin O’Hair.

Alternate Assessment Survey Link



Kellie Patrick Isaac

DAC Spotlight

Kellie Patrick Issac

Magoffin County Schools


The Magoffin County School District is in the Appalachian foothills of eastern Kentucky. Though mostly rural in terrain, Magoffin County is the hub of eastern Kentucky, boasting a newly constructed four-lane highway, connecting the area from central Kentucky to the mountains of Pike County.

The school system consists of five schools, preschool through grade 12: North Magoffin Elementary, South Magoffin Elementary, Salyersville Grade School, Herald Whitaker Middle, and Magoffin County High. The current student population is 1,936 students with an attendance rate of 90.7%.

The school district has many exciting and innovative tools promoting student achievement in the classroom, while enriching the learning process through extracurricular activities as well. The district recently received a $45,000 Quality Improvement Grant for early childhood to help students at the beginning level of their education experience.

At the grade school level, students are enriching their classroom learning skills with video productions and student newspapers such as the “Hornet Herald” and “Eagle Times” partnering with local community media outlets. For the first time in school history, the middle school elected a student council, represented by the student body and playing an active role in decision making with school leaders.

Magoffin County also received Innovation Grants from a partnership with Kentucky Valley Educational Cooperative to stimulate student growth in technology. Through this partnership, students in middle and high school have the opportunity to participate in STEM projects, focusing on science, technology, engineering and mathematics; PETLL, a systematic process designed to address the two areas that have the greatest influence on student learning – the classroom teacher and the building instructional leader; and the FIRE Summit, (Forging Innovation in Rural Education) where students in eastern Kentucky come together to display and present projects in an array of subjects and technology.

Magoffin County Schools is also partnering with its Community Foundation in the ECHO Program, which stands for Empowering Community – Helping Others. This program highlights the musical and performance talents of youth, while encouraging philanthropy through community service projects. Activity funds raised by the group go into an ECHO fund, matched by the Community Foundation, which will benefit Magoffin County students and citizens.

Magoffin County teachers are also involved in a Teacher Academy where new teachers on the job for 0-3 years are mentored by their peers, sharing and learning together as new technologies and teaching strategies evolve in the classroom.

Disclaimer: Any views or opinions presented in the article are solely those of the author and do not necessarily represent those of the Kentucky Department of Education (KDE)

Assessment Calendar

In This Issue

Question of the Week

Scheduling the Quality of School Climate and Safety Survey

Alternate Assessment Survey

DAC Spotlight Entries

DAC Spotlight

Important Dates

Jan. 2-Feb. 7:
ACCESS for ELLs Test Window

Jan. 6-Mar. 2:
ACCESS for ELLs/Alternate ACCESS for ELLs Rosters Open in SDRR

Jan. 14-24:
Verify ACT Student Enrollment

Jan. 27:
Alternate K-PREP Makeup Window Opens

Feb. 3:  Create Test Sessions in PAN for Online Field Test

Feb. 5:
ACT Test Administration Q & A Webinar (2 p.m. ET)

Feb. 11: Russell County Natatorium in Russell Springs (Capacity 85) Feb. 12: Ralph Rush Professional Development Center in Florence (Capacity 90)

Feb. 12: Deadline for Selection of K-PREP Shipment Option

Feb. 13: DAC Monthly Webcast (canceled)

Feb. 18: Pike County Central High School in Pikeville (Capacity 65)

Feb. 19: KEDC in Ashland (Capacity 100)

Feb. 20: Center for Innovation in Laurel County (Capacity 120)

Feb. 24: Murray State University in Murray (Capacity 130)

Note: Vehicle registration with university is required.

Feb. 24-Mar. 6:  Kentucky Academic Standards Online Field Test

Feb. 25: GRREC in Bowling Green (Capacity 120)

Feb. 26: Christian Co. Board of Education in Hopkinsville (Capacity 40)

Feb. 27: Owensboro Board of Education in Owensboro (Capacity 100)

Mar. 3:  KDE, 300 Sower Blvd. Frankfort (Capacity 170)

Mar. 10 : ACT Initial Test Administration


Previous Topics

DAC Email Jan 21, 2020

Feb/March DAC Training

2020 Pearson Important Dates and Deadlines Dropout Student Listings Open for Review in SDRR

ACT Student Enrollment Verification**Deadline**

ACT TAA Reminder **Deadline**

ACT Site Readiness Activities Reminder **Deadline Complete Site Readiness Activities

DAC Spotlight Entries

DAC Spotlight


Important Dates


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