Monday DAC Email for Monday, January 4, 2021

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January 11, 2021

Question of the Week

Q: When will the Dropout Student Listings be reviewed in SDRR?

A: Dropout student listings are now open in the Student Data Review and Rosters (SDRR) application and will close at noon ET on Friday, Jan. 22. This will be the only period to review this information. School and district staff can request a non-participation for students who were a Verified Transfer, edit some demographic fields, and request accountability changes if needed.

Assistance with dropout review is available by using the Dropout Determination Guide (to determine whether a student should count as a dropout) and the Dropout Accountability Tool (to determine the correct accountability for a student who is a dropout), as well as the detailed information and Frequently Asked Questions available in the Help button in SDRR.

DAC Monthly Webcast

The Office of Assessment and Accountability (OAA), Division of Assessment and Accountability Support (DAAS) will host its live monthly DAC Webcast virtually Jan. 14, from 11 a.m. – 12 noon ET.

The meeting will be hosted by Jennifer Stafford, Director, in the Division of Assessment and Accountability Support. She will be joined by others to discuss current assessment and accountability topics. Topics and direct links to materials will be forthcoming in a Special DAC Email prior to the webcast.

Please join Jennifer at 11 a.m. ET for the live broadcast. If you have a conflict with this meeting, the session will be recorded and posted on the KDE Media Portal and the KDE Meetings and Trainings page with all pertinent materials. Questions may be asked by sending an email to KDE DAC Information.

Future broadcasts are scheduled for the second Thursday of each month at 11 a.m. ET.

Administration Code and Inclusion of Special Populations Allegation Training

The Office of Assessment and Accountability (OAA) will be offering a virtual training session on Jan. 21, covering the Administration Code and Inclusion of Special Populations regulations. The session will run 12 – 4 p.m. (ET). This training is provided for district/school staff who have received notification from the Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) recommending additional training related to an allegation. All sessions are held virtually in teams during the COVID-19 pandemic. Please follow the link to register for Admin Code Training Registration.

OAA/ACT Office Hours – Jan. 14

The Office of Assessment and Accountability (OAA) and ACT are partnering to offer DACs and testing staff open office hours. DACs, BACs, and TCs will be able to ask questions and receive assistance during this time. The next office hour will be Thursday, Jan. 14, at 1 pm. ET. A regular Microsoft Teams Meeting will be the platform for the meeting. To join the meeting, please save this Teams Meeting invitation. Please contact Shara Savage with any questions.

Access eSummit Recordings and Resources

Session recordings and resources from the World-Class Instructional Design and Assessment (WIDA) eSummit are available to educators in WIDA Consortium member states, territories, and federal agencies through the end of January. This on-demand virtual learning offering features sessions on the topics of WIDA ELD Standards, 2020 Edition, Teaching Multilingual Learners, and WIDA Assessments. For session descriptions and information about accessing the eSummit recordings and resources, visit the WIDA eSummit webpage.

WIDA ELD Standards Framework, 2020 Edition Q and A Webinar Series

Did you hear? The WIDA English Language Development Standards Framework, 2020 Edition: Kindergarten – Grade 12 is now available! When districts are ready to look at the updated WIDA ELD Standards Framework, 2020 Edition and supporting resources, including an introductory video, flyer and PowerPoint slides, districts can view them on the ELD Standards Framework webpage. Printed copies of the 2020 Edition are available to pre-order from the WIDA Store.

Ready to learn more? Join WIDA for the WIDA ELD Standards Framework, 2020 Edition Q&A Webinar Series. Educators will have the opportunity to hear from members of the WIDA ELD Standards Framework development team and ask questions live! The first webinar in the series is a high-level introductory overview. The other three webinar topics will be educators’ choice! Provide your input on the Educators’ Choice Q and A Webinar topics by Jan. 15. All webinars will be recorded and posted to the ELD Standards Framework webpage.


LeAnn Fisher Simpson County

DAC Spotlight

LeAnn Fisher
Simpson County

Simpson County School District is in Franklin, Kentucky, a small town of around 8,500 people located just south of Bowling Green and north of the Tennessee border. Simpson County District is comprised of six schools: Franklin-Simpson High School, Franklin-Simpson West Campus, Franklin-Simpson Middle School (grades 6-8), Lincoln Elementary (grades 4 and 5), Simpson Elementary (grades 1-3), and Franklin Elementary (preschool and kindergarten). There are approximately 3,042 preschool-grade 12 students in the district.

Serving as a backdrop for the school system is the vibrant and family-friendly community of Franklin. Relationships and traditions are highly valued with an intentional focus on family, equality and service to others. Simpson County Schools is passionate about caring for children and instilling a sense of Wildcat pride in every student. This sense of pride is on display when local businesses paint their windows for homecoming, celebrate various athletic accomplishments and recognize academic achievement of the schools on community billboards. The culture of respect and desire for greatness permeates throughout the entire community.

The faculty and staff of Simpson County Schools are dedicated to serving students’ academic, medical and social needs. The school district staffs, and community stakeholders share a vision of creating lifelong learners and strive to graduate students who are truly “Life Ready,” both academically and socially prepared for college and/or career. A partnership was developed between Simpson County Schools and Southcentral Kentucky Community and Technical College to provide free tuition for any FSHS student who wishes to enroll in dual credit courses.

In 2013, Franklin Simpson High School was recognized as one of only three high schools designated a Kentucky Department of Education Hub School and welcomes visitors throughout the school year. The district began an exciting and innovative partnership in 2018 with the local medical center. Franklin Primary Care Clinic now offers on-campus quick care health clinics. Students, staff, and retirees can visit a nurse practitioner and receive medical care while on school property. Simpson County Schools has onsite social workers located at each school to meet with students and foster relationships of safety and care.


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

ACCESS eSummit Recordings

Administration Code and Inclusion Regulation Training

DAC Monthly Webcast

Dropout Student Listings in SDRR

OAA/ACT Office Hours – Jan. 14

WIDA ELD Standards Framework, Q and A Webinar Series

Important Dates

Jan. 11-22:
Review Dropout Student Listings in SDRR

Jan. 14:
DAC Monthly Webcast

Jan. 14:
OAA/ACT Office Hour at 1 p.m. ET

Jan. 18:
State Government Offices Closed in Observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday

Jan. 19:
School Curriculum, Assessment and Accountability Council (SCAAC) Special-Called Virtual Meeting

Jan. 21:
Administration Code and Inclusion of Special Populations Virtual Training

Previous Topics

ACT and KYOTE Scores in Infinite Campus (IC)

ACT: Request Accommodations and Supports - Reminder

ACT Test Administration Q & A Sessions - Reminder

CTE EOP Assessment Administration and Testing Window Updates

January ACCESS for ELLs Q & A Webinars

OAA/ACT Office Hour – Jan. 8


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