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Summer 2015 Training Registration Information

Early Literacy Implementation Training: K-6 (Iowa TIER and FAST) - The following training opportunities are available to districts and non-public schools that would like to use Iowa TIER and FAST to universally screen and progress monitor the early literacy skills of K-6 students. Recall that FAST is one of the approved tools that public districts may use to meet the screening and monitoring components of the Early Literacy Implementation requirements (Iowa Code section 279.68). Training content and outcomes will be the same as summer 2014. Districts that attend last summer are not required to attend, but may send staff if interested. Attendance is required though for districts who did not attend during the summer of 2014 and plan to use Iowa TIER and FAST during the 2015-2016 school year. Dates and locations are listed along with links to the site that will process registration. Note that participants will have the option to register with or without purchasing the student stimulus materials binders.

Registration for the summer early literacy trainings for the screening and progress monitoring tools (i.e., FAST and IGDIs) has closed. To inquire about availability and the possibility of late registration, please contact Mark Crady (mcrady@heartlandaea.org).

Early Literacy Implementation Training: K-6 (Iowa TIER and FAST)
Date City Location
June 4 Des Moines Iowa EventsCenter
June 10 Council Bluffs Iowa Western Community College
June 11 Storm Lake Buena Vista University
June 12 Dubuque Grand River Center
June 26 Ottumwa Great Prairie AEA office
August 12 Ottumwa Great Prairie AEA office
August 14 Des Moines Iowa Events Center

IGDI Training - Preschool Literacy Training - The following training opportunities are available to districts and non-public schools that would like to use Iowa TIER and the IGDIs to universally screen the early literacy skills of its four-year old preschool students. Dates and locations are listed below with links to the site that will process registration. Registration will close on May 8.

Summer 2015 IGDI Training - Preschool Literacy Training (Iowa TIER and IGDI) and Registration Directions

IGDI Training - Preschool Literacy Training (Iowa TIER and IGDI)
Date City Location
June 4 Des Moines Iowa EventsCenter
June 11 Storm Lake Buena Vista University
June 12 Dubuque Grand River Center
June 26 Ottumwa Great Prairie AEA office
August 14 Des Moines Iowa Events Center

Registration or training questions? Contact Mark Crady (mcrady@heartlandaea.org) or Greg Feldmann (greg.feldmann@iowa.gov).

Minimum technology requirements:

For districts served by and AEA other than Heartland AEA 11: Disregard the group registration option. Attendees will need to register individually. Group registration is available only to districts served by Heartland AEA 11.

Legal Requirements

Iowa Code section 279.68 and 281--Iowa Administrative Code 62 promote effective evidence-based programming, instruction and assessment practices across schools to support all students to become proficient readers by the end of the third grade. General requirements of Iowa Code section 279.68 and 281--Iowa Administrative Code 62 are listed below. All requirements go into effect immediately and are expected to be implemented no later than August 1, 2014 unless otherwise indicated.

  • Provision of universal screening in reading for students in kindergarten through third grade
  • Progress monitoring for students who exhibit a substantial deficiency in reading
  • Provision of intensive instruction – including 90 minutes daily of scientific, research-based reading instruction - for students who exhibit a substantial deficiency in reading
  • Notice to parents that a student exhibits a substantial deficiency in reading, including strategies the parents can use at home to help the child succeed
  • Notice to parents of such a student’s subsequent progress
  • Provision of an evidence-based summer reading program for students who exhibit a substantial deficiency in reading (Effective May 1, 2017)
  • Retention of any student who is not proficient in reading by the end of the third grade, did not attend the summer reading program, and does not qualify for a good cause exemption from the retention requirement (Effective May 1, 2017)

 

Guidance

The purpose of the guidance documents are to aid Iowa’s public school districts in (1) interpreting and implementing Iowa Code section 279.68, and (2) determining how best to use the funds provided by this code.

  1. Early Literacy Guidance (2014-08-26) provides the specific requirements and permitted actions by public school districts, frequently asked questions, and definition of terms.
  2. Early Literacy Implementation - Budget Guidance provides districts with a brief guide regarding how best to use funds.
  3. Early Literacy Implementation - IowaGrants Access Instructions provide brief instructions on how to submit for funds. For questions regarding this process, contact Meredith MacQuigg at meredith.macquigg@iowa.gov.
  4. ELI Guidance: Identification of Students with Substantial Deficiency

 

Technical Assistance Sessions

The Department sponsored several meetings/webinars during the 2014-2015 school year to review Iowa Code section 279.68 and 281--Iowa Administrative Code 62. Archived webinars are posted under Archived Webinars, Supporting Documents and Information. Access current webinars here: https://iowa.adobeconnect.com/_a830042961/idoe
 

Archived Webinars,Supporting Documents, and Information

Early Literacy Guidance Webinars

Date Topic and Webinar Link PowerPoint Documents
12/12/2013 Early Literacy Guidance 2013-12-12 PowerPoint N/A
09/05/2014 Students with Disabilities 2014-09-05 PowerPoint N/A
09/12/2014 Substantial Deficiency 2014-09-12 PowerPoint N/A
09/18/2014 Universal Screening and Progress Monitoring 2014-09-18 PowerPoint N/A
10/15/2014 Parent Notification 2014-10-15 PowerPoint Parent Notification Letter

School Family Partnership Sheet

11/12/2014 Preschool and Kindergarten 2014-11-12 PowerPoint Preschool and Kindergarten Guidance
11/12/2014 Parent Contract (there is no link to webinar recording) 2014-11-12 PowerPoint

Parent Letter and Contract Example

Title I-ELI Parent Letter and Contract Example

12/04/2014 Reviewed Intervention List 2014-12-04 PowerPoint Early Literacy Interventions Reviewed List
12/12/2014 Teacher Observation 2014-12-12 PowerPoint Teacher Observation Tool
12/15/2014 Reporting for Non-FAST Districts 2014-12-15 PowerPoint N/A
12/18/2014 SIS Data Hygiene    
01/09/2015 Iowa TIER Q&A    
01/23/2015 Iowa TIER Q&A    
02/06/2015 Identification of students as substantially deficient in the area of reading 2015-02-06 PowerPoint N/A
02/19/2015 Reporting for Non-FAST Districts 2015-02-19 PowerPoint N/A
03/06/2015 Determining Intervention Success 2015-03-06 PowerPoint

Foormanetal 2003

Intervention Effectiveness Protocol

4/28/15 PK-K Assessments and How They Relate: GOLD, IGDIs and FAST 2015-04-28 PowerPoint

Gold and IGDIs abbreviated

Gold and IGDIs Nonabbreviated

5/15/2015 Identification of Substantial Deficiency: Fall, Winter, Spring 2015-05-15 PowerPoint UPDATED N/A
5/20/15 Kindergarten within ELI Kindergarten ELI Guidance PowerPoint Revised Early Literacy Kindergarten Guidance
5/27/15 ELI SD Reporting Webinar for Schools using FAST N/A Reporting Substantial Deficiency
5/27/15 ELI SD Reporting for schools not using FAST N/A Reporting Substantial Deficiency

Reviewed Literacy Interventions

Early Literacy Interventions Reviewed List - This document contains summary information regarding the Iowa Department of Education’s review of PK-12 literacy interventions.

 

Universal Screening and Progress Monitoring Assessments

Approved Literacy Assessments - A list of approved universal screening and progress monitoring assessments (updated June 2015).

  1. Technology Requirements The following documents include supports for setting up staff access and other required data elements.
  2. Iowa TIER is the state's database through which districts may access FAST and IGDIs.
  3. Formative Assessment System for Teachers or FAST is the state’s universal screening assessment and progress monitoring assessment for Kindergarten through Sixth grade students.
  4. Individual Growth and Development Indicators or IGDIs is the state’s universal screening assessment for preschool four-year old children.

 

Iowa TIER and FAST/IGDIs 

Send email questions regarding Iowa TIER access and/or FAST/IGDIs universal screening administration to tiersupport@iowa.gov and support personnel will get back to you as soon as possible.

General Updates and Information

Change in Kindergarten Spring Benchmarks for FAST Assessments for 14-15
Through ongoing research, development, and refinement, the FAST research team has recommended a change to the spring benchmarks for Kindergarten students that will be applied to this spring’s testing window. The updated target benchmark numbers are better estimates of target levels of performance during this period. As the developers obtain additional outcome data on a larger sample of students, it leads to more accurate target levels of performance. These updated spring kindergarten benchmarks will be programmed into Iowa TIER and should not require additional work from teachers using the measures other than replacing any printed or saved PDFs of progress monitoring graphs based on the old benchmarks, and replacing any printed or saved PDFs of the benchmark cut score document with the latest version (available in the knowledge base). Goal lines on existing progress monitoring graphs and all spring screening reports in Iowa TIER will automatically be adjusted to reflect the changes. For your information the updated benchmarks are:

Spring K Assessment

Old Benchmark

New Benchmark

Word Segmenting

32

29

Nonsense Words

8

11

Sight Words – 50

39

20

Letter Sounds

42

42

COMPOSITE

60

56

 
Regular School Year Screening Windows for 15-16
Assessment windows for 2015-16 have been determined. These windows apply to all districts, regardless of which approved assessment they are giving to students. We will be working with the extended school year sites in the coming weeks to set windows for those sites.
•    Fall: September 7th through October 2nd
•    Winter: January 18th through February 12th
•    Spring: April 18th through May 13th

Certification Requirement for Administering FAST/IGDIs in 15-16
Iowa TIER will be requiring certification in order to administer FAST/IGDIs assessments during the 15-16 school year. The system will prevent a user from administering an assessment if he/she is not certified to administer that particular assessment. User certification will carry over from 13-14 and 14-15 into the 15-16 school year, so users who are already certified will continue to be certified in 15-16.

Printed from the Iowa Department of Education website on August 02, 2015 at 7:10am.