HB 59 passed, but it unfortunately did not include the provision to decrease that 50% SGM down to 35%. Changes did include:
Students with 60 or more unexcused absences are to be excluded from the student growth measure (SGM) was reduced to 45 excused or unexcused for the academic year as a compromise. The original proposal called for 30 excused and unexcused.
Weighted percentage is still 50% performance and 50% SGM. We believe as the Value-Added data becomes available, this will continue to be a discussion in the future. So HB 555 STILL APPLIES FULLY. The original proposal called for 35% SGM.
Our 4 ratings for both OTES and OPES are now Accomplished, Skilled, Developing, Ineffective. ODE will BEGIN identifying and revising all affected documents.
What has been haunting my dreams this summer has been all the SLOs and SGMs my email inbox is swimming in. I’m struggling to find a nice way to organize everything so all documents are in one central location for everyone to access at the beginning of the schools year. At this point, we have about 40 different SGM assessments for 40 different courses (the selection of which came from the design I laid out in “SLOs in Layman’s Terms”), and we have a course-level, generic, editable SLO document for each of those 40 courses. Teachers will administer the SGMs in the first couple weeks of school (some online through Bb, some paper and pencil because of time constraints). We applied for a waiver day in September so that teachers could meet with other course-level teachers, look at all the data from all students in the same course (even between buildings), set growth targets in the SLO template, and then customize the teacher-specific information in the necessary areas (ex. Student population) of the template. Once that is finished, 200+ secondary teachers will submit 400+ SLO documents to me, and what the heck am I supposed to do with them as far as organization is concerned?
Let me tell you about my recurring nightmares–1) teachers can’t access the SGMs for some reason, and my phone and emails ring, ding, and bing off the hook for days from 5 am to 10 pm, and I’m trying desperately to help every single person while they’re trying not to freak out because it’s first period, they wanted to administer the SGM second through fourth period and the document won’t open. 2) on the waiver day when we’re trying to complete the SLOs, I am desperately running from room to room trying to help each of 40 teacher groups (and all the singletons) learn how to write growth targets. 3) my email explodes with 400+ incoming SLO documents. All at once. 4) Everyone is mad, it’s frustrating that I can’t answer questions quickly enough. I’m not exaggerating when I say this has invaded my dreams; it really has.
I’d love some help from any of you out there with an organizational plan. We didn’t get the benefit of RTTT prep time, so we haven’t had practice years to accomplish this insanely monumental task complete with paperwork to elicit panic attacks from the OCD, Type A among us. If you have any ideas, I’d love to hear them.