Testimonial Dr Barbara Sims, 4th Grade Teacher at West Newton Elementary School (Newton County Schools) recently shared this -
The SLDS training was extremely helpful as I prepared for conferences. It was like a "one stop shop" and made accessing pertinent student information much easier. As I mentioned earlier, some parents were somewhat surprised that their student's previous years attendance data was being displayed and discussed at conferences; however, in some cases, it opened the door to discuss current attendance patterns and their impact, both negative and positive, on student achievement.
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Testimonial Alma Fraire, 8th Grade ESOL Teacher at Dalton Middle School (Dalton Public Schools) recently shared this -
I am very pleased with all the information I have access to because it is helping to drive my instruction and support the students in the areas they need help with. I believe having all the data and discussing it with the students is helping me to become a better teacher, and since the students are aware of their needs, it is helping them become better students.
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Reminder- Local Assessments Can Be Imported into SLDS Many districts in Georgia have taken advantage of having some of their local assessments (formative assessments) imported into SLDS. This is a reminder that if your district uses Renaissance Learning's STAR Reader, STAR Math, or Early Literacy or if your district uses NWEA's MAP (Measure of Academic Progress), then your district's Assessment Director can request information on the "sharing agreement" that is needed. FYI - once the sharing agreement is in place and the original setup is completed, the vendors do all the exporting of data. Trying to keep all the things a teacher needs in ONE PLACE!
Survey Quotes *I like this type of training where we were taught something and then allowed to practice with our own information. It was relevant and it allowed us to add our own student's information on the EL form.
*The training was very effective and has already been utilized in my data analysis process.
*Add more training sessions during the year *Well put together session that I found very informative.
*I like having the trainer in person walking us through everything. I don't know ways to improve this training.
*This type of training is beneficial because there is opportunity for Q/A and immediate feed back.
*The hands-on way that we did it, was perfect for me.
More Training Will Always Help! It never fails to amaze- routinely we run into Teachers, Counselors, Administrators that are amazed with all that is in SLDS NOW! It is common to hear, "I didn't know that was in there", "I wish I had known that was in SLDS, it would have saved me days/weeks worth of research"... For example, recently a group of SLDS-fluent teachers were SHOCKED that a parent could see all of the SLDS data on their own child via their SIS Parent Portal. Yes!!! Parents even have access to SLDS. Not to mention, ACCESS scores, GAA, Professional Development, 30,000+ Digital Resources aligned to Georgia Standards of Excellence.... all at your fingertips!
If you haven't had training in the past 18 months, NOW is the time to consider scheduling it.