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Dear Early Learning Assessment Data Managers,
This message contains updates from the Office of Early Learning & School Readiness Curriculum & Assessment Team about the Early Learning Assessment (ELA).
If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact us. Thank you!
Office of Early Learning & School Readiness Curriculum & Assessment Team
ELA administration and reporting reminders
- The ELA Spring administration window begins Feb. 15 and ends May 14; these scores must be reported for PSE and ECE children and are due in EMIS or EAS by June 30th.
- Programs that receive Preschool Special Education (PSE) and/or Early Childhood Education (ECE) programs funds are encouraged to submit their fall scores in EMIS or EAS now if they haven’t already.
- This ELA Reporting Decision Tree should help with understanding who is required to report and where.
New Data Managers
Data Managers using the KReady online system
Mark your calendar for three upcoming ELA Data Manager Webinars scheduled for Feb. 27th and 28th with the Help Desk and Mar. 1st with Johns Hopkins University.
Title: ELA Data Manager Webinar – Getting Started
Feb 27, 2018 10:00am – 11:00am ESThttps://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8102180627285226753
Feb 28, 2018 3:00pm – 4:00pm EST https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7881055644800003841
Description This webinar is for data managers using the KReady Online Assessment System to report Early Learning Assessment (ELA) scores and data. This session will feature a general overview of the KReady System and address information regarding, Getting Started Access, the Bulk Loader, and Data Formatting. (60 mins)
Title: Ohio’s Early Learning Assessment: Live Webinar for Data Managers
Mar. 1, 2018
11:00am – 12:00pm EST
Accessing the Webinar:
You do not need to pre-register. On the day of the training, call the toll-free conference line, and when prompted, enter the participant code followed by the # sign:
Toll free #: (888) 651-5908
Participant code: 1523587
Five minutes prior to the webinar start time, click here to join:http://connect.johnshopkins.edu/eccas_tech. The meeting login screen appears. Choose “Enter as a Guest”, type in your first and last name, and click “Enter Room”.
Since we are using a conference line, you will not need a microphone or sound from your computer. Instead, please turn off your speakers.
You can also access Adobe Connect on a tablet or mobile device via the Adobe Connect app.
Test Your Connection:
To minimize technical difficulties, we recommend that you test your connection at some point prior to attending the webinar. This feature checks your computer to make sure your computer can access the webinar (for example, your computer may need a plugin). http://admin.adobeconnect.com/common/help/en/support/meeting_test.htm
Through a live webinar, staff from the Johns Hopkins University School of Education Center for Technology in Education will prepare individuals who will serve as the data manager, or district administrator. The data manager is responsible for setting up teacher or provider accounts in the system, adding information about the children in the program, and connecting the children to their teachers in the system.
In this online training, you will learn:
- Information about the ELA, including its purpose and the technology system used to support it
- How to upload teacher, student, and enrollment data through multiple methods
- How to handle student transfers within the Ready for Kindergarten Online system
- Ways to access and view reports during and after the administration window at the district level
- Resources and supports available to you in this role
If you are unable to attend one of these Webinars, they will be recorded and available. We will provide links to the online recordings in early March.
Data Managers of programs NOT using the KReady online system
Currently, only ODE-licensed preschool programs are eligible to use the Ready for Kindergarten online system (KReady) for entering data for the ELA. All other preschool programs in Ohio are eligible to administer the ELA using paper and pencil scoring and reporting using the Bridge Form.
ELA Policy Guidance
For all ECE and PSE funded children, the minimum ELA requirement includes:
- Assess children using the 10 required Learning Progressions (LPs).
- Programs must assess and report the 10 required LPs on ECE and PSE funded children to either EMIS or EAS twice a year: fall and spring.
- The 10 required LPs include 24 Skills, Knowledge and Behaviors (SKBs) within four domains. Click here to see a chart of Ohio’s ELA 10 required Learning Progressions for PSE and ECE reporting to EMIS and EAS.
For SUTQ rated programs:
If a program chooses to use the ELA as their comprehensive assessment, the program:
- May or may not include the Fine Arts Domain.
- Must assess all children in all Learning Progressions (32 or 28) at a minimum of two times per year following the same schedule as the ECE and PSE schedule.
- Must report only the 10 required Learning Progressions for the ECE and PSE funded children to EMIS or EAS.
- May use KReady or the Bridge form to document and report the required 10 LPs.
- May use the KReady system to document and generate reports on all SKBs (ODE-licensed programs only).
- Click here to see a chart of Ohio’s ELA Comprehensive Assessment with and without Fine Arts.
For more information
First, check out the department’s Kindergarten Readiness Assessment Website and Early Learning Assessment Website. To learn more about each assessment, click on the links for Administrator, Teacher, or Family Resources.
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