One piece of pretty bad news, especially for high school students and parents, is that the Class Pages are going off-line on June 1. Apparently the district's switchover to a new system, SharpSchool, cannot extend until the end of school (the district blames the vendor) and so neither you nor your student will be able to access any homework, grades, etc.
SPS to teachers:
Teachers, students, and families will not have access to class pages the last 2 weeks of schools. We are working on available alternatives to help minimize disruption to schools. Teachers will be receiving additional communication about options for sharing files and announcements during the last two weeks of school.
We apologize for this added inconvenience. We had truly hoped for an extension to beyond the end of the school year to help ease this transition for all of our students and families, as well as for all our staff, especially those in schools.
All the functions of class pages will be unavailable - can't post/read announcements, materials, documents, or submit homework. Tell your student is he/she has any work, they need to be sure they have their own copy on Fusion. Any files not saved by June 1 will be gone.
The new SharpSchool-supported websites are now due to go live on June 1. SharpSchool has migrated the entire district website and is working on migrating school websites as well as MySPS. All public-facing sites will be migrated by June 1. Because of the vast size of MySPS, there is a possibility that it will not be complete by this date. We are working on alternatives that would allow staff to get MySPS information.
Note: This deadline will not allow time for as much website quality control or training before going live. There will most likely be several issues with website pages. Central office staff and SharpSchool will work hard to address every concern as soon as possible while also working to train current website administrators on the new platform. Please visit the SharpSchool training website for more information about how to sign up for training.
On SBAC Testing
SBAC testing continues on in the high schools this week. However, what information is given by each high school varies tremendously and you have to wonder why that is. Wouldn't the district want a uniform statement about the SBAC even if each school has a different schedule? Apparently not.
One new thing I have heard about is around using another test score other than the SBAC to graduate. But you have to attempt the SBAC first in order to use another test score. If they fail, then they can use another test score like the SAT. As well, in order to use the COE (Collection of Evidence) option, the student has to have "attempted" the SBAC.
Center School - their webpage claims that the SBAC is "a mandatory test for all 10th and 11th graders." It is not. It is mandatory for the district to give it but 11th graders do NOT have to take it.
Cleveland High gets big points for having notice about the school closure this Tuesday in several languages. Also points for being honest with 11th graders about SBAC. They also say that opting out is a parent's right and there will be a study hall for students who do opt out. However, they do say this:
The SBAC is often compared to the SAT or ACT in terms of the information it provides about your student’s college readiness.
I haven't read that so I'd like to know their source for this.
Garfield's student newspaper is always a source of news and very funny articles but their article on the SBAC got some details wrong. Garfield's home page is very minimal on SBAC testing info.
I am confused by Hale and Ingraham because both say that the 10th grade ELA is going to be paper/pencil. I was pretty sure I was told all SBAC testing would be on computer. Hmm.
Roosevelt takes the "pretty please" route for 11th graders:
Juniors, you will have the chance to take the SBAC ELA on June 2nd and
4th. The test is no longer being given during U.S. History classes the
third week of May but instead, juniors can take it at 7:50 a.m. on 6/2
and 6/4 (will need both days to complete this test). Students will not
miss any class time, will have the chance to help boost Roosevelt’s
performance data, will help the state of Washington avoid the loss of
federal funds due to not enough juniors taking the ELA AND will have an
opportunity, if a high enough score is achieved, to avoid having to take
math and English placement tests for four year and two year colleges in
the state of Washington.
Interestingly, World School will have MAP testing on Monday/Tuesday along with SBAC testing of 10th grades. (I'm guessing the MAP is for 9th graders.)
West Seattle has nothing on their home page and their calendar doesn't reflect any SBAC testing at all. Hmm.