Siras Systems Newsletter
IMPORTANT INFORMATION for all users in SIRAS
California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) Testing Update
- Last month the California Department of Education (CDE) released the Universal tools, Designated supports and Accommodations (UDAs) for the science pilot tests: California Science Test (CAST) is for all students, except for students with a significant cognitive disability and who will participate in the California Alternate Assessment (CAA). Changes made to the CAASPP Participation page and the menus of the CAASPP page have been updated to reflect the 2016-2017 UDAs. Many of the embedded supports available for the ELA and math tests are available on the science pilots, with the exception of the CAA for science.
- Although the CAA for science will be electronic, embedded supports will not be available for the CAA science pilot due to the format of the test. The CAA for science pilot is a performance task, with an accompanying lesson. The teacher will teach the activity (1:1, small group, or whole class), and then take data on individual student performance and record the data electronically. The students won’t have questions presented in the same format as the computerized versions of ELA and math, so there isn’t a need for embedded supports, and any other “variation on theme” should be addressed by the 1:1 nature of testing and the “language of instruction” (as the teacher presents/instructs).
- The 2016-2017 CAASPP UDA menus for ELA, math and science has been uploaded to Tools/Added Forms/ Menu Options. You can use the menu as a teaching tool throughout the year, marking off supports that are not needed and highlighting ones that are helpful for each student, which will inform recommendations for CAASPP testing supports discussed at the IEP meeting.
- Grade levels for each high school site have been named by CDE for the science pilot. For high school students, choose how the student will/would participate, if assessed in the science this year and select supports. High school grade assignments are posted. http://www.caaspp.org/administration/about/science/science-assignments.html
- Remember that an IEP meeting is required to add accommodations for CAASPP.
For all CAASPP tests:
**If you have an open IEP meeting and completed the old CAASPP Participation page (but haven’t held the meeting), delete the old CAASPP form (by clicking the red X) and re-open it to find the new form and menu options.
**If the student’s IEP/Tri was completed prior to the changes (11/30/16), hold an addendum (per district policy) and include the CAASPP Participation page to add supports for science. If your meeting was held prior to October 7, when simplified test directions and the 100s number table were added and you were waiting to add the supports for ELA, math and science all at once, you can hold that meeting.
Administrative Amendment v. Addendum
- Occasionally, the district and parent may agree not to convene an additional IEP team meeting to make very minor changes to the IEP. The Administrative Amendment is a written document that can be developed and signed by both parties to amend or modify the IEP. The Administrative Amendment is not done in a meeting; the written amendment is in place of a meeting. Only a district representative and a parent are required to sign the Administrative Amendment. Administrative Amendments are to be used only with prior administrative approval.
- The Addendum page is used only for minor changes to an IEP; more substantial program changes require a full IEP review which changes the annual review date. Addendum IEPs require a meeting and the approval of all required IEP team members. The Addendum page is most frequently used to add a goal or goals, change amount of time in general education, amend a positive behavior support plan, initiate an assessment, review an assessment that does not result in substantial changes to an IEP, make a referral to an outside agency or document a meeting to review the student’s current progress in current placement. It should not be used for changes in the primary service or program for a student, or to make substantial changes in the amount of services a child receives.
- Consult your district policy/district administrator for more specific information regarding use of the Administrative Amendment versus the Addendum page.
Medi-Cal Billing Option:
Siras Systems, Inc. is excited to announce a partnership with Leader Services, a national company that provides technology and data processing solutions to over 1,000 Local Education Agencies (LEA's). Leader has provided Medicaid billing services to LEA's since 1992 and has assisted with generating more than $1.8 billion in reimbursements. Together, we will provide an improved service within IEP management and Medi-Cal billing for our mutual clients. With consent in the near future, we will offer districts the ability of integrating SIRAS IEP data with Leader's Medi-Cal billing software via a scheduled nightly data export option between the two systems. We offer this as a solution to help save valuable staff time on data upkeep while providing LEA's a streamlined IEP management and Medi-Cal billing process with the goal of maximizing reimbursement potential.
If you have any questions, please contact Steve Ormbrek - email@example.com