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Connect with EdTec at the 26th Annual CCSA Conference!

March 6, 2019

EdTec is proud to be a sponsor, exhibitor, and presenter at the 26th Annual California Charter Schools Conference! The conference will take place in Sacramento from March 11-14, 2019. EdTec staff, along with our partner organizations and partner schools, will present 13 breakout sessions and poster sessions, as well as two sessions at the School Developer Summit and one session at the Renewal Summit. We’re looking forward to this opportunity to share our expertise with charter developers, new schools, and established schools.  Take a look at our sessions below so you can plan ahead!

We’re also excited to announce that, for the second year in a row, we will have two booth locations at the conference this year! We hope you will stop by Booth 904 to meet the EdTec team and learn more about our charter development and back office services. Our data experts will be at Booth 710 to introduce you to LCAP 360 by EdTec – the first integrated, end-to-end LCAP service for charter schools. They’ll also be available to discuss how we support schools with CALPADS, student assessment, PowerSchool, charter renewals, grant writing, WASC, and more.

Breakout Sessions & Poster Sessions

Tuesday, March 12

Wednesday, March 13

Thursday, March 14

We look forward to seeing you at our booths and sessions. We hope everyone has a great time at the conference!

Get Your School’s Performance Data Renewal Ready!

By Annice Weinstein, Senior Manager, Assessment Data & Analysis

December 14, 2017

Charter renewal is a very time intensive process, and it can be even more demanding if you haven’t already collected the necessary performance data. The following three steps will set you up to have your data ready when the time comes to start working on your renewal petition, so you can focus your energy on putting together a sound analysis and a strong narrative that highlight your school’s achievements!

  • Download your student level data files for state tests as soon as the state makes them available. These files may not be available in your account when it’s time for renewal, so it’s best to download the files annually as they are released. For example, the Test Operations Management System (TOMS) currently stores just two years of summative test results, so make sure to have your LEA CAASPP coordinator download the files as soon as the state indicates they are ready. You can find the files in TOMS (https://caaspp.ets.org/) under Reports (on the left), LEA Reports. Scroll down to the bottom to download the Student Results Report-Student Score Data Extract for each year available. CalTAC has recently removed the 2014-15 files, so you may need to contact them directly if you didn’t already download these files. You may reach CalTAC at 800-955-2954 or caltac@ets.org.
  • Keep track of your comparison schools. Does your authorizer require comparisons to specific schools? Are there other schools in your area, or schools with demographics or programs similar to yours, that you strive to outperform? If most of the relevant comparison schools are within the same district, take a look at the California School Dashboard Five-by-Five grids to see how your school stacks up on the Dashboard indicators: http://www6.cde.ca.gov/californiamodel/. And keep an eye on your Academic Accountability Report with the California Charter Schools Association (CCSA): http://snapshots.ccsa.org/aar. CCSA produces a Similar Students Measure that will give you an idea of how your school’s performance on the SBAC compares to that of demographically similar schools.
  • Select LCAP performance metrics that track longitudinal progress for the same set of students. This will help you stay on track with annual data collection and give you a boost when you want to share your longitudinal progress on local assessments with your authorizers. The metrics can include performance on NWEA MAP, developmental reading assessments, or i-Ready. Working the tests into your LCAP metrics is a good way to ensure that you review progress annually and have the data necessary for your renewal.

EdTec @ the 2017 CCSA Conference in Sacramento!

The 24th Annual California Charter Schools Conference will be held in Sacramento, March 20 – 23, 2017. EdTec is proud to be a sponsor, exhibitor, and presenter. Our staff, along with many partner organizations and schools, will present 14 breakout and poster sessions on a wide range of topics from Financial Management to Demonstrating Student Achievement to the LCAP. Take a look at the variety of sessions listed below to see what to attend. And don’t forget to stop by our booth #915 to chat with EdTec staff!

Tuesday, March 21st

Wednesday, March 22nd

EdTec Presented 16 Sessions at the 2016 CCSA Conference in Long Beach!

EdTec was honored to present 16 sessions at the 23nd Annual California Charter Schools Conference, March 14 – 17, 2016.

EdTec experts, partner organizations and school leaders spoke on topics targeted to both new and existing charter schools:

  • Everything You Need to Know about LCAP and LCFF
  • Navigating the Ops and Finance of Blended Learning
  • Thinking Through Special Education: School-of-the-District or SELPA?
  • The Secret Sauce for Building and Growing an Effective Board of Directors
  • How a Lender Looks at Your School…and How You Can Look Your Best
  • Smart Strategy: Building the Future, Today
  • Defining Reasonable & Measurable Goals for Students in Your LCAP (Poster Session)
  • Funding Equity & LCFF Implementation: Role of Fundraising to Close the Gap
  • Tips from the Masters: Sustaining Excellence in CA’s Fickle Fiscal Climate
  • How to Set Up Common Core Grading in PowerSchool (Poster Session)
  • Benchmark-Driven Budgeting: Informing Your Spending Decisions
  • Bulletproof Your Charter Petition Budget
  • Your Annual Audit: Don’t Be Afraid, Be Prepared
  • Been There, Done That: Facilities-Planning Options & Advice From Schools
  • Replicating for Success: Approaching Growth Strategically
  • From Vision to High Performing: The New School Track to Academic Success