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Early Intervention Software Program HB 513 Information

Definition: Implementing with fidelity

The Assurances of the HB513 Early Intervention Computer Software program indicate that participating schools will implement “with fidelity.” This term refers to students who are enrolled in the software program and who take the initial assessment. If a school has selected specific classrooms or groups of students, only the usage of students who actually participated will be reviewed.

The usage requirement is based on the per-week recommendation of the vendor for that specific product. Schools will be considered to be implementing appropriately when 90% of the enrolled students complete 90% of the average number of minutes calculated per week from the start date (initial assessment) to the end of the student’s program period. For example: if 20 students took the initial assessment and then participated in 15 weeks of a program that required 100 minutes per week, “fidelity” would reflect at least 18 students completing 1,350 minutes of total programming.

If a school uses flexible participation for students based on academic achievement and performance (for instance, removing students from the program when they reach benchmark), the school should record students’ participation periods and submit them to the external evaluator at the end of the school year.
 

Information meetings

Online meetings were held with vendor representatives and the USOE to address implementation with fidelity and reporting.

Wednesday, September 25

  • 9:00AM-10:00AM SuccessMaker (not recorded)
  • 10:15AM-11:15AM Imagine Learning (recording here: starts at 2min50sec, ends 37min30sec)
  • 11:30AM-12:30PM i-Ready (recording here: starts at 38min20sec, ends59min)

Thursday, September 26

  • 1:00PM-2:00PM Istation (recording here: starts at 30 seconds, ends 9min45sec)
  • 2:15PM-3:15PM Waterford (recording here: starts at 11min0sec, ends at 35min0sec)

Documents:

  1. Requirements for implementing with fidelity (FIDELITY CHART) This chart was updated on 10.1.13!
  2. Student log-ins and reporting requirements (SUMMARY DOCUMENT) All student log-ins must be tied to either the SSID or the LEA ID+LEA Student ID. Please chat with your software provider if you have questions about how this is happening.
     

Information for schools participating in 2013-2014

Software was distributed this year based on the following four priorities:

  1. Schools who participated in 2012-2013 for grades K-1
  2. New schools for grades K-1
  3. Schools who participated in 2012-2013 to add grades 2-3
  4. New school for grades 2-3

The amount of funding received and the number of applications from schools did not allow for priorities 3 and 4 to be fully funded. Funding was prioritized for grades K-1 based on October 1, 2012 counts.

Please work with teachers to provide access to students in grades K-1 who are most in need of additional support and practice to develop fluent reading skills.

If you have additional licenses within the site license, work with students in grades 2-3 who are most in need of additional support and practice.

Please use the software to best support the reading program that you have place in your schools and the identified needs of the students.

By September 15, 2013, you will be asked to submit: (1) a list of participating classes by grade level and the number of students in the class using the software, (2) teachers’ names and email addresses, and (3) principals’ names and email addresses. This will be required for our legislative report in October and for the evaluation of the program in the spring.

Also remember that students should be logging into the system using a district identification number for evaluation purposes. The Assurances detail your responsibilities.

A representative from the software company will be contacting you as soon as the final business paperwork is completed to speak with you about the ongoing process of software implementation.
 

General Information about the Program 

During the 2013 General Session, the Utah State Legislature allocated funding through the Early Intervention Program to provide an electronic adaptive learning technology and assessment reading program for students in grades K-3. This augments the program offered to grade K-1 in 2012-2013. (Statue 53A-17a-167, Early Intervention Program and amendments from Senate Bill 260, Early Childhood Education Programs Amendments). Funding for this program will be ongoing pending continued legislative appropriation.

Local Education Agencies (LEAs) choosing to participate in this program may choose one (1) of these programs per school to support literacy instruction in grades K-3. Districts may have multiple programs, but each site may only have one program.

Please note that the legislation referenced above has removed the numeracy component and only literacy software programs have been approved for 2013-2014.

Priority in providing site licenses to schools is as follows:

  1. Schools who participated in 2012-2013 for grades K-1
  2. New schools for grades K-1
  3. Schools who participated in 2012-2013 to add grades 2-3
  4. New school for grades 2-3

Availability of site licenses will be based on the number of schools applying and the funding available.

For questions or further information, please e-mail Tiffany Hall, K-12 Literacy Coordinator.

Information for Districts and Charter Schools

 LEAs that participated in 2012-2013

 LEAs new to the program

LEAs using Compass or Ticket to Reading