April 2019 IAPSS Newsletter

Posted on April 30, 2019

Should Teachers and Parents Take the CTE Boom Seriously?Should Teachers and Parents Take the CTE Boom Seriously?

In analyzing how career and technical education shapes up to other education reforms, and if it’s just a fad, there were a few key takeaways. First, interest in CTE has continued to grow over multiple decades. Second, it fits in a larger trend of emphasizing workforce development. Third, CTE has steadily grown in profile and interest unlike other “fad” movements like Common Core and No Child Left Behind. Lastly, interest in CTE increasingly outpaces that in other prominent school improvement strategies. From the trends examined, it seems that CTE has staying power in the educational landscape.


6 Steps for Preventing and Cleaning Up Cyberattacks6 Steps for Preventing and Cleaning Up Cyberattacks

For districts looking to stay safe from cyberattacks, there are a number of steps they can follow. Districts should first analyze the data they have and determine which protections to put in place. Staff needs to be properly trained on cybersecurity measures and procedures. A system with some restricted administrative access will likely have an easier time with security. Systems need to be monitored for intrusions regularly, and go according to a plan when an attack hits. Lastly, when evaluating digital products or services, administrators can make it clear that cybersecurity is a priority.


Using the MAP Growth Skills Checklists for dyslexia screening in Indiana

Indiana Senate Enrolled Act No. 217 requires Indiana schools to conduct a universal screener focused on literacy and dyslexia risk factors in grades K-2. Indiana’s requirements for phonological and phonemic awareness tests include phonological awareness of things like rhyming, phonemic awareness of the blending of sounds, and phonemic awareness of consonant and vowel sounds. Alphabet knowledge tests require ability in letter identification of upper and lower cases. Sound and symbol recognition includes the ability to match letters to sounds. Lastly, decoding skills tests entail rapidly matching a letter or combination of letters to their sounds.

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