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Chadron Site
Crites Hall
Chadron State College
Chadron, NE 69337
Phone: (308) 432-6495
Scottsbluff Site
4215 Avenue I
Scottsbluff, NE 69361
Phone: (308) 635-3696
FAX: (308) 635-0680
Sidney Site
1114 Toledo Street
Sidney, NE 69162
Phone: (308) 254-4677
FAX: (308) 254-5371

Mission:
Educational Service Unit #13...
Striving to achieve educational excellence for all learners
through strong partnerships, service, and leadership.

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Check out the Latest Updates to the Mid-Winter Conference
Final locations for the February 16, 2015 Inspiring Minds Conference have been developed.


Click on  the “ESU13 Mid-Winter Conference”  box at top left of this webpage to get access to the new flyer with maps and session locations.
 
Unpacking the new Fine Arts Standards
Area visual arts, media arts, vocational, instrumental and physical education teachers met with NDE Director of Fine Arts Education, Debra DeFrain and ESU 13 staff developers to review and unpack the newly adopted Fine Arts Standards. 

 These standards encompass a wide variety of skills in media, visual, dance, music and theatre. Teachers were able to discuss resources and share ideas for lesson plans as well as complete a regional alignment document that will be accessible on the ESU 13 webpage under Curriculum.
Meridian and LifeLink Students Blessed with a Supportive School-Business Partnership 2014-2015
Learning to work and achieving paid integrated employment play a large part of the IEP plan for youth with disabilities during transition age.   We feel very blessed to have wonderful business support within our community.  These are our current business partners and we ask that you thank them with your patronage.

Meridian School – Fullen School of Hair Design, Hairbender Salon, Farmer’s Den, Main Street Market Produce Department, Wendy’s, Flower Basket, Fastenal, Living Stones Christian Church, H & R Block, Monument Shadows Golf Course
LifeLink – Mixing Bowl, Community Christian School, Godfather’s, Turtle Moon, Crossroads Corner Preschool, Dollar General, Monument Physical Therapy, Emerald Court, Bytes Computers, Pizza Hut, Nemnich Automotive, Floyd’s Truck Center, Twin Cities Development, Car Doctor, Anderson-Shaw Construction, Summit Apartments, Buyer’s Realty, Sinclair Super Shop, Runza, Western Nebraska Regional Airport, Sam & Louie’s Pizza, WNCC Plant Maintenance, Main Street Market, Diamond Vogel Paints, Grace Bakery
 
LifeLink Team presents at National Conference
Bill Moore, Jan Barber, Teresa Halley, and former LifeLink student, Adam Scott, presented at The State of the Art Conference on Postsecondary Education and Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities in Fairfax, Virginia.  LifeLink was one of 30 programs from across the nation, selected to present. They were honored in the general assembly for outstanding program employment statistics.



Adam was one of three students presenting on a Keynote Student Employment Panel with students from George Mason University and Camden Community College of New Jersey.



To assist in the presentation, a video was prepared by Charter Media.  You can view the video at this link: http://youtu.be/I50hz9l1hA4
 
Bayard Participates in Core Reading Program Review
Staff members from Bayard Public Schools recently participated in a core reading program review. The session was hosted by Boone Central and facilitated by Barb Friesth from ESU #7.

As part of the process of choosing a new reading program, it is important to have the committee members develop a shared understanding of the components of an effective reading program. After training in what those components are and what they look like, teachers went to work reviewing three horizontal programs: Reading Street from Scott Foresman, Wonders from SRA McGraw Hill, and Journeys from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.


If you’d like more information on the process or the results, please contact Jadie (jbeam@esu13.org) or Michelle (mkeszler@esu13.org).
 
Seventy-five Paras Attend Math Workshop
On Tuesday, October 28, seventy-five paras attended the “Supporting Mathematics Instruction” workshop. 


The workshop covered the National Research Council’s big five in mathematics: conceptual understanding, problem solving, reasoning and justification, productive disposition, and procedural fluency. 

 Paras learned eight powerful strategies to use when working with students including: questioning, visual representation, specific feedback, mnemonics, raps, rhymes and gestures, building positive relationships, and celebrating student success.

Paras practiced the strategies with each other as they solved math problems, then debriefed and discussed results.  Paras took home a mathematics toolkit to support their work with students.  

 
NeSA 4th Grade Writing Workshop

Teachers highlight and discuss the Nebraska Department of Education scoring guide for narrative writing during the NDE workshop on NeSA 4th grade writing.  Valerie Foy, Statewide Assessment Director and Donna Pruett and Barb Lacey, writing consultants examined the writing rubrics and offered suggestions for teaching and improving student writing. Teachers examined state provided writing samples and collaborated on aligning their scoring of student papers. A recording of the day’s workshop will be available on the ESU13 website, under Assessment, under the Professional Development tab.  Rubrics and practice papers are available on the NDE website under the NeSA Writing tab under Assessment.
Aaberg wins 2015 Nebraska Teacher of the Year
Shelby Aaberg, a mathematics teacher at Scottsbluff High School and a Noyce Master Teaching Fellow, was named Nebraska 2015 Teacher of the Year on Oct. 10 during a surprise award presentation. Nebraska Commissioner of Education Matt Blomstedt presented the award.



Aaberg was one of four finalists for Nebraska Teacher of the Year. The following teachers were finalists and will be recognized as Awards of Excellence winners:

Jim Fielder, a science teacher at Hastings Senior High School in Hastings

Christopher Maly, an English teacher at Lincoln High School in Lincoln

Sarah Schau, a business teacher at Westside High School in Omaha

Aaberg said, “I want my energy and passion for mathematics to shine through my instruction and infect my students. I teach my students that sound logic, effective strategies and consistent effort are the primary determinants of success in my classroom.

"I teach my students how to think, not just to comply. No idea any student offers is ever wrong, some ideas are just easier to disprove or refute,” he said in his application. 

"I invest my time, energy and content expertise to equip my students to realize their potential. I enjoy teaching most when I help my students overcome fear of failure and when my students learn to work past frustration,” he wrote.

Scottsbluff Public Schools Superintendent Richard Myles said leadership is one of Aaberg’s most important talents.

"His dedicated passion for students combined with his deep understanding of great teaching provides an exemplar for all teachers in our district,” Myles wrote in his recommendation of Aaberg. “His expectations of excellence ― of himself and of his students ― are such that he empowers others to develop a greater belief in themselves ....”

Aaberg is a 10-year veteran teacher who earned a bachelor’s degree at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and a Master’s Degree in mathematics education at the University of Nebraska at Omaha in 2009 as well as endorsements in Assessment Leadership and English as a Second Language. He is currently working on his doctorate in education at UNL.

Aaberg started the Scottsbluff High School’s Math Club and has been the sprint coach since 2006. He is active in professional organizations, including the Nebraska Association of Teachers of Mathematics, the Nebraska Council on Teacher Education, the Scottsbluff Education Association and the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics.

A panel of Nebraska educators selected Aaberg as the 2015 Nebraska Teacher of the Year. The Teacher of the Year program recognizes the contributions of classroom teachers who are exceptionally dedicated, knowledgeable and skilled and teachers who have the ability to inspire students of all backgrounds and abilities to learn.

Aaberg and the Awards of Excellence winners will be honored by the State Board of Education at a November luncheon. Aaberg will participate in the national Teacher of the Year competition later this year.
Two Panhandle Schools Make America's Top High School List
Newsweek Magazine recently published its 2014 America's Top High School list. Only three Nebraska high schools were listed and two are from our ESU13 service area.
Congratulations to Hay Springs (#133) and Chadron (#433) who made the top 500 list, as well as Burwell High School.
Newsweek’s 2014 Rankings highlights schools that do the absolute best job of preparing students for college. This year, the methodology is more stringent than ever with new measures of quality and a higher standard for data.
Quite an accomplishment for two rural Nebraska school districts.
Congratulations!!


here is a link to the Newsweek article:
http://www.newsweek.com/high-schools/americas-top-schools-2014
 
ESU # 13 Announces Innovative Transition Grant Project for 2014-2015
For the 5th consecutive year, ESU 13 has been awarded an Innovative Transition Grant from The Nebraska Department of Education, in a competitive funding process.   The theme of the project is:  Entrepreneurship as a Possible Transition Outcome for Students, and will involve students and their family members from across the service area.  Partners in this project will be:  The Montana Rural Institute, Vocational Rehabilitation and Project Ability, SCORE, WNCC Business Incubator Project, University of Nebraska Extension Educators, Social Security Administration, and more. 
 In addition, local young adults from the Scottsbluff area and Front Range of Colorado will share their stories of becoming successful business owners.  The project is open to students with disabilities, ages 14-21, their family members, as well as young adults under age 30 (former transition students) and their families.  For more information or to enroll, contact Janine Barber, Transition Specialist and Project Director, at 635-3696.
CSC faculty members collaborate with ESU 13
Chadron State College psychology professor Dr. Bill Roweton is collaborating with education professor Dr. Linda Brown and Educational Service Unit 13 staff members Julie Downing and Craig Hicks on a grant-funded project intended to help educators better understand student assessment data.
The Nebraska Education Association (NEA) awarded a $5,000 grant to the group for the project.
“We will be developing tools to assist teachers in becoming more comfortable with psychometrics, especially data qualities like fairness, reliability, validity. Improved assessment literacy and data literacy are our goals. As educators gain more value from data, they can better interpret test results for parents of students, some who are uneasy with standardized test results,” Roweton said.
The group will submit a report about their efforts to NEA in January. Following submission of the report, a test version of free online resources for P-12 teachers developed during the project will be placed on a website hosted by ESU 13.
“This work brings together the technical expertise of Dr. Roweton and the field experiences of ESU 13 and Panhandle schools. This partnership aims to take a complex topic like assessment and make it accessible to communities, educators, parents and students,” Downing said.

Chadron State College psychology professor Dr. Bill Roweton is collaborating with education professor Dr. Linda Brown and Educational Service Unit 13 staff members Julie Downing and Craig Hicks on a grant-funded project intended to help educators better understand student assessment data.

The Nebraska Education Association (NEA) awarded a $5,000 grant to the group for the project.

“We will be developing tools to assist teachers in becoming more comfortable with psychometrics, especially data qualities like fairness, reliability, validity. Improved assessment literacy and data literacy are our goals. As educators gain more value from data, they can better interpret test results for parents of students, some who are uneasy with standardized test results,” Roweton said.

The group will submit a report about their efforts to NEA in January. Following submission of the report, a test version of free online resources for P-12 teachers developed during the project will be placed on a website hosted by ESU 13.

“This work brings together the technical expertise of Dr. Roweton and the field experiences of ESU 13 and Panhandle schools. This partnership aims to take a complex topic like assessment and make it accessible to communities, educators, parents and students,” Downing said.

- See more at: http://www.csc.edu/modules/news/public_news/view/10793#sthash.rt28eJV2.dpuf

Chadron State College psychology professor Dr. Bill Roweton is collaborating with education professor Dr. Linda Brown and Educational Service Unit 13 staff members Julie Downing and Craig Hicks on a grant-funded project intended to help educators better understand student assessment data.

The Nebraska Education Association (NEA) awarded a $5,000 grant to the group for the project.

“We will be developing tools to assist teachers in becoming more comfortable with psychometrics, especially data qualities like fairness, reliability, validity. Improved assessment literacy and data literacy are our goals. As educators gain more value from data, they can better interpret test results for parents of students, some who are uneasy with standardized test results,” Roweton said.

The group will submit a report about their efforts to NEA in January. Following submission of the report, a test version of free online resources for P-12 teachers developed during the project will be placed on a website hosted by ESU 13.

“This work brings together the technical expertise of Dr. Roweton and the field experiences of ESU 13 and Panhandle schools. This partnership aims to take a complex topic like assessment and make it accessible to communities, educators, parents and students,” Downing said.

- See more at: http://www.csc.edu/modules/news/public_news/view/10793#sthash.rt28eJV2.dpuf

Chadron State College psychology professor Dr. Bill Roweton is collaborating with education professor Dr. Linda Brown and Educational Service Unit 13 staff members Julie Downing and Craig Hicks on a grant-funded project intended to help educators better understand student assessment data.

The Nebraska Education Association (NEA) awarded a $5,000 grant to the group for the project.

“We will be developing tools to assist teachers in becoming more comfortable with psychometrics, especially data qualities like fairness, reliability, validity. Improved assessment literacy and data literacy are our goals. As educators gain more value from data, they can better interpret test results for parents of students, some who are uneasy with standardized test results,” Roweton said.

The group will submit a report about their efforts to NEA in January. Following submission of the report, a test version of free online resources for P-12 teachers developed during the project will be placed on a website hosted by ESU 13.

“This work brings together the technical expertise of Dr. Roweton and the field experiences of ESU 13 and Panhandle schools. This partnership aims to take a complex topic like assessment and make it accessible to communities, educators, parents and students,” Downing said.

- See more at: http://www.csc.edu/modules/news/public_news/view/10793#sthash.rt28eJV2.dpuf

Chadron State College psychology professor Dr. Bill Roweton is collaborating with education professor Dr. Linda Brown and Educational Service Unit 13 staff members Julie Downing and Craig Hicks on a grant-funded project intended to help educators better understand student assessment data.

The Nebraska Education Association (NEA) awarded a $5,000 grant to the group for the project.

“We will be developing tools to assist teachers in becoming more comfortable with psychometrics, especially data qualities like fairness, reliability, validity. Improved assessment literacy and data literacy are our goals. As educators gain more value from data, they can better interpret test results for parents of students, some who are uneasy with standardized test results,” Roweton said.

The group will submit a report about their efforts to NEA in January. Following submission of the report, a test version of free online resources for P-12 teachers developed during the project will be placed on a website hosted by ESU 13.

“This work brings together the technical expertise of Dr. Roweton and the field experiences of ESU 13 and Panhandle schools. This partnership aims to take a complex topic like assessment and make it accessible to communities, educators, parents and students,” Downing said.

- See more at: http://www.csc.edu/modules/news/public_news/view/10793#sthash.rt28eJV2.dpuf

Chadron State College psychology professor Dr. Bill Roweton is collaborating with education professor Dr. Linda Brown and Educational Service Unit 13 staff members Julie Downing and Craig Hicks on a grant-funded project intended to help educators better understand student assessment data.

The Nebraska Education Association (NEA) awarded a $5,000 grant to the group for the project.

“We will be developing tools to assist teachers in becoming more comfortable with psychometrics, especially data qualities like fairness, reliability, validity. Improved assessment literacy and data literacy are our goals. As educators gain more value from data, they can better interpret test results for parents of students, some who are uneasy with standardized test results,” Roweton said.

The group will submit a report about their efforts to NEA in January. Following submission of the report, a test version of free online resources for P-12 teachers developed during the project will be placed on a website hosted by ESU 13.

“This work brings together the technical expertise of Dr. Roweton and the field experiences of ESU 13 and Panhandle schools. This partnership aims to take a complex topic like assessment and make it accessible to communities, educators, parents and students,” Downing said.

- See more at: http://www.csc.edu/modules/news/public_news/view/10793#sthash.rt28eJV2.dpuf

Chadron State College psychology professor Dr. Bill Roweton is collaborating with education professor Dr. Linda Brown and Educational Service Unit 13 staff members Julie Downing and Craig Hicks on a grant-funded project intended to help educators better understand student assessment data.

The Nebraska Education Association (NEA) awarded a $5,000 grant to the group for the project.

“We will be developing tools to assist teachers in becoming more comfortable with psychometrics, especially data qualities like fairness, reliability, validity. Improved assessment literacy and data literacy are our goals. As educators gain more value from data, they can better interpret test results for parents of students, some who are uneasy with standardized test results,” Roweton said.

The group will submit a report about their efforts to NEA in January. Following submission of the report, a test version of free online resources for P-12 teachers developed during the project will be placed on a website hosted by ESU 13.

“This work brings together the technical expertise of Dr. Roweton and the field experiences of ESU 13 and Panhandle schools. This partnership aims to take a complex topic like assessment and make it accessible to communities, educators, parents and students,” Downing said.

- See more at: http://www.csc.edu/modules/news/public_news/view/10793#sthash.rt28eJV2.dpuf

Chadron State College psychology professor Dr. Bill Roweton is collaborating with education professor Dr. Linda Brown and Educational Service Unit 13 staff members Julie Downing and Craig Hicks on a grant-funded project intended to help educators better understand student assessment data.

The Nebraska Education Association (NEA) awarded a $5,000 grant to the group for the project.

“We will be developing tools to assist teachers in becoming more comfortable with psychometrics, especially data qualities like fairness, reliability, validity. Improved assessment literacy and data literacy are our goals. As educators gain more value from data, they can better interpret test results for parents of students, some who are uneasy with standardized test results,” Roweton said.

The group will submit a report about their efforts to NEA in January. Following submission of the report, a test version of free online resources for P-12 teachers developed during the project will be placed on a website hosted by ESU 13.

“This work brings together the technical expertise of Dr. Roweton and the field experiences of ESU 13 and Panhandle schools. This partnership aims to take a complex topic like assessment and make it accessible to communities, educators, parents and students,” Downing said.

- See more at: http://www.csc.edu/modules/news/public_news/view/10793#sthash.rt28eJV2.dpuf

Chadron State College psychology professor Dr. Bill Roweton is collaborating with education professor Dr. Linda Brown and Educational Service Unit 13 staff members Julie Downing and Craig Hicks on a grant-funded project intended to help educators better understand student assessment data.

The Nebraska Education Association (NEA) awarded a $5,000 grant to the group for the project.

“We will be developing tools to assist teachers in becoming more comfortable with psychometrics, especially data qualities like fairness, reliability, validity. Improved assessment literacy and data literacy are our goals. As educators gain more value from data, they can better interpret test results for parents of students, some who are uneasy with standardized test results,” Roweton said.

The group will submit a report about their efforts to NEA in January. Following submission of the report, a test version of free online resources for P-12 teachers developed during the project will be placed on a website hosted by ESU 13.

“This work brings together the technical expertise of Dr. Roweton and the field experiences of ESU 13 and Panhandle schools. This partnership aims to take a complex topic like assessment and make it accessible to communities, educators, parents and students,” Downing said.

- See more at: http://www.csc.edu/modules/news/public_news/view/10793#sthash.rt28eJV2.dpuf

Chadron State College psychology professor Dr. Bill Roweton is collaborating with education professor Dr. Linda Brown and Educational Service Unit 13 staff members Julie Downing and Craig Hicks on a grant-funded project intended to help educators better understand student assessment data.

The Nebraska Education Association (NEA) awarded a $5,000 grant to the group for the project.

“We will be developing tools to assist teachers in becoming more comfortable with psychometrics, especially data qualities like fairness, reliability, validity. Improved assessment literacy and data literacy are our goals. As educators gain more value from data, they can better interpret test results for parents of students, some who are uneasy with standardized test results,” Roweton said.

The group will submit a report about their efforts to NEA in January. Following submission of the report, a test version of free online resources for P-12 teachers developed during the project will be placed on a website hosted by ESU 13.

“This work brings together the technical expertise of Dr. Roweton and the field experiences of ESU 13 and Panhandle schools. This partnership aims to take a complex topic like assessment and make it accessible to communities, educators, parents and students,” Downing said.

- See more at: http://www.csc.edu/modules/news/public_news/view/10793#sthash.rt28eJV2.dpuf

Chadron State College psychology professor Dr. Bill Roweton is collaborating with education professor Dr. Linda Brown and Educational Service Unit 13 staff members Julie Downing and Craig Hicks on a grant-funded project intended to help educators better understand student assessment data.

The Nebraska Education Association (NEA) awarded a $5,000 grant to the group for the project.

“We will be developing tools to assist teachers in becoming more comfortable with psychometrics, especially data qualities like fairness, reliability, validity. Improved assessment literacy and data literacy are our goals. As educators gain more value from data, they can better interpret test results for parents of students, some who are uneasy with standardized test results,” Roweton said.

The group will submit a report about their efforts to NEA in January. Following submission of the report, a test version of free online resources for P-12 teachers developed during the project will be placed on a website hosted by ESU 13.

“This work brings together the technical expertise of Dr. Roweton and the field experiences of ESU 13 and Panhandle schools. This partnership aims to take a complex topic like assessment and make it accessible to communities, educators, parents and students,” Downing said.

- See more at: http://www.csc.edu/modules/news/public_news/view/10793#sthash.rt28eJV2.dpuf

Chadron State College psychology professor Dr. Bill Roweton is collaborating with education professor Dr. Linda Brown and Educational Service Unit 13 staff members Julie Downing and Craig Hicks on a grant-funded project intended to help educators better understand student assessment data.

The Nebraska Education Association (NEA) awarded a $5,000 grant to the group for the project.

“We will be developing tools to assist teachers in becoming more comfortable with psychometrics, especially data qualities like fairness, reliability, validity. Improved assessment literacy and data literacy are our goals. As educators gain more value from data, they can better interpret test results for parents of students, some who are uneasy with standardized test results,” Roweton said.

The group will submit a report about their efforts to NEA in January. Following submission of the report, a test version of free online resources for P-12 teachers developed during the project will be placed on a website hosted by ESU 13.

“This work brings together the technical expertise of Dr. Roweton and the field experiences of ESU 13 and Panhandle schools. This partnership aims to take a complex topic like assessment and make it accessible to communities, educators, parents and students,” Downing said.

- See more at: http://www.csc.edu/modules/news/public_news/view/10793#sthash.rt28eJV2.dpuf

Chadron State College psychology professor Dr. Bill Roweton is collaborating with education professor Dr. Linda Brown and Educational Service Unit 13 staff members Julie Downing and Craig Hicks on a grant-funded project intended to help educators better understand student assessment data.

The Nebraska Education Association (NEA) awarded a $5,000 grant to the group for the project.

“We will be developing tools to assist teachers in becoming more comfortable with psychometrics, especially data qualities like fairness, reliability, validity. Improved assessment literacy and data literacy are our goals. As educators gain more value from data, they can better interpret test results for parents of students, some who are uneasy with standardized test results,” Roweton said.

The group will submit a report about their efforts to NEA in January. Following submission of the report, a test version of free online resources for P-12 teachers developed during the project will be placed on a website hosted by ESU 13.

“This work brings together the technical expertise of Dr. Roweton and the field experiences of ESU 13 and Panhandle schools. This partnership aims to take a complex topic like assessment and make it accessible to communities, educators, parents and students,” Downing said.

- See more at: http://www.csc.edu/modules/news/public_news/view/10793#sthash.rt28eJV2.dpuf

Chadron State College psychology professor Dr. Bill Roweton is collaborating with education professor Dr. Linda Brown and Educational Service Unit 13 staff members Julie Downing and Craig Hicks on a grant-funded project intended to help educators better understand student assessment data.

The Nebraska Education Association (NEA) awarded a $5,000 grant to the group for the project.

“We will be developing tools to assist teachers in becoming more comfortable with psychometrics, especially data qualities like fairness, reliability, validity. Improved assessment literacy and data literacy are our goals. As educators gain more value from data, they can better interpret test results for parents of students, some who are uneasy with standardized test results,” Roweton said.

The group will submit a report about their efforts to NEA in January. Following submission of the report, a test version of free online resources for P-12 teachers developed during the project will be placed on a website hosted by ESU 13.

“This work brings together the technical expertise of Dr. Roweton and the field experiences of ESU 13 and Panhandle schools. This partnership aims to take a complex topic like assessment and make it accessible to communities, educators, parents and students,” Downing said.

- See more at: http://www.csc.edu/modules/news/public_news/view/10793#sthash.rt28eJV2.dpufChadron State College psychology professor Dr. Bill Roweton is collaborating with education professor Dr. Linda Brown and Educational Service Unit 13 staff members Julie Downing and Craig Hicks on a grant-funded project intended to help educators better understand student assessment data.
The Nebraska Education Association (NEA) awarded a $5,000 grant to the group for the project.
“We will be developing tools to assist teachers in becoming more comfortable with psychometrics, especially data qualities like fairness, reliability, validity. Improved assessment literacy and data literacy are our goals. As educators gain more value from data, they can better interpret test results for parents of students, some who are uneasy with standardized test results,” Roweton said.
The group will submit a report about their efforts to NEA in January. Following submission of the report, a test version of free online resources for P-12 teachers developed during the project will be placed on a website hosted by ESU 13.
“This work brings together the technical expertise of Dr. Roweton and the field experiences of ESU 13 and Panhandle schools. This partnership aims to take a complex topic like assessment and make it accessible to communities, educators, parents and students,” Downing said.
 

Chadron State College psychology professor Dr. Bill Roweton is collaborating with education professor Dr. Linda Brown and Educational Service Unit 13 staff members Julie Downing and Craig Hicks on a grant-funded project intended to help educators better understand student assessment data.

The Nebraska Education Association (NEA) awarded a $5,000 grant to the group for the project.

“We will be developing tools to assist teachers in becoming more comfortable with psychometrics, especially data qualities like fairness, reliability, validity. Improved assessment literacy and data literacy are our goals. As educators gain more value from data, they can better interpret test results for parents of students, some who are uneasy with standardized test results,” Roweton said.

The group will submit a report about their efforts to NEA in January. Following submission of the report, a test version of free online resources for P-12 teachers developed during the project will be placed on a website hosted by ESU 13.

“This work brings together the technical expertise of Dr. Roweton and the field experiences of ESU 13 and Panhandle schools. This partnership aims to take a complex topic like assessment and make it accessible to communities, educators, parents and students,” Downing said.

- See more at: http://www.csc.edu/modules/news/public_news/view/10793#sthash.rt28eJV2.dpuf

Chadron State College psychology professor Dr. Bill Roweton is collaborating with education professor Dr. Linda Brown and Educational Service Unit 13 staff members Julie Downing and Craig Hicks on a grant-funded project intended to help educators better understand student assessment data.

The Nebraska Education Association (NEA) awarded a $5,000 grant to the group for the project.

“We will be developing tools to assist teachers in becoming more comfortable with psychometrics, especially data qualities like fairness, reliability, validity. Improved assessment literacy and data literacy are our goals. As educators gain more value from data, they can better interpret test results for parents of students, some who are uneasy with standardized test results,” Roweton said.

The group will submit a report about their efforts to NEA in January. Following submission of the report, a test version of free online resources for P-12 teachers developed during the project will be placed on a website hosted by ESU 13.

“This work brings together the technical expertise of Dr. Roweton and the field experiences of ESU 13 and Panhandle schools. This partnership aims to take a complex topic like assessment and make it accessible to communities, educators, parents and students,” Downing said.

- See more at: http://www.csc.edu/modules/news/public_news/view/10793#sthash.rt28eJV2.dpuf

Chadron State College psychology professor Dr. Bill Roweton is collaborating with education professor Dr. Linda Brown and Educational Service Unit 13 staff members Julie Downing and Craig Hicks on a grant-funded project intended to help educators better understand student assessment data.

The Nebraska Education Association (NEA) awarded a $5,000 grant to the group for the project.

“We will be developing tools to assist teachers in becoming more comfortable with psychometrics, especially data qualities like fairness, reliability, validity. Improved assessment literacy and data literacy are our goals. As educators gain more value from data, they can better interpret test results for parents of students, some who are uneasy with standardized test results,” Roweton said.

The group will submit a report about their efforts to NEA in January. Following submission of the report, a test version of free online resources for P-12 teachers developed during the project will be placed on a website hosted by ESU 13.

“This work brings together the technical expertise of Dr. Roweton and the field experiences of ESU 13 and Panhandle schools. This partnership aims to take a complex topic like assessment and make it accessible to communities, educators, parents and students,” Downing said.

- See more at: http://www.csc.edu/modules/news/public_news/view/10793#sthash.rt28eJV2.dpuf

Chadron State College psychology professor Dr. Bill Roweton is collaborating with education professor Dr. Linda Brown and Educational Service Unit 13 staff members Julie Downing and Craig Hicks on a grant-funded project intended to help educators better understand student assessment data.

The Nebraska Education Association (NEA) awarded a $5,000 grant to the group for the project.

“We will be developing tools to assist teachers in becoming more comfortable with psychometrics, especially data qualities like fairness, reliability, validity. Improved assessment literacy and data literacy are our goals. As educators gain more value from data, they can better interpret test results for parents of students, some who are uneasy with standardized test results,” Roweton said.

The group will submit a report about their efforts to NEA in January. Following submission of the report, a test version of free online resources for P-12 teachers developed during the project will be placed on a website hosted by ESU 13.

“This work brings together the technical expertise of Dr. Roweton and the field experiences of ESU 13 and Panhandle schools. This partnership aims to take a complex topic like assessment and make it accessible to communities, educators, parents and students,” Downing said.

- See more at: http://www.csc.edu/modules/news/public_news/view/10793#sthash.rt28eJV2.dpuf

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