The Educators of Summer
In Mississippi, July is highlighted by an increased number of family reunions, pool parties and fireworks displays, as well as a sharp spike in humidity and temperature. For us at the Research and Curriculum Unit (RCU), the month marks the close of testing, finalizing technical reports and manuals for the next school year and postsecondary summer testing.
Our team is also presenting on numerous topics at the upcoming 2021 MS ACTE Summer Conference, which is scheduled for July 26 and 27. The topics range from what is coming in assessment next school year to using innovative technology products in your career and technical education (CTE) center. The staff enjoys presenting at the conference and welcomes it as an opportunity to interact with each of you to improve the services we offer. Here are a few other things to remember as we move closer to the next school year:
- Interpretive guide: The RCU typically updates the MS-CPAS Interpretive Guide each August. This document provides data interpretation guidelines for teachers, administrators and school districts for all the CTE reports offered by our department; however, we updated the guide early this year to reflect the new style of secondary and postsecondary reports. Download the guide here.
- Reports: Use your RCU district account to access secondary and postsecondary reports here. If you have any ideas for new reports, email the Help Desk to offer your suggestions. For example, we updated the student label reports last week to sort them by student last name instead of program name.
- Other important dates: The RCU will release 2021-2022 testing dates and the assessment events calendar later this month on our website.
- Technology tip of the month: Since it is summer, I thought one tip is enough as you take a break from education! ViewPure is a product that removes all distracting comments and sidebar-related videos to just show the content you want. Here is an example of a welding video (without free membership).
See you online at 2021 MS ACTE !
Sean Owen, PhD