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Results Matter Account Management

Structuring and Naming Classes and Sites

The online systems for the assessments in Results Matter typically use a hierarchical structure for organizing subscriptions:

  • Organization Level (CDE)
    • Program Level (Organization/Subscriber)
      • Site Level (Individual Buildings/Centers)
        • Class Level
          • Child Level

Sites within your subscription should generally reflect individual buildings/schools. Classes should reflect individual classes within those buildings.

  • Do not create multiple classes to distinguish different sites, or multiple sites for the same school. Again, differences in sites/buildings should be reflected at the site level. If you find this difficult, please contact Results Matter staff for assistance.
  • Site names should typically reflect the actual school name, e.g., “ABC Elementary”. Class names can be up to you but please use something that will allow you to easily distinguish classes in reports, and do not use the same class name more than once within a site. Do not use a school year date in the class name as the same classes should  be used year to year.

Organizing Subscriptions for Community Providers Who Contract with a School District

Districts who contract with non-public preschool programs and Head Start programs have several options for organizing subscriptions. One option is for community providers to maintain their own subscription with district or BOCES staff listed as team members. 

This allows community providers who wish to implement authentic assessment for all children in their program, not just children who have IEPs, to use the online system for the entire classroom. Teachers would otherwise need two separate user accounts and workflows for a single classroom.

In an umbrella subscription model, district or BOCES administrators can delegate assessment administrator roles at the site level to specific center directors with whom they contract. Community providers can pay the assessment vendor directly for their share of portfolios, or districts/BOCES can pay the total portfolio cost for the whole subscription.

In either subscription model, the Special Education Administrative Unit (most commonly the district or a BOCES) is still responsible for ensuring assessment completion for children who have IEPs regardless of setting. Most assessment tools allow a user to have administrator privileges over more than one assessment subscription.

Contact Results Matter staff for further advice.

Administrator Responsibilities

Users with administrative roles in the online systems are responsible for several tasks to implement authentic assessment with fidelity and ensure staff are on track to meet checkpoint deadlines. It is critical that collaboration occurs between program level, site level and classroom level staff on these tasks.

School districts who contract with community partners for services for children who have IEPs: remember, these are still your students. The Administrative Unit is ultimately responsible for progress monitoring assessment and reporting for OSEP regardless of where children are served. See the Organizing Subscriptions for Community Providers Who Contract with a School District section above for more information.

Monitoring Tasks

When implementing Results Matter with fidelity, collaboration with CDE Results Matter TA Specialists, Program, and Site Administrators is the key to improving outcomes for children who have IEPs. The following list outlines CDE’s expectations for monitoring:

  • Monitor completion of required training courses and interrater reliability certification for educational staff.
  • Add/update/deactivate user accounts.
  • Monitor child record data entry
    • Ensure that all children who have an IEP and are required to be assessed have an active assessment portfolio
    • Ensure child record details, especially school district, funding sources and demographics, are accurate and complete
    • Spot check at least once several weeks after fall enrollment period and again during winter to account for children who enrolled late or were identified with a disability under IDEA and have an IEP after enrollment.
    • Ensure preschool and kindergarten portfolios are entered in the correct license.
    • (GOLD® only) Update color bands as needed
  • Monitor documentation quality and quantity
    • Generate documentation status reports during each checkpoint period to make sure teachers are uploading documentation online. By the end of each period, you should see at least one piece of documentation for each assessment objective for each child, meaning the teacher has some evidence to support the rating. See Documentation Policies for more strategies on using documentation and the rationale for uploading.
    • Spot check documentation for quality. Remember, documentation should be brief, factual, objective, relevant to the tagged objective, and meaningful enough to support a reliable rating.
  • Monitor assessment rating completion
    • Ensure complete, finalized data for all children at the end of each checkpoint period. It is recommended to generate assessment status reports a few times during the checkpoint assessment rating window to ensure staff are on track for completing ratings.
    • Spot check the corresponding documentation and ratings as on ongoing reliability check. This can provide more information than the documentation tally alone.
    • Monitor use of “Not Yet” verses “Not Observed” in GOLD®. This rating cannot be used during the IEP/service entry and exit periods for preschoolers with disabilities.
    • Monitor for (GOLD®) Checkpoint Completion for more information on using the Assessment Status Report in the MyTeachingStrategies® Support Portal.
    • Oversee OSEP Preschool Outcomes entry and exit procedures.

More in-depth training on these monitoring tasks is available in the PDIS course entitled “How to Use Child Assessment Data to Achieve Positive Outcomes: Administrator Focus.” During each checkpoint period, Results Matter Technical Assistance Specialists will also monitor reports and follow up with individual programs to ensure they are on track.

Important Considerations

  • What feedback loops with teachers need to be in place in regards to monitoring?
  • What methods will be used for collecting documentation?
  • Which staff will enter/finalize ratings?
  • Who will manage child records (new records, transfers, archives, OSEP exits)?
  • What strategies will be used to foster a culture of data use? (e.g., periodic data dialogues, reflective supervision, peer learning communities, preschool and kindergarten data sharing)
  • How will data be shared with kindergarten staff?
  • How will district special education administrators monitor assessment completion and results for children with services contracted to non-public schools?
  • What supports do new community partners need from district staff?
  • Who is responsible for renewing assessment subscriptions?
  • How will data privacy and security measures be implemented?
  • Who has what level of access to data — especially third parties?
  • Will optional features/areas of the online system be used? (e.g., planning forms, family portals)
  • Will optional assessment items be used? (e.g., English Language Acquisition)
  • If the current Administrator is leaving their role, what procedures are in place to orient a  new Administrator?
  • What plan is in place to ensure that staff not currently employed by the program have been marked as a disabled user in the account?
  • How are these requirements embedded in agreements between the Administrative Unit and preschool programs (districts or community providers), and how are those agreements supported and reviewed?

Subscription Purchases/Renewals

Programs who wish to apply for using one of the approved assessment tools under the Results Matter umbrella should use these links. New programs will need to complete a brief phone interview with the vendor.

CDE has negotiated discounted portfolio costs with the assessment publishers for programs participating under the state umbrella license. However, districts/programs establish contracts directly with assessment vendors and negotiate their individual contract. CDE does not accept payment or paperwork for assessment system subscriptions.

Directors who find they need more portfolios than initially requested, such as when children unexpectedly enroll later in the year, may contact their vendor mid-year for a contract amendment. It is usually just a matter of paying for additional portfolios and signing similar paperwork.

Annual subscriptions expire near the end of July. Assessment subscriptions must be renewed annually in the spring/summer. You must have at least begun the renewal process with your vendor prior to the summer expiration date in order to avoid being locked out of your account.

When renewing your subscription, please follow Results Matter-specific instructions, which are typically communicated in early spring. Be sure the vendor knows you are an existing subscriber under Results Matter in order to continue using the same account as before and continue receiving the discounted portfolio cost.

Any programs experiencing delays in the renewal process should contact Results Matter staff for help.

User Accounts

Creating a Unique User Account

Your user account should be yours and yours alone. It is prohibited to share user accounts or passwords with anybody else. 

Associate your user name with a private email address that only you can access. Do not use the same email address for all staff at one program.

Duplicate User Accounts

In general, please avoid assigning duplicate user accounts as this creates serious data quality risks. Please take some time before the start of each school year to clean up duplicate user names including disabled/inactive accounts. The online systems usually have a filter for disabled/inactive accounts.

  • Exception – Teacher at Multiple Sites:
    Users who need to be set up as a teacher at more than one site may need to maintain separate user accounts for each site.
  • A single user account can usually be set up for administrator access across multiple programs/sites. Contact Results Matter staff for further assistance.

Staff Departures/User Account Transfers

DO NOT DELETE USER ACCOUNTS unless specifically authorized by Results Matter staff. Instead, when staff leave your program/district, please immediately disable their user account. Deleting removes records of completing inter-rater reliability certification and other courses. It is essential to preserve this information in case teachers move to a different program. 

If you need to transfer a user account from another program, please have the staff member complete our transfer request form and return to CDE. It is the responsibility of the program administrator to provide the new staff member with the desired level of access.

If a staff member returns to your employment after their user account has already been moved out of your subscription, notify CDE and the user account can be restored.

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