CDE releases newly updated engagement tracking resource

October 19, 2020
The California Department of Education has provided Local Educational Agencies with a newly updated and optional resource to assist schools with meeting statutory requirements for tracking daily participation and engagement. The new user guide was developed in recent weeks in close collaboration with ACSA, California Association of School Business Officials, the California School Employees Association, the California Federation of Teachers and the California Teachers Association. It is designed to provide LEAs a menu of options for tracking attendance and engagement. This resource was prepared in order to provide responsive solutions — and reduce some stress — at a time when educators need support and flexibility. State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond said teachers responded to a survey about distance learning and expressed that an earlier CDE guide districts were using was inadvertently creating hours of extra work to track student engagement and participation. “I know that the intent from everyone, from the Legislature to the governor and others is to make sure that distance learning is better this time, but we can’t do it in a way where we create undue burden for our educators,” Thurmond told ACSA members during the Legislative Lunch Break program Oct. 7 (read the story). “I’m grateful that our office and ACSA and the California Teachers Association and others all came together and we’ve created a new attendance tracking template that we hope will mean less work, less pressure, less burnout for our educators.” Read “LEA Alternatives for tracking daily participation and weekly engagement for distance learning” on ACSA’s Resource Hub.
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