The Continual Instructional Improvement Technology System (CIITS) has undergone some changes aimed at improving resources for teachers.
First off, the left column on the CIITS homepage has been changed to make finding support resources easier. Training links now appear at the top of the page. All CIITS communications will be archived and can be accessed through the communications link. And, all CIITS-related webinars can now be found in one place by clicking on District Procedures/Webcast archive link on the CIITS homepage.
As teachers gear-up for full CIITS implementation in your districts in the 2012-13 school year, the Kentucky Department of Education has pulled together a few tools that they may find helpful. The Back-to-School CIITS Toolkit includes an overview PowerPoint for teachers, a video on CIITS implementation in Knott County, a teacher quick-start guide and some fun posters you many want to print and put up in your buildings to help create a “buzz” about CIITS. The back-to-school toolkit is available by clicking here. Teachers also are welcome to use any of the training resources available on the Teacher Training Page in CIITS to help get your teachers up to speed. If you have any questions, e-mail email@example.com.
For those districts that have signed a release allowing NWEA to load their MAP data into CIITS, the data will be refreshed on a quarterly basis: September, December, March and June. The updated data is being made available to Schoolnet mid-month and should be accessible in CIITS by the end of the month. Remember, in CIITS, data follows the student, so even if your district does not give the MAP test, you may see data for students who took the test in another district.
As educators return for the new school year, some are in new positions that may require a change in their CIITS permissioning. It is up to the district to determine who should have what access in CIITS. Teachers should work with their KSIS (Infinite Campus) point of contact and their district administration if they don’t believe they are set up correctly in the system or do not have access to CIITS and they need it. An overview of the various roles and permissions and how to set them up in Infinite Campus may be found here. Teachers are discouraged from sharing log-in and password information with their peers so they don’t violate the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).