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Taking Center Stage – Act II

July 2008 TCSII Portal Change Log—Content

Log for all TCSII Portal Content changes that were implemented in July 2008.

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California English Language Development Test (CELDT)

STAR California Standards Test Blueprints

Released Test Questions [California Standards Test (CST)]

7th Grade Writing Test (Teacher Guide) (PDF; 539KB; 64 pp)

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What's New . . . July 2008

Check out "What's New" for a list of the latest updates made to the TCSII Web Portal.

The TCSII Web portal a “hit” with middle grades educators

Since its debut on February 29, 2008, users are flocking to TCSII to learn more about ensuring success and closing the achievement gap for all of California’s middle grades students. Initial quantitative and qualitative analysis shows that the TCSII Web portal has exceeded initial performance expectations. Check out "What's New" for more details . . .

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<Remove> Chapter PDFs. Soon you will be able to access a print version of each chapter from the chapter navigation bar.

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Be sure to watch for the following updates that are coming to the Taking Center Stage—Act II portal:

  • Online tutorial. Visit the soon-to-be-released Online Tutorial to get a glimpse of all the exciting features that were designed to help busy middle grades educators.
  • Professional learning modules (WMV; 5:09). The Middle and High School Improvement Office will post “Professional Learning” modules to help each middle grades faculty learn how to implement the concepts included in the Taking Center Stage—Act II recommendations.

The first four learning modules are included on the TCSII “Road Show” CD which each middle grades school team will receive upon completion of the Road Show training through their County Office of Education (see the Calendar for more details).

The professional learning modules include the following:

  • "School Design Game" modules used to build understanding of the TCSII recommendations at the 2008 California League of Middle Schools Conference.
  • TCSII Road Show modules:
    • Setting the Stage
    • Backstage Pass
    • Meet the Recommendations
    • Dress Rehearsal.

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  • Online Navigation Tour

This TCSII tutorial introduces educators to the many features of this rich portal using a Captivate movie presentation format. It offers users a playbar control to start, stop, advance forward, or move backward during the 20 minute movie. There will also be an "Alternate Accessible Version of Online Navigation Tour" available.

  • Professional Learning Toolkit
    • TCSII Road Show Professional Learning Modules

    The Middle and High School Improvement Office will post “Professional Learning” modules to help each middle grades faculty learn how to implement the concepts included in the Taking Center Stage—Act II recommendations.

    The TCSII Road Show learning modules were included on the TCSII “Road Show” CD which each middle grades school team will receive upon completion of the Road Show training through their County Office of Education (see the Calendar for more details). The professional learning modules include the following:

    Module #1: Setting the Stage

    Module #2: Backstage Pass

    Module #3: Meet the Recommendations

    Module #4: Dress Rehearsal.

    • "School Design Game" modules used to build understanding of the TCSII recommendations at the 2008 California League of Middle Schools Conference.

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