Educational Policy Information


Interim Assessment Data Banks Access

Curriculum Law - programs can't be suspended to administer assessments

Common Core 

Q & A from the Florida DOE

New! ELL Strageties for Common Core

Comprehensive Research-based Reading Plan

Click on view District Plans, and then choose Dade

Differentiated Accountability 


    -  Transforming Early Childhood Community Systems & Community (TECCS)
Level Measures of Children's Development/School Readiness

     -   TECCS Fact Sheet

     -   Early Development Instrument Questionnaire


   -  EESAC 2013-2014 Power Point
-     EESAC Training 2012-2013 Power Point 
   -   EESAC Resource Guide
   -   Weekly Briefing #12296 EESAC Verification of Rosters and Reviews of SIP 
   -   Weekly Briefing #12295 2012-2013 SIP Reviews and Posting

ESE Requirement:  Senate Bill 1108 Update

March 7, 2014 - FLDOE Update

The State DOE has not provided clarification or a list of acceptable courses that would meet the new ESE requirement. UTD will notify professionals once the State had defined the courses. UTD is working closely with the Florida Education Association (FEA) to identify the courses that can be approved by the State.  

In the meantime, professionals who have certificates expiring in 2014 and 2015, and have the necessary in-service points, may renew now and not be required to take the coursework regarding the new requirement until their next renewal. Renewal must occur prior to the June 30, 2014 deadline. Any professional who renews after July 1, 2014 will be required to have the necessary coursework.

UTD will offer courses to meet this requirement once we have direction from the State.

ETO (Educational Transformation Office)

-  ETO Website

- Current Terms and Conditions for All Teachers and Education Support Staff at Schools Designated by M-DCPS as ETO Non-SIG Schools

- ETO Schools

- New ETO Schools Never Identified as DTDA or ETO

- 2012-2013 ETO Schools (Schools without * are new to ETO for the 2012-2013 school year and are not SIG schools)

School Improvement Grant (SIG)

-   SIG Schools

Memorandum of Understanding - Contract Modification/Implementation - The objective of the plan is to improve student achievement outcomes and increase high school graduation rates by focusing on extended learning opportunities, providing intensive student interventions based on assessment data, and offering job-embedded professional development and financial incentives to teachers.  Click here

FAIR Assessments

  - MDCPS District Testing
  - Over Assessing

    FAIR now replaces DIBELS, ORF and DAR.  There are 3 administration periods that are each approximately 40 days in length. (See Testing Calendar) The test must be administered using a “team” approach at each school and will not be the sole responsibility of the classroom teacher. Click here

    Click here to see a letter sent on behalf of Milagros (Millie) Fornell, Associate Superintendent, Curriculum and Instruction regarding FAIR implementation.

    FAIR testing update.  Teachers are not required to grade the spelling test portion of the Broad Diagnostic Inventory for the second grade test as per Contract Article X, Section 1. F. According to the District Language Arts Dept., students may grade each other's papers or the school may use a SWAT team approach.


 - The Individual Professional Development Plan (IPDP) has been revised to be more user friendly. The IPDP is not a part of the IPEGS evaluation nor is it tied to Standard 5 – Assessment. However, the IPDP is part of the UTD/MDCPS Contract under the IPEGS Handbook and must be completed. The IPDP is a growth tool for the professional which indicates the professional development plan for the current school year. The professional can use multiple sources for the basis of the IPDP. Any revisions to the IPDP must be mutually agreed upon by the professional and the principal. It is due to the principal on Friday, September 27, 2013. Click on the link below to see a breakdown of the IPDP procedures and the link for the form. All information on the IPDP can be found in the IPEGS Handbook, pages 68-70.

Click here for the Individual Professional Development Plan (IPDP) Clarification

Click here for the MDCPS Professional Development and Evaluation Website 


UTD Summative Evaluation Preparation Forms – This is a member only voluntary form to be used to assist you in documenting your practice in preparation for a discussion of ratings during the Summative Evaluation Meeting. (Please refer to pages 25 – 29 in the IPEGS handbook for additional information regarding the summative evaluation process.)

- Teacher Edition
- Student Services Edition
- Instructional Support Edition


-  IPEGS Post-Observation Self-Evaluation Form (to be completed at earliest time following a formal IPEGS observation)

 - Value Added Model

-  Explanations and FAQ's 
Talking Points
Sample Letter to District
Email to Superintendent

-    State Student Growth Committee and Value Aded Model Website

   -  IPEGS Timeline Information

   -  IPEGS Procedural Handbook  (Summative Evaulation Procedures are on Pages 25 - 29 and 75 - 76)

   -  IPEGS Website

Partnership for Assessment Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC)

PARC is a 24-state consortium working together to create next generation assessments in English language arts/literacy and mathematics. Administration of PARCC operational assessments will begin in 2014-2015. Click here for details

National Board Certified Teachers (NBCT)

New! - WANTED:  Teachers to participate in field tests of new certification process. 

     -  NCLB Waivers
     -  Teacher Evaluation Article
     -  Guide to Candidacy and Loan Information    
     -  National Board Certified Teachers Website


UTD will be offering its AFT Professional Development (AFT PD) courses at locations throughout the district. Engaging teachers and educational support professionals (ESPs) in “high quality” professional development to help improve student achievement is a major goal of UTD. Based on research with demonstrated applicability for classroom teachers, these AFT developed courses can be used for in-service credit for teacher certificate renewal. Click here for the AFT PD courses currently being offered. 

New!   Edmodo Training - An Exciting Online Networking Opportunity   

  An opportunity to become “highly qualified” through UTD’s ER&D Meeting the Standards for Paraprofessionals course is still available. Please call Gruselda Dowe at 786-594-0251 for more details.

Professional Development Clarification

Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) FAQ 

Requirements vs. Recommendations

     - Requirements vs Recommendations Joint FAQ

 Response to Intervention

Response to Intervention in a nutshell

Subject Area Certification Exam Preparation Information


Teacher Incentive Fund (TIF For iHEAT)

Social Studies EOC Information

- 2013 U.S. History End-of-Course Assessment Fact Sheet 

Testing Calendar

2013 - 2014 MDCPS Testing Calendar


 Waiver Information and Guidelines