Tuesday, August 14, 2007

SpEd Forms Upgrade

I upgraded the SpEd Forms server today. The biggest change seems to be a 'tabbed' menu at the top of the forms page. It should be pretty self explanatory.
In addition, the Department of Education posted new recommended Due Process forms at: http://children.state.mn.us/mde
The updated forms will be posted incrementally on SpEd Forms servers over the next few weeks.

Wednesday, August 08, 2007

New MN State Disability Website

I got this info this morning from Joan Breslin-Larson. The website looks clean and easy to use. Check it out!
(ST. PAUL) – Beginning today, Minnesotans have a single source on the Internet – www.mndisability.gov – for quick and easy access to state government-agency programs, products and services dedicated to disability issues.
“This is the ‘blue pages’ for state government disability resources,” said Dan McElroy, Commissioner of the Department of Employment and Economic Development and the project’s sponsor. “Our goal is to empower people with disabilities, their family members and friends, and anyone looking for an easy-to-access, easy-to-understand starting point on the Internet for state government resources.”
Site users can locate resources in any of four ways: by topic – such as education, employment, housing or transportation; by state agency; through an A-Z index; or by a search. The site currently has more than 220 links, each with a brief description of a program, product or service offered by various state agencies. The site will be updated on a regular basis and is compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act as well as generally accepted accessibility standards.
Mndisability.gov is a collaborative effort of numerous state agencies, including the Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities, Commission Serving Deaf and Hard of Hearing People, Minnesota State Council on Disability, Ombudsman Office for Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities, State Services for the Blind, Deaf and Hard of Hearing Division, STAR and Rehabilitation Services. The Minnesota Office of Enterprise Technology designed and built the site.
The site was developed under the auspices of the state’s Drive to Excellence government reform initiative, which seeks to increase quality and customer service and reduce costs in the Executive Branch of state government.

Friday, August 03, 2007

Grade Level Rollover Complete

I've completed the grade level rollovers for SpEd Forms and AIMSweb. Student grade levels should now reflect where they will be in the Fall.
In the case of AIMSweb, they should also be moved to their correct school.

Wednesday, August 01, 2007

Grade Level Bumps

I'll be bumping up all student grade levels in SpEd Forms and AIMSweb on Friday, August 3 in the morning. After I'm done, the grade levels will reflect where the students should be this fall.
I hope everyone is having a great summer. I've been very busy! Right now we are rewiring our network to accommodate our expansion into our lower level and the installation of a new phone system. The coop is a disaster with everything moved around and wires hanging out of the ceiling. I may post pictures if I can find a few extra minutes.