Perrysburg Exempted Village School District
I contacted Brent Swartzmiller and received an email back.1. Not able to send questions, must come in and sit down. I will be on Tuesday.2. Children not able to opt out.3. Identified as Panorama only in response email, not in message to parents. As you know much controversy surrounds this organization with Mark Zuckerburg, DOJ son-in-law being an owner, with ties to CASEL, and Harvard School CRT birth place in America from the Frankfort School of Cultural Socialism.
This is the contents of the email. Please let me know if you need original email chain.
“Thank you for your email. We are using Panorama as our universal wellness screener. A universal screener is a brief assessment that is typically administered two-three times per year. The idea that all students complete the screener, because it helps us identify how students are feeling about their school environment and where they fit into that school environment. Universal screening is considered a first step in helping identify students in need of additional support.
This screener will provide valuable information to our teams on growth mindset, self-management, social awareness, self-efficacy, learning strategies, classroom effort and social perspective-taking. Similar to how we use our current behavioral data to guide how we interact with students and adapt to student needs, we will look closer at this data in our team settings. Concerns about the social emotional needs of students have been expressed from educators at all levels of the district, and this tool will guide our teams in those discussions going forward. A vast majority of our response will center on adult actions versus student obligation to participate in a specified intervention. Answers will give us information about the environment we create, student ownership and agency within our schools and a look at student-perception of their social-emotional skills. We will know the "feel" of the environment we are creating and be able to change or reinforce adult behavior to provide the best environment for our students.
In reality, with universal screening some information may not be truly reflective of the student. In other words, we will likely have kids that end up jumping out as a concern, but in actuality other factors may have influenced that first impression. Similarly, we may also have students who appear to do well on these measures, but are truly struggling in some areas. This is why the screening data is only a starting point and should never be the end of the conversation. As professionals, it is important that we can use the data we get from universal screeners to help us best allocate our time and resources to gather more information on students. However, it is also our professional obligation to look beyond the screening data.
It is not uncommon that we utilize a platform like Panorama. We do the same in other areas for screening such as Amplify and Renaissance (for the areas of Reading and Math). All of these platforms provide reports for us and will house that data for us. This allows us to look at the district, building and individual level, and the ability to compare our local responses against national averages. However, the universal screener is just the start of any conversation.
Panorama, like the majority of evidence-based screening procedures, falls under the umbrella of typical assessments for regular school activities, therefore written consent would not be required and opting out is not required as an option. This would include administering screening measures to all students in a classroom, grade, or school and this information is used to inform intervention supports delivered in the general education setting.We would love to provide the opportunity to review the questions to be asked of students. We will not send copies of the questions out to prevent compromising the intent of the screening. However, you are welcome to come to our office to preview the screening questions. Please send desired days/times that work best with your schedule.”