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2016    
May 26 Weekly Spotlight on Student Assessment and Accountability

End of Testing Window for Grades 4 and 7; MI-Access Testing Window Closes Friday, May 27, 2016; MDE Guidance of K–2 Student Assessments; Reminders MI-Access P/SI Online Answer Document Due by May 27, 2016; Accountability for Alternative Schools; Verification of Answer Documents for SAT, PSAT, and WorkKeys; Accountable Students and Test Verification for Grades 3-8 and HS; Social Studies Assessment for P/SI Level Students;  SAT Corner; Important Updates

May 19 Weekly Spotlight on Student Assessment and Accountability MI-Access P/SI Online Answer Document Due by May 27, 2016; Accountable Students & Test Verification for grades 3-8 and HS; How to prepare for Answer Documents Received and Not Tested for M-STEP and MI-Access; Social Studies Assessment for P/SI Level Students; SAT Corner; Important Dates
May 12 Weekly Spotlight on Student Assessment and Accountability End of Testing Window for Grades 3 and 6; M-STEP Online Administration Directions and Supplements; WIDA Verification of Answer Documents and Not Tested Opens Friday, May 13; Resources for New Principals and New Assessment Coordinators; Upcoming NAGB Tech Even; SAT Corner; Important Dates
May 5 Weekly Spotlight on Student Assessment and Accountability WIDA Verification of Answer Documents and Not Tested Windows Opening Soon; K-2 Early Literacy and Mathematics Field-Test; Details to include in an Incident Report; Expertise Needed for Assessment Committees; Downloading Online Test Content; FAME Project Accepting New Coach Applications; SAT Corner; Important Dates; Recently Asked Questions (RAQs)
April 28 Weekly Spotlight on Student Assessment and Accountability End of M-STEP Grades 5, 8 and 11 Testing Window Reminders; Listening Scripts for Accommodated Versions of MI-Access and M-STEP; Deadline Approaching: Accountable Students and Demographics for WIDA ACESS for ELLS 2.0; Preparing for Spring 2016 WIDA Scores and Reports; Spring 2016 WIDA Testing Experience Survey; M-STEP Parent Letter Available in Spanish and Arabic; Meeting the 95% Test Participation Requirement: A Recipe for Success; FAME Project Accepting New Coach Applications; SAT Corner; Important Dates
April 21 Weekly Spotlight on Student Assessment and Accountability Timing and Scheduling of the M-STEP Online Assessments; Ending Online M-STEP Test Sessions: Important Information; Incident Report Details; M-STEP STackied Spanish Tips; Keyboard Shortcuts for INSIGHT; P/SI Online Answer Document Instructions/Link for Score Entry; New Role for Users on the Secure Site; Spring 2016 M-STEP Preliminary Reporting; New Video Describes How Students Experiences M-STEP; WIDA ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 Accountable STudents and Demographics Review; 1% MI-Access Proficiency Cap Exception Applications now Available; Downloading Online Test Content; Meeting the 95% Test Participation Requirement: A Recipe for Success; FAME Project Accepting New Coach Applications; SAT Corner: Important Dates; Recently Asked Questions (RAQs)
April 14 Weekly Spotlight on Student Assessment and Accountability Spring 2016 Preliminary Reports Are Open!; Grade 5 Mathematics Performance Task-Important Information!; MI-Access FI ELA Accessing Print Paper/Pencil Answer Document-Important Information!; Setting up M-STEP Embedded Supports and Accommodations; Completing the Online Test: CAT and Fixed Form; Troubleshooting Tips for the Top Technical Issues; Bilingual Word-to-Word  Dictionary Usage Reminders; M-STEP and Personal Reading Materials; New Spring 2016 M-STEP Video Featuring Computer Adaptive Testing; M-STEP Tweets; Meeting the 95% Test Participation Requirement: A Recipe for Success; Participation At-Risk Notice; Spring 2016 MI-Access: Critical Administration Information; FAME Project Accepting New Coach Applications; SAT Corner; ACT WorkKeys; Important Dates; Recently Asked Questions (RAQs)
April 7 Weekly Spotlight on Student Assessment and Accountability Important Message from Deputy Superintendent Venessa Keesler; Spring 2016 Testing Window Opens; M-STEP Online Administration Directions Suppplements; Follow Along Feature for Text-to-Speech; New Secure Site Incident Reporting Function; Tiger Team to the Rescue; Computer Adaptive Testing (CAT); Social Studies Assessment for Participation and Supported Independence Level Students; New for 2016: Preliminary Student Roster Report; Best Practices: MSDS Reporting Guide for Trouble-Free Acountability Data; Parent Guide to State Assessments in Michigan; SPring 2016 MI-Access: Critical Administration Information; Downloading Online Test Content; FAME Project Accepting New Coach Applications; SAT Corner; ACT WorkKeys; Important Dates; Recently Asked Questions (RAQ)
March 31 Weekly Spotlight on Student Assessment and Accountability State Superintendent's Letter to Parents; Spring 2016 MI-Access: Critical Administration Information; New M-STEP and MI-Access Training Videos Posted; Michigan Online Assessment Student Tutorials; ELA and Mathematics Grade 2 Text-to-Speech (TTS) Sample Item Sets; M-STEP Mathematics New and Improved Equation Builder; New way to Access Interactive Reports, now Called Dynamic Score Reports; M-STEP and MI-Access Supports and Accommodations Webinar Recordings & Resources; EL Test Exemptions from State Assessments; Downloading Online Test Content; FAME Project Accepting New Coach Applications; SAT Corner; ACT WorkKeys; Important Dates; Recently Asked Questions (RAQ)
March 24 Weekly Spotlight on Student Assessment and Accountability A Message on the Recent House Sub-Committee Action; Multiple-year Assessment Calendar; WIDA Material Return and Security Checklist; Check WIDA TSMs for Unsent Responses; M-STEP Tech Checks; iOS Version 9.3 Update to iPad; M-STEP Sample Item Sets (Stacked Spanish and Braille); Student Growth Percentiles; A Basic Overview; 1% MI-Access Proficiency Cap Exception Applications; EL Test Exceptions from State Assessments; Spring 2016 MSDS Dates for Assessment and Accountability Reporting Purposes; Class/Group Codes and Research 1 and Research 2 Codes; Electronic Devices, Social Media, and Test Security; Important M-STEP Resources to Provide Parents; FAME Project Accepting New Coach Applications; SAT Corner; ACT WorkKeys; Important Dates; Recently Asked Questions (RAQ)
March 17 Weekly Spotlight on Student Assessment and Accountability WIDA End of Testing Reminders; SAT Webinar Clarification, Updating Existing Contacts in the EEM; Downloading Online Test Content; MI-Access Functional Independence Online Assessments, Important Log In Information; FAME Project Now Accepting New Coach Applications- Deadline May 6, 2016; Updated Assessment Integrity Guide; SAT Corner; ACT WorkKeys; Important Dates; Recently Answered Questions (RAQs)
March 10 Weekly Spotlight on Student Assessment and Accountability eDIRECT Access for Online M-STEP, MI-Access, and K-2 Early Literacy and Mathematics Assessments; Spring 2016 Refreshable Braille Pilot Update; Updated Dual Enrollment Table, SAT Corner; ACT WorkKeys; Important Dates; Recently Answered Questions (RAQs)
March 3 Weekly Spotlight on Student Assessment and Accountability M-STEP Test Administration Manual Available March 4, 2016; INSIGHT Peripherals and Volume Control; WIDA Testing and M-STEP Practice; M-STEP Student Resources; SAT Corner; ACT WorkKeys; Important Dates
February 25 Weekly Spotlight on Student Assessment and Accountability All Spring 2015 M-Step and MI-Access Reports Now Available; M-Step and MI-Access Pre-Identification and Initial Materials Orders; Additional Materials Orders; WIDA Materials Accountability Form; PSAT 8/9 and PSAT 10 Accommodations; DRC providing Additional Training for District and Building Coordinators; SAT Corner; Important Dates; Recently Asked Questions
February 18 Weekly Spotlight on Student Assessment and Accountability KEA/K-2 Early Literacy Assessment Update; New M-STEP Training Videos Posted; WIDA TSM Update; ACT WorkKeys Test Materials; SAT Corner; Important Dates
February 11 Weekly Spotlight on Student Assessment and Accountability WIDA Testing: Important Reminders; KEA/K-2 Early Literacy Assessment Update; 31a for Accountability and the MSDS Collections; WIDA Bias/Sensitivity and Content Reviews; SAT Corner; Important Dates; Recently Asked Questions
February 4 Weekly Spotlight on Student Assessment and Accountability WIDA ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 Testing Window Open; WIDA Known Technological Issues; MI-Access Student Level Reports and Aggregate Data File Available; Alternate Initial Material Order Delivery Request; M-STEP Mathematics Information: Keypad Input and Calculators; Supports and Accommodations Resources; DRC Providing Additional Training for District and Building Coordinators; Initial Material Orders for Spring 2016; SAT Corner; Important Dates
January 28 Weekly Spotlight on Student Assessment and Accountability Are You Scheduling M-STEP and MI-Access Test Sessions that Extend Beyond 4:00 PM?; M-STEP Sample Item Sets; WIDA ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 Tips; Spring 2016 Supports and Accommodations Resources Available; Spring 2016 Supports and Accommodations Webinar for NEW Coordinators PowerPoint; Supports and Accommodations Frequently Asked Questions; SAT Corner; Important Dates; Recently Asked Questions
January 21 Weekly Spotlight on Student Assessment and Accountability Access to SAT and PSAT Test Cycle on the Secure Site; MSDS Data Pull for Limited English Proficient (LEP) Students Grades K-12 for WIDA; Recorded 2016 Supports and Accommodations Refresher Webinar is Posted!; Revised Draft ELA Essential Elements Documents for MI-Access Now Available for ALL Grade Levels; M-STEP Parent Report Video; SAT Corner; Important Dates
January 14 Weekly Spotlight on Student Assessment and Accountability Spring 2016 Michigan Statewide Assessment Guide; M-STEP and MI-Access Test Administration Training Videos; Supports and Accommodations Refresher Webinar PowerPoint Posted; Revised Draft ELA Essential Elements Documents Now Available for all Grade Levels; MI-Access Online Tools Training has Been Updated!; Michigan Offering K, 1, 2 Benchmark Assessments in ELA and Math; 2016 Michigan School Testing Conference; ACT WorkKeys Q&A Sessions; SAT Corner; Important Dates
January 7 Weekly Spotlight on Student Assessment and Accountability Classroom Activities Eliminated; Pre-ID for SAT, PSAT, WorkKeys, and M-STEP (grades 3-8 and HS), Initial Material Orders for Spring 2016; WIDA ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 and Alternative ACCESS for ELLs Materials Shipment and Additional Material Orders Window; Changes in AMS for WIDA ACCESS for ELLs 2.0; WIDA Sample Items, Student Tutorials, and Online Test Practice Available; January 25, 2016 Supports and Accommodations for NEW Test Coordinators Webinar; January 28, 2016 Supports and Accommodations REFRESHER Webinar; Device Toolkit Update; Would you be interested in serving on an assessment committee?; SAT Corner; Important Dates
2015    
December 17 Weekly Spotlight on Student Assessment and Accountability Spring 2015 M-STEP District and Building Level Aggregate Data Publicly Released; State-Level Spring M-STEP 2015 Preliminary Analysis, M-STEP Update on Classroom Activities; January 6, 2016 Supports and Accommodation refresher Webinar Web Access Instructions; Avoiding English Learner Assessment and Accountability Pitfalls FAQ; More Chrome Devices Supported for Online Testing; Updating PSAT9, PSAT10 and SAT Access on the Secure Site; Comparability Between Online and Paper/Pencil Modes, SAT Corner; Important Dates
December 10 Weekly Spotlight on Student Assessment and Accountability M-STEP Parent Reports Are Coming Your Way!; A Note About Claim Scores in the 2015 M-STEP Data Files and Reports; High School Assessment Recently Asked Questions Document; WIDA ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 Reminders and Helpful Tips; MI-Access Essential Elements Documents Update; SAT Corner; Important Dates

December 3

Weekly Spotlight on Student Assessment and Accountability Spring 2015 MI-Access Student Data File; Test Results Embargo Reminder; Spring 2015 M-STEP District and Building Level Aggregate Data Coming Soon!; Technology Summit; Kindergarten Entry Assessment Webinar – Using Your KEA Data; K-2 Early Literacy and Numeracy Spring 2016 Field Test; MI-Access – Revised versions of the Draft Essential Elements Documents Now Available!; WIDA ACCESS placement Test (W-APT) Cycle I closes December 4; WIDA ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 Writing Policy; WIDA Test Exceptions Window; Correcting Accidental Designations of Limited English Proficient (“False LEP”) Students; SAT Corner; Important Dates
November 19 Weekly Spotlight on Student Assessment and Accountability Spring 2015 M-STEP Individual Student Reports Now Available; Clarification on the Michigan Sponsored SAT with ESSAY; Supports and Accommodations Refresher Webinars; WIDA Test Administrator and Coordinator Certification; Recently Asked Questions; SAT Corner; Important Dates
November 12 Weekly Spotlight on Student Assessment and Accountability Online Testing Waiver Window Closes on November 20, 2015; Spring 2016 Pre-ID and Material Orders; WIDA Guidance on Pre-ID, Initial Material Order, and Tier Selection; Important Technology Coordinator Information - WIDA; Mathematics Crosswalks: Claims, Targets, and Standards; Kindergarten Entry Assessment Tool Available Through the Remainder of the 2015-16 School Year; MME Webcast Presentations are posted; SAT Corner; Important Dates
November 5 Weekly Spotlight on Student Assessment and Accountability Spring 2016 M-STEP Off-Site Authorization Request; ELA and mathematics claim scores in the 2015 M-STEP data files and reports; What does the "U', "T" and "V" mean on the Secure Site?; Recorded MME Webcast and PowerPoint Presentation; ACT WorkKeys-Establishment Reminder; WIDA ACCESS 2.0 Reminder for English Learner (EL) Assessment Coordinators; SAT Corner; Important Dates
October 29 Weekly Spotlight on Student Assessment and Accountability M-Step State Results Reset the Academic Bar of Higher Expectations for Michigan Students; Spring 2015 Performance Levels and Scale Score Ranges; District and School Access to Secure Site Needs to be Reviewed; KEA Fall Checkpoint Deadline October 31, 2015; Spring 2016 MME Test Administration Webcast; MME Eligibility; SAT/PSAT Clarification of Accommodations Requests; Making Accessibility Decisions; WIDA Webinars and Sample Item Information; Access to Assessment Management System for WIDA ACCESS for ELLs Testing; SAT Corner; Important Dates
October 22 Weekly Spotlight on Student Assessment and Accountability Establishment for ACT WorkKeys Deadline October 23, 2015; KEA Implementation Window Closes October 31, 2015; KEA Bi-Weekly Webinar Reminder; Online Testing Waiver Window Opens October 26, 2015; 2014-15 M-STEP Test Results Communications Toolkit
October 15 Weekly Spotlight on Student Assessment and Accountability 2016 Testing Schedules for Online and Paper/Pencil; Online Testing Waiver Window; Assessment and Accountability Customer Service; WIDA Annual Measurable Achievement Objectives (AMAOs) Preview Window; How to indicate SAT Accommodations on the IEP; Establishment for ACT WorkKeys Due October 23, 2015; SAT Corner; Important Dates
October 8 Weekly Spotlight on Student Assessment and Accountability Spring 2015 M-STEP Student Data File Format Now Available; Information Regarding the Spring 2016 Testing Window for High Schools; Accountability Update; INSIGHT/TSM; Assistive Technologies Survey; PSAT for Students Working Toward Alternate Content Expectations; WIDA ACCESS 2.0 Supplemental Training; SAT/PSAT Corner; Important Dates
October 1 Weekly Spotlight on Student Assessment and Accountability Early Literacy and Kindergarten Entry Assessment Update; MME Test Administration Webcast Rescheduled; SAT Corner; Important Dates
September 24 Weekly Spotlight on Student Assessment and Accountability Online Testing Waivers; 2016 MME Test Administration Live Webcast; ELA Crosswalks: Claims, Targets, and Standards; Window for Providing Input on Essential Elements Closes September 30; SAT Corner; Important Dates
September 17 Weekly Spotlight on Student Assessment and Accountability Reminder for Spring 2016 MME Testing; 2015-16 Annual Education Report (AER) Requirements; M-Step Technology Survey; Input Sought on New Alternate Content Standards; SAT Corner; Important Dates
September 10 Weekly Spotlight on Student Assessment and Accountability MDE Seeks Input from Districts on Local Assessments to Guide New Assessment Inventory Group; M-STEP Administrator Survey Results; Kindergarten Entry Assessment (KEA) Updates; WIDA Training Update Alert; MSDS LEP Exit Reminder; Input Sought on New Alternate Content Standards; SAT Corner; Important Dates
September 3 Weekly Spotlight on Student Assessment and Accountability Preparing for Spring 2016 Assessments; 2015 DAS Conference Presentations and Handouts; KEA Inter-Rater Reliability Module Deadline Extended; KEA Pre-Identification Process; WIDA ACCESS 2.0 Online Waiver and Technology Requirements; MSDS LEP Exit Reminder; SAT Corner; Important Dates
September 2 Preparing for Spring 2016 Assessments Memorandum with information for districts to update the Educational Entity Master (EEM) to prepare for Spring 2016 assessments
August 27 Weekly Spotlight on Student Assessment and Accountability Student and Parent Survey Information; Kindergarten Entry Assessment (KEA) Tasks and Tools; Update for WIDA Website Users; SAT Corner; Important Dates
August 20 Weekly Spotlight on Student Assessment and Accountability News on 2016 M-STEP and MME!; Would you be interested in serving on an assessment committee?; Kindergarten Entry Assessment Pre-ID; DAS Conferences on Student Assessment and Accountability - Registration Open for 2 Locations; SAT Corner; Important Dates
August 13 Weekly Spotlight on Student Assessment and Accountability Student Assessment and Accountability Conferences Begin Next Week; CEPI 2015 Graduation Rate Appeals Window Closes September 26; SAT Corner; Important Dates
August 6 Weekly Spotlight on Student Assessment and Accountability

Don’t Miss Out on the 2015 Conferences on Student Assessment and Accountability!; Fall 2015 KEA Pre-ID Preparation; Sending Scores Back Program for Shared Educational Entities (SEEs and S2E2s); Annual Education Report (AER) Update; SAT Corner; Important Dates

July 16 Weekly Spotlight on Student Assessment and Accountability

2015 DAS Conferences on Student Assessment and Accountability - NEW SESSIONS ADDED!; Verification of Answer Documents and Not Tested Due by 5:00 PM, July 20, 2015; Kindergarten Entry Assessment (KEA) Registration Reminders; ACT and WorkKeys Student Data Files are Now Available; WIDA Student Data File is Now Available; Date Change for Spring 2016 MME Testing Webcast in October; SAT Corner; Important Dates

June 29 M-STEP and MI-Access Verification of Answer Documents and Not Tested Available Communication regarding the availability and instructions for verifying M-STEP and MI-Access Verification of Answer Documents and Not Tested
June 25 Weekly Spotlight on Student Assessment and Accountability

MI-Access and M-STEP Online Preliminary Reporting; College Entrance and Work Skills Data Files; Save the Date-Spring 2016 MME Testing Webinar; Understanding the College Board Accommodations Process Webinar; Full SAT Practice Tests Now Available

June 18 Weekly Spotlight on Student Assessment and Accountability

Clarification on State-Administered 9th and 10th Grade Spring 2016 PSAT; WIDA ACCESS and Alternate ACCESS for ELLs Score Release Preparation; Administrator Survey for MI-Access Now Available; Testing Schedules for Next Year!; KEA Summer Processional Learning; Spotlight on Vacation in July; DAS Fall Conference Registration now Open!; SAT Corner; Important Dates

June 11 Weekly Spotlight on Student Assessment and Accountability

Spotlight in July; Testing Schedules for New Year!; Participation At-Risk Notice; Calling all Dance, Theater, Music, Visual Arts, PE, and ELA Teachers!; KEA Summer Professional Learning; DAS Fall Conference Registration Now Open!; SAT Corner; Important Dates; Recently Asked Questions 

June 10 M-STEP and MI-Access Verification of Answer Documents for Review Now Available Communication regarding the limited availability of M-STEP and MI-Access Verification of Answer Documents for review and a reminder regarding the Verification of Enrollment for Accountability Purposes
June 2 Verification of Enrollment for Accountability Purposes is Now Available Communication regarding the ability to review Verification of Enrollment for Accountability Purposes along with instructions for spring 2015 assessments.