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2018  
December 13 Public Input on Waiver Request Closing Soon; 1% Participation Rates on the Alternate Assessment - Disproportionality Information Now Available; Pre-Identification for SAT, PSAT, WorkKeys, M-STEP, and MI-Access (Grades 3-8 and HS); Online Sessions; Initial Material Orders for Spring 2019; Pre-Identificatoin for Spring Early Literacy and Mathematics Benchmark (K-2); Important Reminders; College Board Corner; ACT WorkKeys; Important Dates; Contacts
December 6 WIDA Pre-Identification of Students and Initial Material Order; WIDA Test Exceptions & False English Learner (EL) Guidance; Important Reminders; College Board Corner; ACT WorkKeys; Important Dates; Contacts
November 29 Passage-Based Writing Field Test: Test Administration Guide; School Accountability Index System Reports and Accountability Student Datafiles Coming January; MDE Seeks Public Input on Waiver Request; 1% Participate Rates on the Alternative Assessment is Now Available; W-APT & WIDA Screener Cycle II; WIDA Testing Window; WIDA ACCESS for ELLs Preparation; Preparing Students for WIDA; Important Reminders; College Board Corner; ACT WorkKeys; Important Dates; Contacts
November 15 3-Year OEAA Calendar for Michigan's Statewide Summative Assessments 2019-2021; 2019 MME/PSAT and Grade 8 Assessment Training Presentations and Q&A Webinars; OEAA 2019 Reporting Survey Available; Deadline Approaching for Submitting Parent Dashboard "Points of Price"; School Accountability Index System Reports and Accountability Student Datafiles; WIDA Screener Online and macOS 10.14; WIDA Test Exceptions and False English Learner (EL) Guidance; Important Reminders; College Board Corner; ACT WorkKeys, Important Dates; Contacts
November 8 Pre-identification for Winter 2019 Early Literacy and Mathematics Benchmark Assessment (K-2); Pre-identification for Winter 2019 M-STEP Online Passage-Based Field Test Grades 3-8; Important Reminders; College Board Corner; ACT WorkKeys; Important Dates; Contacts
November 1 Off-Site Test Administration Requests; Early Literacy and Mathematics Benchmark Assessment Aggregate Reports; PSAT Grade 8 memorandum; Fall 2018 WIDA Workshop Registration - Seats Still Available!; Important Reminders; College Board Corner; ACT WorkKeys; Important Dates; Contacts
October 25 Now Available: List of Important Dates for Grades 8-11; PSAT Scheduling Reminders; Online Testing Waiver Window; Online Passage-Based Field Test; Sending Scores Back Program for Shared Educational Entities (SEEs and S2E2s); How did the Michigan Kindergarten Entry Observation (and KRA) come about?; College Board Corner; ACT WorkKeys; Preparing for the Spring 2019 Administration; Important Dates; Contacts
October 18 Assessment Coordinator Training Guide; 2018 MME/PSAT and Grade 8 Assessment Prerecorded Presentations and Q&A Webinars; College Board Corner; ACT WorkKeys; Important Dates; Contacts
October 11 Updated: Spring 2018 Interpretive Guide to M-STEP Reports; M-STEP, Grade 9 Testing, and MI-Access Important Dates Documents Available; M-STEP Science Field Test District Summary Report AVAILABLE; Updated DRC System Requirements; College Board Corner; ACT WorkKeys; Important Dates; Contacts
October 4 End of Fall 2018 Early Literacy and Mathematics Benchmark Assessments; 2018 WIDA Conference; Spring 2018 MI-Access Reports Update; MDE Submits Federal Waiver Request for English Learner Assessment; Updated Accountability Best Practices Guide Now Available; College Board Corner; ACT WorkKeys; Important Dates; Contacts
September 27 Fall 2018 Early Literacy and Mathematics Benchmark Assessments; ACTION REQUIRED for Schools with students in Grades 8 through 11; Bulk Print Option on Individual Level Student Reports for M-STEP and MI-Access; Deadline Approaching for Submitting Parent Dashboard "Points of Pride"; Formative Assessment Process and Professional Learning; New Assessment Selection Online Training and Interactive Tool; October MDE/WIDA Workshops Update; College Board Corner; ACT WorkKeys; Important Dates; Contacts
September 20 Spring 2018 Reporting Updates; WIDA Screener Online Scoring Permissions; Educators Need Time to Score the WIDA Screener Online; Sending Scores Back Program for Shared Educational Entities (SEEs and S2E2s); College Board Corner; ACT WorkKeys; Important Dates; Contacts
September 13 Early Literacy and Mathematics Benchmark Assessment Student Level Reports Available; Spring 2018 MI-Access Reports Available; Updating the EEM Clarification; LOCATION CHANGE for October 11 and 12 WIDA Leading Schools for Multilingual Learner Achievement Workshop #2; College Board Corner; Important Dates; Contacts
September 6 2018-2019 Guide to State Assessments; Early Literacy and Mathematics Benchmark TAM and Online Directions Available NOW; Download Audio Content for Early Literacy and Mathematics Benchmark Assessments; English Learner (EL) Exit Deadline Approaching; Updating Entity and Contacts in Educational Entity Master (EEM); Managing Users on the OEAA Secure Site; College Board Corner; Important Dates; Contacts
August 30 2018 M-STEP and MME Statewide Results Released; Spring 2018 EMBARGO LIFTED and Aggregate Reports Available; English Learner (EL) Exit Deadline Approaching; How to Get Started with WIDA; WIDA Screener & W-APT Policy Manual; New Fall 2018 WIDA Workshops; College Board Corner; Important Dates; Contacts
August 23 MDE’s Early Literacy and Mathematics Benchmark Assessments; M-STEP Reports Webcast Presentation; M-STEP and MME Printed Parent Reports and Student Record Labels; Michigan Assessment System Overview: Webinar; College Board Corner; ACT WorkKeys; Important Dates; Contacts
August 16 Spring 2018 M-STEP/MI-Access Reports Available; Michigan's Early Literacy and Mathematics Benchmark Assessment; K-2 Supports and Accommodations Table and Resources Available; How to Get Started with WIDA; WIDA Screener & W-APT Policy Manual; Special Education Teachers Needed!;  Fall 2018 WIDA Workshop Registration is Open; College Board Corner; ACT WorkKeys; Important Dates
August 9 Early Literacy and Mathematics Aggregate Reports; Fall Pre-ID and Test Session Setup for Early Literacy and Mathematics (K-2); Embargoed Spring 2018 Student Data Files; DRC Training Webinars for District and Building Coordinators and Technology Coordinators; 2019 Summative Assessment Calendar; M-STEP Science Field Test Results; MDE Seeks Feedback on Draft Federal Waiver Requests for Science and English Learner Assessment; 2017-18 English Learner (EL) Exit Reporting Reminders; WIDA Testing Window Survey Results; WIDA Website Changing; Fall 2018 WIDA Workshop Registration; Special Education Teachers Needed!; Updated 2018 State Assessment Communication Toolkit; State-funded Benchmark Assessments; Accountability for Section 31a At-Risk-Report Now Available; College Board Corner; ACT WorkKeys; Important Dates
June 28 Test Results Embargo Reminder; Spring 2018 Early Literacy and Mathematics Benchmark Student Data Files; Updated DRC System Requirements; Fall 2018 WIDA Workshop Registration is Open; SAT Corner; ACT WorkKeys, Important Dates
June 21 June 25 Deadline - Submitting Not Tested Reasons; Early Literacy and Mathematics Benchmark Assessment Student Level Reports; 2018-19 INSIGHT Available Next Week; Accountability Best Practices: Data Reporting Guide for Trouble-Free Accountability; 2017-18 English Learner (EL) Exit Reporting Reminders; SAT Corner; ACT WorkKeys; Important Dates
June 14 Update on Benchmark Assessments; June 18 Deadline - Accountable Students Enrolled and Demographics; June 18 Deadline - Submitting Answer Document Issues; June 25 Deadline - Submitting Not Tested Reasons; Spring 2018 WIDA Access for ELLs Scores; 2017-18 English Learner (EL) Exit Reporting Reminders; Accountability Best Practices: Data Reporting Guide for Trouble-Free Accountability; Accountability System Metric Change - K-8 Access to Librarians/Media Specialists; Parent Dashboard for School Transparency Accepting "Points of Pride" Submissions through EEM; SAT Corner; Important Dates
June 7 Spring 2018 Administration Surveys; WIDA ACCESS for ELLs Testing Window Change Survey; Answer Documents Received and Not Tested Students; M-STEP Testing Times; SAT Corner; Important Dates; Contacts
May 31 Spring 2018 M-STEP and MI-Access FI Science Tests; 2018-2019 Assessment Schedules; SAT Corner; Important Dates; Contacts
May 24 End of Spring Online Testing Windows; MI-Access Testing Window Closing; SAT, WorkKeys, PSAT 8/9, and PSAT 10 Answer Documents Received; Spring 2018 M-STEP Administration Survey Available; Update Grades 3-8 Benchmark Assessment FAQ; SAT Corner; ACT WorkKeys; Important Dates
May 17 M-STEP Grades 3, 4, 6, and 7 Paper/Pencil Testing Ends Friday, May 18, 2018; Answer Documents Received and Not Tested Students for WIDA ACCESS for ELLs Closes May 22, 2018; Accountable Students Enrollment and Demographics for WIDA ACCESS for ELLs Closes May 22, 2018; Online Testing Ends Friday, May 25, 2018 for M-STEP and Early Literacy and Mathematics; MI-Access Testing Window Close Friday, May 25, 2018; Electronic Device Use During Testing; Social Media Monitoring for Security; SAT Corner; ACT WorkKeys; Important Dates
May 10 Alternate Science Standards Educator Panels Application Window Closing Soon; Answer Documents Received and Not Tested Students; What should I do if a student is not tested?;  Common Questions from M-STEP Test Administrators; Subscribe to Receive Updates on the Parent Dashboard; Update on Social Studies Standards Public Comments; SAT Corner; ACT WorkKeys; Important Dates
May 3 Online Testing Window Closes for Grades 5, 8, and 11 on Friday, May 4, 2018; M-STEP Return of Materials Deadline for Grades 5, 8, and 11: What do I do if I missed the deadline?; Developing Alternate Science Standards: Application Window Closing; Spring 2018 WIDA Verification of Answer Documents Received and Not Tested Students Opening Soon; SAT Corner; ACT WorkKeys; Important Dates
April 26 Additional Material Orders for M-STEP Grades 3, 4, 6, and 7; State Benchmark Assessments; M-STEP Return of Materials Deadline for 5, 8, and 11; Next Week: Last Week for Online Testing for Grades 5, 8, and 11; Testing Tools - Passage-Based Writing Prompt Tools; Chromebook Keyboard Settings Reminder; M-STEP or MI-Access; Accountable Students Enrollment and Demographics for Spring 2018; iPad iOS 11.3 - Issue Resolved; Test Administration Training Chapter 3 Part 1: After Testing; Call for Educators: Developing Alternate Content Standards in Science; MDE Seeks Feedback on Draft Federal Waiver Request for Innovative Assessment; Parent Dashboard Now Accepting Points of Pride Submissions; FAME Project Accepting New Coach Applications; SAT Corner; ACT WorkKeys; Important Dates
April 19 IPAD iOS 11.3; Are you Interested in Serving on Science Assessment Committees?; MI-Access P/SI Online Answer Document Link Error; 2017-18 Annual Education Report Requirements; ASL Clarification for M-STEP ELA; Electronic Device User During Testing; W-APT and WIDA Screener Score Entry Reminders; FAME Project Accepting New Coach Applications through May 4, 2018; SAT Corner; ACT WorkKeys; Important Dates; Recently Asked Questions
April 12 Passage-Based Writing Prompt Embedded in English Language Arts Test; Spring 2018 Testing Window Open; Social Media Monitoring for Security; DRC Tips for Keyboard Settings; Info About Michigan's Grade 3-8 Benchmark Assessment choices for 2018-19; Grade 3-8 Benchmark Assessment FAQ; Spring 2018 Preliminary Reports; Early Literacy and Mathematics Benchmark Assessment Student Level Reports Available; Survey of Students with Disabilities Who Are Also English Learners; WIDA Material Return Status; Updated M-STEP Computer Adaptive Test Training Videos; Sample Item Sets Answer Keys Now Available; FAME Project Accepting New Coach Applications; SAT Corner; ACT WorkKeys; Important Dates; Recently Asked Questions
April 5 Update on the 2017-18 Annual Education Report; School Accountability Results Now Available on MISchoolData.org; Test Content Available for Download; Science Slowdown on Older iPads; Secure Materials; Important! Logging in scores for MI-Access Supported Independence and Participation; M-STEP Test Administration Manual (TAM) Addendum Posted; English Learner Exit Survey – Respond by April 20, 2018; Online Testing Tips; FAME Project Accepting New Coach Applications; SAT Corner; ACT WorkKeys; Important Dates
March 29 WIDA Material Return Status; Call for Educators: Developing Alternate Content Standards in Science; M-STEP Scratch Paper Policy; M-STEP Supports and Accommodations Resources; Word-to-Word Glossaries; M-STEP Full Translation Reminders; Testing Policy for Recently Arrived, First Year EL Students; MI-Access Test Administration Training Presentation Available; School Accountability Data and Upcoming Public Release; FAME Project Accepting New Coach Applications; SAT Corner; ACT WorkKeys; Important Dates; Recently Asked Questions
March 22 End of WIDA ACCESS Testing Reminders; State Benchmark Assessment Award Pending; New SAT Data Added to Michigan's Parent Dashboard; School Accountability Data and Upcoming Public Release; MDE Seeks Information on K-3 Literacy Assessments Clarification; IMPORTANT REMINDER for Testing with Chromebooks; eDIRECT, WIDA AMS, and Secure Site Users Disabled; Additional Materials Orders; Reminder: MI-Access Test Administration Manuals Available; MI-Access Training Opportunities for Administration; M-STEP Test Administration Trainings Series - Chapter 2; Helpful Tips from the Field; Spring 2018 State Assessment Parent Resources Available; FAME Project Accepting New Coach Applications SAT Corner; ACT WorkKeys; Important Dates; Recently Asked Questions
March 15 MDE Seeks Information on K-3 Literacy Assessments; DRC Network Troubleshooting Guide; Survey of Students with Disabilities Who are Also English Learners; WIDA Special Instructions for all Student Test Booklets; WIDA Additional School/District Labels; What Does "Function as If" Mean?; M-STEP Test Administration Trainings; Updated School Accountability Data Available in Secure Site; Interested in Serving on Science Assessment Committees?; FAME Project Accepting New Coach Applications; SAT Corner; ACT WorkKeys; Important Dates; Recently Asked Questions
March 8 ISD Justification Forms are Due; eDIRECT Available for Online Test Administration Tasks; WIDA ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 Student Completion Check; MI-Access Spring 2018 Administration Recorded Webcast; MI-Access Test Administration Manuals; M-STEP Test Administration Directions; M-STEP Text-to-Speech Read-aloud Decision Guidelines; DRC District and Building Coordinator Training Webinars; FAME Project Accepting New Coach Applications; Online Testing Top Tips; Interested in Serving on Science Assessment Committees?; New Annotated Sample Items Book for M-STEP Science; SAT Corner; ACT WorkKeys, Important Dates; Recently Asked Questions
March 1 WIDA Additional School/District Labels; School Accountability Data Now Available in Secure Site; Looking for Educators Interested in Serving on Science Assessment Committees; SAT Corner; ACT WorkKeys; Important Dates; Recently Asked Questions
February 22 Online Sessions for M-STEP, MI-Access, and Early Literacy and Mathematics Benchmark Assessments (K-2); eDIRECT Access for Spring 2018; New Test Coordinator Resources Page; new Annotated Sample Items Book for M-SEP Science; 2016-17 School Accountability Reports and Accountability Student Datafiles Coming Soon; SAT Corner; Important Dates; Recently Asked Questions.
February 15 Reminder: LEA/PSA and ISD Justification Form Coming Due; WIDA Additional School/District Labels; Supports & Accommodations Table Changes; Whitelisting; 2016-17 School Accountability Reports and Accountability Student Datafiles Coming Soon!; SAT Corner; ACT WorkKeys; Important Dates; Recently Asked Questions
February 8 Pre-Identification and Initial Material Order Deadline Approaching; Spring 2018 WIDA Testing Notes; WIDA Incident Reports; WIDA Test Booklet Bubbling; WIDA Testing Student Progress Check; WIDA Scratch Paper Policy Clarification; M-STEP Designated Supports & Accommodations Clarification; M-STEP Text-to-Speech Read-Aloud Decision Guidelines; New School Accountability Index System Reports and Accountability Student Datafiles; Michigan School Testing Conference; SAT Corner; ACT WorkKeys; Important Dates; Recently Asked Questions
February 1 WIDA Additional Materials Order Window; WIDA Incident Reports; Screening Students During Testing Window; M-STEP Test Administration Manual; 2018 Supports and Accommodations Table; M-STEP Supports and Accommodations Companion Document; Assessment Training for District and Building-Level Assessment Staff; WIDA and M-STEP in INSIGHT; New School Accountability Index System Reports and Accountability Student Datafiles; Update on the 2017-18 Annual Education Report (AER); Michigan School Testing Conference; SAT Corner; WorkKeys; Important Dates; Recently Asked Questions
January 25 Coming Spring 2019: PSAT 8/9 for 8th Grade; WIDA ACCESS for ELLs Paper Materials; Resources for WIDA Preparation; WIDA 2018 Annual Conference Call for Presenters; Michigan School Testing Conference; SAT Corner; WorkKeys; Important Dates; Recently Asked Questions
January 18 Reporting Code Label - New this year!; Reporting Codes (formerly known as Class/Group Codes) for All State Assessments; Michigan School Testing Conference; SAT Corner; ACT WorkKeys; Important Dates; Recently Asked Questions
January 11 Alternate INSIGHT Availability Request Window; M-STEP and MI-Access Off-Site Test Administration Requests Window for Individual Students; Michigan's New PARENT DASHBOARD for School Transparency; MME Q&A Sessions; Initial Material Orders and Pre-ID for Spring 2018; WIDA AMS Accounts & Test Setup; Michigan Specific WIDA Test Administration Manual & Checklist; Spring 2018 M-STEP and MI-Access Science; MI-Access 1% Cap Justification Form; 2018 Michigan School Testing Conference; SAT Corner; ACT WorkKeys; Important Dates
2017  
December 21 Initial Material Orders and Pre-ID for Spring 2018; WIDA Pre-Identification and Initial Material Order Close; WIDA AMS Accounts; WIDA Assessment Management System Account Information-IMPORTANT; New WIDA Test Coordinator and Test Administrator Accounts; WIDA AMS Test Setup Available; WIDA Initial Material Order Shipments; Michigan-Specific WIDA Test Administration Manual & Checklist; Early Literacy and Mathematics Benchmark Assessment Aggregate Reports; MME Day Briefing Recorded Webcast; 2018 Michigan School Testing Conference; SAT Corner; ACT WorkKeys; Important Dates
December 14 MME Day Briefing Recorded Webcast; MME and PSAT List of Important Dates; Secure Site Account Expiration; Pre-Identification for SAT, PSAT, WorkKeys, M-STEP, and MI-Access (Grades 3-8 and HS) and Early Literacy and Mathematics (K-2); Initial Material Orders for Spring 2018; Michigan's NEW Parent Dashboard for School Transparency; WIDA Braille & Alternate ACCESS for ELLs Clarification; WIDA ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 Training; 2018 Michigan School Testing Conference; SAT Corner; ACT WorkKeys; Important Dates
December 7 W-APT & WIDA Screener Cycle II; Weekend WIDA Outage; Are you Established? (for SAT, PSAT, and WorkKeys); MME Day Broadcast; Reporting Codes (formerly known as Class/Group Codes) for all State Assessments; Research Codes 1 and 2 Available for All State Assessments; Michigan's NEW Parent Dashboard for School Transparency; SAT Corner; ACT WorkKeys; Important Dates
November 30 MME Day 2018 Presentation Notes; 1% Cap on Alternate Assessment Public Notice Posted; WIDA Pre-Identification of Students and Initial Material Order; 2018 WIDA Alternate ACCESS for ELLs Decision Guidance; 2018 WIDA ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 Checklist; WIDA Test Exceptions & False English Learner (EL) Guidance; 2018 Michigan School Testing Conference; College Board Announces Student-Level Growth Estimates for the SAT Suite of Assessments; SAT Corner; ACT WorkKeys; Important Dates
November 16 Online Testing Waiver Window; 1% Cap on Alternate Assessment Public Notice Posted; WIDA Test Exceptions & False English Learner (EL) Guidance; WIDA ACCESS for ELLs Content & Bias/Sensitivity Committee Writing Task Reviews; Parent Survey on School Transparency Dashboard Deadline Extended; SAT Corner; ACT WorkKeys; Important Dates; Recently Asked Questions
November 9 WIDA AMS Planned On-Demand Reporting Outage; Order Form for WIDA Screener Orders; MI-Access and the 1% Cap - What Should Be Done Now?; Parent Feedback Sought on Proposed School Transparency Dashboard; SAT Corner; ACT WorkKeys; Important Dates
November 2 Off-Site Test Administration Request Window for School and District-wide Administrations; WIDA ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 Writing Field Test Opportunity; Parent Feedback Sought on Proposed School Transparency Dashboard; Resources for Online Testers; SAT Corner; ACT WorkKeys; Important Dates
October 26 Changes to the 2018 M-STEP Summative Assessments: Mathematics; Changes to the 2018 M-STEP Summative Assessments: ELA; M-STEP Reports Surveys Available - CLOSING TOMORROW; MME Day Presentation; SAT Corner; ACT WorkKeys
October 19 2017-2018 Guide to State Assessments; M-STEP Reports Surveys Available; Online Testing Waiver Window; Off-Site Test Administration Request Window for School and District-Wide Administrations; MI-Access and 1% Rule; DRC Central Office; Technology Coordinator Webinar Recordings; Arts Education Program Review Tool Field Test; SAT Corner; Important Dates
October 12 Reporting WIDA Screener & K W-APT Scores; 2018 WIDA List of Important Dates; Preparing Students for the WIDA ACCESS for ELLs 2.0; SAT Corner; ACT WorkKeys; Important Dates; Recently Asked Questions
October 5 End of Early Literacy and Mathematics Benchmark Testing Window; Reporting Codes for Early Literacy and Mathematics Benchmark; M-STEP Reports Surveys Available; Technology Coordinator Training: SAT Corner; ACT WorkKeys; Important Dates
September 28 Fall 2017 WIDA Workshops Registration is Now Open; SAT Corner; ACT WorkKeys; Important Dates; Recently Asked Questions
September 21 Online Testing Waiver Window; Bulk Print Option on Individual Level Student Reports for M-STEP and MI-Access; Section 104d Early Literacy Assessment Reimbursement Grant; SAT Corner; ACT WorkKeys; Important Dates
September 14 M-STEP Target Analysis Report Available; Target Analysis Report Training Materials; Spring 2017 MI-ACCESS Reports Available; Early Literacy and Mathematics Benchmark Assessment Reports for Fall 2017; 2017 Early Literacy and Mathematics Benchmark Assessment Guide to Reports; M-STEP and MI-ACCESS Braille Survey; Update on the Annual Education Report; SAT Corner; Important Dates; Recently Asked Questions
September 7 Fall 2017 Early Literacy and Mathematics Benchmark Assessment; Student Growth Percentiles (SGP) Available NOW on M-STEP Student Reports; MI-Access Performance Level Descriptors Posted; WIDA Screener Online Scoring Permissions; Paper WIDA Screener Downloading Options; WIDA Testing Software; DRC Central Office; SAT Corner; Important Dates; Recently Asked Questions
August 31 Spring 2017 Assessment Results Embargo Lifted; 2017 M-STEP and MME Statewide Results Released; 2016-2017 Graduation Rate Appeals Window; Science Assessment Update Presentation Available; MDE's Early Literacy and Mathematics Benchmark Assessments - Online Only; English Learner (EL) 2016-17 Exit Deadline Approaching; For New Principals and New Assessment Coordinators (WIDA); New WIDA Screener & Kindergarten W-APT Reminders; SAT Corner; Important Dates; Recently Asked Questions
August 24 Spring 2017 M-STEP Guide to Reports; M-STEP and MME Printed Parent Reports and Student Record labels are on the Way; Spring 2017 M-STEP Aggregate Data File Now Available; MDEs Early Literacy and Mathematics Benchmark Assessments - Online Only; Managing users on the Secure Site; Updating Entity and Contacts in the Educational Entity Master (EEM); WIDA W-APTE Grades 1-12 Discontinuation; Inaccurate Co:Writer Announcement; Updated for 2017: M-STEP/MME Communication Tools for Schools; What Does the Future Hold for Science Assessments?; SAT Corner; ACT WorkKeys; Important Dates
August 17 Spring 2017 MI-Access, PSAT 8/9, and PSAT 10 Student Data Files Now Available; Spring 2017 M-STEP Aggregate-Level Reports; Webcast Presentation; New Student Test Scores; What Does the Future Hold for Science Assessment?; For New Principals and New Assessment Coordinators (WIDA); The MDE Early Literacy and Mathematics Benchmark Assessments; SAT Corner; ACT WorkKeys; Important Dates; Recently Asked Questions
August 10 Spring 2017 M-STEP Student-level Reports and Early Literacy and mathematics Benchmark Assessment Aggregate Reports Available; MI-School Data: Student-Level 2016-17 M-STEP Data Available to Secure Users; Updated Tools for Schools: Reporting the 2017 M-STEP Results; Science: Out with the Old, In with the new; MI-Access Science Assessment Remains the Same; New WIDA Screener and Kindergarten W-APT Reminders; WIDA Screener Online Scoring Permissions; IMPORTANT First Semester WIDA Screener Online Note; Required WIDA Screener Scoring Certification; Paper WIDA Screener Downloading Options; Spring 2017 WIDA Test Scores; English Learner (EL) Exit Protocol Change; English Learner (EL) MSDS Exit Reminders; SAT Corner; ACT WorkKeys; Important Dates; Recently Asked Questions
August 3

Spring 2017 Student Data Files; Fall Pre-ID and Test Session Setup for Early Literacy and Mathematics (K-2); Fall 2017 Early Literacy and Mathematics Benchmark Alternate INSIGHT Availability Request; New WIDA Screener and Kindergarten W-APT Reminders;  Important First Semester WIDA Screener Online Note; Required WIDA Screener Scoring Certification; Paper WIDA Screener Downloading Options; Spring 2017 WIDA Test Scores; English Learner (EL) Exit Protocol Change; English Learner (EL) MSDS Exit Reminders; Testing Technology Updates; New Cut Scores for MI-Access ELA and Mathematics Approved; Science: Out with the Old, In with the New; M-STEP and MI-Access Braille Survey; Student Level M-STEP Data Available to MI School Data Secure Users; MI School Data Initial Customer Feedback Survey; SAT Corner; ACT WorkKeys; Important Dates

June 29 ACT and College Board Embargo Reminder; WIDA ACCESS for ELLs Reports Delay; Michigan WIDA ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 Score Changes; English Learner (EL) Exit Updates & Reminders; MiEducator Showcase Highlights Michigan's Promising Practices; SAT Corner; ACT WorkKeys; Important Dates
June 22

Spring 2017 M-STEP Test Administration Dramatically Improved Over Time; Verification of Not Tested for SAT, M-STEP, and MI-Access Available Until June 29, 2017; Fall 2017 WIDA Workshop Registration is Now Open; SAT Corner; Important Dates

June 15 MI-Access Social Studies for Participation and Supported Independence (P/SI) Assessment; 2018 Online and Paper Testing; K-2 Supports and Accommodations Table and Resources Available; Spring 2017 WIDA ACCESS & Alternate ACCESS for ELLs Reports Shipment Date Changes; Paper WIDA Screener Downloading Options; Verification of Answer Documents Received for M-STEP and MI-Access is Now Available; Verification of Not Tested for SAT, M-STEP, and MI-Access is Now Available; Verification of Enrollment for Accountability Purposes and Demographics is Still Open; SAT Corner; Important Dates
June 8 Spring 2017 WIDA Assessment Results; English Learner Report Release; Fall 2017 MDE Early Literacy and Mathematics Benchmark Assessments (K-2); Verification of Answer Documents Received for M-STEP and MI-Access; Verification of Not Tested for SAT, M-STEP, and MI-Access; School Accountability Reporting for the 2016-17 School Year: What to Expect; New Data Elements Included in 2016-17 School Accountability Reporting; Sending Scores Back Program for SEEs and S2E2s Update; M-STEP Test Administration Training Chapter 3: After Testing; SAT Corner; Important Dates
June 1 M-STEP Test Administration Training Chapter 3: After Testing; WIDA Score Change Webinar Recording; Guidelines for 2016-17 English Learner (EL) Exits; Assessment Surveys for Spring 2017 Administrations; SAT Corner; Important Dates
May 25 End of M-STEP Testing Window; MI-Access Testing Window Closing; Spring 2017 Preliminary Reports; New Domain Analysis Report for Early Literacy and Mathematics Benchmark Assessment; Assessment Surveys for Spring 2017 Administrations; Clarification on Growth for WIDA Results; Technology Setup for WIDA Screener; SAT Corner; Important Dates; Recently Asked Questions
May 18 M-STEP 3, 4, 6 and 7 Paper/Pencil Makeup Testing Ends Friday, May 19, 2017; MI-Access UPDATE; MI-Access Participation and Supported Independence Social Studies Assessment; Accountable Students and Test Verification Process - Spring 2017; Assessment Surveys for Spring 2017 Administrations; SAT Corner; Important Dates
May 11 Reporting Reminders; SAT and PSAT Student Demographics; Paper WIDA Screener Ordering Reminders; WIDA Pre-K Cycle Open; Important Information for the New WIDA Screener; SAT Corner; ACT WorkKeys; Important Dates; Recently Asked Questions
May 4 End of Testing Window for Grades 5, 8, and 11; Preliminary Reports Reminder; WIDA Pre-K Cycle Open; Important Information for New WIDA Screener; Accountability for Section 31a At-Risk Public Report Available; FAME Project Accepting New Coach Applications through May 5, 2017; SAT Corner; ACT WorkKeys; Important Dates; Recently Asked Questions
April 27 NEW! Assessment Security Training Now Available; Science Pilot Test Participants; Paper/Pencil Testing for M-STEP Grades 5, 8, and 11 ENDS TOMORROW - April 28,2017; Top Technical Notes; Where do I Find Michigan's Alternate Content Standards; FAME Project Accepting New Coach Applications through May 5, 2017; SAT Corner; ACT WorkKeys; Important Dates; Recently Asked Questions
April 20 How to Track Student Testing Status in eDIRECT; Grades 3, 4, 6, and 7 M-STEP Materials Shipment: Alternate Delivery Date; MI School Data Initial Customer Feedback Survey; Verification of Enrollment for Accountability Purposes:3-8, 11 and required 12 and WIDA ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 Score Changes; MI-Access P/SI Social Studies Assessment; Additional Call: Panelists Needed for MI-Access Standard Setting; Spring 2017 Assessment Spanish and Arabic Parent Documents; New ESSA Notes Newsletter Available; FAME Project Accepting New Coach
Applications through May 5, 2017; SAT Corner; ACT WorkKeys; Important Dates; Recently Asked Questions
April 13 M-STEP Grades 3, 4, 6, and 7 Test Materials; Spring 2017 Preliminary Reports; Ramifications of Accommodations Misuse; First Week of Testing: Technical Notes; LAS Links Assessments; Pictures Say a Thousand Words; MDE Seeks Information on Literacy Assessments; Accountability for Section 31a At-Risk; FAME Project Accepting New Coach
Applications through May 5, 2017; SAT Corner; ACT WorkKeys; Important Dates; Recently Asked Questions
April 6 Spring 2017 Testing Window Opens; New Science Pilot for Spring 2017; Follow Along Feature for Text-to-Speech; Supports and Accommodations Table Reminders; Invite Staff from the MDE to Visit Your School During Testing; iPad Operating System Update; Common Connection Issues and Fixes; Reporting Codes, Research 1, and Research 2 Codes; Spring 2017 State Assessment Communication Resources; Updated M-STEP Training Videos Posted; FAME Project Accepting New Coach
Applications through May 5, 2017; SAT Corner; ACT WorkKeys; Important Dates; Recently Asked Questions
March 30 M-STEP Materials Arriving; Grades 5, 8, and 11 M-STEP Materials Shipment: Alternate Delivery Date; Additional Material and Makeup Orders; MI-Access Standard Setting for English language arts and Mathematics; WIDA ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 Test Administration Survey; Late WIDA Materials Not Scored; Testing Policy for Recently
Arrived, First Year English-Learner Students; Spring 2017 MSDS Dates for Assessment and Accountability Reporting Purposes; FAME Project Accepting New Coach
Applications through May 5, 2017; SAT Corner; ACT WorkKeys; Important Dates; Recently Asked Questions
March 23 WIDA Test Window Closing and Student Completion Check; WIDA Materials Return & Test Booklet Bubbling; WIDA ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 Test Administration Survey; Districts and School Contacts Page Updated; Grades 5, 8, and 11 M-STEP Materials Shipment; Additional Materials and Make Up Orders; MI-Access Test Administration Manuals Available - Online Only; MI-Access Training Opportunity for P/SI Administration; MI-Access Webcast Archive; INSIGHT Tools poster; State Assessment Parent Resources; M-STEP to Continue Through 2017-18; FAME Project Accepting New Coach Applications through May 5, 2017; SAT Corner; ACT WorkKeys; Important Dates; Recently Asked Questions
March 16 WIDA Test Window Closing and Student Completion Check; WIDA Materials Return & Test Booklet Bubbling; Tracking Paper/Pencil Assessment Material Shipments; MI School Data Initial Customer Feedback Survey; INSIGHT Versions; FAME Project Accepting New Coach Applications through May 2, 2017; SAT Corner; ACT WorkKeys; Important Dates; Recently Asked Questions
March 9 WIDA Additional Materials Ordering Window Closing-March 17, 2017; Online WIDA Tier Placement Clarification; Clarifying English Learner (EL) Warning on MSDS Spring 2017 General Collection; Early Literacy and Mathematics Benchmark TAM and Online Directions Available Now; M-STEP Test Administration Directions Available Now; M-STEP Test Administration Trainings Available; Access to eDIRECT for the Spring 2017 Michigan Science Standards Pilot (2017 MSS Pilot); FAME Project Accepting New Coach Applications through May 5, 2017; New ESSA Notes Newsletter Available; SAT Corner; ACT WorkKeys; Important Dates
March 2 MI-Access Spring 2017 Administration Webcast; Spring 2017 WIDA Workshops Registration is Now Open; MI-Access Test Administration Manuals Available NOW; M-STEP Test Administration Manual Available NOW; 2017 Supports and Accommodations Table Now Available; Online Sample Item Sets and O.T.T.'s; Every Student Succeeds Act and the 1% Assessment; New WIDA Screener; New Science Pilot for Spring 2017; SAT Corner; Important Dates; Recently Asked Questions
February 23 DRC District and Building Coordinator Training Webinars; Social Media Monitoring for Security; New ESSA Notes Newsletter; SAT Corner; Important Dates; Recently Asked Questions
February 16 Should My Students take the Alternate Assessment?; Reporting Technical Issues; Optional Supports and Accommodations Worksheets; Early Literacy Assessment Reimbursement Grant; Michigan's ESSA State Plan Available for Public Comment; New Science Pilot for Spring 2017; SAT Corner; Important Dates
February 9 WIDA AMS Accounts; WIDA Incident Reporting; MDE's Early Literacy and Mathematics Benchmark Assessments-Online Only; Online Resources; iPad Issue Resolved; Save the Date! DRC District and Building Coordinator Training Webinars; New Science Pilot for Spring 2017; 2017 Michigan School Testing Conference; SAT Corner; ACT WorkKeys; Important Dates; Recently Asked Questions
February 2 WIDA Testing Window Opens Monday; WIDA Additional Material Orders Window Open; WIDA Incident Reporting; WIDA Michigan-Specific Test Administrator Manual; WIDA AMS - Writing Field Test (Writing FT); M-STEP Braille Sample Item Sets Available; Administrator and Assessment Coordinator Primer; Testing Tech Tips; Rare iPad Issue; New ESSA Notes Newsletter Available; New Science Pilot for Spring 2017; MI-Access Spring 2017 Administration Webcast; 2017 Michigan School Testing Conference; SAT Corner; Important Dates; Recently Asked Questions
January 26 WIDA Initial Materials Shipment; WIDA Testing Window Opening; MI-Access Spring 2017 Administration Webcast; Assessment Integrity Guide Update: Seating Charts; Assessment Security Training for District and Building Level Assessment Staff Available Soon; New Science Pilot for Spring 2017; 2017 Michigan School Testing Conference; SAT Corner; ACT WorkKeys; Important Dates
January 19 New Science Pilot for Spring 2017; WIDA Test Exceptions; 2017 Michigan School Testing Conference; Alternate INSIGHT Availability Request Window: January 19-February 9, 2017; New ESSA Notes Newsletter Available; SAT Corner; ACT WorkKeys; Important Dates
January 12 Alternate INSIGHT Availability Request Window: January 19-February 9, 2017; M-STEP and MI-Access Off-Site Test Administration Request Window for Individual Students; Sample Item Sets; 2017 Michigan School Testing Conference; SAT Corner; ACT WorkKeys; Important Dates
January 5 Seeking Volunteers!; WIDA Tech Setup FAQ; Logging into WIDA Assessments; WIDA Online practice and Test Demo; WIDA Assessment Management System Account Information - IMPORTANT; WIDA Assessment Management System Accounts; WIDA Materials Shipments; WIDA Test Exceptions; Pre-Identification for SAT, PSAT, WorkKeys, M-STEP, and MI-Access; Initial Material Orders for Spring 2017; Early Literacy and Mathematics Pre-ID and Test Session Creation; Alternate material Delivery Date Request for M-STEP and MI-Access; New ESSA Notes Newsletter Available; SAT Corner; Important Dates
2016  
December 15 W-APT Cycle II is Open; WIDA Initial Material Order and Pre-ID Window Open; WIDA Test Exceptions; WIDA Guidance on pre-ID, Initial Material Order and Tier Selection; WIDA Training and Preparation; New WIDA Test Coordinator and Test Administrator Accounts; MME Day Spring 2017 Video Archive; Initial Material Orders for Spring 2017; Pre-Identification for SAT, PSAT, WorkKeys, M-STEP, and MI-Access; SAT Corner; Important Dates
December 8 SAT Corner; ACT WorkKeys; 2017 Michigan School Testing Conference; Important Dates
December 1 WIDA Initial Material Order and Pre-ID Window Open; WIDA Test Exceptions; WIDA Guidance on Pre-ID, Initial Material Order, and Tier Selection; WIDA Training and Preparation; New WIDA Test Coordinator and Test Administrator Accounts; 2017 Michigan School Testing Conference; New ESSA Newsletter Available; SAT Corner; ACT WorkKeys; Important Dates
November 17 WIDA ACCESS Placement Test (W-APT) Cycle I Ending; MME Day for Spring 2-17 Presentation; 2016-17 Braille Assessment Plan; ESSA Feedback Forums to Gather Input from Stakeholders; SAT Corner; ACT WorkKeys; Important Dates
November 10 Claim Performance Indicator Clarification; Early Literacy and Mathematics Benchmark Assessment Surveys; Preliminary School Scorecards and Appeals Now Open; SAT Corner; Important Dates
November 3 Preliminary School Scorecards and Appeals Now Open; Upcoming Off-Site Test Administration Requests Window Opens Monday; M-STEP and MI-Access: Important Dates; Target Analysis Report Training Materials; New Administrator and Assessment Coordinator Primer; Student Supports and Accommodations Presentations; MME Day for Spring 2017-SAVE THE DATE!; Final Year of Online Waivers; SAT Corners; ACT WorkKeys; Important Dates
October 27 Individual Student Report; 2017 Supports and Accommodations Resources; Would You be Interested in Serving on an Assessment Committee?; Testing Policy for Recently Arrived, First Year English-Learner Students; SAT Corner; ACT WorkKeys; Important Dates
October 20

Final Submission of Early Literacy Tests; Fall 2016 Early Literacy and Mathematics Benchmark Assessment Survey; Online Testing Waiver Window; Pupil Accounting Steps for Previous WIDA Scores in the Secure Site; Important Spring 2017 WIDA ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 Announcements; MI-Access and the Essential Elements with Michigan Range of Complexity; New Functionalities in the Dynamic Reporting Site! Technology Upgrades for Spring 2017 Testing; iPad INSIGHT App; SAT Corner; Important Dates

October 13 Early Literacy and Mathematics Benchmark Assessment Window in Progress; 2016 Student Assessment and Accountability Fall Webcast Videos Posted; WIDA Test Exceptions Window; Correcting Accidental Designations of Limited English Proficient ('False LEP') Students; New ESSA Notes Newsletter Available; ESSA Parent Survey Available - Please Share; SAT Corner; ACT WorkKeys; Important Dates
October 6 Fall 2016 Early Literacy and Mathematics Benchmark Assessment; M-STEP Target Analysis Reports Available!; Student Growth Percentile; Best Practices: MSDS Reporting Guide for Trouble-Free Accountability Data NOW AVAILABLE!; Student Supports and Accommodations Webinar; 2017 Supports and Accommodations Resources; SAT Corner; Important Dates; Recently Asked Questions
September 29 Fall 2016 Early Literacy and Mathematics benchmark Assessment Administration; 2016 Student Assessment and Accountability Fall Webcast Posted; 2016-2017 Guide to State Assessments; eDIRECT Access for Spring 2017; New ESSA Notes Newsletter Available; SAT Corner; Important Dates; Recently Asked Questions
September 22 Updating Entity and Contacts in the Educational Entity Master (EEM); Online Testing Waiver Window; SAT Corner; ACT WorkKeys; Important Dates; Recently Asked Questions
September 15

Fall 2016 Early Literacy and Mathematics Benchmark Assessment Administration; M-STEP is a "Triple Success"; 2015-16 Accountability Information and Timeline; New Student Test Scores; Celebrate National Arts Education Week by Exploring the MAEIA Project; Spring 2017 WIDA ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 Technology Coordinator Webinars; WIDA-ACCESS Placement Test (W_APT); For New Principals and English Learner Assessment Coordinators; SCECHs Available for Student Assessment and Accountability Fall Webcast; SAT Corner

September 8 Spring 2016 MI-Access Reports and Data Files Now Available; SCECHs will be available for  Student Assessment and Accountability Fall Webcast; Last Week for 2015-16 English Learner (EL) Exits; SAT Corner; Important Dates
September 1 Assessment Data Embargo Lifted; 2016 M-STEP and MME Statewide Results Overview; new Resources Explain Student Score Reports; Student Assessment and Accountability Fall Webcast; For New Principals and English Learner Assessment Coordinators; Guidelines for 2015-16 English Learner (EL) Exits; SAT Corner; Important Dates
August 25 Parent Reports and Student Record Labels are On The Way; Fall 206 WIDA Workshops Registration is Now Open; For New Principals and English Learner Assessment Coordinators; Michigan Arts Education Instruction and Assessment Website and Resources; Updated Tools for Schools: Reporting the 2016 M-STEP Results; SAT Corner; Important Dates
August 18 Spring 2016 M-STEP Reports Now Available; 2016 Fall Early Literacy and Mathematics Benchmark Assessments, Benchmark Assessment Guidance, Pre-Identification, Alternate Test Window Request, Supports and Accommodations Table and Resources Available, eDIRECT Access, New Video Released; DRC INSIGHT and TSM Updates; Updating Entity and Contacts in the Educational Entity Master (EEM); WIDA W-APT Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) Available; Guidelines for 2015-16 English Learner (EL) Exits; Now Available! Updated 2016 M-STEP Communication Toolkit; SAT Corner; Important Dates
August 11 Embargoed Spring 2016 Student Data Files Now Available; WIDA ACCESS Placement Test (W-APT); For New Principals and English Language Learner Assessment Coordinators; Michigan Science Standards and Assessment Plan; New Issue of ESSA Notes Newsletter; Coming Soon: Updated 2016 M-STEP Communication Toolkit; Early Literacy and Mathematics Pre-Identification; SAT Corner; Important Dates
August 4 Agenda for 2016 Student Assessment and Accountability Fall Webcast; Embargoed Spring 2016 WorkKeys Student Data File is Now Available; August 3, 2016 ESSA Notes Newsletter; Guidelines for 2016-16 English Learner (EL) Exits; 2016-16 Graduation Rate Appeals Window; NAEP is looking for a few good men and women; 1% MI-Access Proficiency Cap Exception Applications Due Soon!; Sending Scores Back Program Applications Due Soon! SAT Corner; Important Dates
July 21 2016 M-STEP Final Reports Release and Informational Webcasts Coming Soon!; Early Literacy and Mathematics District and School Contacts; Early Literacy and Mathematics pre-Identification; SAT Corner; Important Dates
June 30 SAT Corner; ACT Workkeys; Important Dates
June 23 Verification of Students Not Tested for SAT, M-STEP and MI-Access; Spring 2016 WIDA Downloadable Data Files; College Board SAT Educator Score Reports Now Available; 1% MI-Access Proficiency Cap Exemption Applications; SAT Corner; ACT Workkeys; Important Dates
June 16

ELA Construct Relevant Vocabulary; Spring 2016 WIDA ACCESS for ELLs Reports for Kindergartners; Date Change for the Student Assessment and Accountability Fall Webcast; Guidelines for 2015-16 English Learner (EL) Exits; Accountable Students & Test Verification for Spring 2016; Verification of Answer Documents for M-STEP and MI-Access; Verification of Students Not Tested for SAT, M-STEP, and MI-Access; Verification of Enrollment for Accountability Purposes for SAT, M-STEP and MI-Access; Assessment Surveys for Spring 2016 Administrations; WIDA ACESS for ELLs Scores and Reports; SAT Corner; Important Dates; Recently Asked Questions (RAQ)

June 9 WIDA ACCESS for ELLs Scores and Reports; Data Informed Accessibility-Making Optional Needs-based Decisions (DIAMOND) Project; Assessment Surveys for Spring 2016 Administrations; Accountable Students & Test Verification Windows for Grades 3-8 and HS; SAT Corner; Important Dates
June 2 MI-Access Materials Return Deadline - Friday, June 3, 2016; Deadline Extended for SAT/PSAT Verification of Answer Documents; M-STEP Online Administration Survey; K-2 Early Literacy and Mathematics Field Test Survey; Best Practices in M-STEP and MI-Access Test Administration Training; Michigan's ESSA Planning; Sending Scores Back Program-Application Now Available!; SAVE THE DATE! 2016-2017 Fall Assessment Update Webcast; Early Literacy and Mathematics Benchmark Assessments (K-2) Criteria; How to Prepare for Answer Documents Received and Not Tested Windows; Accountable Students & Test Verification Windows for Grades 308 and HS; SAT Corner; Important Dates
May 26

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 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 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 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 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 Timing and Scheduling of the M-STEP Online Assessments; Ending Online M-STEP Test Sessions: Important Information; Incident Report Details; M-STEP Stacked 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 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 Important Message from Deputy Superintendent Venessa Keesler; Spring 2016 Testing Window Opens; M-STEP Online Administration Directions Supplements; 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 Accountability 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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

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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 Early Literacy and Kindergarten Entry Assessment Update; MME Test Administration Webcast Rescheduled; SAT Corner; Important Dates
September 24 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 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 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 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 Memorandum with information for districts to update the Educational Entity Master (EEM) to prepare for Spring 2016 assessments
August 27 Student and Parent Survey Information; Kindergarten Entry Assessment (KEA) Tasks and Tools; Update for WIDA Website Users; SAT Corner; Important Dates
August 20 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 Student Assessment and Accountability Conferences Begin Next Week; CEPI 2015 Graduation Rate Appeals Window Closes September 26; SAT Corner; Important Dates
August 6

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

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 Communication regarding the availability and instructions for verifying M-STEP and MI-Access Verification of Answer Documents and Not Tested
June 25

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

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

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 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 Communication regarding the ability to review Verification of Enrollment for Accountability Purposes along with instructions for spring 2015 assessments.