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2021  
February 25 Statewide Assessment Waiver Request Update; DRC District and Building Coordinator Training Webinars; Winter 2021 Early Literacy and Mathematics Benchmark Student Data Files and Aggregate DAta Files; Early Literacy and Mathematics Aggregate Reports; College Board Corner (Coordinator Planning Kits, Training, Coming Soon, Missed the pre-ID Deadline?), ACT WorkKeys (Testing Staff Requirements, Training Your Testing Staff, ACT WorkKeys Test Materials Shipments, Ordering Additional ACT WorkKeys Test Materials); Important Dates
February 18 Safe Testing Planning Guide Now Available; WIDA Assessment Office Hours Reminder; Bright Ideas, Online formative assessment strategies that help students with disabilities; College Board Corner (Missed the pre-ID Deadline, Upcoming Deadlines); ACT WorkKeys (ACT WorkKeys Test Materials Shipments, Ordering Additional ACT WorkKeys Test Mateirals, Student Preparation - Go for Platinum!); Important Dates
February 11 Pre-Identification for Spring 2021 Early Literacy and Mathematics Benchmark Assessment (K-2); Return WIDA ACCESS for ELLs Grades 1-3 Writing Booklets; M-STEP Test Administrator's Directions and Manuals Available Now; College Board Corner (Translated Test Directions, Upcoming Deadlines, Coming Soon); ACT WorkKeys (Contingency Makeup Testing Window, ACT WorkKeys Training Webinars, Upcoming Events and Deadlines); Important Dates
February 4 WIDA Incident Reports; Screening Students During Testing Window; WIDA Additional School/District Labels; Spring 2021 Michigan Merit Exam/PSAT in High School and Grade 8 Test Administration Trainings Part II; Bright Ideas, Using Online Formative Assessment Strategies that Keep students engaged; College Board Corner (Upcoming Deadlines, Reminders); ACT WorkKeys (Multiple Standard Time Test Sessions, ACT WorkKeys Training Webinars, Pre-identify Students and Order WorkKeys Test Materials; Off-site Testing, Upcoming Events and Deadlines)); Important Dates
January 28 Waiver Request Submitted; New OEAA Secure Site COVID-19 School Closures Page; WIDA Testing Must be Completed In-Person; WIDA Assessment Office Hours Continuing; Bubbling-In Student Information on WIDA Test Booklets; M-STEP Test Administration Manual Available; New MI-Access Science Alternate Content Expectations; Webinar with Curriculum Associates - MiDataHub, and iReady Updates; Focus on Assessment Literacy, How do English Learners Participate in Michigan State Assessments; College Board Corner (January 26, 2021 Administration, SAT Essay, Michigan Testing Manuals); ACT WorkKeys (Off-site Testing, ACT WorkKeys Training Webinars; Upcoming Events and Dealines); Important Dates
January 21 WIDA Test Exception Window Closing; WIDA ACCESS for ELLs Parent Letter Template; WIDA ACCESS Material Arrival Date Change; 2021 Michigan School Testing Conference; College Board Corner (SAT Essay, Michigan Testing Manuals, Preparing for Test Day Webinar); ACT WorkKeys (New Terminology for Test Dates, Wearing a Watch, New Accommodations Terminology, ACT WorkKeys Training Webinars); Important Dates
January 14
 
Alternate INSIGHT Availability Request Window: January 14 - March 5, 2021; WIDA Students Not Tested; WIDA Office Hours; WIDA Assessment Development Recruitment; WIDA ACCESS for ELLs Parent Letter Template; NWEA Seminars: Understanding MAP Growth Data; College Board Corner (Window Now Open in SSD Online, Pre-ID in the OEAA Secure Site, Spring Flexibiilty, Preparing for Test Day Webinar); WorkKeys (ACT WorkKeys Training Packets, Pre-identify Students and Order WorkKeys Test Materials); Important Dates
January 7
(updated 1/14/2021)
Who Must/Can Take the MME in Spring 2021?; SAT, PSAT, WorkKeys, M-STEP, and MI-Access Pre-ID and Material Orders; Early Literacy and Mathematics Benchmark Assessments Student-Level Reports Available; Remote Testing Documentation Updates
2020  
December 17 WIDA ACCESS Testing Window Extension; Early Literacy and Mathematics Benchmark Assessments Winter 2021 Test Window; 2021 Passage-based Writing Field Test Window; Return to Learn Benchmark Assessment Data Collection Requirements Memo; Pre-ID for SAT, PSAT, WorkKeys, M-STEP, and MI-Access; MME and PSAT 8/9 for Grade 8-Important Information; Unassiging Students from Assessments; Pre-ID for MI-Access; Online Sessions Students; Spring 2021 Initial Material Orders; SAT, PSAT 8/9, and PSAT 10; ACT WorkKeys; M-STEP and MI-Access Functional Independence (FI), MI-Access Supported Independence (SI) and Participation (P); 2021-21 Sending Scores Back Program for Shared Educational Entities-Applications now Available; 2021 Michigan School Testing Conference; College Board Corner (Spring Flexibility for SAT with Essay, PSAT 10, and PSAT 8/9, Preparing for Test Day Webinar, State -Allowed Accommodations and English Learner Supports Window); ACT WorkKeys (Completing ACT's Manage Participation Process, Receiving Communications for the Spring 2021 WorkKeys Administration); Important Dates
December 10 New MI-Access Scoring Rubric Training; 1% Cap Waiver Request Public Input; Winter Early LIteracy and Mathematics Benchmark Assessments (K-2); Winter 2021 M-STEP Online Passage-based Writing Field Test; 2021 WIDA ACCESS and Alternate ACCESS for ELLs Announcements and Resources; NWEA Webinbar: How did COVID impact student learning? The data is in; Focus on Assessment Literacy, Early Literacy Assessment Systems: Supporting the Literacy Achievement of All Michigan PreK-10 Students; Collge Board Corner (Accommodations and Supports Webinar, State-Allowed Accommodations and English Learner Supports Window, SSD Online Data Migration, Preparing for Test Day Webinar); ACT WorkKeys (Completing ACT's Manage Participation Process); Important Dates
December 3 2020-21 Annual Education Report (AER) Preview Available; Bright Ideas, Using the Formative Assessment Process in a Virtual World: Effective Formative Feedback; Reminders: 2021 Michigan School Testing Conference; Writing Skills Field Test Preparation for Passage-based Writing; College Board Corner (Preparing for Test Day Webinar, SSD Online Data Migration, SSD Online Enhancements, Spring 2021 Establishment); ACT WorkKeys (Completing ACTs Manage Participation Process); Important Dates
November 19 WIDA ACCESS for ELLs Date Changes; WIDA Pre-ID of Students and Initial Material Order; WIDA ACCESS for ELLs Paper/Pencil Materials; WIDA Test Exceptions & False English Learner (EL) Guidance; M-STEP Passage-based Writing Field Test: Test Administration Guide Available; Public Comment Sought; Alternate Assessment Projection Task in Catamaran is Live; 2020-21 Annual Education Report (AER) Coming Soon; 2021 Michigan School Testing Conference; NWEA Seminars: Understanding MAP Growth Data; Bright IDEAS, Using the Formative Assessment Process in a Virtual World: Getting Started; College Board Corner (November 10 Implementation webinar; SSD Online Enhancements, Fall 2020 Invoice Generation Process, Spring 2021 Establishment); ACT WorkKeys (ACT Hosted State Testing Website, Completing ACT's Manage Participation Process); Important Dates
November 12 Pre-Identification for Winter 2020 Early Literacy and Mathematics Benchmark Assessment (K-2); Writing Skills Field Test Preparation for Passage-based Writing; Pre-Identification for Winter 2020 M-STEP Online Passage-based Writing Field Test Grades 3-8; College Board Corner (Spring 2021 Implementation Information, SSD Online Redesign, Fall 2020 Invoice Generation Process, Spring 2021 Establishment, Preparing for Spring 2021); ACT WorkKeys (Completing ACT's Manage Participation Process); Important Dates
November 5 Spring 2021 Test Administration Trainings; Webinars - "Fluency and Equity" and "Using MAP Growth Scores" with NWEA; Bright Ideas, Benchmark Assessment: Purpose and Planning; College Board Corner (Fall 2020 Invoice Generation Process, Spring 2021 Establishment, Preparing for Spring 2021); ACT WorkKeys (Completing ACT'S Manage Participation Process); Important Dates
October 29 WIDA Braille Recruitment; Michigan School Grades Reports Available for Preview; College Board Corner (Questions about Fall or Spring PSAT 8/9, PSAT 10, or SAT?, Spring 2021 Establishment, Preparing for Spring 2021) ; ACT WorkKeys (Completing ACT's Manage Participation Process, How to Submit Your ACT WorkKeys Participation Information) ; Important Dates
October 22 Important Dates Document; MI-Access Training Programs Updated; WIDA ACCESS for ELLs and Alternate ACCESS for ELLs Overview Webinars; Benchmark Assessments Technical Support FAQ Available; Michigan School Grades Reports Coming Soon
October 15 Online Testing Waiver Window; Benchmark Assessment Web Page Updates for "Return to Learn" Legislation; College Board Corner (October 14 SAT with Essay, Preparing for Spring 2021, Reminders); Important Dates
October 8 WIDA ACCESS for ELLs Item Reviews and Test Question Writing Opportunities; ACCESS for ELLs and Alternate ACCESS for ELLs Printed Score Reports; Benchmark Assessment Supports and Accommodations; 2020-21 Required Reporting - Student Attendance Data; 2019-20 Michigan 31a At-Risk-DRAFT COVID-19 FAQ Updates;College Board Corner (PSAT/NMSQT,  Fall 2020 SAT with Essay Test Books and Procedures, Spring 2021 SAT with Essay, PSAT 10 and PSAT 8/9); ACT WorkKeys (Upcoming Manage Participation); Important Dates
October 1 PSAT and SAT Fall 2020 Update, EL Exit Information In Your Local Student Information System, Testing Technology: Top Issues and Solutions, Accessing Tools for Teachers, Using Tools for Teachers as an Instructional Resource, Webinar – “The Critical Role of Assessment in Our New Normal” with Renaissance Star Assessments, College Board Corner (September 23 SAT with Essay Reminders, October 14 SAT with Essay Reminders, PSAT/NMSQT Reminders, PSAT 8/9 Reminders, Fall 2020 Test Coordinator Supplement, Fall 2020 SAT with Essay Test Books and Procedures, Spring 2021 SAT with Essay, PSAT 10, and PSAT 8/9 Guidance Documents), ACT WorkKeys, Important Dates
September 24 Updated Assessment Security Training; 2020-21 Assessment Integrity Guide Released; Are Your School and District Contacts Up to Date in the EEM?; Michigan School Grades (A-F grades) Reporting Requirements; MAP Growth: Tools to Support Learning Loss; Webinar Reminder: Interim Assessment and Tools for Teachers Overview; Recorded Webinar - Return to Learn with Renaissance Star Assessments; College Board Corner September 23 SAT with Essay Reminders, October 14 SAT with Essay Reminders, PSAT/NMSQT Reminders, PSAT 8/9 Reminders, Fall 2020 Test Coordinator Supplement, Fall 2020 SAT with Essay Test Books and Procedures, Spring 2021 SAT with Essay, PSAT 10, and PSAT 8/9, Guidance Documents); ACT WorkKeys; Important Dates 
September 17 Benchmark Assessment Web Page Launch; DRC Remote Testing Webinar; i-Ready - Getting Good Data: Empowering Families to Test Well at Home Webinar; Yes, Identifying English Learners is Still Required; WIDA Secure Portal User Guide Available; New Alternate Content Expectations for Science; College Board Corner (September 23 SAT with Essay Reminders, PSAT/NMSQT Reminders, PSAT 8/9 reminders, Fall 2020 Test Coordinator Supplement, Fall 2020 SAT with Essay Test Books and Procedures, Online Questionnaire and Student Search Service Opt-In Now Available); Important Dates
September 10 Remote Testing Available; Michigan Smarter Balanced Interim Assessments for Grades 3-8; Interim Assessment and Tools for Teachers Overview; Need a WIDA Secure Portal account for WIDA Training?; College Board Corner (Upcoming Deadline: September 16, 2020, September 23 SAT with Essay Reminders, Fall 2020 Test Coordinator Supplement, Fall 2020 SAT with Essay Test Books and Procedures, SSD Coordinator E-mail, Students with Certain Disabilities who Register for a Weekend SAT Administration); ACT WorkKeys; Important Dates
September 3 Early Literacy and Mathematics Benchmark Fall 2020 Test Window; Early Literacy and Mathematics Benchmark Assessments Student-Level Reports Available; Preview Tools for Teachers; Return to Learn Legislation and Benchmark Assessments; Technical Support Webinar Series; English Learner Auto Exit Processing and Information; ACCESS for ELLs and Alternate ACCESS for ELLs Score Report Availability; Michigan School Accountability Resources and Guidance; New Feature! Bright Ideas, Leverage your assessment practice to support and advance learning; College Board Corner (Upcoming Deadline: September 16, 2020, Winter PSAT/NMSQT, September 23 SAT with Essay Reminders, Online Questionnaire and Student Search Service Opt-In Now Available); Important Dates
August 27 MDE-Approved Benchmark Providers under Public Act 149.9; Smarter Balanced interim Assessments Offered to Districts Free of Charge; New Alternate Content Expectations for Science are Here!; 2019-2020 Graduation Rate Appeals Window; Allowlisting; OEAA Invites Input from Spotlight Readers and Their Frontline Educators; College Board Corner (Upcoming Deadline: September 16, 2020; September 23 SAT with Essay; Winter PSAT/NMSQT, Check your Address, Check your PSAT/NMSQT and PSAT 8/9 Orders); ACT WorkKeys; Important Dates
August 20 Temporary Guidance for Identifying Potential English Learners During Remote Learning; WIDA In-Person Screening Considerations; Early Literacy and Mathematics Benchmark Assessments – Online Only; OEAA Invites Input from Spotlight Readers and Their Frontline Educators; Reminder: Report “Building Pupil Would Otherwise Attend” for SEE and S2E2 Students; College Board Corner; ACT WorkKeys; Important Dates; Contacts
August 13 WIDA In-Person Screening Considerations; College Board Corner (Fall 2020 Deadlines for August 25, 2020; Winter PSAT/NMSQT; Updating Orders in the Test Ordering Site (TOS); Fall Testing Options; Fall Testing Manuals; Fall Training); Important Dates
August 6 OEAA Secure Site - Changes to Security Process and Pages; Early Literacy and Mathematics Benchmark TAM and Online Directions; Spring 2019 WIDA ACCESS for ELLs Student Data File; English Learner Auto Exit Processing and Information; College Board Corner (Reminders, Fall Testing Options); Important Dates
July 30 Fall 2020 High School Testing Documents Updated; WIDA Missing Materials; ACCESS for ELLs and Alternate ACCESS for ELLs Score Report Availability; College Board Corner; Important Dates
July 23 DRC INSIGHT Portal Access for Fall Early Literacy and Mathematics Benchmark Assessments (K-2); Important Dates
July 16 Fall 2020 Pre-ID and Test Session Setup for Early Literacy and Mathematics Benchmark Assessments (K-2); College Board Corner; Important Dates
July 2 College Board Corner (Resources for Fall 2020 Testing, Fall Testing Policies, Test Ordering Site is Open, Ordering Reminders, Fall 2020 School Day Testing for MDE-Provided SAT with Essay, PSAT/NMSQT, and PSAT 8/9); ACT WorkKeys; Important Dates
June 25 DRC Summer Technology Updates; MME and PSAT Resources Added for Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 Testing; Parent Dashboard - Update School Services and Offerings; College Board Corner (Resources for Fall 2020 Testing, Fall Testing Policies, Test Ordering Site is open, Ordering Reminders); ACT WorkKeys; Important Dates
June 18 Spring 2020 WIDA ACCESS and WIDA Alternate ACCESS Verification of Answer Documents Received; Accountable Students Enrolled and Demographics Reminder;Reminder to Report "Building Pupil Would Otherwise attend" for SEE and S2E2 Students; Parent Dashboard - Update School Services and Offerings; College Board Corner (Resources for Fall 2020 Testing, Fall Testing Policies; Testing Ordering Site is Open); Important Dates
June 11 DRC Training Webinars for Fall 2020 Early Literacy and Mathematics Benchmark Assessments; Parent Dashboard - Update School Services and Offerings; College Board Corner (Resources for Fall 2020 Testing, Fall Testing Policies, Webinar, Test Ordering Site is Open) ; ACT WorkKeys (Packing Test Materials for Return to ACT, Returning Test Materials to ACT); Important Date
June 4 Accountability for Section 31a At-Risk – Report Now In Preview, Parent Dashboard – Update School Services and Offerings, 2019-20 WIDA Screener Scoring Closing in WIDA AMS, WIDA AMS Changes, WIDA ACCESS Reminders-Important Material Return Instructions for WIDA ACCESS and Alternate ACCESS for ELLs, WIDA ACCESS for ELLs Verification Windows and Reporting Schedule, WIDA ACCESS and WIDA Alternate ACCESS for ELLs Answer Documents Received, WIDA ACCESS and WIDA Alternate ACCESS for ELLs Student Demographics for Reporting, - College Board Corner, Important Dates
May 28 WIDA Auto Exit Process Webinar; Performance Assessment Cadre of Experts Development Opportunity; College Board Corner (Resources for Fall 2020 Testing, Upcoming Webinar, SSD Coordinator Email)
May 21 ISD Guidance for providing Feedback to LEAs on 1% Cap Justification Forms; Accessing Formative Assessment in Online Learning Environments Webinar; College Board Corner (Resources for Fall 2020 Testing)
May 14 Fall 2020 High School Testing Information Now Available; WIDA ACCESS for ELLs Verification Windows and Reporting Schedule; WIDA ACCESS and WIDA Alternate ACCESS for ELLs Answer Documents Received; WIDA ACCESS and WIDA Alternate ACCESS for ELLs Student Demographics for Reporting; Accessing the Recordings of Formative Assessments in Online Learning Environments Webinars; FAME Project New Coach Applications Deadline is Friday, May 15
May 7 An Update on National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP); Performance Assessment Cadre of Experts Development Opportunity; 1% Cap Justification Feedback Guidance to ISDs - Update; FAME Project New Coach Applications Deadline Extended to May 15; College Board Corner - Fall 2020 Testing
April 30 1% Cap Justification Feedback Guidance to ISDs - Coming Soon; New Webinar on Formative Assessmentin Online Learning Environments; FAME Project New Coach Applications Deadline Extended to May 15; Important Material Return Instructions for WIDA ACCESS for ELLs and Alternate ACCESS; College Board Corner (Fall 2020 Testing)
April 23 1% Cap Justification Feedback Guidance to ISDs; Notes on Student Assessment; FAME Project New Coach Applications Deadline Extended to May 15; College Board Corner (SAT Suite Question Bank)
April 16 An Update from OEAA About Student Assessment; Using the Formative Assessment Process to Enhance Student Learning in an Online Environment Webinar; FAME Project Accepting New Coach Applications Deadline Extended to May 15; Focus on Assessment Literacy, Stay Home, Stay Safe Reading List
April 9 An Update From OEAA About Student Assessment; Important Material Return Instructions for WIDA ACCESS for ELLs and Alternate ACCESS; Using the formative assessment process to enhance student learning in an online environment; FAME Project Accepting New Coach Applications for 2020-21; ACT WorkKeys
April 2 An Update From OEAA About Student Assessment; Michigan School Grades Reports Publicly Available; FAME Project Accepting New Coach Applications for 2020-21 
March 26 An Update From OEAA About Student Assessments; Michigan School Grades Reports Update; FAME Project Accepting New Coach Applications for 2020-21
March 19 COVID 19 Update; Test Materials Handling During School Closure; Michigan School Grades Reports Publicly Available Next Week
March 12 COVID-19 Update; WIDA ACCESS for ELLs End of Testing Reminders; Michigan School Grades Reports Now Available for Preview; M-STEP Test Administration Training Series - All Chapters are Now Available; MI-Access Participation/Supported Independence TAM is Available; M-STEP Science Webinar; FAME Project Accepting New Coach Applications for 2020-21; Focus on Assessment Literacy; College Board Corner (Training); ACT WorkKeys (Receiving Test Materials, Ordering Additional Test Materials, Preparing Students to Go for Platinum, Selecting Testing Staff, Preparing Student Answer Documents, Selecting and Setting up Testing Rooms); Important Dates
March 5 Updated Assessment Security Training Requirements; MI-Access Functional Independence Test Administration Manual is Available; DATES ARE SET for Performance Assessment Cadre of Experts Development Opportunity; Michigan School Grades Reports coming Next Week; FAME Project Accepting New Coach Applications for 2020-21; Invite Staff from MDE to Visit Your School During Testing; Spring 2020 State Assessment Parent Resources Available; College Board (Training); ACT WorkKeys (Preparing for the Test Administration); Important Dates
February 27 Early Literacy and Mathematics Aggregate Reports; Reporting Codes for All State Assessments - Grades K-12; Research Codes 1 and 2 Available for All State Assessments; Michigan School Grades Reports Coming Soon; New M-STEP Supports and Accommodations Teacher Guides for Students who are English Learners, Visual Impaired, or are Deaf or Hard-of-Hearing; What Do I Bubble on WIDA Test Booklets?; M-STEP Test Administration Training Series - Chapter 1 and 2 Available NOW!; Condition Codes for the Passage-Based Writing; Reminder: Public Input on Draft Alternate Content Expectations for Science is Closing Soon; College Board Corner(Coordinator Planning Kits, Planning for the Preadministration Session) ; ACT WorkKeys (Test Materials Shipments, Ordering Additional Test Materials, Testing Staff Requirements, Training Your Testing Staff, Training Webinar) ; Important Dates
February 20 Reminder: 1% Cap on Alternate Assessment Justification is Coming Due; MI-Access Versus PSAT/SAT Spotlight; ISD Justification review Workshops; MDE Seeks Public Input on Draft Alternate Content Standards for Science; DRC District and Building Coordinator Training Webinars; OEAA Technical Support Available; New Supports and Accommodations Video for Students; New Universal Tools and Designated Supports Available for M-STEP; Supports and Accommodations Guidance Documents and Planning Resources; performance Assessment Cadre of Experts Development Opportunity; College Board Corner (Upcoming Deadlines, Testing Tips Webinar, Coordinator Planning Kits, Translated Test Directions, Coming Soon); ACT WorkKeys (ACT WorkKeys Test Materials Shipments, Ordering Additional ACT WorkKeys Test Materials, Student preparation - Go For Platinum!); Important Dates
February 13

Having WIDA Technical Problems?; NEW! M-STEP Test Administrator's Training Toolkit; Performance Assessment Cadre of Experts Development Opportunity; Focus on Assessment Literacy, What is performance assessment and why is it a useful form of assessment?; College Board (Upcoming Deadlines, Pre-ID Deadline Has Passed, Testing Tips Webinar, Action Needed for MP3 Accommodation, Coming Soon); ACT WorkKeys (Training Webinars, Off-site Testing); Important Dates

February 6 Pre-Identification of Students Deadline Approaching; Initial Material Orders Deadline Approaching; Off-Site Test Administration Requests Window for Districts, Schools and Individual Students; DON'T FORGET! Unassign Students Taking a MI-Access Assessment from M-STEP; WIDA Test Exceptions Window Re-Opening; WIDA ACCESS for ELLs AFTER Hours Testing Request; MDE Seeks Public Input on Draft Alternate Content Standards for Science; Updated: Should my Student Take the Alternate Assessment Flowchart; INSIGHT Extended Reconnect Retries; Parent Consent for PSAT 10 and SAT Optional Questionnaire Clarification; 2020 Michigan School Testing Conference; College Board Corner Upcoming Deadlines, Michigan Testing Manuals Action Needed for MP3 Accommodation); ACT WorkKeys (Pre-identify Students and Order WorkKeys Test Materials, Training Webinars, Off-site Testing); Important Dates
January 30 Early Literacy and Mathematics Benchmark Winter 2020 and M-STEP Passage-based Writing Field Test Winter 2020 Test Windows Extended; M-STEP Test Administrator's Directions and Manuals; WIDA Testing Window Reminders; Technology Readiness for WIDA ACCESS; Student Transfers During WIDA ACCESS for ELLs Testing Window; Screening Students During the WIDA Testing Window; 1% Cap Justification Forms; 202 Michigan School Testing Conference; Focus on Assessment Literacy; College Board Corner (Michigan Testing Manuals); Important Dates
January 23 Early Literacy and Mathematics Benchmark Assessments and Passage-based Writing Field Test Testing Windows Closing; DRC District and Building Coordinator Training Webinars; 2020 Michigan School Testing Conference; College Board Corner (Michigan Testing manuals); ACT WorkKeys (Training Packets, Pre-identify Students and Order WorkKeys Test Materials; Training Webinars, Off-site Testing); Important Dates
January 16 Alternate INSIGHT Availability Request Form; DON'T FORGET! Unassign Students taking a MI-Access assessment from M-STEP; Updated Assessment Security Training; 2019-20 Sending Scores Back Program-Applications Due Soon; Incident Report Regeneration Memo; K-12 Social Studies Teachers: MDE NEEDS YOU!; 2020 Michigan School Testing Conference; Focus on Assessment Literacy Why is fairness in educational testing as important as validity and reliability in the creation and evaluation of assessments?; College Board Corner (Pre-ID Window Now Open, State-Allowed Accommodations Window Open Now, Accommodations and Supports Webinar); ACT WorkKeys (Pre-identify Students and Order WorkKeys Test Materials, ACT WorkKeys Training Webinars; ACT WorkKeys Training Packets); Important Dates
January 9 Assessment Window Changes for Spring 2020 M-STEP; Important Dates Have Been Updated; WIDA Test Setup Now Available; Online ACCESS for ELLs Grades 4-12 Writing Test Sessions; WIDA English Language Development Standards Review Opportunity; SAT, PSAT, WorkKeys, M-STEP and MI-Access Pre-ID and Material Orders; M-STEP Test Administration Manual Available NOW; Early Literacy and Mathematics Benchmark Assessments Student-Level Reports Available; 2019 MME/PSAT and Grade 8 Assessment Training Presentations; College Board Corner (State-Allowed Accommodations Window Opening Next Week, Transferring Students in SSD Online, Accommodations and Supports Webinar); ACT WorkKeys (Pre-Identify Students and Order WorkKeys Test Materials, ACT WorkKeys Training Webinars, Student Preparation - Go for Platinum!); Important Dates
2019  
December 19 Early Literacy and Mathematics Benchmark Winter 2020 Test Window; 2019 MME/PSAT and Grade 8 Assessment Training Presentations; WIDA Alternate ACCESS Overview Recorded Webinar; WIDA Pre-ID and Initial Material Orders; Pre-Identification for SAT, PSAT, WorkKeys, M-STEP, and MI-Access (grades 3-12); Online Sessions; Initial Material Orders for Spring 2020; K-12 Social Studies Teachers: MDE NEEDS YOU!; 2020 Michigan School Testing Conference; College Board (Updated Date, Establishment); ACT WorkKeys (Receiving Communications for the Spring 2020 WorkKeys Administration; What's New with ACT WorkKeys in 2020); Important Dates
December 12

WIDA Test Exceptions & False English learner (EL) Guidance; WIDA Off-Site Test Administration Request Window; DRC Technology Bulletins; 2019-20 Annual Education Report (AER) Public Availability; 2019-20 Sending Scores Back Program for Shared Educational Entities (SEEs and S2E2s) - Applications now Available; Focus on Assessment Literacy, Reliability: The Necessary Precursor to Validity; College Board (Accommodations, English Learner (EL) Supports, Requests in SSD Online); ACT WorkKeys (Reminder: managing Participation for ACT WorkKeys Past Due, What's New with ACT WorkKeys in 2020); Important Dates

December 5 WIDA Pre-ID of Students and Initial Material Order; WIDA ACCESS for ELLs Paper/Pencil Materials; Parental Consent for PSAT 10 and SAT Optional Questionnaire Clarification; M-STEP Passage-Based Writing Field Test: Test Administration Guide; K-12 Social Studies Teachers: MDE NEEDS YOU!; Public Input Sought on 1% Cap Waiver; 2018-19 Public Availability of School Index Results; 2018-19 School Accountability Reports and Student Datafiles Available for Preview; Fall Collection and SRMs Pre-Identification for Spring 2020; 2020 Michigan School Testing Conference; Writing Skills Field Test; College Board Corner (Accommodations, English Learner (EL) Supports) ; ACT WorkKeys (Reminder: Managing Participation for ACT WorkKeys Past Due); Important Dates
November 21 M-STEP Demographic Claims Report Now Available; 2019-20 Annual Education Report (AER) Coming Soon; Michigan School Index System Reports and Accountability Student Datafiles Coming Soon; 2020 Michigan School Testing Conference; College Board Corner (Accommodations, Coordinator Implementation Handbook, Implementation Webinar); ACT WorkKeys (Manage Participation Reminder); Important Dates
November 14 Pre-Identification for Winter 2020 Early Literacy and Mathematics Benchmark Assessment (K-2); Pre-Identification for Winter 2020 M-STEP Online Passage-Based Writing Field Test Grades 3-8; Updated 2019-20 Assessment Integrity Guide Released; Updated Assessment Security Training Requirements; Demographic Claims Report Now Available; 2020 Michigan School Testing Conference; Michigan School Index System Reports and Accountability Student Datafiles Coming Soon; Focus on Assessment Literacy, Validity: the most important concept in educational testing; College Board Corner (Parental Consent for PSAT 10 and SAT with Essay; Coordinator Implementation Handbook; Off-site Testing; Establishment); ACT WorkKeys (Manage Participation; ACT WorkKeys Assessments Overview; ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate; Student Preparation - Go for Platinum!); Important Dates
November 7 Early Literacy and Mathematics Benchmark Assessment Aggregate Reports; Off-Site Request Calendar for 2019-20 School Year; Clarification about measuring Growth for the PSAT in Grade 8; WIDA Test Exceptions & False English Learner (EL) Guidance; Michigan School Index System Reports and Accountability Student Datafiles Coming Soon; College Board Corner (Coordinator Implementation Handbook; Off-Site Testing); ACT WorkKeys (Manage Participation); Important Dates
October 31
Please Complete the 2019 OEAA Report Survey; Focus on Assessment Literacy Reminder ; College Board Corner; ACT WorkKeys; Important Dates
October 24
Reminder to Delete TSM Configurations and Transition to COS SD;English Learner Data Reports Available for 2019 WIDA ACCESS for ELLs; College Board Corner; ACT WorkKeys; Important Dates
October 17
2019-2020 Guide to State Assessments; Online Testing Waiver Window;Important Dates Documents; Fall 2019 Early Literacy and Mathematics Benchmark Student Data Files and Aggregate Data files; 2019 OEAA Report Survey; Do You Want Quicker Access to WIDA Screener Orders; Do Staff Who no Longer Have Access to the OEAA Secure Site Still Need It?; The Score Report Understanding: Communicating Assessments Results to Support Appropriate Action Regarding Student Achievement; College Board Corner; Important Dates
October 10 WIDA Workshop: Writing with Multilingual Students in the Elementary Grades; Want To Help Make WIDA Better?; Writing Skills Field Test; College Board Corner; ACT WorkKeys; Important Dates
October 3 Spring 2020 Summative Testing Schedule; M-STEP Science Field Test Reports Available; Score Reports Updated with Student-level Growth Data; M-STEP Student Growth and Proficiency Reports Available; New Online Tools Training For MI-Access Functional Independence; College Board Corner; Important Dates
September 26 End of Fall 2019 Early Literacy and Mathematics Benchmark Assessments; College Board (Preparing for this Spring, School Establishment); ACT WorkKeys (Update EEM Reminder); Important Dates
September 19 Secure Site Down for Maintenance September 20, 2019; Kindergarten WIDA Screener Field Test Opportunity; Do you need to score your online WIDA Screener?; Focus on Assessment Literacy; College Board Corner (Updating EEM, Access to SSD Online for New SSD Coordinators, Getting Ready for 2020 - Fall Implementation Workshops and Webinar); ACT WorkKeys (Updating the EEM); Important Dates
September 12 Early Literacy and Mathematics Benchmark Fall 2019; Secure Site Down for Maintenance September 20, 2019; Recognition of Professional and Ethical Test Administration Practices; Parent-friendly Starting Smarter Website Now Available; WIDA Reminder to Delete TSM Configurations and Transition to COS SD; Writing Skills Field Test; College Board Corner (Updating EEM, Access to SSD Online for New SSD Coordinators; Getting Ready for 2020-Fall Implementation Workshops and Webinar); ACT WorkKeys (Overview and Student Preparation; Student Preparation-Go for Platinum); Important Dates
September 5 Early Literacy and mathematics Benchmark Fall 2019 Test Window; Early Literacy and Mathematics Benchmark Assessments Student-Level Reports Available; English Learner (EL) Exit Deadline Next Week; WIDA Results on MiSchooldata; New WIDA Assessment Coordinators; M-STEP Target Analysis Reports Now Available; Are Your School and District Contacts Up-to-Date in the Educational Entity Master (EEM)? College Board Corner (Updating EEM, Access to SSD Online for New SSD Coordinators, Getting Ready for 2020 - Fall Implementation Workshops and Webinar); Important Dates
August 29 2019 M-STEP, PSAT 8/9, and SAT Statewide Results Released, Spring 2019 Embargo Lifted – Aggregate Reports Are Available, MDE Resources Help Schools Communicate about Student Score Reports, Transition from TSM to COS-SD – Tech Requirement for Fall Testing, Required Assessments for Newly Enrolling Students, WIDA Screener Basics, System Accounts Needed for WIDA Assessments, Additional Fall 2019 WIDA Workshops and Webinars, College Board Corner (Questions about Spring PSAT 8/9, PSAT 10, or SAT?, Getting Ready for 2020 – Save the Date for Fall Implementation Workshops), Important Dates
August 22 English Learner (EL) Exit Deadline Approaching; M-STEP and MME Printed Parent Reports and Student Record Labels; Early Literacy and Mathematics Benchmark Assessments - Online Only; Updated Communication Toolkit for State Assessment Reporting; New Resources for Parents; College Board Corner (Getting Ready for 2020-Save the Date for Fall Implementation Workshops); ACT WorkKeys (Spring 2019 Score Reports Delivery and Returned Shipments); Important Dates
August 15 School Accountability Contact Information; Focus on Assessment Literacy: What is the formative assessment process and why is it critical to teaching and learning; College Board Corner; Important Dates; Contacts
August 8 eDIRECT Renamed the "DRC INSIGHT Portal"; Transition from TSM to COS-SD-Tech Requirement for Fall Testing; Fall 2019 Pre-ID Test Session Setup for Early Literacy and Mathematics (K-2); DRC Training Webinars for District, Building, and Technology Coordinators; Embargoed Spring 2019 Student and Aggregate Data Files; Spring 2019 WIDA Assessment Reports; Spring 2019 WIDA ACCESS for ELLs Student Data File Available; No Automatic WIDA Screener Orders; Fall 2019 WIDA Workshop/Webinar Registration; M-STEP Reports Webcast; Spring 2019 Interpretive Guide to M-STEP Reports; MiLearn Embargoed Data; 2018-2019 Graduation Rate Appeals Window; College Board Corner (Getting Ready for 2020 - Save the Date for Fall Implementation Workshops); Important Dates
June 27 Embargo Reminder; Spring 2019 Administration Surveys Close Tomorrow; Fall 2019 WIDA Workshop Registration is Now Open; College Board Corner; ACT WorkKeys; Important Dates; Contacts
June 20 Spring 2019 WIDA ACCESS for ELLs Scores Now Available; Spring 2019 Administration Surveys; Focus Group Thank You!; Michigan Linked Educational Assessment Reporting Network (MiLearn); College Board Corner; ACT WorkKeys; Important Dates; Contacts
June 13 Deadlines Approaching; 2018-19 English Learner (EL) Exit Guidelines; WIDA Screener Scoring in WIDA AMS; June 10, 2019 WIDA Secure Portal Changes; Assessment Literacy Summer Reading List; College Board Corner (Reminder; Educator Score Release, Getting Ready for 2020-Save the Date for Fall Implementation Workshops); Important Dates
June 6 Answer Documents Received and Not Tested Students; Student Suspension and Expulsion Data Now Publicly Available on Parent Dashboard; When Will Reports Be Available; MDE Accepting Applications for Item Writers and Review Committee Members; College Board Corner; Important Dates
May 30 End of Testing Reminders; Technology Coordinator Webinar on the TSM to COS Transition; Assessment Coordinator Training Guide Focus Group; MDE Accepting Applications for Item Writers and Review Committee Members; Preview Student Suspension and Expulsion Data Now Available on Parent Dashboard; Focus on Assessment Literacy Reflection; College Board Corner (Start preparing for Spring 2020, Score Release); Important Dates
May 23 MI-Access P/SI Online Answer Document Entries; SAT, PSAT 8/9, PSAT 10, and WorkKeys Answer Documents Received; Assessment Coordinator Training Guide Focus Group; Preview Student Suspension and Expulsion Data Now Available on Parent Dashboard; No Automatic WIDA Screener Orders; MDE Accepting Applications for Item Writers and Review Committee Members; College Board Corner (Start Preparing for Spring 2020, Answer Document Verification Window, Score Release); ACT WorkKeys (verification of Answer Documents Received and Not Tested Students; Score Reports and National Career Readiness Certificates), Important Dates
May 16 Read By Grade Three Retention Guide; Return of Paper/Pencil M-STEP Materials Approaching Deadline; WIDA ACCESS and WIDA Alternate ACCESS for ELLs Accountable Students and Answer Documents Received; SAT, PSAT 8/9, PSAT 10, and WorkKeys Answer Documents Received; 2019 MI-Access Returns for FI ELA: Expressing Ideas; MI-Access Testing Window Closing and Material Returns; Student Suspension and Expulsion Data Coming Soon to Parent Dashboard; College Board Corner; ACT WorkKeys; Important Dates; Contacts
May 9 Secure Materials; SAT, WorkKeys, PSAT 8/9, and PSAT 10 Answer Documents Received; WIDA Screener Orders for 2019-20 School Year; Supports and Accommodations Differences Survey; Focus on Assessment Literacy: What is the Purpose of Interim Assessments?; College Board Corner (SSD Emails about MP3 Streaming and School Testing Calendar; Score Release; Student Access to Scores; Matching College Board Student Accounts and Registration) ; ACT Workkeys (Verification of Answer Documents Received and Not Tested Students, Score Reports and National Career Readiness Certificates); Important Dates
May 2 Next Week: Last Week for Online Testing for Grades 5, 8, and 11; Accountable Students Enrolled and Demographics Review for Spring 2019; Spring 2019 WIDA ACCESS and Alternate ACCESS Verification of Answer Documents Received and Not Tested Students; W-APT for Kindergarten Round-up; Online WIDA Screener Scoring Roll-Over; M-STEP Incident Reporting: Accommodations Issue Parent Letter; Important Reminders; College Board Corner (Score Release, Student Access to Scores, Matching College Board Student Accounts and Registration); ACT WorkKeys (Return Test Materials to ACT, Client Satisfaction Survey, Contacting ACT, ACT WorkKeys Score Reports, ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC), Student Access to MyWorkKeys.com); Important Dates
April 25 M-STEP return of Paper/Pencil Materials Deadline for Grades 5, 8, and 11; M-STEP Online Test Administration Window for Grades 3, 4, 6, and 7 Opens Monday April 29, 2019; INSIGHT Closing "Due to Inactivity."; Important Communications About Incident Reports; OEAA invites feedback on its Assessment Coordinator Training Guide; Important Reminders; College Board Corner (Score Release); ACT WorkKeys (Returning Makeup Materials to ACT; Materials Pickup; Client Satisfaction Survey); Important Dates
April 18 Assigning Accommodations Reminder; Paper/Pencil Test Dates Reminder; What to Expect in your M-STEP Grades 3,4,5, and 7 Material Orders Shipment; Testing Tech Tips; Michigan Student Data System Updates for Assessment and Accountability; W-APT for Pre-K Students; WIDA Secure Portal Changes on June 10; Important Reminders, Text-to-Speech is NOT for All Students, FAME Project Accepting New Coach Applications for 2019-20; College Board Corner (Questions about Spring PSAT 8/9, PSAT 10, or SAT?, SAT Makeup Materials, Makeup Material Delivery, UPS Pickup, Score Release); ACT WorkKeys (Makeup Test Administration, Returning Makeup Materials to ACT; Materials Pickup); Recently Asked Questions; Important Dates
April 11 Spring 2019 Preliminary Reports; Early Literacy and Mathematics Benchmark Assessment Student Level Reports Available; Accountability for Section 31a At-Risk-Report Now Available; Important Reminders, FAME Project Accepting New Coach Applications for 2019-20); Focus on Assessment Literacy, What is the Purpose of Summative Assessment?; College Board Corner (Questions about Spring PSAT 8/9, PSAT 10, or SAT?, Reminder, Requesting Makeup Materials, UPS Pickup); ACT WorkKeys (Eligibility for Makeup Testing, Order Makeup Materials - Reminder!, Answer Document Preparation, Makeup Test Administration, Returning Makeup Materials to ACT, Materials Pickup, Contacting ACT); Recently Asked Questions; Important Dates; Contacts
April 4 Spring 2019 Testing Window Begins Monday, April 8; Common Problems During Testing and How to Resolve Them; Social Media Monitoring for Security; Secure Materials; Multiplication Table vs Math Manipulative; Early Literacy and Mathematics Aggregate Reports; M-STEP Test Administration Training Series – Chapters 2 and 3; Verifying New Students Tests Taken; Supports and Accommodations Differences Survey; Important Reminders: FAME Project Accepting New Coach Applications for 2019-20; College Board Corner; ACT WorkKeys; Recently Asked Questions; Important Dates; Contacts
March 28 Additional Material Orders for Spring 2019; What to Expect in your initial Material Orders Shipment; Spring 2019 Test Windows Extension; MI-Access Test Administration Training Presentation Available; Educational Entity Master Updates for Parent Dashboard; Important Reminders; FAME Project Accepting New Coach Applications for 2019-20; College Board Corner (Training, Answer Sheets, Test Books, Cell Phones, Irregularity Reports, coming Soon); ACT WorkKeys (Briefing Session with School Staff, Arrival, Identification, and Seating of Students, Reading Verbal Instructions, Distribute Secure Test Materials to Students, Administer All 3 Tests in Order, Collect/verify Test Materials, Question & Answer Webinars); Important Dates; Contacts
March 21 Spring 2019 Test Window Extensions; Updated Test Administration Documents; WIDA ACCESS for ELLs End of Testing Reminders; Access for ELLs Interpreting Score Reports Webinar; M-STEP Test Administration Training Series - Chapter 1 Available Now; Text-to-Speech is Not for All Students; Invite Staff from MDE to Visit your School During Testing; Statewide School Index Report Tools Now Available; Important Reminders; Fame Project Accepting new Coal Applications for 2019-20; Focus on Assessment Literacy - What is the Purpose of Assessment? College Board Corner (Shipments); ACT WorkKeys (Pre-Test Activities, Receiving Test Materials, Select Testing Staff, Preparing Student Answer Documents, preparing Students - Go For Platinum!, Selecting and Setting up Testing Rooms); Important Dates; Contacts
March 14 Braille M-STEP Sample Item Sets; WIDA ACCESS for ELLs End of Testing Reminders; OEAA Assessment Security Compliance Forms; M_STEP Testing Schedule Requirements; Additional Material Orders for Spring 2019; Spring 2019 State Assessment Parent Resources Available; FAME Project Accepting New Coach Applications for 2019-20; College Board Corner (Shipments; Coming Soon); ACT WorkKeys (Student Preparation-Go for Platinum); Important Dates; Contacts
March 7 WIDA Additional Material Orders; MI-Access Test Administration Manuals Now Available; Spring 2019 Building Coordinator WebEx Follow-up and Q&A Session Information; Updating Student Information in the OEAA Secure Site; College Board Corner (Training; Shipments; Testing Tips Webinar; Coming Soon); ACT WorkKeys (Preparing for the Test Administration); Important Dates; Contacts
February 28 DRC District and Building Coordinator Training Webinars - NEXT WEEK; Managing Students in eDIRECT; How you can use the Pre-ID Student Report; M-STEP Online and Paper/Pencil Test Administration Directions Available; M-STEP Supports and Accommodations Worksheets; Bilingual Word-to-Word Dictionaries for State Assessments; 2017-18 School Accountability Results Now Available; 2018-19 Annual Education Report (AER) Public Availability; College Board Corner (Training, Translated Test Directs, Testing Tips Webinar, Coming Soon); ACT WorkKeys (Test Materials Shipments, Testing Staff Requirements, Training ACT WorkKeys Testing Staff); Important Dates; Contacts
February 21

Reporting Codes for All State Assessments; Important Reminders, 2017-18 School Accountability Reports and Accountability Student Datafiles, 2018-19 Annual Education Report (AER) Coming Soon; College Board Corner (Training, Translated Test Directions, Testing Tips Webinar, Coordinator Planning Kits have Shipped, Coming Soon); ACT WorkKeys (Test Materials Shipments, Contacting ACT); Important Dates; Contacts

February 14 WIDA – Bubbling-In Student Information on Test Booklets; Student Transfers During WIDA ACCESS for ELLs Testing Window; PSAT/SAT Accommodations —Deadline Soon!; MI-Access and PSAT Flexibility for Grade 8; 2017-18 School Accountability Reports and Accountability Student Datafiles Now Available for Preview on MI School Data!; 2018-19 Annual Education Report (AER) Coming Soon; Alternate INSIGHT Availability Request Window: January 14 –March 7, 2019; Important Reminders; College Board Corner; ACT WorkKeys; Important Dates; Contacts
February 7 Pre-Identification and Initial Material Order Deadline Approaching; Updated Assessment Security Training; MI-Access is the Alternate Assessment for Grade 8; School Accountability Index System Reports and Accountability Student Datafiles Coming Next Week; Important Reminders; New Feature: Focus on Assessment Literacy; College Board Corner; ACT WorkKeys; Important Dates; Contacts
January 31 Testing Window Extension: Winter Early Literacy and Mathematics Benchmarks and Passage-based Writing Field Test; WIDA ACCESS for ELLs and WIDA Alternate ACCESS for ELLs Testing Window Opening; M-STEP Test Administration Manual Available NOW; DRC District and Building Coordinator Training Webinars-Spring 2019; Important Reminders; 2019 Michigan School Testing Conference; College Board Corner; ACT WorkKeys; Important Dates; Contacts
January 24 Early Literacy and Mathematics Benchmark Assessments and Passage-based Writing Field Test Testing Windows Closing; Michigan's Updated Parent Dashboard for School Transparency-Available Now; Important Reminders; Assessment Literacy: Ready to up your game? New Feature; College Board Corner; Important Dates; Contacts
January 17 Passage-based Writing Field Test Important Information; Read by Grade 3 Update; 2019 Supports and Accommodations Guidance Document; WIDA ACCESS for ELLs Preparation: Important Reminders, 2019 Michigan School Testing Conference; College Board Corner; ACT WorkKeys: Important Dates; Contacts
January 10 Early Literacy and Mathematics Benchmark Test Window is Open; Exceeding 1% Cap Deadline Reminder; Pre-Identification of Students and Initial Material Orders Reminder; Early Literacy and Mathematics Benchmark Assessments Student-Level Reports Available; Off-Site Test Administration Requests Window for Individual Students; MME/PSAT Q&A Webinar FAQs; Alternate INSIGHT Availability Request Window: January 14-March 7, 2019; 2019 Michigan School Testing Conference; Michigan's PARENT DASHBOARD for School Transparency; Important Reminders; M-STEP Online Passage-Based Field Test; College Board Corner; ACT WorkKeys; Important Dates; Contacts
2018  
December 20
 
Winter 2019 Testing Window Opens January 7!; Is WIDA Alternate ACCESS the Right Test?; WIDA Coordinators and Test Administrators Checklist; WIDA ACCESS for ELLs Online Test Setup & AMS Accounts; School Accountability Index System Reports and Accountability Student Datafiles Coming January; Opportunity to Participate in a Collaborative Scoring System Field Test; 2019 Michigan School Testing Conference; Fall Early Literacy and Mathematics Benchmark Reports Updated;College Board Corner; ACT WorkKeys; Important Dates; Contacts
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-Identification 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; White listing; 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