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SUMMARY OF COMMUNICATIONS

2024
April 11 M-STEP and MI-Access Preliminary Reports Now Available; Human Voice Audio Available for M-STEP Passage-based Writing Items; Homebound and Hospitalized Students - State Testing Expectations; College Board Corner (Retesting and Irregularities Guidance, Paper Material Returns); ACT WorkKeys (Returning Initial (Test Window 1) Test Materials to ACT, Return Secure Materials to ACT, Order Makeup Test Day (Test Window 2) Test Materials, Makeup (Test Window 2) Test Administration, Upcoming Events and Deadlines) ; Important Dates; Conferences & Webinars
April 4

Spring Testing 2024 Begins Monday, April 8; M-STEP, MI-Access, and Early Literacy and Mathematics: Common Testing Issues and How to Resolve Them; Chromebooks and the Kiosk Floating Accessibility Menu; Tips to Prevent the Double Testing of Students; Important Reminders About MI-Access Participation; WIDA Screener for Pre-K Students Testing Cycle Now Open; Three-Year Summative Testing Schedule Now Available; College Board Corner (Test Day Tips, Avoiding Testing Irregularities, Paper Testing FAQ Now Available); ACT WorkKeys (Test Day Tips); Important Dates

March 28

M-STEP and MI-Access Initial Materials Arriving in Schools This Week! ;Test Monitoring Application; Update: Computer Adaptive Test (CAT) Tracking Now Available; CORRECTION: M-STEP Multiplication Table Accommodation Eligibility; Michigan-Specific Guidance for the Administration of the SAT Suite of Assessments; Important Reminders About MI-Access Participation; State Superintendent’s Letter Regarding Spring Assessments Now Available in Arabic and Spanish; Michigan Social Studies Educators Wanted for M-STEP Social Studies Blueprint Panel (June 2024); College Board Corner (MDE Guidance Document, Text-to-Speech and Spring 2024 Testing, College Board Required Online Training and School Readiness, Reminders); ACT WorkKeys (Pre-Recorded Audio forms, Reminders); Important Dates

March 21 State Superintendent’s Letter Regarding Spring Assessments Available Now; Additional Paper/Pencil Assessment Material Orders; M-STEP Multiplication Table Accommodation Request Form Available Monday, March 25, 2024; Available Now: Complete M-STEP Test Administration Training; Available Now: MI-Access Test Administration Training Videos; Michigan-Specific Guidance for the Administration of the SAT Suite of Assessments; WIDA ACCESS for ELLs and Alternate ACCESS for ELLs – Testing Window Closure and Material Return Deadline; Homebound and Hospitalized Students – State Testing Expectations; Science Educators: You Can Get Involved with the M-STEP Assessment!; College Board Corner (Digital SAT with Essay Break Time Update, OEAA Pre-ID and College Board Student Registration, Off-Site Testing, Fee Waivers, Reminders); ACT WorkKeys (Briefing Session with School Staff, Testing Activities, Timings of Assessments, Break Policy, Reminders); Important Dates
March 14 Michigan Student Data System (MSDS) Updates for Assessment and Accountability Reporting; M-STEP Text-to-Speech Guidance; Chromebooks and the Kiosk Floating Accessibility Menu; Training Requirements: MI-Access District and Building Assessment Coordinators, Technology Coordinators, and Test Administrators; WIDA ACCESS Additional Material Order Window Closing; WIDA ACCESS for ELLs and WIDA Alternate ACCESS for ELLs - End of Testing Reminders; Development Opportunity: Michigan Performance Assessment Cadre (MiPAC) - Cohort V; College Board Corner (Chromebooks and Kiosk Accessibility During Spring Testing, Digital Readiness Check Resources, College Board Webinar Recordings, Interactive Coordinator Checklist - District Dashboard, College Board Boots on the Ground Staff, State Data Management System (SDMS), Michigan Guides and Testing Manuals); ACT WorkKeys (Test Site Selection); Important Dates; Conferences & Webinars
March 7 M-STEP Text-to-Speech (TTS) Clarification and Requirements; M-STEP Training Requirements for District and Building Assessment Coordinators, Technology Coordinators, and Test Administrators; M-STEP Paper/Pencil Test Administrator's Directions and Manuals Available Now; College Board Center (Headphone Requirements, Prevent Bluebook Application Corruption on Chromebooks, List of Paper/Pencil Test Materials, Training Opportunities, College Board Office Hours, College Board Test Format); ACT WorkKeys (Test Site Selection, Prepare Student Answer Documents); Important Dates; Conferences & Webinars
February 29 M-STEP Online Test Administrator's Directions and Manuals Available Now; DRC INSIGHT Portal Available; Closing Soon: Alternate INSIGHT Availability Request Window for M-STEP, MI-Access; State Assessment Exemptions for English Learners Who Are Recent Arrivals; Alternate ACCESS Field Test Transcription Guidance; Winter 2024 Early Literacy and Mathematics Aggregate Reports Available; Winter 2024 Early Literacy and Mathematics Benchmark Student Data Files and Aggregate Data Files; FAME Project Accepting New Coach Applications for 2024-2026; 2025 Michigan School Testing Conference: Call for Presenters; College Board Corner (Michigan Guides and Testing Manuals, College Board's Required Online Training, Critical Bluebook Update, Training Opportunities); ACT WorkKeys (Testing Staff Requirements, Training Your Testing Staff); Important Dates; Conferences & Webinars
February 22 New Multiplication Table Guidance; College Board Corner (Introducing Brad Brunner to Michigan Educators, Practice Resources for SAT with Essay and PSAT-Related Assessments, College Boards Required Online Training, Testing Room Requirements, Michigan Testing Manuals); ACT WorkKeys (Reminders); Important Dates; Conferences & Webinars
February 15 Setting up Devices for Online Testing: WIDA, M-STEP, and MI-Access; WIDA Supports and Accommodations Resources for Educators (Teacher Guides) and Videos; College Board Corner (Spring 2024 Michigan SAT Suite Testing Window Open April 8-28 (note correct date), Critical Bluebook Update Released, Meeting District and School Needs, Optional Student Information in Digital Readiness, Changes to MDE Consent Policy for Optional Student Information for SAT with Essay, PSAT 8/9 and PSAT 10); ACT WorkKeys (WorkKeys Test Materials Shipments; Ordering Additional ACT WorkKeys Test Materials); Important Dates; Conferences & Webinars
February 8 M-STEP and MI-Access FI Online Sessions; MI-Access Test Administration Manuals Now Available; WIDA Alternate ACCESS Standard Setting Educator Recruitment; College Board Corner (SSD Accommodation Request Deadline is February 16, Screen Reader Requests No Longer Requires Documentation Review, College Board Data Entry Assistance with Test Day Toolkit); ACT WorkKeys (Reminders); Important Dates; Conferences & Webinars
February 1 M-STEP Test Administration Manual Available Now; Reminder: End of Testing for Early Literacy and Mathematics Benchmark Assessments; Available Now: Spring 2024 Michigan Merit Exam, PSAT in High School, and Grade 8 Test Administration Training - Part II; Now Available - Spanish and Arabic Versions of the Parental/Guardian Opt-Out Form for Optional Information Provided During the SAT Suite of Assessments; WIDA Incident Reports; Screening Potential English Learners During the WIDA ACCESS Testing Window; WIDA Additional School/District Labels; WIDA Alternate ACCESS Standard Setting Educator Recruitment; College Board (Pre-identification in the OEAA Secure Site); ACT WorkKeys (Reminders); Important Dates; Conferences & Webinars
January 25 Parental/Guardian Opt-Out Policy for Optional Information Provided During the SAT Suite of Assessments; Revised Guidance on Who Should and Should Not Take MI-Access; Last Call for Applications: 2023-24 Sending Scores Back Program for Shared Educational Entities (SEEs and S2E2s); College Board (Changes to the Michigan Department of Education's Consent Policy for Optional Student Information for SAT with Essay, PST 8/9 and PSAT 10); ACT WorkKeys (Off-site Testing); Important Dates; Conferences & Webinars
January 18 Michigan Virtual 2023-24 Assessment Security Modules are Now Available; Mark Your Calendar: DRC District/Building Coordinator Training Webinars; Ordering WIDA Alternate ACCESS for ELLs Materials; Bubbling-in Student Information on WIDA Test Booklets; Supports & Accommodations Guidance Document and Planning Resources Available for State Assessments; College Board (College Board Monthly Newsletter, Accommodation Requests and English Learner Supports Window); ACT WorkKeys; Important Dates; Conferences & Webinars
January 11 Pre-Identification and Material Orders - SAT, PSAT, WorkKeys, M-STEP, and MI-Access; Text to Speech for Directions Required for all Online M-STEP and MI-Access Functional Independence assessments; WIDA Parent Guides; Early Literacy and Mathematics Benchmark Assessments Student-Level Reports Available; College Board (Pre-identification in the OEAA Secure Site, Interactive Coordinator Checklist, Request Off-Site Testing, College Board Trainings); ACT WorkKeys (Pre-identify Students and Order WorkKeys Test Materials, Completing Manage Participation, ACT WorkKeys Events and Deadlines); Important Dates; Conferences & Webinars
January 4 2023-24 Annual Education Report (AER) Now Available to the Public; REMINDER! Alternate INSIGHT Availability Request Form Now Available for M-STEP, MI-Access; WIDA ACCESS for ELLs Materials Arrive in Districts on January 30; Michigan-Specific WIDA Test Administration Manual Available; College Board Corner; ACT WorkKeys; Important Dates; Conferences & Webinars
2023
December 21 Michigan School Grades Reports Publicly Available; 2023-24 Annual Education Report (AER) Preview Available; Off-Site Request Calendar for 2023-24 School Year; Alternate INSIGHT Availability Request Form Available for M-STEP, MI-Access; M-STEP Passage-based Writing Field Test Administration Guide Available Now; College Board Corner; ACT WorkKeys; Important Dates; Conferences and Webinars
December 14 2022-23 Michigan School Grades Reports: Preview Now Available; Student Pre-ID for SAT, PSAT, WorkKeys, M-STEP, and MI-Access; Spring 2024 Assessment Initial Material Orders; WIDA ACCESS for ELLS Pre-ID/Material Order Reminder; Screening Kindergarten Students as Potentially Eligible for English Learner Services; 2023-24 Annual Education Report (AER) Coming Soon; Benchmark Assessment Reporting - Thank You; College Board: AI Confirmation Email and School Establishment; College Board: Request off-Site Testing; ACT WorkKeys: Pre-identify Students and Order WorkKeys Test Materials; Important Dates; Conferences and Webinars
December 7 2022-23 School Accountability Results Now Available on MISchoolData.org; Remember: 1% Alternative Assessment (MI-Access) Waiver Forms are Due December 12, 2023; WIDA Test Exceptions; Required WIDA Assessment Courses and Webinars Available in WIDA Secure Portal; WIDA AMS Test Setup Window Opening; Learn, Share, & Discover - Information and Ideas about Student Assessment at the 2024 Michigan School Testing Conference; 2023-24 College Board Coordinator Implementation Handbook for SAT with Essay, PSAT 8/9, and PSAT 10; College Board Newsletter; College Board Trainings; ACT WorkKeys: Completing Manage Participation; Important Dates; Conferences and Webinars
November 30 Approaching Deadline: Benchmark Assessments Reporting and Funding Application; 2023-24 Annual Education Report (AER) Coming Soon; Michigan School Grades Reports Coming Soon; Reminder: 2022-23 School Index Reports and Datafiles Now Available for Preview on MI School Data; 2023-24 Sending Scores Back Program for Shared Educational Entities (SEEs and S2E2s) - Applications Now Available; DRC INSIGHT Technology Readiness Training for Technology Coordinators Now Available; Tools for Teachers: Tailor Instruction and Boost Learning with Tools for Teachers; Early Literacy & Mathematics Benchmark Assessments Reports: Understanding Scale Scores and Performance Levels; Reminders; College Board: SAT with Essay; Collage Board: School Test Coordinator Webinar, Sessions 1 and 2; College Board: District Test Coordinator Recording and Q&A; ACT WorkKeys: Completing Manage Participation; Important Dates; Conferences & Webinars
November 16 Reminder: Online Testing Waiver Window Closes November 22, 2023; Getting Started with Early Literacy & Mathematics Benchmark Assessments; Getting Started with the Smarter Balanced Interim Assessments; Have you seen the Revised M-STEP Online Test Directions Yet? Pre-ID for Winter 2023 Early Literacy and Mathematics Benchmark Assessment (K-2); Pre-ID for Winter 2024 M-STEP Online Passage-based Writing Field Test, Grades 3-8; Should English Learners with Disabilities Take the WIDA ACCESS for ELLs or the WIDA Alternate ACCESS for ELLs? WIDA Pre-ID of Students and Initial Material Order; Accountability for Section 31a "At Risk" Report now Available; Public Comment on Michigan's One Percent Alternate Assessment (Mi-Access) Waiver; College Board: Important Tasks for Spring 2024 Administration; ACT WorkKeys: State Testing Website; ACT WorkKeys: Completing Manage Participation; Important Dates; Conferences and Webinars
November 9 Changes to M-STEP Online Test Directions; Fall 2023 Early Literacy and Mathematics Aggregate Reports Available; Fall 2023 Early Literacy and Mathematics Benchmark Student Data Files and Aggregate Data Files; Michigan Education Research Association (MERA) Announces Fall Conference, November 20-21 in Frankenmuth; Writing Skills Field Test; College Board: School Test Coordinator Webinar, Part 1; College Board Intent to Participate Email; College Board List of Important Dates; ACT WorkKeys Assessments Overview; ACT WorkKeys Assessments Overview; ACT WorkKeys: Completing Manage Participation; Important Dates; Conferences & Webinars
November 2 Now Available: Benchmark Assessments Reporting and Funding Application; Available Now: Spring 2024 Michigan Merit Exam/PSAT in High School and Grade 8 Test Administration Training - Part I; Smarter Balanced Interim Assessments: A Free, Fully Aligned Resource for Michigan Districts; Get to Know the Early Literacy & Mathematics Benchmark Assessments; Updated 2023-24 Assessment Integrity Guide Released; Reminder: Online Testing Waiver Window Open Through November 22, 2023; Michigan School Index System Reports and Accountability Student Datafiles Coming Soon; PSAT 8/9 for Grade 8: Accommodations and English Learner Supports; College Board; ACT WorkKeys; Important Dates; Conferences & Webinars
October 27 DRC INSIGHT Technology Readiness Training for Technology Coordinators; 2024 Michigan School Testing Conference; Reminder: Assessment Facilitators of Michigan, Unite!; College Board (List of Important Dates); ACT WorkKeys (Completing Manage Participation); Important Dates; Conferences & Webinars
October 19 Off-Site Request Calendar for 2023-24 School Year; Now Available: Lists of Important Dates for M-STEP, MI-Access, Early Literacy and Mathematics, SAT with Essay, PSAT 10, PSAT 8/9, and ACT WorkKeys; 2023-2024 Guide to State Assessments Now Available; End-of-Testing Reminder for Early Literacy and Mathematics Benchmark Assessments; Who Must/Can Take the MME in Spring 2024?; Now Available - Accountability Best Practices: Data Reporting Guide for Trouble-Free Accountability Data; Reminder: Assessment Facilitators of Michigan, Unite!; College Board (List of Important Dates; District Test Coordinator Webinar for SAT with Essay, PSAT 8/9, and PSAT 10, Online Waiver Requests for SAT with Essay and PSAT-Related Assessments, Upcoming Manage Participation); ACT WorkKeys (Update EEM); Important Dates; Conferences & Webinars
October 12 Online Testing Waiver Window Runs October 16-November 22, 2023; Assessment Facilitators of Michigan, Unite!; College Board (Online Waiver Requests for SAT with Essay and PSAT-Related Assessments, District Test Coordinator Webinar for SAT with Essay, PSAT 8/9, and PSAT 10, School Establishment and the Educational Entity Master (EEM)); ACT WorkKeys (Update EEM); Important Dates; Conferences & Webinars
October 5 Accountability Student Growth Updates for 2022-23; College Board Corner (District Test Coordinator Webinar for SAT with Essay, PSAT 8/9, and PSAT 10, Technical Specifications for Digital Testing); ACT WorkKeys (New ACT Contact Information, Update EEM); Important Dates; Conferences & Webinars
September 28 MiLearn Updates for the 2023-24 School Year; WIDA ACCESS Checklists Available; Accessing Previous WIDA Test Scores; Post - Graduation Opportunities Information Packet; College Board Corner (Technical Specifications for Digital Testing); ACT WorkKeys (Overview of the ACT WorkKeys Assessments (Student Preparation - Go for Platinum!); Important Dates
September 21 WIDA Parent Guides; Are you new to WIDA? Arabic Translations of M-STEP, Grade 8, MME, and MI-Access Parent Reports are Available Now; Assessment Training Opportunities; College Board Corner (Digital SAT with Essay Responses, School Establishment and the Educational Entity Mater (EEM); Important Dates
September 14 Managing Your District's WIDA Secure Portal Accounts; Focus on Assessment Literacy: What is Assessment Literacy and Why is it Important?; Assessment Training Opportunities, College Board Webinar, WIDA Webinars; College Board Corner (Reminders); Important Dates
September 7 SAT Suite of Assessments Parental/Guardian Consent Documents Now Available; WIDA Screener Overview Webinar Reminder, Additional WIDA Webinars; Available for the Second Year: WIDA ACCESS and WIDA Alternate ACCESS Enrolled Students Score History Data File; College Board Corner (Digital Testing Applications); ACT WorkKeys (Reminders); Important Dates
August 31 2023 State Test Scores Improve in Many Grades in Math, Science, Social Studies, and English Language Arts; State Assessment Results Available Now in Mi Learn; Interpretive Guides to Reports Available Now; Public WIDA ACCESS for ELLs Reports Available on MiSchoolData; College Board Corner (Register for Upcoming MASSP Webinars); ACT WorkKeys (Reminders); Important Dates
August 24 Embargoed Aggregated Assessment Reports and Files; Early Literacy and Mathematics Benchmark Assessments Student-Level Reports Available; Federal Requirement to Identify Potential English Learners; Are You New to WIDA?; K-12 Automatic English Learner (EL) Exits; College Board Corner (Reminders); ACT WorkKeys (Updating EEM)
August 17 Embargoed Aggregated Assessment Reports and Files; M-STEP Parent Reports Arrive in Schools the Week of August 21, 2023; Early Literacy and Mathematics Benchmark Fall 2023 Test Window; Updates to Required WIDA Alternate ACCESS for ELLs Assessment Course; Achieve Balance in Classroom Assessment; College Board Corner (Reminders); ACT WorkKeys (Reminders); Important Dates
August 10 Spring 2023 Student-level Reports Available for M-STEP, SAT, PSAT-related, and ACT WorkKeys, and MI-Access; DRC INSIGHT Technology Coordinator Setup and Installation Training Available; Early Literacy and Mathematics Benchmark Assessments: DRC Online Training for District and Building Coordinators – Recording and PowerPoint Available; WIDA Screener Overview Webinars; Accountability Student Growth Updates for 2022-23; College Board Corner (April 2024 Test Dates; School Establishment and the Educational Entity Master (EEM)); ACT WorkKeys (Spring 2023 Score Reports Delivery and Returned Shipments); Important Dates
August 3 Student Data Files Available Now for M-STEP, MI-Access, SAT, PSAT-related, and ACT WorkKeys; Spring 2024 Summative Assessment Calendar Available; The Time is Now! Make Sure School and District Contacts are Up to Date in the EEM for the 2023-24 School Year; Early Literacy and Mathematics Benchmark Assessments: Fall 2023 Test Window; DRC INSIGHT Portal Available for the Fall Early Literacy and Mathematics Benchmark Assessments; Spring 2023 Early Literacy and Mathematics Benchmark Assessment Reports Now Available; Call to Action: Completion of the Extended Benchmark API in the Michigan Data Hub is Past Due!; Spring 2023 WIDA ACCESS for ELLs Student Data File Available; WIDA Reports Available on WIDA AMS as of July 1; "Hello - OEAA Calling..."; College Board Corner (April 2024 Test Dates, School Establishment and the Educational Entity Master (EEM); ACT WorkKeys (ACT WorkKeys Spring 2023 Score Reports, ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certification (ACT WorkKeys NCRC), Student Access to MyWorkKeys.com); Important Dates
June 29 Spotlight on Summer Break during July; Spring 2023 Early Literacy and Mathematics Aggregate Reports Available; College Board Corner (Educator Score Release); Important Dates
June 22 Spring 2023 MI-Access Test Post-Administration Survey; Reminders (Test Security Change for DRC INSIGHT; Spring 2023 M-STEP Test Administration Survey; Achieving Balance in Classroom Assessment; Be a M-STEP or MI-Access Item Writer or Reviewer; Development Opportunity: Michigan Performance Assessment Cadre of Experts (MiPAC) – Cohort IV; Coming in August: Building a Better Assessment Future Conference); College Board Corner (Educator Score Release); Important Dates
June 15 Test Security Change for DRC INSIGHT; College Board Corner (Educator Score Release); Important Dates
June 8 Spring 2023 M-STEP Test Administration Survey; School Index Reminders - Submit Accurate REP & MSDS Information Now for Fall Accountability; M-STEP and MI-Access Answer Documents Received and Not Tested; Focus on Literacy Assessment: It's Time for Our Annual Assessment Literacy Summer Reading List, Resource: Building A Better Assessment Future Conference; College Board Corner (Transition to Digital Testing for Spring 2024); Important Dates
June 1
End-of-Testing Reminder for Early Literacy and Mathematics Benchmark Assessments; Thank You for a Successful MI-Access Test Administration!; Answer Documents and Not Tested and Accountable Students and Demographics for Spring 2023 Summative Assessments; College Board (Digital Testing in Spring 2024); ACT WorkKeys (Verification of Answer Documents Received, ACT WorkKeys Score Reports, ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate (ACT WorkKeys NCRC, Student Access to MyWorkKeys.com); Important Dates
May 25 Reminder: The MI-Access Testing Window Closes Tomorrow, May 26 at 4:00 p.m.; Thank You for a Successful M-STEP Test Administration!; Online Testing: Your input is needed; Ask OEAA Live Sessions: Accountable Students Enrolled and Demographics, Answer Documents Received and Not Tested; Focus on Literacy Assessment: What is the Process for Conducting an Assessment Inventory?; College Board Corner (School Testing Calendar); ACT WorkKeys (Verification of Answer Documents Received, ACT WorkKeys Score Reports, ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate (ACT WorkKeys NCRC), Student Access to MyWorkKeys.com); Important Dates
May 18 M-STEP: Spring 2023 Online Test Administration Window Closes Tomorrow!; MI-Access Social Studies Assessment Activities for SI/P; MI-Access: Reminders for Last Week of Testing Activities; M-STEP Passage-based Writing Survey; Spring 2023 Answer Documents Received and Not Tested Timelines; Achieve Balance in Classroom Assessment; College Board Corner (Reminders); ACT WorkKeys (Reminders); Important Dates
May 11 M-STEP Online Test Administration Window Ends: May 19, 2023; End-of-Testing Reminders for MI-Access; M-STEP Paper/Pencil Secure Materials Must be Returned; Be a M-STEP or MI-Access Item Writer or Reviewer; College Board Corner (SAT Suite Ordering and Registration (SSOR) System); ACT WorkKeys (Thank You); Important Dates
May 4 TOMORROW: End of M-STEP Test Administration for Online Grade 3 ELA and All Paper/Pencil Testing; MI-Access Reminder: Week 4 of Testing; College Board Corner (Spring 2024 Testing Window: Correction of Information on Michigan Testing Dates); ACT WorkKeys (Reminder); Important Dates
April 27 End of M-STEP Test Administration Windows for Online Grade 3 ELA and all Paper/Pencil Testing; M-STEP Testing: When do I need to submit an Incident Report on the day of testing?; Spring 2023 Answer Documents Received and Not Tested Timelines; Coming in August: Building a Better Assessment Future Conference; Focus on Assessment Literacy: What is an Assessment Inventory and How Can it Support a Balanced Assessment System?; College Board Corner (Thank You!, Deadline to Return Materials: Friday, April 28 (Tomorrow), Score Release, Helping Students Access Scores, Matching Student Scores to a College Board Account); ACT WorkKeys (Returning Test Window 1 (Initial) Accommodations Test Materials, Test Window 2 (Makeup) Test Administration); Important Dates
April 20 Required Benchmark Assessment Administration Reminder; Accountable Students Enrolled and Demographic Review; Now Available - M-STEP Test Administration Training 3: After Testing; WIDA Alternate ACCESS for ELLs Field Test Survey; Development Opportunity: Michigan Performance Assessment Cadre of Experts (MiPAC) - Cohort IV; RAQ; College Board Corner (Have Materials Been Returned?, Preparing for Makeups); ACT WorkKeys (Returning Test Window 1 (Initial) Accommodations Test Materials, Test Window 2 (Makeup) Test Administration); Important Dates
April 13 M-STEP and MI-Access Testing Interruption; Makeup Orders for the College Board Suite of Assessments and ACT WorkKeys; Early Literacy and Mathematics Benchmark Assessments Student-Level Reports Available; Early Literacy and Mathematics Benchmark Reports Now Available in MiLearn; Michigan Education Research Association (MERA) Spring Conference is April 21 in Lansing; College Board Corner (Important: Submit Makeup Materials Survey by Friday, April 14); ACT WorkKeys (Preparing Initial (Test Window 1) Test Materials for Return to ACT, Order Test Materials for Makeup Testing (Test Window 2), Test Window 2 (Makeup) Test Administration); Important Dates
April 6 Common Testing Issues and How to Resolve Them; M-STEP and MI-Access Preliminary Reports; Calling all Educators!, Reminders; College Board (Ordering Makeup Materials, Returning Materials); ACT WorkKeys (Irregularities and Prohibited Behavior) Important Dates
March 30 Ask OEAA Live Event: What to Expect for the 2024 Social Studies M-STEP; Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Repeating Grade 11 and Grade 12 MME Eligibility; New Multiplication Table Guidance; Recently Asked Questions; Reminders; College Board Corner: (Helpful Reminders for a Successful Test Day; Reminders); ACT WorkKeys: (Collect and Verify Test Materials After Each Test Session; Order Test Window 2 (Makeup) Test Materials; Return Answer Documents and Test Administration Forms to ACT; Return Secure Materials to ACT; Materials Pickup; Reminders); Important Dates
March 23 Available Now: M-STEP Test Administration Training Chapters 1 and 2: Before Testing and During Testing; Online Testing: M-STEP Text-to-Speech (TTS) for Directions Functionality; WIDA ACCESS for ELLs and Alternate ACCESS for ELLs-Testing Window Closure and Material Return Deadline; Recently Asked Questions; Required Test Administration and Security Training by Assessment and Role; College Board Corner (PSAT 10 and PSAT 8/9 Test Book Shape Icons, Reminders); ACT WorkKeys (Reminders); Important Dates
March 16 Closing tomorrow: Alternate INSIGHT Availability Request form for M-STEP, MI-Access; Available Now: M-STEP Test Administration Training Chapters 1 and 2: Before Testing and During Testing; Michigan Student Data System (MSDS) Updates for Assessment and Accountability Reporting; New Pre-ID Report Warnings on Homepage; Recently Asked Questions; Test Security; Focus on Assessment Literacy: What are the Key Characteristics of a Balanced Assessment System?; College Board Corner (Reminders); ACT WorkKeys (Briefing Session with School Staff, Testing Activities, Timings of Assessments, Break Policy); Important Dates
March 9 State Superintendent's Letter Regarding Spring Assessments is Available Now; M-STEP Online Test Administrator's Directions and Manuals Available Now; DRC INSIGHT Portal Available; Text-to-Speech Guidance for M-STEP; WIDA ACCESS Additional Material Order Window Closing; WIDA ACCESS for ELLs and WIDA Alternate ACCESS for ELLs - End of Testing Reminders; College Board Corner (Pre-Recorded Audio (MP3 via Streaming) Action Required, Postadministration Activities Webinar, Reminders) ; ACT WorkKeys (Reminders); Important Dates
March 2 Important SAMS Update Regarding Benchmark Assessment Funding Grant; Alternate INSIGHT Availability Request Form for M-STEP, MI-Access; DRC INSIGHT Portal Available; State Assessment Exemptions for English Learners Who are Recent Arrivals; Alternate ACCESS Field Test Transcription Guidance; FAME Project Accepting New Coach Applications for 2023-2024; Educators Needed for MI-Access Standard Setting Validation in Science (June 2023); Spotlight on Tools for Teachers; Assessment Training: DRC INSIGHT Portal Training Opportunities; Assessment Training; College Board Corner (College Board Training, Preparing for Test Day Webinar); ACT WorkKeys (Test Site Selection, Prepare Student Answer Documents); Important Dates
February 23 “Ask OEAA Live” Event: Test Administration for Spring 2023 Michigan State Assessments; Winter 2023 Early Literacy and Mathematics Aggregate Reports Available; MI-Access FI and SI/P Test Administration Manuals Now Available; New Multiplication Table Guidance; Corrected Video Links: Supports and Accommodations Resources for Educators; College Board Corner (Coordinator Planning Kit Arriving Next Week, College Board Training, Preparing for Test Day Webinar); ACT WorkKeys (Testing Staff Requirements, Training Your Testing Staff, Training Webinars, Test Materials Shipments, Ordering Additional Test Materials); Important Dates
February 16 MI-Access FI Test Administration Manual Now Available; Supports and Accommodations Resources for Educators (Teacher Guides) and Videos; Spring 2023 Michigan Merit Exam/PSAT in High School and Grade 8 Test Administration Training - Part II; DRC District/Building Coordinator Online Test Administration Training Webinars; Assessment Training; College Board Corner (Online College Board Training); ACT WorkKeys (ACT WorkKeys Training Webinars, Timing of Assessments, Break Policy); Important Dates
February 9 Update on Benchmark Assessment Funding Grant; Spring 2024 Testing Schedule is Now Available; WIDA Alternate ACCESS for ELLs Field Test: Materials and Testing Reminders; Focus on Assessment Literacy: What is Validity and Reliability in Student Assessment?; Available Now: Spring 2023 Michigan Merit Exam/PSAT in High School and Grade 8 Test Administration Training - Part II; Register Now: DRC District/Building Coordinator Online Test Administration Training Webinars; College Board Corner (Pre-ID In the OEAA Secure Site, Accommodation Request Deadline is February 21); ACT WorkKeys (ACT WorkKeys Test Materials Shipments, Ordering Additional ACT WorkKeys Test Materials, Student Preparation-Go for Platinum!); Important Dates
February 2 College Entrance Exam Awarded Contract; WIDA Incident Reports; Screening Potential English Learners During the WIDA ACCESS Testing Window; WIDA Additional School/District Labels; Available Now: Spring 2023 Michigan Merit Exam/PSAT in High School and Grade 8 Test Administration Training - Part II; Register Now: DRC District/Building Coordinator Online Test Administration Training Webinars; Assessment Training: Important Dates; College Board Corner (Coming Soon); ACT WorkKeys (ACT WorkKeys Test Administration Resources, Pre-identify Students and Order WorkKeys Test Materials, ACT Upcoming Events and Deadlines); Important Dates
January 26 Michigan Virtual 2022-23 Assessment Security Modules Are Now Available; New Pre-ID Report Enhancements; Assessment Training: DRC District/Building Coordinator Training Webinars Coming Soon; Assessment Training: Important Dates; College Board Corner (Michigan Testing Manuals); ACT WorkKeys; Important Dates
January 19 REMINDER: 2022-23 Sending Scores Back Program for Shared Educational Entities (SEEs and S2E2s)-Application Deadline is January 30; Mark Your Calendars for DRC District/Building Coordinator Training Webinars; Ordering WIDA Alternate ACCESS for ELLs Materials; Bubbling-in Student Information on WIDA Test Booklets; Supports and Accommodations Guidance Document and Planning Resources Available for State Assessments; Ask OEAA Live Event: Pre-Identification of Students and Initial Material Orders; College Board Corner (State-Allowed Accommodations and English Learner Supports Window, Verify School Establishment, Pre-ID in the OEAA Secure Site, Preparing for the Test Day Webinar); ACT WorkKeys (Off-site Testing, ACT WorkKeys Training Webinars); Important Dates
January 12 M-STEP Test Administration Manual Available Now; Alternate INSIGHT Availability Request Form Available M-STEP, MI-Access; MI-Access 1% Cap Justification Form Feedback; Early Literacy and Mathematics Benchmark Assessments Student-Level Reports Available; English Learner (EL) Program Implementation Survey; WIDA Parent Guides; Focus on Assessment Literacy: What is the Purpose of Summative Assessment?; College Board Corner (Preparing for the Test Day Webinar); ACT WorkKeys (ACT WorkKeys Training Webinars, ACT WorkKeys Test Administration Resources); Important Dates
January 5 Pre-Identification and Material Orders for SAT, PSAT, WorkKeys, M-STEP, and MI-Access; Off-Site Requests Now Open for ACT WorkKeys, MI-Access, and M-STEP; WIDA ACCESS for ELLs Materials Arrive in Districts on January 30; Michigan-Specific WIDA Test Administration Manual Available; College Board Corner (Preparing for Test Day Webinar; Verify School Establishment; Request Off-site Testing); ACT WorkKeys (Pre-identify Students and Order WorkKeys Test Materials; Completing Manage Participation; Student Preparation – Go for Platinum!); Important Dates
2022
December 22 2022-23 Annual Education Report (AER) Public Availability; Michigan School Grades Reports Publicly Available; New: WIDA ACCESS and WIDA Alternate ACCESS Enrolled Students Score History Data File; College Board Corner (Accommodations and Support Webinar Posted, Verify School Establishment, Questions, Request Off-site Testing); ACT WorkKeys (Completing Manage Participation); Important Dates
December 15 Michigan School Grades Reports Available for Preview Now; 2022-23 Annual Education Report (AER) Preview Available; Benchmark Assessment Reporting - Thank You; Coming January 10 - Ask OEAA LIVE: English Learners and State Assessments; 2022-23 Sending Scores Back Program for Shared Educational Entities (SEEs and S2E2s) - Applications NOW Available; College Board Corner (Accommodations and Support Webinar Posted, Verify School Establishment, Adding Students in SSD (Services for Students with Disabilities) Online, Request Off-Site Testing); ACT WorkKeys (Completing Manage Participation); Important Dates
December 8 Michigan School Grades Reports Preview Available Next Week; 2022-23 Annual Education Report (AER) Preview Coming in December; Spring 2023 Assessment Initial Material Orders; WIDA ACCESS for ELLs Pre-Identification/Material Order Reminder; WIDA Alternate ACCESS for ELLs Field Test; WIDA Test Exceptions & False English Learner (EL) Guidance; Required WIDA Assessment courses and Webinars Available in WIDA Secure Portal; WIDA AMS Test Setup Window Opening; Focus on Assessment Literacy: Winter 2022 Assessment Literacy Reading List; College Board Corner (Important Tasks for the Spring 2023 Administration); ACT WorkKeys Pre-Identify Students and Order WorkKeys Test Materials, Completing Manage Participation) ; Important Dates
December 1 Approaching Deadline: Benchmark Assessments Reporting and Funding Application; 2021-22 School Accountability Results Released to the Public on Tuesday (11/29) on MISchoolData.org; Fall 2022 Early Literacy and Mathematics Aggregate Reports Available; College Board Corner (Resources for Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD) Coordinators, Important Tasks for the Spring 2023 Administration); ACT WorkKeys (Completing Manage Participation); Important Dates
November 17 Preview Now Available: 2021-22 School Accountability Reports and Accountability Student Datafiles on MI School Data; M-STEP Passage-based Writing Field Test: Test Administration Guide Available Now; Now Available: Lists of Important Dates for SAT with Essay, PSAT 10, PSAT 8/9, and ACT WorkKeys; MDE Interpretive Guide to PSAT-related Reports is Now Available; Pre-ID for SAT, PSAT, WorkKeys, M-STEP, and MI-Access; Pre-Identification for Winter 2023 M-STEP Online Passage-based Writing Field Test Grades 3-8; WIDA Pre-ID of Students and Initial Material Order; WIDA ACCESS for ELLs Paper/Pencil Materials; WIDA Test Exceptions & False English Learner (EL) Guidance; Should English Learners with Disabilities Take the WIDA ACCESS for ELLs or the WIDA Alternate ACCESS for ELLs?; Plan Now to Attend the 2023 Michigan School Testing Conference; College Board Corner (Accommodations and Supports Webinar for SSD Coordinators, Important Tasks for Spring 2023 Administration); ACT WorkKeys (ACT State Testing Website, Completing Manage Participation); Important Dates
November 10 2021-2022 School Accountability Reports and Accountability Student Datafiles Now Available for Preview on MI School Data; Now Available: Benchmark Assessments Reporting and Funding Application; Recognition of Successful Test Administration Monitoring and Observations; Ask OEAA LIVE Event Recording is Available; Focus on Assessment Literacy: What is the Purpose of Interim/Benchmark Assessments?; College Board Corner (Important Tasks for the Spring 2023 Administration); ACT WorkKeys (ACT WorkKeys Assessments Overview, Completing Manage Participation); Important Dates
November 3 Week of November 7: Michigan School Index System Reports and Accountability Student Datafiles Available; Now Available: Benchmark Assessments Reporting and Funding Application; Now Available: Lists of Important Dates for M-STEP, MI-Access, Early Literacy and Mathematics, and WIDA; Public Comment on 1% Cap Waiver for MI-Access; ISD and District Justification Forms Available in Catamaran; DRC INSIGHT Technology Readiness Training for Technology Coordinators; Available Now: Spring 2023 Michigan Merit Exam/PSAT in High School and Grade 8 Test Administration Training - Part I; College Board Corner (Implementation Overview Webinar for SAT with Essay, PSAT 8/9, and PSAT 10, Spring 2023 Establishment); ACT WorkKeys (Completing Manage Participation); Important Dates
October 27 Michigan School Index System Reports and Accountability Student Datafiles Coming Soon; Off-Site Request Calendar for 2022-23 School Year; College Board Corner (Questions about Spring SAT PSAT 8/9, or PSAT 10?, Coordinator Implementation Handbook (Spring 2023) Now Available!, 2022-2023 Accommodations and Supports Handbook Now Available!, Off-site Testing Plans); ACT WorkKeys (Completing Manage Participation); Important Dates
October 20 NEW! Ask OEAA Monthly LIVE Events; Updated 2022-23 Assessment Integrity Guide Released; End-of-Testing Reminder for Early Literacy and Mathematics Benchmark Assessments; PSAT 8/9 for grade 9 and PSAT 10 Student Level and Aggregated Reports Now Available; WIDA Kindergarten Bias/Sensitivity and Content Review; WIDA Assessment Office Hours; WIDA In-Person Trainings & Webinars; Coming Soon: 1% Cap Waiver Public Comment and Justification Forms; Michigan Education Research Association Fall Conference Focus is November 21-22; College Board Corner (Spring 2023 Establishment, Coordinator Implementation Handbook (Spring 2023) Now Available!, 2022-2023 Accommodations and Supports Handbook Now Available!, Implementation Overview Webinar for SAT with Essay, PSAT 8/9, and PSAT 10, Off-site Testing Plans); ACT WorkKeys (Upcoming Manage Participation, Updating EEM); Important Dates
October 13 Michigan School Index Systems Reports and Accountability Student Data Files Coming Soon; Online Testing Waiver Window; Focus on Assessment Literacy: What is the Purpose of Formative Assessment?; College Board Corner (School and District Contacts); ACT WorkKeys (Updating EEM); Important Dates
October 6 Spring 2023 Audio and Video Recordings for Paper/Pencil M-STEP and MI-Access Now Available only on Flash Drive; Now Available - Accountability Best Practices: Data Reporting Guide for Trouble-Free Accountability Data; College Board (Implementation Overview for SAT with Essay, PSAT 8/9, and PSAT 10, Off-site Testing Plans); ACT WorkKeys (ACT WorkKeys Assessment: Overview and Student Preparation, Student Preparation - Go for Platinum!); Important Dates
September 29 Student Growth and Proficiency Reports Available Now; 2022-23 Guide to State Assessments Now Available; WIDA ACCESS Checklists Available; Accessing Previous WIDA Test Scores; College Board Corner; Important Dates

September 22

Benchmark Assessment Resources Now Available; WIDA List of Important Dates; WIDA In-Person Trainings & Webinars; WIDA Parent Guides; Are you new to WIDA?; College Board Corner; Important Dates
September 15 Benchmark Assessments Update; Upcoming Webinar: Reporting Benchmark Assessment Results through the MiDataHub; Student Rostering: MiDataHub, MiLearn, and Benchmark Reporting; Updated M-STEP Target Analysis Report Training Materials Available; Who Must/Can Take the Michigan Merit Exam (MME)?; Managing Your District's WIDA Secure Portal Accounts; Focus on Assessment Literacy: How Does the Purpose of Assessment Relate to Assessment Literacy?; College Board Corner (School Preparations for Spring 2023 Testing; School and District Contacts); Important Dates
September 8 Spring 2022 Parent Reports; 2021-2022 Graduation Rate Appeals Window; reminder: Report "Building Pupil Would Otherwise Attend" for Shared Educational Entities (SEEs) and Specialized Shared Educational Entities (S2E2) Students; Early Literacy and Mathematics Benchmark Assessments Student-Level Reports Available; Entrance and Exit Protocol Updated for English Learners; WIDA Screener Overview Webinar Reminder; Off-Site Requests Now Open for WIDA Screener; College Board Corner (School and District Contacts, April 2023 Test Dates); ACT WorkKeys (Updating EEM); Important Dates
September 1 State Test Scores Improve for a Majority of Michigan School Districts; 2022 Preliminary Ready by Grade Three Retention Estimates; Updated 2022-23 OEAA Electronic Device Policy; M-STEP Interpretive Guides to Reports Available Now; College Board Corner (School and District Contacts); Important Dates
August 25 Important Update: District and School Level Reports for Spring 2022 Available Tomorrow, Friday, August 26; Early Literacy and Mathematics Benchmark Assessments Performance Level and Scale Score Ranges Document Available; Federal Requirement to Identify Potential English Learners; Are you new to WIDA?; Kindergarten W-APT Discontinuation Reminder; College Board Corner (School and District Contacts); Important Dates
August 18 Embargoed Aggregated Assessment Date Coming Wednesday, August 24; M-STEP Parent Reports Arriving in Schools; The Time is Now! Make Sure School and District Contacts are Up to Date in the EEM for the 2022-23 School Year; College Board Corner (April 2023 Dates, Important Notes, Testing Students with Accommodations); ACT WorkKeys (Spring 2022 Score Reports Delivery and Return Shipments); Important Dates
August 11 Early Literacy and Mathematics Benchmark Assessment: Fall 2022 Test Window; Early Literacy and Mathematics Benchmark Assessments: DRC District and Building Coordinator Training Webinar Available; DRC INSIGHT Portal Available; M-STEP Social Studies Updates; Spring 2022 WIDA ACCESS for ELLs Student Data File Available; WIDA Reports Available Online in WIDA AMS; WIDA Reports Arrive in Districts August 23; Public WIDA ACCESS for ELLs Reports Available on MiSchoolData; WIDA Screener Overview Webinar; Development Opportunity: Michigan Performance Assessment Cadre of Experts (MiPAC) - Cohort III; College Board Corner (April 2023 Test Dates, Important Notes, Testing Students with Accommodations) ACT WorkKeys (Spring 2022 Score Reports Delivery and Returned Shipments); Important Dates
August 4 Spring 2022 Student-level Score Reports Available; Student Data Files Available Now for: M-STEP, MI-Access, SAT, PSAT-related, and ACT WorkKeys; DRC INSIGHT Technology Coordinator Setup and Installation Training Available; Development Opportunity: Michigan Performance Assessment Cadre of Experts (MiPAC) – Cohort III
June 30 Early Literacy and Mathematics Benchmark TAM and Online Directions for Fall 2022; Spring 2022 Early Literacy and Mathematics Benchmark Student Data Files and Aggregate Data Files; College Board Corner (Paper Score Reports); Important Dates
June 23 DRC Summer Technology Updates; DRC Training Webinar for District and Building Coordinators: Fall 2022 Early Literacy and Mathematics Benchmark Assessments; Important Dates for Early Literacy and Mathematics Benchmark Assessments; K-12 Automatic English Learner (EL) Exits; Fall 2022 Pre-ID and Test Session Setup for Early Literacy and Mathematics Benchmark Assessments (K-2); School Index Access Metrics: REP Reporting Reminder; College Board Corner (Paper Score Reports); Important Dates
June 16 Spring 2022 MI-Access Post-Administration Survey; We want your feedback! Test Monitoring Application Usage Survey; College Board (School Testing Calendar); Important Dates
June 9 Spring 2022 Benchmark Assessment and Mod of Instruction Reporting; School Index Access Metrics: REP Reporting Reminder; Kindergarten W-APT Discontinued After June 30; WIDA ACCESS for ELLs Score Report Availability; Focus on Assessment Literacy: Summer 2022 Assessment Literacy Reading List; College Board Corner (School Testing Calendar); Important Dates
June 2 Thank You for Your Efforts This Assessment Season!; End of Testing for Early Literacy and Mathematics Benchmark Assessments; Now Available - M-STEP Test Administration Training 3: After Testing; An Update on National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) and International Assessments; Urgent Need for Western and Northern Michigan Special Educators for July MI-Access Standard Setting; College Board Corner (Answer Document Received Runs May 31- June 6, 2022, The Not Tested Reason Submission Runs June 7 - June 21, 2022); Important Dates
May 26 End of Testing Reminder for MI-Access; End of Testing for Early Literacy and Mathematics Benchmark Assessments; WIDA ACCESS for ELLs: Answer Documents Received and Not Tested Review; College Board Corner (Reminders); ACT WorkKeys (Verification of Answer Documents Received, ACT WorkKeys Score Reports, Student Access to MyWorkKeys.com, ACT Schedule of Events & Important Dates) ; Important Dates
May 19 Coming in August: Building a Better Assessment Future Conference; Focus on Assessment Literacy: How Does Understanding the Standard-Setting Process Improve Assessment Literacy?, Case Study: Standard Setting for Michigan's Early Literacy and mathematics Benchmark Assessments, Resources, Put Into Practice; College Board Corner (Score Release, Helping Students Access Scores); ACT WorkKeys (Verification of Answer Documents Received, ACT WorkKeys Score Reports, ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate (ACT WorkKeys NCRC, Student Access to MyWorkKeys.com, ACT Schedule of Events & Important Dates); Important Dates
May 12 Spring 2023 Summative Assessment Calendar; MI-Access End-of-Testing Reminders; MI-Access Outstanding Incident Reports; MI-Access Important Dates; MI-Access FAQ: How can I check the status of FI Online Testing for Students?; Spring 2022 Answer Documents Received and Not Tested Timelines; Feeling Anxious About Accountability? We have Updated Resources to Help; College Board Corner (College Board Testing Ordering Site Open for Fall Testing, Score Release, Helping Students Access Scores); ACT WorkKeys Returning ACT WorkKeys Test Materials, ACT Schedule of Events & Important Dates); Important Dates
May 5 Tomorrow is the Last Day for M-STEP Grade 3 ELA Testing; M-STEP Paper/Pencil Materials Return Deadline: May 11, 2022; Important M-STEP Security Protocols; Educators Needed for MI-Access Standard Setting in Science; Thank You for Your Service; College Board Corner (College Board Test Ordering Site Open for Fall Testing, Helping Students Access Scores); ACT WorkKeys (Thank you for a Successful Year); Important Dates
April 28 Final Week of Test Window for M-STEP Online Grade 3 English Language Arts and Paper/Pencil All Grades/All; Accountable Students Enrolled and Demographics Review for Spring 2022; Feeling Anxious About Accountability? We have Updated Resources to Help; College Board Corner (Thank you!, Deadline to Return Materials April 29, Score Release, Helping Students Access Scores, Matching Student Scores to a College Board Account, Returning Materials); ACT WorkKeys (Test Window 2 (Makeup) Test Administration); Important Dates
April 21 Updated FedEx Procedures to Return Secure Assessment Materials; College Board Corner (Have Materials Been Returned?, Preparing for Makeups, Returning Materials); ACT WorkKeys (Returning Test Window 1 (Initial) Test Materials to ACT, Test Window 2 (Makeup) Test Administration) ; Important Dates
April 14 Online Testing: Issue with Keyboard Settings on Chrome Operating Systems; M-STEP Online Testing: Using Text-to-Speech (TTS) for Directions Only; Spring 2022 Preliminary Student Roster Reports for M-STEP and MI-Access; Early Literacy and Mathematics Benchmark Assessments Student-Level Reports Available; New Kindergarten WIDA Screener Reminder; MiDataHub Mode of Instruction Webinar; Focus on Assessment Literacy: What is the Purpose of Summative Assessment?; Reminders; College Board Corner (Important: Submit Survey by Friday, April 15 for Makeup Materials, Ordering Makeup Materials, Returning Materials); ACT WorkKeys (Preparing Test Materials for Return to ACT, Returning Test Materials to ACT Order Test Materials for Makeup Testing (test Window 2); Important Dates
April 7 Spring 2022 Testing Window Opens Monday April 11; Common Problems: How to Avoid Testing Irregularities and Incident Reports; M-STEP and MI-Access Preliminary Reports and Interpretive Guides to Preliminary Reports; Accountability: Updated FAQ and 2021 Assessment Participation Details Now Available; New Kindergarten WIDA Screener; College Board Corner (Ordering Makeup Materials, Returning Materials, Test Book Usage, Error in SAT Standard Testing Manual and SAT Accommodated Testing Manual); ACT WorkKeys (ACT WorkKeys Administration Manual-Standard Time Paper Testing, Important Testing Reminders); Important Dates
March 31 iPads running iPadOS v15.4 will experience problems during state testing; Accountability: Updated School Index Resources Now Available; Final Reminders; College Board Corner (Error in SAT Standard Testing Manual and SAT Accommodated Testing Manual, Helpful Reminders for a Successful Test Day), ; ACT WorkKeys (Collect and Verify Test Materials After Each Test Session, Order Test Window 2 (Makeup) Test Materials, Return Other Secure Materials to ACT, Materials Pickup) Important Dates
March 24 New Look for MDE Website; Audio Playback Issue on iPads Intended for M-STEP, MI-Access, and Early Literacy and Mathematics Benchmark Testing; WIDA ACCESS for ELLs and Alternate ACCESS for ELLs - Testing Window Closure and Material Return Deadline; Be a Leader in Quality Assessment: Join the Achieving Balance in Classroom Assessment Program; Focus on Assessment Literacy: How are Summative Assessments Important to School Improvement Process?; College Board Corner (Spring 2022 Test Book Usage and Return Information Guide, Test Materials, Additional Material Order Window, Action Required for pre-recorded Audio Accommodation); ACT WorkKeys (Briefing Session with School Staff, Testing Activities, Timings of Assessments, Break Policy); Important Dates
March 17 Important Update: State Superintendent's Letter Regarding Spring Assessments; Spring Benchmark Aggregate Rules and Templates Available; Technology Update for Technology Coordinators: Are you prepared for testing?; What are Reporting Codes and Research Codes, and How Can Districts and Schools Use them?; WIDA ACCESS for ELLs and WIDA Alternate ACCESS for ELLs - End of Testing Reminders; Now Available: MI-Access "Focus on Administration" Training Video; College Board Corner (Nonstandard Administration Report (NAR) Now Available, Test Material Deliveries Begin Next Week, Additional Material Order Window); ACT WorkKeys (Test Materials Deliveries, Prepare for Testing, ACT WorkKeys Training Webinars); Important Dates
March 10 State Superintendent's Letter Regarding Spring Assessments is Available Now; Additional Material Orders for Spring 2022; WIDA ACCESS Additional Material Order Window Closing; Text-to-Speech Guidance for M-STEP; Supporting Staffing Shortages; Required Assessment Security Training; OEAA Assessment Security Compliance Forms; Standard Setting for Michigan's Early Literacy and Mathematics Benchmark Assessments; Spring 2022 Michigan Educational Research Association (MERA) Virtual Conference is April 29; College Board Corner (Pre-Recorded Audio (MP3 via Streaming) Action Required, Coming Soon); ACT WorkKeys (Test Materials Deliveries, Prepare for Testing, ACT WorkKeys Training Webinars); Important Dates
March 3 The DRC INSIGHT Portal Available; Off-site Test Administration Requests for 2021-22 School Year; M-STEP and MI-Access Office Hours; New Kindergarten WIDA Screener; State Assessment Exemptions for English Learners Who are Recent Arrivals; FAME Project Accepting New Coach Applications for 2022-23; College Board Corner; ACT WorkKeys (Preparing for the Test Administration, ACT WorkKeys Training Webinars); Important Dates
February 24 MI-Access Test Administration Manuals Now Available; Supports and Accommodations Resources; New M=STEP Designated Supports; New Multiplication Table Guidance; Winter 2022 Early Literacy and Mathematics Aggregate Reports Available; College Board Corner (College Board Training); ACT WorkKeys (Testing Staff Requirements, Training Your Testing Staff, ACT WorkKeys Training Webinars, ACT WorkKeys Test Materials Shipments) ; Important Dates
February 17 Foreign Exchange Students are to take the MME, PSAT 10, and PSAT 8/9 in Spring 2022; Focus on Assessment Literacy: Test Security Essential to Ensuring Valid, Accurate Results; College Board Corner (College Board Training, Reminders); ACT WorkKeys (ACT WorkKeys Test Materials Shipments, Ordering Additional ACT WorkKeys Test Materials); Important Dates
February 10 DRC INSIGHT Issues for Online WIDA ACCESS for ELLs; Pre-Identification for Spring 2022 Early Literacy and Mathematics Benchmark Assessment (K-2); Pre-Identification and Material Orders for Spring 2022 SAT, PSAT, WorkKeys, MI-Access, and M-STEP; Last Minute Secure Site Help Before Spring 2022 Deadlines; Reminders; College Board Corner (Translated Test Directions;, Preparing for Test Day Webinar, Michigan Testing Manuals); ACT WorkKeys (ACT WorkKeys Training Webinars, Pre-identify Students and Order WorkKeys Test Materials; Off-site Testing); Important Dates
February 3 M-STEP Test Administration Manual Available Now; Download Updated M-STEP Spanish and Arabic Glossaries - Dispose of Any Previous Versions; Training Sessions Available Now for Spring 2022 High School Michigan Merit Exam/PSAT and Grade 8 Test Administration, Part II; Do you have Questions or Need Help with the OEAA Secure Site?; College Board Corner (Preparing for Test Day Webinar, Coming Soon, College Board Announcement, Michigan Testing Manuals); Important Dates
January 27 Updated Assessment Security Training; DRC District/Building Coordinator Training Webinars Schedule for March; New Digital SAT Will bring Student-Friendly Changes to Test Experience in 2024; M-STEP Online Test Administrator's Directions and Manuals Available Now; End of Testing for Early Literacy and Mathematics Benchmark Assessments and M-STEP Passage-based Writing Field Test; WIDA Assessment Courses and Webinars Available in WIDA Secure Portal; WIDA Testing Must be Completed in Person; Ordering WIDA Alternate ACCESS for ELLs Materials; Bubbling-in Student Information on WIDA Test Booklets; Supports & Accommodations Guidance Document & Planning Resources Available for State Assessments; Register Now for the Michigan School Testing Conference "Learn, Share & Discover," February 22-24; College Board Corner (College Board Announcement, Coming Soon, Michigan Testing Manuals), ACT WorkKeys (Off-site Testing, ACT WorkKeys Training Webinars, Pre-identify Students and Order WorkKeys Test Materials); Important Dates
January 20 Applications Now Available for the 2021-22 Sending Scores back Program for Shared Educational Entities; Participate Now in the Writing Skills Field Test, Preparation for Passage-based Writing; WIDA Parent Guides; Healthy and Safe Testing Planning Guide for WIDA; Assessment Waiver Requested for Oxford Public Schools; 2022 Michigan School Testing Conference; MI-Access Grade Level and Alignment Changes for Science; College Board Corner; Important Dates
January 13 Update on Spring 2022 Assessments; Accountability Best Practices: Date Reporting Guide for Trouble-Free Accountability Data Now Available; Inviting your Participation: Writing Skills Field Test, Preparing for Passage-based Writing; MI-Access Grade Level and Alignment Changes for Science; WIDA ACCESS for ELLs Materials Arrive in Districts on January 28; 2022 Michigan School Testing conference: Learn, Share & Discover Information and Ideas about Student Assessment; Focus on Assessment Literacy: Benchmark Assessments Provide Predictive, Evaluative and Instructional Data to Support Student Learning; College Board Corner (Check "Important Dates" SAT Essay, Pre-ID in the OEAA Secure Site, Determining Test Material Orders; State-Allowed Accommodations and English Learner Supports Window); ACT WorkKeys (ACT WorkKeys Training Packets, ACT WorkKeys Training Webinars, Complete ACT's Manage Participation Process, Pre-identify Students and Order WorkKeys Test Materials); Important Dates
January 6 Early Literacy and Mathematics Benchmark Assessments Student-Level Reports Available; MI-Access Grade Level and Alignment Changes for Science; OPEN NOW: M-STEP Passage-based Writing Field Test Administration Window; Alternate INSIGHT Availability Request Window: January 6 - March 18, 2022; Pre-ID and Material Orders - SAT, PSAT, WorkKeys, M-STEP, and MI-Access; College Board Corner (SSD Online Issue); ACT WorkKeys (Pre-identify Students and Order WorkKeys Test Materials, Complete ACT Manage Participation Process); Important Dates
2021
December 21 2021-22 Annual Education Reports (AER) Available Beginning Today; WIDA AMS Test Setup Window Opening; Important Dates
December 16 2021-22 Annual Education Report (AER) Preview Available; Request for Public Comment on Alternate Assessment Science Reporting Waiver; WIDA Test Exceptions & False English Learner (EL) Guidance; Pre-Identification/Initial Materials for WIDA ACCESS and WIDA Alternate ACCESS; College Board Corner (Accommodations and Support Webinar Posted, State-Allowed Accommodations and English Learner Supports Window, SSD Online Issue); ACT WorkKeys (The Latest ACT Updates and Enhancements, Complete ACT's Manage Participation Process); Important Date
December 9 2021-22 Annual Education Report (AER) Preview Available; Benchmark Assessments Reporting and Funding Application Deadline is Friday, December 10; Off-Site Request Calendar for 2020-21 School Year; Early Literacy and Mathematics Benchmark Assessments Winter 2022 Test Window; WIDA ACCESS for ELLs Pre-ID/Material Order Reminder; OEAA Secure Site Virtual Help; Spring 2022 Initial Material Orders; Webinar - "The Critical Role of Focus Skills & Trip Steps" with Renaissance Star Assessments; Focus on Assessment Literacy: 2021-2022 Winter Break Reading List; College Board Corner (State-Allowed Accommodations and English Learner Supports Window, SSD Online Issues, Spring 2022 Policy Updates, Preparing for Test Day Webinar, Fall 2021 Invoice Generation Webinar); ACT WorkKeys (Pre-identify Students and Order WorkKeys Test Materials, Complete ACT's Manage Participation Process); Important Dates
December 2 Fast Approaching Deadline: Benchmark Assessments Reporting and Funding Application; 2021-22 Annual Education Report (AER) Coming Soon; ACT WorkKeys Manage Participation Due Now: College Board Intent to Participate for Spring 2022 Assessments Past Due; Invitation to Participate in the Writing Skills Field Test; College Board Corner (Spring 2022 Policy Updates, Preparing for Test Day Webinar, Spring 2022 Implementation webinar, Fall 2021 Invoice Generation); ACT WorkKeys (ACT WorkKeys Assessments Overview, Complete ACT's Manage Participation Process); Important Dates
November 18 Michigan School Grades Reports Publicly Available; Benchmark Assessments Reporting and Funding Application Reminder; Pre-Identification for SAT, PSAT, WorkKeys, M-STEP, and MI-Access; MME and PSAT 8/9 for Grade 8 - Important Information; Pre-Identification for MI-Access; Pre-Identification for Winter 2021 M-STEP Online Passage-based Writing Field Test Grades 3-8; Winter Early Literacy and Mathematics Benchmark Assessments (K-2); Fall 2021 Early Literacy and Mathematics Aggregate Reports Available; 2021-22 Sending Scores Back Program for Shared Educational Entities (SEEs and S2E2s)- Applications Available Now; WIDA Screener for Kindergarten Webinar Recording Available; WIDA Universal Tool Study; FOCUS ON ASSESSMENT LITERACY Student Self-Assessment: An Essential Component fo the Formative Assessment Process; College Board Corner (Spring 2022 Implementation Webinar, Intent to Participate Reminder, Fall 2021 Invoice Generation Webinar, Updated Accommodations and Supports Webinar Date, Fall 2021 Invoice Generation Process); ACT WorkKeys (ACT-hosted State Testing Website Updates, Completing Manage Participation); Important Dates
November 12 Benchmark Assessments Reporting and Funding Application Now Available; Public Comment Requested on MI-Access Plan; Should your English Learners with Disabilities Take the WIDA ACCESS for ELLs or the WIDA Alternate Access for ELLs?; 2022 Michigan School Testing Conference; College Board Corner (Fall 2021 Invoice Generation Webinar, Updated Accommodations and Supports Webinar Date; Fall 2021 Invoice Generation Process); ACT WorkKeys (Completing Manage Participation); Important Dates
November 4 Michigan School Grades Reports Coming Soon; Spring 2022 MME, PSAT, and Grade 8 Test Administration Training Now Available; Pre-Identification for Winter 2021 Early Literacy and Mathematics Benchmark Assessment (K-2); WIDA Pre-ID of Students and Initial Material Order WIDA ACCESS for ELLs Paper/Pencil Materials; WIDA Test Exceptions & False English Learner (EL) Guidance; College Board Corner (Important Tasks for the Spring 2022 Administration, Fall 2021 Invoice Generation Process, Preparing for Spring 2022, Spring 2022 Establishment); ACT WorkKeys (Completing Manage Participation); Important Dates
October 28 Spanish Translation of M-STEP, MME, and Grade 8 Parent Reports Available Now; Using NWEA MAP Growth Data to Accelerate Learning; College Board Corner (Preparing for Spring 2022, Spring 2022 establishment); ACT WorkKeys (Completing Manage Participation); Important Dates
October 21 Now Available: Lists of Important Dates for Summative Assessments; End-of-Testing Reminder for Early Literacy and Mathematics Benchmark Assessments; WIDA Training Webinars; Student Rostering: MiDataHub, MiLearn, and Benchmark Reporting; 2021-22 Benchmark Assessments and Michigan Data Hub Webinars; Focus on Assessment Literacy: How Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) Assessments Fit into A Comprehensive Assessment System; College Board Corner (Introductory Spring 2022 Implementation Information, Off-Site Testing for Spring 2022,); ACT WorkKeys (Upcoming Manage Participation) ; Important Dates
October 14 2021-22 Guide to State Assessments Now Available; Benchmark Assessment Fact Sheet and FAQ Now Available; Parent Guides and How to Read your Child's Score Report for M-STEP, Grade 8, and MME - Spanish Versions now Available; Online Testing Waiver Window; Writing Skills Field Test: Preparation for Passage-based Writing; College Board Corner (Fall 2021 testing, Reminders); ACT WorkKeys (Updating EEM Contact Information); Important Dates
October 7 M-STEP Student Growth and Proficiency Repots Available Now; WIDA Assessment Office Hours; College Board Corner (Preparations for SPring 2022), ; ACT WorkKeys (Updating EEM Contact Information); Important Dates
September 30 Call to Action: Update your EEM Info!; M-STEP Target Analysis Reports Now Available; Benchmark Aggregate File Schema Available; COS Service Devices Moving from "Required" to "Recommended" for Spring 2022; New WIDA Screener for Kindergarten Webinar; College Board Corner (Reminders) ; ACT WorkKeys (ACT WorkKeys Assessment: Overview and Student Preparation), ; Important Dates
September 23 Interpretative Guides to Reports Now Available; Assessment Data and Reports Now Available through MILearn; Managing your Districts WIDA Secure Portal Accounts; WIDA ACCESS Checklists Available; Accessing Previous WIDA Test Scores; Off-Site Requests Now Open for W-APT and WIDA Screener; Reminder: Performance Assessment Cadre of Experts Development Opportunity Coming Soon; College Board Corner; Important Dates
September 16 Benchmark Assessments Update; Early Literacy and Mathematics Benchmark Assessments Reports Available; 2021 M-STEP and MI-Access Performance Level Scale Score Ranges Documents Available; Are you New to WIDA? WIDA List of Important Dates; Performance Assessment Cadre of Experts Development Opportunity; From Curriculum Associates: i-Ready Back to School News; Focus on Literacy Assessment: How to Use Diagnostic Assessments to Advance Student Learning; College Board Corner (Fall 2021 Ordering Process & Accommodations); Important Dates
September 9 Introducing the Redesigned M-STEP Parent Reports for 2021; College Board Corner (Ensuring Appropriate Assessments for Students, Fall 2021 Ordering Process & Accommodations); Important Dates
September 2 Michigan Department of Education Releases Results from Most Recent M-STEP, Benchmark Assessments, and Read by Grade 3; Early Literacy and Mathematics Benchmark Assessments; Early Literacy and Mathematics Benchmark Assessments Student-Level Reports Available; It's Time to Ensure your School and District Contacts are Updated in the Educational Entity Master (EEM); Smarter Balance Tools for Teachers; College Board Corner (College Board Fall 2021 Assessment, Important Information Regarding the Fall 2021 SAT, PSAT/NMSQT Assessments) ; Important Dates
August 26 Reminder about Embargoed Data; Smarter Balanced Interim Assessments; Federal Requirement to Identify Potential English Learners; Are you new to WIDA?; Important: Changes Coming to the WIDA Secure Portal; 2020-2021 Graduation Rate Appeals Window; College Board Corner (Fall 2021 Administration of the SAT Suite of Assessments College Board Webinar, If you missed the Fall 2021 SAT, PSAT/NMSQT Accommodations Deadline, Fall 2021 Dates and Deadlines, Fall 2021 Testing); Important Dates
August 19 Embargoed Aggregated Assessment Data Coming Soon; Additional Spring 2021 Student Level Reports Available This Week; No Embargo for WIDA ACCESS for ELLs and WIDA Alternate ACCESS for ELLs Scores; 2020-2021 Graduation Rate Appeals Window; Updates to M-STEP Spring 2022 Test Administration Window; Reminder: SAT with Essay and PSAT Primary Test Dates are Changing in Spring 2022; Early Literacy and Mathematics Benchmark Fall 2021 Test Window; MiPAC Cohort 2 Participation Opportunity; College Board Corner (Fall 2021 Dates and Deadlines, Fall 2021 Testing); Important Dates
August 12 Spring 2021 Student Data Files and Select M-STEP and MI-Access Student-level Reports available; Spring 2021 MI-Access Scoring Guides Posted; Focus on Literacy Assessment: How Can Assessment Be Used to Accelerate Student Learning?; College Board Corner (Fall 2021 Testing); ACT WorkKeys (ACT WorkKeys Score Reports); Important dates
August 5 Embargoed Spring 2021 Student Data Files Now Available; College Board and ACT WorkKeys Test Results Embargo Reminder; 2021-22 Benchmark Assessment System under Public Act 48; An Update NAEP; 2021-22 Assessment Integrity Guide Released; Fall 2021 Pre-ID/Test Session Setup for Early Literacy and Mathematics Benchmark Assessments (K-2); Spring 2021 Early Literacy and Mathematics Benchmark Student Data Files and Aggregate Data Files; Early Literacy and Mathematics Benchmark TAM and Online Directions; Remote Testing for Early Literacy and Mathematics Assessments; Help Support Students with Visual Impairments and Other Disabilities; MiPAC Cohort2 Participation Opportunity; WIDA ACCESS Updates; Changes to K-12 Automatic English Learner (EL) Exits;New English Learner Data Tiles Available on MiSchoolData; College Board Corner (Fall 2021 Testing), ; ACT WorkKeys (ACT WorkKeys Score Reports, ACT WorkKeys National Career Read Certification (ACT WorkKeys NCRC, Student Access to MyWorkKeys.com); Important Dates
June 24 End-of-Testing Reminder for Early Literacy and Mathematics Benchmark Assessments; Spring 2021 MI-Access Post-Administration Survey; Reminders: OEAA Secure site Virtual Help, Michigan School Accountability: New Students Not Tested Resources, Michigan Educators Needed for Assessment Committees, Michigan Performance Assessment Cadre (MiPAC) Development Opportunity, WIDA ACCESS for ELLs Online Speaking Test Survey; College Board Corner (College Board Test Ordering Site Now Open for Fall 2021); ACT WorkKeys (Thank you!, Verification of Answer Documents Received, ACT WorkKeys Score Reports), Important Dates
June 17 OEAA Secure Site Virtual Help; Michigan Educators Needed for Assessment Committees; Early Literacy and Mathematics Fall 2021 Important Dates; DRC Summer Technology Updates; Updating "Points of Pride" for Parent Dashboard; Reminders: Spring 2021 Answer Documents Received and Students Not Tested, Michigan School Accountability: New Students Not Tested Resource, WIDA ACCESS for ELLs Online Speaking Test Survey; College Board Corner (College Board Test Ordering Site Now Open for Fall 2021); ACT WorkKeys (Verification of Answer Documents Received, ACT WorkKeys Score Reports, ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate (ACT WorkKeys NCRC); Important Dates
June 10 Thank You for Your Hard Work and Dedication; Spring 2021 Answer Documents Received and Students Not Tested; Focus on Assessment Literacy, Assessment Literacy Summer Reading List; Reminders: Michigan School Accountability: New Students Not Tested Resource, WIDA ACCESS for ELLs Online Speaking Test Survey; Assessment and Accountability Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ); College Board Corner (Thank you, SSD Coordinator Email-School Testing Calendar); Important Dates
June 3 Secure Material Return; 2021 WIDA ACCESS for ELLs Reports; Discontinuation of Temporary Guidance for Identifying Potential English Learners During Remote Learning; Reminders: Michigan Performance Assessment Cadre (MiPAC) Development Opportunity, WIDA ACCESS for ELLs Online Speaking Test Survey; Assessment and Accountability Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ); College Board Corner (Thank you, SSD Coordinator Email-School Testing Calendar); Important Dates
May 27 End-of-Testing Reminders for M-STEP and MI-Access; Return to Learn Benchmark Data Collection Requirements Follow-up; Reminders: Michigan Performance Assessment Cadre (MiPAC), WIDA ACCESS for ELLs Online Speaking Test Survey, Assessment and Accountability Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ); College Board Corner (Thank you!, SSD coordinator Email-School Testing Calendar) ; Important Dates
May 20 WIDA ACCESS for ELLs Online Speaking Test Survey; help Support Students with Visual Impairments; Michigan Performance Assessment Cadre (MiPAC) Development Opportunity; College Board (Thank you!, SSD Coordinator Email - School Testing Calendar, Educator Score Release); Important Dates
May 13 WIDA Thank You; Important M-STEP reminders for Grades 5, 8, and 11; Submitting Incident Reports in the OEAA Secure Site; MI-Access Testing Problems: Multiple Online Test Submissions and Score Entry Errors; Performance Assessment Cadre of Experts Development Opportunity; Focus on Assessment Literacy, What is the Role of Classroom Summative Assessments in a Balanced Assessment System?; College Board Corner (Return Answer Sheets and Test Books, Educator Score Release, May 18 Contingency SAT, Score Release, Prepare for May 18 Contingency SAT Testing, Fall Testing); ACT Workkeys (Returning ACT WorkKeys Test Materials); Important Dates
May 6 Technical Issues During Online Testing; Accountable Students Enrolled and Demographics Review for Spring 2021; Michigan School Accountability: New Students Not Tested Resource; College Board Corner (Finish PSAT-Related Testing, Prepare for May 18 Contingency SAT Testing, Fall Testing, Reminders); ACT WorkKeys (Returning Contingency Makeup (Test Window 3) Test Materials); Important Dates; Events
April 29 Secure Testing Environment Requirements for M-STEP and MI-Access Assessments; Known Issue with TTS Directions Only on iPads; Returning Test Materials to the Wrong Vendor; Advancing Equity: A Strategic Vision for English Learners; Assessment and Accountability Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ); Read By Grade 3 Memo; OEAA Secure Site Help; FAME Project Accepting New Coach Applications for 2021-22; Important Material Return Instructions for WIDA ACCESS for ELLs and Alternate ACCESS
April 22 Second M-STEP Testing Window Opens April 26; Known Issue with TTS Only Directions on iPads; Assessment and Accountability Frequently Asked Questions; Read By Grade 3 Memo; OEAA Secure Site Help; FAME Project Accepting New Coach Applications for 2021-22
April 15 M-STEP Test Administration Directions and Manuals; Now Available: Spring 2021 Summative Assessment Flexibilities Document; M-STEP and MI-Access Additional Material Orders; Read by Grade 3 Memo; Common Problems: How to Avoid Testing Irregularities and Incident Reports; Spring 2021 Preliminary Student Roster Reports for M-STEP and MI-Access; Early Literacy and Mathematics Benchmark Assessments Student-Level Reports Available; OEAA Secure Site Help; FAME Project Accepting New Coach Applications for 2021-22; Spring 2021 Michigan Educational Research Association (MERA) Virtual Conference; College Board Corner (New PSAT 8/9 and PSAT 10 Flexibility; Updated SAT Makeup Guidance; Completing the Makeup Form, If Needed; PSAT Related Alternate Test Formats; Update on May 18 SAT Contingency Test Date; SAT Test Booklets for Pre-Recorded Audio (MP3); ACT WorkKeys (Updates to the April 12, 2021 Special Education Spotlight; Packing Test Forms for Return to ACT, Returning Test Materials to ACT, Ordering Test Materials for Makeup Testing (Test Window 2) and Contingency Makeup Testing (Test Window 3) Makeup (Test Window 2) and Contingency Makeup (Test Window 3) Test Administrations; Important Dates
April 12 Special Edition: High Schools Requested to Pause In-person Learning for Two Weeks; Testing Window Flexibilities for Spring 2021; Assessment and Accountability Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ); College Board Corner; ACT WorkKeys; Important Dates
April 8 U.S. Department of Education Denies Michigan's Request to Waive Statewide Assessments; M-STEP Testing Options for Virtual and Remote Only Students; OEAA Secure Site COVID-19 School Closures Page; Michigan School Accountability: New Resources, Guidance, and Live Office Hours Event NEXT WEEK; WIDA Material Return - Deadline Change; Important Material Return Instructions for WIDA ACCESS for ELLs and Alternate ACCESS; Additional Material Orders for Spring 2021; OEAA Secure Site Help; FAME Project Accepting New Coach Applications for 2021-22; New Assessment Literacy Web Page; Focus on Assessment Literacy, How do Students with Disabilities Participate in State and District-wide Assessments?; College Board Corner (Using Makeup Dates as Primary Administrations, Makeup Surveys, Update on SAT Contingency Test Date - May 18, SAT Test Books for pre-Recorded Audio (MP3), PSAT-Related Alternate Test Formats, Do Not Forget to Complete Coordinator Training, Pre-ID Labels); ACT WorkKeys (Student Eligibility for Test Window 2 (Makeup Testing), Order Test Materials for Makeup Testing, Materials Shipped for Makeup Testing, Answer Document Preparation, Makeup (Test Window 2) Test Administration, Returning Makeup Materials to ACT); Important Dates
April 1 State Testing Requirements Pending the Approval of the Assessment Waiver; WIDA ACCESS for ELLs - End of Testing Reminders; Updated M-STEP Test Administration Manual and Online and Paper/Pencil Test Administrator's Directions and Manuals; Updated MI-Access Test Administration Manuals and Training Posted
March 25 Preparation for Spring 2021 Testing; Important Dates Documents Updated; Preparing Devices Used for Virtual Instruction for Spring 2021; M-STEP Supports and Accommodations Office Hours; College Board Corner (PSAT-Related Alternate Test Formats, Testing Materials); ACT WorkKeys (Collect and Verify Test Materials after Each Test Session, Order Test Window 2 (Makeup) Test Materials, Return Answer documents and Test Administration Forms to ACT, Return Other Secure Materials to ACT, Materials Pickup); Important Dates
March 18 Return to Learn Benchmark Reporting FAQ Document; Updated 3-Year Assessment Calendar Available; M-STEP Test Administration Training Series - Chapters 1 and 2 Available; College Board Corner (Testing Materials, Reminders); ACT WorkKeys (Briefing Session with School Staff, Testing Activities, Multiple Standard Time Test Sessions, Break Policy); Important Dates
March 11 Assessment Calendars Web Page; Correction to the 2021 Summative Testing Schedule; Focus on Assessment Literacy, What is the Purpose of Interim/Benchmark Assessments?; College Board Corner (Nonstandard Administration Report (NAR), Shipments, Additional Material Order Window, Action Needed for Pre-Recorded Audio (MPS3)Accommodation); ACT WorkKeys (ACT WorkKeys Training Webinars); Important Dates
March 4 Statewide Assessment Waiver Request Update; Return to Learn Local Benchmark Assessment Collection Now Available; WIDA and Spring 2021 Summative Assessments Must be Administered In-Person; MI-Access Test Administration Manuals Now Available; DRC Online Trainings for District and Building Coordinators - Recordings Available; Who Takes the M-STEP Mathematics in Spanish?; M-STEP Supports and Accommodations Office Hours; Spring 2021 Michigan Educational Research Association (MERA) Virtual Conference; College Board Corner (Planning for a preadministration Session, Reminders); ACT WorkKeys (Preparing for the Test Administration); Important Dates
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 Materials, 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 Deadlines); 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 Flexibility, Preparing for Test Day Webinar); WorkKeys (ACT WorkKeys Training Packets, Pre-identify Students and Order WorkKeys Test Materials); Important Dates
January 7
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; Unassigning 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 Webinar: 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; College 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; Allow listing; 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 Assessment in 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