Spotlight on Assessment 12-17-2015

Highlights from Spotlight:

• Spring 2015 M-STEP District and Building-Level Aggregate Data Publically Released • State-Level Spring 2015 M-STEP Preliminary Analysis • M-STEP Update on Classroom Activities January 6, 2016 Supports and Accommodation Refresher Webinar Web Access Instructions • English Learner Assessment and Accountability Snags FAQ More Chrome Devices Supported for Online Testing • Updating PSAT 9, PSAT 10 and SAT Access on the Secure Site • Comparability Between Online and Paper/Pencil Modes SAT Corner • Important Dates

Performance Proficiency Scale Score Ranges for the M-STEP by grade and subject:

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Spring 2015 M-STEP District and Building Level Aggregate Data Publically Released


State, district, and building-level aggregate data were publically released this morning, December 17, 2015 at 10:00 a.m.

The data was released on the MI School Data web site at The Michigan Department of Education previously released Spring 2015 M-STEP state-level aggregate data and an accompanying press release on October 27, 2015. This press release is available at,4615,7-140-37818_34785-368037--,00.html.

M-STEP Data Location on MI School Data Site

Spring 2015 M-STEP data can be found under the Student Assessment tab located under the left navigation category titled Kindergarten – 12 at For a direct link to the Student Assessment page click here:

Once on the assessment page, select either Grade 3-8 Assessments or High School Assessments. Once on the grade specific assessment page, select M-STEP and using the dropdown menu, select the information you are interested in reviewing.

Spring 2015 M-STEP District and School Aggregate Data File

In addition, there will also be a statewide demographic report available in an Excel format for download available on the MI School Data site and the MDE M-STEP Downloadable data site. For ease of access the direct link to this file is

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12/03 Spotlight on Assessment


Spring 2015 MI-Access Student Data File • Test Results Embargo Reminder • Spring 2015 M-STEP District and Building Level Aggregate Data Coming Soon! Technology Summit • Kindergarten Entry Assessment Webinar – Using Your KEA Data • K–2 Early Literacy and Numeracy Spring 2016 Field Test • MI-Access – Revised Versions of the Draft Essential Elements Documents Now Available! • WIDA ACCESS Placement Test (W-APT) Cycle I Closes December 4th • WIDA ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 Writing Policy • WIDA Test Exceptions Window • Correcting Accidental Designations of Limited English Proficient (‘False LEP’) Students SAT Corner • Important Dates

Spotlight on Assessment for 11/19/2015  for school testing trends, grad rates, mobility, student counts and more!


Spring 2015 M-STEP Individual Student Reports Now Available

SAT with Essay Clarification

Supports and Accommodations Refresher

Webinars WIDA Test Administrator and Coordinator Certification Recently Asked Questions

SAT Corner

Important Dates


2016 Spring WIDA


The WIDA ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 and the WIDA Alternate ACCESS for ELLs is scheduled to begin                       Monday, February 8, 2016 and will end March 21, 2016.  

Recently a sign up sheet was shared with building principals and resource teachers requesting information about their building test coordinator and designated test administrators.  Please be sure to complete the information as soon as possible if you have not done so already.  Contact the Assessment office if you require assistance locating the sign up sheet on the google shared drive.  The test coordinator and all staff administering the WIDA must watch the webinars available at the WIDA website this month so they can be prepared to complete tasks that are required in the administration of the WIDA.  The testing window opens in a little less than three months!

We will share additional information with you regarding this ELL language assessment as it becomes available from MDE.

Spotlight on Assessment – November 12, 2015

Topics for this edition of the MDE Spotlight on Assessment are:

  • Online Testing Waiver Window Closes on November 20, 2015
  • Spring 2016 Pre-ID and Material Orders
  • WIDA Guidance on Pre-ID, Initial Material Order and Tier Selection
  • Important Technology Coordinator Information – WIDA
  • Mathematics Crosswalks:  Claims, Targets, and Standards
  • Kindergarten Entry Assessment Tool Available Through the Remainder of the 2015-16 School Year
  • MME Webcast Presentations Are Posted

More detailed information regarding these topics, including the regular “SAT corner” and Important Dates, can be found here:  Spotlight – November 12, 2015

Spotlight – November 5, 2015

Here are the topics covered in the November 5 edition of the Spotlight:

  • Spring 2016 M-STEP Off-Site Authorization Request
  • ELA and mathematics claim scores in the 2015 M-STEP data files and reports
  • What do the “U”, “T” and “V” mean on the Secure Site?
  • Recorded MME Webcast and PowerPoint Presentation
  • ACT WorkKeys – Establishment Reminder
  • WIDA ACCESS 2.0 Reminder for English Learner (EL) Assessment Coordinators
  • “SAT Corner” and “Important Dates”

Here is the November 5 Spotlight for your perusal: Spotlight_11-5-15


Spotlight for October 29, 2015

For those not familiar with the “Spotlight on Student Assessment and Accountability”, it is a weekly “hot topic” newsletter published through the MDE Accountability and Assessment office and contains to-the-point information regarding current and upcoming assessments

The October 29 issue of the Spotlight is packed full of important information such as:

  • M-STEP:  State Results Reset the Academic Bar for Higher Expectations for Michigan Students
  • Spring 2015 Performance Levels and Scale Score Ranges
  • District and School Access to Secure Site Needs to be Reviewed
  • Spring 2016 MME Test Administration Webcast
  • MME Eligibility
  • SAT/PSAT Clarification of Accommodations Requests
  • Making Accessibility Decisions
  • WIDA Webinars and Sample Item Information
  • Access to Assessment Management System (AMS) for WIDA ACCESS for ELLs testing
  • As well as the “SAT Corner” and “Important Dates”

Read it here:  Spotlight 10-29-15

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