January 26, 2018

NWEA Winter testing window will close on Friday, February 2nd


WIDA (World-class Instructional Design and Assessment)

English Learners only will take the State required language proficiency test, WIDA between February 5th and March 23rd.

Students who are identified as English learners will participate in the online assessment that tests their language proficiency in listening, speaking, reading, and writing.


PSAT 8 will be administered to all 8th grade students on Tuesday, March 6, 2018


January 22, 2018

M-STEP updates and resources

  • With the removal of the Performance Tasks, the Blueprints have been updated to reflect the new item counts.  Illuminate’s item bank will have many items similar to what will be found on the M-STEP assessment.
  • It is  HIGHLY recommended that students practice with the online training tests at least once before testing begins in April.  The TDA items are also embedded in the online training tests.  When students complete the first set of questions, they will be given a final item set which is an online version of the TDA.  This allows them to practice with the online text editor.  Here is the link:


December 21, 2017 by Nadia Makled

The NWEA Winter testing window will open Monday, January 8, 2018 and close Friday, February 2, 2018.

Hope everyone has a safe and restful break.

May your holiday season be filled with lots of happiness, peace, and love.

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December 7, 2017 by Daniel Patterson, Ph.D.

Clarification of the upcoming M-STEP Assessment this spring.  Here are the changes that will be occurring with Spring M-STEP testing.


  • removal of all Performance Tasks


  • assessing science in grades 5, 8, and 11 (moving from grades 4 and 7 to grades 5 and 8)
  • requiring all eligible grade 5, 8, and 11 students participate in the statewide science field test (in place of an operational science test)
The prior M-STEP science assessments based on the prior science standards have been eliminated.  In this and upcoming years science will be assessed in grades 5,8 & 11.  For this year only schools will not be held accountable for science proficiency – only for science participation rate, which needs to be above 95%.  This is because we are piloting the new science test aligned to the new standards.  It will be a shorter version (approximately 45 minutes) of the full test.


  • removal of all Performance Tasks
  • removal of Claim 2 Writing short constructed response items in ELA grades 3, 4, 6, and 7
  • addition of one Claim 2 Writing text-dependent analysis (essay) in each grade of ELA
The state has still not released a sample Text-Dependent Analysis (TDA) Essay.  Once they do it will be embedded in the Online Sample Item Sets.  However, they have released the rubric used to grade these essays.

A few more details can be found in the 2017-18 Guide to State Assessments, but I will also follow up with more information when it becomes available.



November 15, 2017 by Nadia Makled

Check Out Our New Parent Resources!!

You will find many useful links to assessment practice and guidelines to support student learning outside of school.

Included are links to:

The above parent resources can assist to reinforce classroom learning and to increase student confidence.

We will continue to add resources for families throughout the year.

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November 8, 2017  by Sue Juszczyk

3 – Year State Testing Calendar


November 1, 2017 by Val Ferrante

Picture of the EL assessment WIDA with an image of the earth on top of the letter i

The WIDA ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 and the WIDA Alternate ACCESS for ELLs is scheduled to begin Monday, February 5, 2018 and will end March 23, 2018.  

The test coordinator and all staff administering the WIDA must watch the webinars available at the WIDA website so they can be prepared to complete tasks that are required in the administration of the WIDA.

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















































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































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