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

Spotlight 10/8/15

Highlights of the October 8, 2015 Spotlight on Assessment and Accountability include:

  • Spring 2015 M-STEP Student Data File Format now available
  • Information regarding the Spring 2016 testing window for high schools
  • PSAT for students working toward alternative content expectations
  • WIDA ACCESS 2.0  Supplemental training
  • SAT corner
  • Important Dates reviewed

Spotlight – October 8, 2015


Michigan Merit Examination

Spring 2016 MME Test Administration Webcast For up-to-date information on the Spring 2016 MME test administration, join MDE, College Board, and ACT staff for a full-day live training presentation on Wednesday, November 4, 2015 from 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM. This streamed presentation, which will be broadcast from Wayne Regional Education Service Agency, will cover an overview of the MME, administration of the M-STEP, WorkKeys, SAT, and PSAT 8/9 and 10, and a brief discussion of the Secure Site and Test Accommodations. The webcast will be streamed live via MI Streamnet (http://mistreamnet. org/videos/3504/michigan-merit-examination-mmeadministration). An email address will be provided for viewers to submit questions on the day of the event. Questions will be answered at the end of the day, if time permits, and posted in the Recently Asked Questions section of the Spotlight one week after broadcast. Can’t make the live webcast? Don’t worry! The presentation will be posted in chapters after the live training in approximately 1-2 business days on the MI Streamnet site. Look for details in the November 5th Spotlight on how to access the videos on demand.

Schedule_of_Events_-_MI_503461_7  ACT WorkKeys

S16_Testing_Schedule_4985297 (1)  SAT College Readiness

Who_Must-Can_Take_the_Spring_2016_MME_504565_7  Who must take the Spring MME 2016?

Getting_Prepared_for_College_Board_Assessments_501797_  Staff Prep

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