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An archive of the weekly update for District Assessment Coordinators from the Division of Statewide Testing.

December 1, 2021 | Assessment Update

This update contains articles on the following topics: New DAC Pearson Basics Training (1–2 years), MDE Employment Opportunity: Training Visual Graphics Assessment Specialist, Statewide Testing Participation, Pretest Editing in Test WES for MCA/MTAS Preparation, Updated GRR User Guide, Preparing for the ACCESS/Alternate ACCESS Testing Window (repeat), District Testing Calendar (repeat), Upcoming Opportunities.

November 24, 2021 | Assessment Update

This update contains articles on the following topics: December New DAC Q&A: Registration, Virtual DAC Test Administration Training: Registration, MDE Employment Opportunity: Training Visual Graphics Assessment Specialist, COMPASS Data and Assessment Literacy Webinars, Guidebook: Exploring ACCESS for ELLs Data, Odds & Ends, Upcoming Opportunities.

November 17, 2021 | Assessment Update

This update contains articles on the following topics: Pretest Editing New DAC Q&A: Registration, Upcoming DAC Trainings, Test Security Training: Options and Documentation, Required Distribution of Individual Student Reports (ISRs),  Preparing for the ACCESS/Alternate ACCESS Testing Window, Pretest Editing in Test WES for MCA/MTAS Preparation, Spring 2022 Infrastructure Readiness Checklist, Updated Translated Word Lists, Odds & Ends, Upcoming Opportunities, Tech Update.

November 10, 2021 | Assessment Update

This update contains articles on the following topics: Pretest Editing New DAC Q&A: Save the Date, Supported System Requirements for ACCESS for ELLs Online and WIDA Screener Online, Translations of MCA and MTAS Individual Student Report (ISR) Quick Guide, WIDA AMS and WIDA Secure Portal Account Updates, Odds and Ends, Upcoming Opportunities, Tech Update.

November 3, 2021 | Assessment Update

This update contains articles on the following topics: What’s New for 2021–22, New DAC Q&A: Registration, ACCESS and Alternate ACCESS Webinars, WIDA AMS Account Updates, Odds and Ends, Tech Update.

October 27, 2021 | Assessment Update

This update contains articles on the following topics: New DAC Q&A: Save the Date, New DAC Orientation: Availability in the Training Management System (TMS), District Test Security Procedure, 2021–22 College Entrance Exam Requirement, Independent Contractor Opportunity: MTAS Field Auditors, Upcoming COMPASS Learning Opportunities, Odds and Ends.

October 20, 2021 | Assessment Update

This update contains articles on the following topics: New DAC Orientation: Handouts and Resources, User Account Management in PearsonAccess Next, Calculator Type for Paper MCA, Required Distribution of Individual Student Reports (ISRs), Student Data Privacy, ACCESS for ELLs Writing Bias & Sensitivity Review, Odds and Ends, Upcoming Opportunities.

October 13, 2021 | Assessment Update

This update contains articles on the following topics: Key Communications with Districts, District Test Security Procedure Reviews, DAC Webinars and Trainings for 2021–22, Register Now for the COMPASS Overview Webinar on Wednesday, Oct. 20, PearsonAccess Next Search Feature, Dyslexia Screener Survey Request, SIS and Data Warehouse Preliminary Data Extracts, Odds and Ends, Upcoming Opportunities.

October 6, 2021 | Assessment Update

This update contains articles on the following topics: District Testing Calendar, Procedure Manual and Supporting Documents, Statewide Testing Participation for Students with IEPs or 504 Plans, Deadline for ACCESS and Alternate ACCESS Requests, Deadline for MCA and MTAS Late Score Entry or Rescore Requests, Inclusion of American Sign Language (ASL) in English Learner Identification Process, Apply for the Mathematics Standards Review Committee, NAEP 2022 Update, Upcoming Opportunities.

September 29, 2021 | Assessment Update

This update contains articles on the following topics: Procedures Manual for 2021–22, Virtual New DAC Orientation: Registration, Benchmark Achievement Level Descriptors (ALDs), 2021–22 College Entrance Exam Requirement, Upcoming Opportunities, Tech Update.

September 22, 2021 | Assessment Update

This update contains articles on the following topics: Staffing Update, Virtual New DAC Orientation: Save the Dates, Reimbursements for College Entrance Exams, Apply for the Mathematics Standards Review Committee, Tech Update, Odds and Ends.

September 15, 2021 | Assessment Update

This update contains articles on the following topics: Deadline This Friday: Reimbursement Requests, Local Assessment and Advisory Committee Applications, WIDA Webinars, Benchmark Reports Coming Soon, Upcoming Opportunities.

September 8, 2021 | Assessment Update

This update contains articles on the following topics: Final Reports Resources Overview, Regularly Scheduled Extracts to SIS and Data Warehouse Vendors, Preparing for 2021–22 ACCESS and Alternate ACCESS, Nurturing Speaking Growth - WIDA Webinar Series & Self-Paced Learning Module, Odds and Ends.

September 1, 2021 | Assessment Update

This update contains articles on the following topics: Participation Calculation on Minnesota Report Card, Student Assessment History Report Rollover, Updates to Data and Availability of Reports, Entering Reimbursement Requests in GRR, Key Communication with Districts, Deadline for Feedback on Reading Alternate MCA Test Specifications, Service Available for Spring 2022 MCA and MTAS: Regularly Scheduled Extracts to SIS and Data Warehouse Vendors (repeat), Odds and Ends.

August 25, 2021 | Assessment Update

This update contains articles on the following topics: Final Assessments Results Release, Final Reports Delivery and Resources, TestNav Apps and Operating System (OS) Support, Service Available for Spring 2022 MCA and MTAS: Regularly Scheduled Extracts to SIS and Data Warehouse Vendors , Tech Update, Upcoming Opportunities, Odds and Ends.

August 18, 2021 | Assessment Update

This update contains articles on the following topics: Final Assessments Results Release, Toolkit for Families, Final Reports Delivery, Entering Reimbursement Requests in GRR, District Testing Calendar, Updating DAC Assignments in MDE-ORG, Odds and Ends, Upcoming Opportunities.

August 11, 2021 | Assessment Update

This update contains articles on the following topics: Assessment Results Remain Embargoed, Register Now: Preparation for Public Release of Statewide Results Webinar, Final Reports Delivery, Student Assessment History Report Rollover, PearsonAccess Next Reports: Planned Unavailability, Odds and Ends, and Upcoming Opportunities.

August 4, 2021 | Assessment Update

This update contains articles on the following topics: Local Assessment and Advisory Committee Applications, Reading Alternate MCA Test Specifications, 2023–24 State Testing Calendar, District Testing Calendar, Embargoed Test Results Summary, Odds and Ends, Upcoming Opportunities.

July 28, 2021 | Assessment Update

This update contains articles on the following topics: Revised Important Dates, Embargoed Test Results Summary, Secure PearsonAccess Next System Home Page Updates, Upcoming Opportunities.

July 21, 2021 | Assessment Update

This update contains articles on the following topics: Statewide Assessment Results Release Timeline, New DAC Reporting Training 2: Registration, Updated Academic Standards Implementation Schedule, Considerations for Using 2020–21 Assessment Results, WIDA Q&A Webinar Schedule 2021 – 2022.

July 14, 2021 | Assessment Update

This update contains articles on the following topics: DSR/SSR Files Posted, New DAC Reporting Training 2: Save the Date, ACCESS Scoring Appeal Requests, Chromebooks and Chrome OS Auto Update Expiration (AUE) Policy, PearsonAccess Next Reports: Planned Unavailability, Tech Update.

July 7, 2021 | Assessment Update

This update contains articles on the following topics: DSR/SSR Files Available Next Week, Early Student-Level Results for ACCESS/Alternate ACCESS (repeat), Entering Reimbursement Requests in GRR, Upcoming Opportunities.