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

May 25, 2022 | Assessment Update

This update contains articles on the following topics: Posttest Editing Reminders, Guidance for Test Codes, Early Student-Level Results for ACCESS and Alternate ACCESS in Test WES, Sharing Preliminary Results, 2022 Testing Time Report Available in PearsonAccess Next, Secure Materials Status Report Available in PearsonAccess Next, 2023 Science MCA Test Materials, 2022 Minnesota PearsonAccess Next Survey, MDE Summer Training Opportunities, Odds and Ends, Upcoming Opportunities.

May 18, 2022 | Assessment Update

This update contains articles on the following topics: Secure Test Materials Deadline, Posttest Editing, Starts Next Week, Early Student-Level Results for ACCESS and Alternate ACCESS, New Pathways to Exit EL Status, The Minnesota Questions Tool (MQT), Mathematics Standards are Being Revised by Minnesotans from Varying Perspectives and Backgrounds, Upcoming Opportunities.

May 11, 2022 | Assessment Update

This update contains articles on the following topics: Science MCA Testing Window Online Testing and Data Entry Deadlines, 2022 Minnesota PearsonAccess Next Survey, MDE and DAC Coffee Break and Sharing, May Q&A Webinar for New DACs: Registration, Guidance for Test Codes, Returning Secure Test Materials, Late Score Entries for MCA and MTAS, Alternate ACCESS for ELLs Field Test in 2023, COMPASS Cohort Launch: Student Agency in Learning (SAIL) Pilot, Upcoming Opportunities.

May 4, 2022 | Assessment Update

This update contains articles on the following topics: Testing Windows Closing, Upcoming Events for DACs, Returning Secure Test Materials, Odds & Ends.

April 27, 2022 | Assessment Update

This update contains articles on the following topics: Testing Windows Closing Soon, High School Science MCA/MTAS Participation, Manually Adding Students in Test WES, Preliminary Student-Level Results, Revised Version of the 2022–23 Parent/Guardian Participation Guide and Refusal Information.

April 20, 2022 | Assessment Update

This update contains articles on the following topics: Parent/Guardian Participation Guide and Refusal Information, Test Security Reminder, Students Who Have Finished Testing, Data Entry for MCA and MTAS, Monitoring Testing Progress, Confirmations in Test WES, Upcoming Opportunities.

April 13, 2022 | Assessment Update

This update contains articles on the following topics: Test Security Reminder, April Q&A Webinar for New DACs: Registration, College Entrance Exam Reimbursement, Key Resources and Who to Contact, Updating TestNav Configurations in PearsonAccess Next If Not Using Proctor Cache, Indicating Test Codes in PearsonAccess Next, User Management in PearsonAccess Next, Enrollment Changes Timeline, WIDA Secure Portal User Survey, Upcoming Opportunities, Tech Update.

April 6, 2022 | Assessment Update

This update contains articles on the following topics: MDE Feedback Survey, April Q&A Webinar for New DACs: Save the Date, Invitation to Minnesota Science Teachers – Submission Date Correction, Students Missing in PearsonAccess Next, MCA/MTAS Reminders, COMPASS Updates, Planned DRC Outage, Upcoming Opportunities, Tech Update.

March 30, 2022 | Assessment Update

This update contains articles on the following topics: ACCESS and Alternate ACCESS Shipping Deadline, Cell Phone and Device Policy, Student Data Privacy Reminder, Testing Situations or Misadministrations, Proctor Cache Recommendations for MCA Online Testing, Manually Adding Students in Test WES, Invitation to Minnesota Special Education Teachers, MDE Employment Opportunity: SLEDS and MSS Coordinator, Upcoming Opportunities, Tech Update.

March 23, 2022 | Assessment Update

This update contains articles on the following topics: ACCESS and Alternate ACCESS Testing Window Closing, 2021 Graduation Rate Release, TestNav System Requirements Update, Revised Form: Parent/Guardian Guide and Refusal for Student Participation in Statewide Testing, Updated MDE District Assessment Coordinator Webinars and Trainings (2021–22), Odds and Ends, Upcoming Opportunities, Tech Update.

March 16, 2022 | Assessment Update

This update contains articles on the following topics: March New DAC Q&A: Registration, Additional Orders Window for ACCESS and Alternate ACCESS, Answering Questions/Providing Assistance during Testing, Potential Delays of MCA/MTAS Additional Orders, Monitoring MCA Test Sessions, On-Demand Reports in PearsonAccess Next, Invitation to Minnesota Science Teachers, Upcoming Opportunities.

March 9, 2022 | Assessment Update

This update contains articles on the following topics: Save the Date: New DACs March Q&A, ESSA State Plan Update, Student Data Privacy When Communicating with MDE, Students Moving Into or Out of the District during Testing, Indicating Test Codes for Students Who Do Not Test for ACCESS and Alternate ACCESS, Verifying Student Information for MCA/MTAS, TestNav System Requirements Updates, Test Security Notification and Test Administration Report, Who to Contact (DRC, WIDA, Pearson, MDE), Resources for Families, Upcoming COMPASS Webinars, Tech Update.

March 2, 2022 | Assessment Update

This update contains articles on the following topics: MDE on the Move, Common ACCESS and Alternate ACCESS Misadministration, Reminder: ARC Process Deadline is March 4, DAC Webinars and Trainings for 2021–22 Updated, Training Management System (TMS) Updates, Considerations for Sign Language Interpreters, MCA/MTAS Irregularities Document, MCA and MTAS Student Resources, MTAS Valid Score Rules, Resources for Families, New Training Graphics Specialist in Academic Standards, Instruction and Assessment, Medical Excuse Test Code.

February 23, 2022 | Assessment Update

This update contains articles on the following topics: 2021–22 Assessment and Accountability Results Release Timeline, MTAS Task Administration Manual (TAM) Important Date Error, Test Administration Reminders, ACCESS and Alternate ACCESS Administration, Training Management System (TMS) Nonpublic School Registration Issue, Preparation for the MCA and MTAS Administrations, Incompatible Codes in Test WES Reminder.

February 16, 2022 | Assessment Update

This update contains articles on the following topics: After Hours Testing, Guidance for Test Codes, MDE Monitoring Test Administrations, Initial Shipment of MCA and MTAS Test Materials, PearsonAccess Next Setup and Preparation, New Educator Resources for Alternate MCA, Training Management System (TMS) Phone Audio, Odds and Ends, Upcoming Opportunities.

February 9, 2022 | Assessment Update

This update contains articles on the following topics: February New DAC Q&A: Registration, WIDA AMS: Tasks and Resources, Reviewing User Accounts in PearsonAccess Next, PearsonAccess Next DAC and AA Admin Access in TMS, Advancing ALTELLA Project, Math Standards Review, Upcoming Opportunities.

February 2, 2022 | Assessment Update

This update contains articles on the following topics: February New DAC Q&A: Save the Date, Public Comment for ESSA State Plan Amendment on Accountability, Spring 2022 Information for Families, Alternate Assessment: ARC Process for 2021–22, ACCESS and Alternate Reminders and Updates, Pretest Editing Remains Open for MCA/ MTAS, New Educator Resources for Science MCA-IV, Odds and Ends, Upcoming Opportunities, Tech Update.

January 26, 2022 | Assessment Update

This update contains articles on the following topics: Resolution of ACCESS/Alternate ACCESS Duplicate Student Records, MDE Employment Opportunity: English Language Assessment Specialist, ACCESS and Alternate ACCESS, Preparing for MTAS Administration, SIS and Data Warehouse Preliminary Data Extracts, Summer 2022 MCA and Alternate MCA Review Committees, Updated Proctor Cache Recommendations for Online MCA (Repeat), Upcoming Opportunity, Tech Update.

January 19, 2022 | Assessment Update

This update contains articles on the following topics: Pretest Editing in Test WES, Test Security Training: Options and Documentation, Test Security Checklist Translated Versions, Statewide Testing Participation (Repeat), ACCESS and Alternate ACCESS, High School Science MCA and MTAS, PearsonAccess Next Training: New DACs (1–2 years), Transportation Service During Statewide Assessments for Online Schools, Upcoming Opportunities.

January 12, 2022 | Assessment Update

This update contains articles on the following topics: Meal Service During Statewide Assessments, Preparing for ACCESS and Alternate ACCESS, Pearson DAC Test Administration Training, Upcoming Resource Availability for MCA/MTAS, Training Management System (TMS) – Closed Organizations, MDE Employment Opportunity: COMPASS Data Literacy Specialist, Upcoming Opportunities.

January 5, 2022 | Assessment Update

This update contains articles on the following topics: Verifying Shipping Addresses in MDE-ORG by Jan. 21, Medical Excuse Test Code, DAC Test Administration Training Participation, Preparing for ACCESS and Alternate ACCESS, Required Trainings for MCA Test Monitors, MCA Testing Directions, MTAS Administration 2022 and New Science Tasks Informational Meeting (Repeat), Pearson District Technology Coordinator Training, TestNav Outage, Upcoming Opportunities, Tech Update.

December 22, 2021 | Assessment Update

This update contains articles on the following topics: January New DAC Q&A: Registration, Pearson DAC Test Administration Training, Student Data Privacy Reminder, Odds & Ends, Upcoming Opportunities.

December 15, 2021 | Assessment Update

This update contains articles on the following topics: Deadline for Tasks in WIDA AMS: This Friday, January New DAC Q&A: Save the Date, Additional Assessment Data Available, Verifying Shipping Addresses in MDE–ORG by Jan. 21, Preparing for Statewide Assessments: Selecting Test Administrators and Test Monitors, ESSA State Plan Amendment Updates, Professional Learning Webinar for Kindergarten ACCESS Test Administrators, Alternate Assessment Decision-Making and Documentation, MTAS Administration 2022 and New Science Tasks Informational Meeting, Odds & Ends, Upcoming Opportunities, Tech Update.

December 8, 2021 | Assessment Update

This update contains articles on the following topics: MDE Employment Opportunities, Online Schools, Preparing for ACCESS and Alternate ACCESS, Preparing for MCA and MTAS, Technology Preparation, Upcoming Opportunities, Tech Update.

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.