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

February 12, 2020 | Assessment Update

This update contains articles on the following topics: New DAC Q&A Webinar Registration, ACCESS and Alternate ACCESS Testing Reminders, Returning ACCESS and Alternate ACCESS Materials, Initial Shipment of MCA and MTAS Test Materials, Translated Materials Available on PearsonAccess Next, Monitoring Test Administrations, Cell Phone and Device Policy Reminder, Who to Contact - MDE, DRC, or WIDA ? , College Entrance Exams, MCA-IV Draft Test Specifications for Science: Public Review, Review Committees Invitation, MDE Systems and Reports Unavailable, Tech Update.

February 5, 2020 | Assessment Update

This update contains articles on the following topics: ACCESS and Alternate ACCESS Testing Window, ACCESS and Alternate ACCESS Testing Considerations, WIDA Webinar: ACCESS and Alternate ACCESS Accountability Window, Additional Orders in WIDA AMS, Resources on PearsonAccess Next, District Testing Calendars, SIS and Data Warehouse Preliminary Data Extracts, MTAS Participation Documentation, Tech Update.

January 29, 2020 | Assessment Update

This update contains articles on the following topics: ACCESS and Alternate ACCESS Testing Window, ACCESS and Alternate ACCESS Testing Considerations, WIDA Webinar: ACCESS and Alternate ACCESS Accountability Window, Additional Orders in WIDA AMS, Resources on PearsonAccess Next, District Testing Calendars, SIS and Data Warehouse Preliminary Data Extracts, MTAS Participation Documentation, Tech Update.

January 22, 2020 | Assessment Update

This update contains articles on the following topics: ACCESS and Alternate ACCESS Testing Window, ACCESS and Alternate ACCESS Testing Considerations, WIDA Webinar: Technology Troubleshooting, Student Resources, Online Preparation for the MCA and MTAS Administrations, Reporting Groups in PearsonAccess Next, Trainings Available in TMS, MTAS Participation Documentation, MCA-IV Draft Test Specifications for Science: Public Review, Testing Tip: 3-Button Mice, Tech Update.

January 15, 2020 | Assessment Update

This update contains articles on the following topics: ACCESS and Alternate ACCESS Paper Test Materials, MDE Monitoring Test Administrations, Pretest Editing in Test WES, What’s New and Changed for 2019–20, Growth Reporting Changes: Registration.

January 08, 2020 | Assessment Update

This update contains articles on the following topics: WIDA AMS Test Setup, ACCESS for ELLs Writing Domain, ACCESS for ELLs Online Speaking Domain Webinar, Preparing for ACCESS and Alternate ACCESS, Training Requirements for ACCESS and Alternate ACCESS, MCA Testing Directions, Growth Reporting Changes, PearsonAccess Next DAC and AA Admin Access in TMS, User Account Management in PearsonAccess Next, Odds and Ends, Upcoming Opportunities, Tech Update.

December 18, 2019 | Assessment Update

This update contains articles on the following topics: WIDA AMS: Precode File Deadline Today, New DAC Q&A Webinars: MDE and Pearson, Training Requirements for ACCESS and Alternate ACCESS, Alternate Assessment Decision-Making, Alternate Assessment Participation Documentation, PearsonAccess Next DAC and AA Admin Access in TMS, WIDA Webinars, Student Data Privacy Reminder, Tech Update.

December 11, 2019 | Assessment Update

This update contains articles on the following topics: WIDA AMS Deadlines, Pretest Editing in Test WES, DAC Test Administration Training: Registration, New DAC Q&A Webinar: Save the Dates, Guidelines for Administration of Accommodations and Linguistic Supports, District Testing Calendar, District Test Security Procedure, ACCESS Testing Tip: 3-Button Mice, High School Science Participation Update, Tech Update.

December 4, 2019 | Assessment Update

This update contains articles on the following topics: Preparing for ACCESS and Alternate ACCESS for ELLs, Pretest Editing in Test WES, New DAC Q&A: Registration, DAC Resources, Technology Preparation, MCA-IV Reading Test Specification Committee, Tech Update.

November 27, 2019 | Assessment Update

This update contains articles on the following topics: Pretest Editing in Test WES, Pretest Editing Training Registration, New DAC Q&A: Save the Date, Preparing for ACCESS and Alternate ACCESS for ELLs, Alternate Assessment Participation, WIDA Webinars, Tech Update.

November 20, 2019 | Assessment Update

This update contains articles on the following topics: Preparing for ACCESS and Alternate ACCESS for ELLs, Test Administrators for ACCESS and Alternate ACCESS, WIDA Webinar: Alternate ACCESS Administration, Test Security Training, User Account Management in PearsonAccess Next, Feedback Requested: Fall 2020 Student Precode Timelines (repeat), Tech Update.

November 13, 2019 | Assessment Update

This update contains articles on the following topics: ACCESS and Alternate ACCESS Student Precode File: Revised Date, Procedures Manual Available in Avocet, Feedback Requested: Fall 2020 Precode Timelines, (Mis)Understanding Scale Scores on the MCA.

November 6, 2019 | Assessment Update

This update contains articles on the following topics: New DAC Q&A: Registration, What’s New and Changed for 2019–20, Updated DAC Resource, Calculator Usage: Updated Online Graphing Calculator, Technology Readiness, Additional Assessment Data Available, Tech Update.

October 30, 2019 | Assessment Update

This update contains articles on the following topics: New DAC Q&A: Save the Date, ACCESS for ELLs Test Administration Trainings, Student Resources, Seeking Parent Feedback for ISR Change, Resource for Nonpublic Schools, Tech Update.

October 23, 2019 | Assessment Update

This update contains articles on the following topics: Individual Student Report (ISR) Distribution Reminder, Student Assessment History Report: New Functionality, Preparing for ACCESS, WIDA Webinar: Managing Students in WIDA AMS, MCA Testing Tips: Using a Mouse with a Chromebook, Tech Update.

October 16, 2019 | Assessment Update

This update contains articles on the following topics: DAC Q&A Webinar Registration, District Test Security Procedure, DAC Resources, New DAC Orientation: Availability in TMS, ACCESS Test Administrators, WIDA AMS Account Updates, Educator Resources on PearsonAccess Next, 2019–20 College Entrance Exam Requirement.

October 9, 2019 | Assessment Update

This update contains articles on the following topics: Procedures Manual for 2019–20, WIDA AMS Account Updates, Accounts for New DACs in PearsonAccess Next, Deadline for Late Score Entry or Rescore Requests.

October 2, 2019 | Assessment Update

This update contains articles on the following topics: New DAC Orientation Preparation, Procedures Manual for 2019–20 and Related Documents, Reimbursements for College Entrance Exams, ACCESS and Alternate ACCESS: Resources and Considerations, WIDA Webinar: Test Scheduling, Tech Update.

September 25, 2019 | Assessment Update

This update contains articles on the following topics: New Authorization Required for MDE Secure Systems, Local Assessment and Advisory Committee Applications, Additional ACCESS and Alternate ACCESS Data Available, WIDA Webinar: Ordering Materials in WIDA AMS, ACCESS Speaking Domain, WIDA eLearning Workshops, SIS and Data Warehouse Preliminary Data Extracts, Tech Update.

September 18, 2019 | Assessment Update

This update contains articles on the following topics: New Authorization Required for MDE Secure Systems, Reimbursements for College Entrance Exams, Benchmark Reports and Resources Available, Additional Released Items, Minnesota Assessment Life Cycle Training Course, SIS and Data Warehouse Preliminary Data Extracts.

September 11, 2019 | Assessment Update

This update contains articles on the following topics: GRR Deadline for ACT/SAT Reimbursements is Friday, Required Delivery of ISRs, New DAC Orientation: Registration, WIDA Webinar for New DACs, Benchmark Reports Coming Soon, MDE Accounts Conversion: New Authorization Required, Alternate Assessment Workgroup: Participants Needed, ACCESS Resources, WIDA Resource Library: Improvements and Additions, ACCESS Scoring Appeal Requests.

September 4, 2019 | Assessment Update

This update contains articles on the following topics: Deadline for Requesting Reimbursements in GRR is Sept. 13, New DAC Orientation: Save the Date, Technical Reports for MCA and MTAS, ACCESS/Alternate ACCESS Score Interpretation Resources, Key Communications with Districts, SIS and Data Warehouse Preliminary Data Extracts, Tech Update.

August 28, 2019 | Assessment Update

This update contains articles on the following topics: Final 2019 Assessment and Accountability Results Release, Final Reports Delivery, New Benchmark Report Webinar for DACs: Registration, WIDA Webinar—Welcome Back: What’s New This Year?, Interpreting ACCESS Score Reports for Instruction Training, Student Assessment History Report Rollover.

August 21, 2019 | Assessment Update

This update contains articles on the following topics: New Benchmark Report Webinar for DACs: Save the Date, Final Reports Delivery ,Public Assessment Files: Upcoming Changes, Removal of October 1 Filter, WIDA Updates for 2019-20 , District Testing Calendar, Testing 1, 2, 3 Website, Reimbursement Reports in GRR.

August 14, 2019 | Assessment Update

This update contains articles on the following topics: Accountability Results: Updated Information, Key Communication with Districts, Student Assessment History Report Rollover.

August 7, 2019 | Assessment Update

This update contains articles on the following topics: Accountability Release Timeline, Embargoed Data Reminder, Precode Student Eligibility in Test WES, Student Assessment History Report Rollover, Reimbursement Reports in GRR, New Benchmark Reports for 2019, Preparing for the 2020 MCA Administration: Bluetooth Headphones, Tech Update.

July 31, 2019 | Assessment Update

This update contains articles on the following topics: District Testing Calendars, PearsonAccess Next Reports: Preparation for 2019 Results, Testing 1, 2, 3 Website Launch, Tech Update.

July 24, 2019 | Assessment Update

This update contains articles on the following topics: Embargoed Test Results Summary, Pearson Reporting Training, Entering Reimbursement Requests in GRR, Advisory Panelists Needed.

July 17, 2019 | Assessment Update

This update contains articles on the following topics: Embargoed Test Results Summary, Benchmark Reports Removed from PearsonAccess Next.

July 10, 2019 | Assessment Update

This update contains articles on the following topics: Entering Reimbursement Requests in GRR, WIDA Webinar, PearsonAccess Next Reports: Planned Unavailability.