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

May 15, 2019 | Assessment Update

This update contains articles on the following topics: Late Score Entries for MCA and MTAS, Secure Test Materials Deadline, Posttest Editing Starts Next Week, Early Student-Level Results for ACCESS and Alternate ACCESS, Tech Update.

May 8, 2019 | Assessment Update

This update contains articles on the following topics: Science Testing Window Closes Friday, Late Score Entries for MCA and MTAS, Returning Secure Test Materials, PearsonAccess Next Survey, Refusal Guide and Form Updated for 2019–20, Entering Reimbursement Requests in GRR, Registration for the New DAC Webinar, Posttest Editing Training for New DACs.

May 1, 2019 | Assessment Update

This update contains articles on the following topics: Testing Windows Closing Soon, Data Entry in PearsonAccess Next, Indicating Test Codes in PearsonAccess Next, Confirmations in Test WES, Posttest Editing Training for New DACs, May Q&A Webinar for New DACs: Save the Date, DAC Feedback Survey, Refusal Guide and Form Being Updated for 2019–20, WIDA Secure Portal Changes, Advisory Panelists Needed.

April 24, 2019 | Assessment Update

This update contains articles on the following topics: Operational Reports in PearsonAccess Next, Preliminary Student-Level Results, Returning Secure Test Materials, Employment Opportunity in Statewide Testing, Data Entry for MCA and MTAS.

April 17, 2019 | Assessment Update

This update contains articles on the following topics: Data Entry for MCA and MTAS, Indicating Test Codes in PearsonAccess Next, Spring 2019 DAC Feedback Survey, DAC Feedback Sessions: Registration, Feedback from Grade 3 Teachers on Student Resources, Confirmations in Test WES, Update on Release of 2018 Graduation Data.

April 10, 2019 | Assessment Update

This update contains articles on the following topics: District Feedback, April Q&A Webinar for New DACs, Testing Situations or Misadministrations, Test Security Reminders, High School Science MCA/MTAS Participation, Manually Adding Students in Test WES, College Entrance Exam Reimbursement Requests, TMS Schedule for Uploading Users, Update on Release of 2018 Graduation Rates.

April 03, 2019 | Assessment Update

This update contains articles on the following topics: MCA and MTAS Accountability Window, April Q&A Webinar for New DACs: Save the Date, Translated Word Lists, Students Who Have Finished Testing, Directions for Test Administrations, Training Requirements and Confirmation, Reviewing User Accounts in PearsonAccess Next, MTAS Administration and Resource Reminder, Preliminary Student-Level Results, Tech Update.

March 27, 2019 | Assessment Update

This update contains articles on the following topics: ACCESS and Alternate ACCESS Shipping Deadline, Student Data Privacy When Communicating with MDE, Preparing Students for Testing, MCA and MTAS Preparation, Indicating Test Codes in PearsonAccess Next, Students Moving Into or Out of the District during Testing, Assessment Accommodations Review Panel Deadline, Science Educators Opportunity.

March 20, 2019 | Assessment Update

This update contains articles on the following topics: ACCESS and Alternate ACCESS Testing Window Closing, Student Directions in the Reading MCA, Blacklisted Applications Disabled, Answering Questions/Providing Assistance During Testing, College Entrance Exam Reimbursement Requests, Assessment Accommodations Review Panel Applications, Free WIDA e-Learning Courses for Minnesota Educators.

March 13, 2019 | Assessment Update

This update contains articles on the following topics: Additional Orders Window for ACCESS and Alternate ACCESS, MCA and MTAS Preparation, Blacklisted Applications Clarification, MTAS Administration and Resource Updates, On-Demand Reports in PearsonAccess Next, Operational Reports in PearsonAccess Next, MDE Monitoring of Test Administrations, Mathematics MCA Information, Employment Opportunity in Statewide Testing.

March 6, 2019 | Assessment Update

This update contains articles on the following topics: Test Window Communication, March Q&A Webinar for New DACs, Close All Applications on Devices Prior to Student Testing , Testing Reminders, PearsonAccess Next Tips and Reminders, Contacting Pearson vs. MDE, Test Security Notification and Test Administration Report, Cell Phone and Device Policy Reminder.

February 27, 2019 | Assessment Update

This update contains articles on the following topics: Returning ACCESS and Alternate ACCESS Test Materials, Additional Orders for ACCESS and Alternate ACCESS, Indicating Test Codes in PearsonAccess Next, Directions for Test Administrations Reminder, Reporting Groups and On-Demand Reports, TestNav Changes, Additional Orders in PearsonAccess Next Reminder, DAC Test Administration Training in TMS Transcript, Launching TestNav with Applications Running (clarification), New Outreach and Training Specialist, Data Special Interest Group (SIG), Tech Update.

February 20, 2019 | Assessment Update

This update contains articles on the following topics : MTAS Administration and Resource Updates, MCA and MTAS Preparation, MDE Monitoring of Test Administrations, Launching TestNav with Applications Running, Initial Shipment Test Materials and Additional Orders, Preparing Students for Testing, ACT District Testing Policy Updates, Tech Update.

February 13, 2019 | Assessment Update

This update contains articles on the following topics: Returning ACCESS and Alternate ACCESS Test Materials, Additional Orders for ACCESS and Alternate ACCESS, ACCESS Test Administration Reminders, MCA and MTAS Preparation, Initial Shipment of MCA and MTAS Test Materials, Update for Pearson Webinar Training, Training Requirements, Required District Test Security Procedure, Guidelines for Scribe, Script, and Signed Interpretation, Advisory Panelists Needed, Tech Update.

February 6, 2019 | Assessment Update

This update contains articles on the following topics: ACCESS and Alternate ACCESS Accountability Window, Completing ACCESS Domains, Save the Date: February New DAC Q&A Webinar, Pretest Editing Remains Open, Reviewing User Accounts in PearsonAccess Next, PearsonAccess Next DAC and AA Admin Access in TMS, Directions for Test Administrations, Invitation for Minnesota Science Teachers, NAEP 2019 Information for Districts with Selected Schools.

January 30, 2019 | Assessment Update

This update contains articles on the following topics: ACCESS and Alternate ACCESS for ELLs Testing Window, Directions for Test Administrations, Update to Scheduling for Science MCA, Monitoring of Test Administrations, Review of Test Security Procedures, Vendors Receiving Preliminary Data, Advisory Panelists Needed.

January 23, 2019 | Assessment Update

This update contains articles on the following topics: Online Preparation for the MCA and MTAS Administrations, Reporting Groups in PearsonAccess Next, Student Resources, Providing Preliminary Data to Vendors, College Entrance Exam (updated contact information), Employment Opportunity at MDE (repeat), Tech Update.

January 16, 2019 | Assessment Update

This update contains articles on the following topics: Pretest Editing Deadlines in Test WES, ACCESS and Alternate ACCESS for ELLs Paper Test Materials, Online Preparation for the MCA and MTAS Administrations, Upcoming DAC Trainings from Pearson, PearsonAccess Next DAC and AA Admin Access in TMS, Enabling and Restoring PearsonAccess Next User Accounts, Student Tutorial in PearsonAccess Next, 2018–19 College Entrance Exam Requirement, Employment Opportunity at MDE.

January 09, 2019 | Assessment Update

This update contains articles on the following topics: DAC Test Administration Training Preparation, Training Requirements in TMS, Preparing for ACCESS and Alternate ACCESS for ELLs, WIDA AMS Test Setup, Pretest Editing Deadlines in Test WES, District Testing Calendars, Translated Word Lists in PearsonAccess Next, Data SIG Webinar, Tech Update.

December 19, 2018 | Assessment Update

This update contains articles on the following topics: January New DAC Q&A Webinars, Preparing for ACCESS and Alternate ACCESS for ELLs, Attemptedness Criteria Update for Alternate ACCESS for ELLs, PearsonAccess Next DAC and AA Admin Access in TMS, Enabling and Restoring PearsonAccess Next User Accounts, NAEP 2019 Information for Districts with Selected Schools, Tech Update.

December 12, 2018 | Assessment Update

This update contains articles on the following topics: Pretest Editing Open in Test WES, WIDA AMS Tasks, DAC Test Administration Training Registration, Alternate Assessments, Important Update about Minnesota Report Card, Additional Released Items, WIDA Scale Score to Proficiency Lookup Tables Available, Data SIG Meetings.

December 5, 2018 | Assessment Update

This update contains articles on the following topics: Pretest Editing in Test WES, WIDA AMS Tasks, New DAC Q&A Webinar, DAC Resources, ACCESS and Alternate ACCESS Training Requirements, District Testing Calendars, Tech Update.

November 28, 2018 | Assessment Update

This update contains articles on the following topics: Preparing for ACCESS and Alternate ACCESS for ELLs, Pretest Editing in Test WES, Alternate Assessments, Important Updates about Minnesota Report Card, Update to Additional Student Assessment Data Available.

November 21, 2018 | Assessment Update

This update contains articles on the following topics: District Test Security Procedure, Test Security Training Now Available, Additional Student Assessment Data Available, Minnesota Student Survey 2019: Update.

November 14, 2018 | Assessment Update

This update contains articles on the following topics: Preparing for ACCESS and Alternate ACCESS for ELLs, Test Security Training, Student Resources.

November 7, 2018 | Assessment Update

This update contains articles on the following topics: November New DAC Q&A Registration, PearsonAccess Next User Accounts, District Test Security Procedure, Data Special Interest Group (SIG), Minnesota Student Survey 2019: Updates.

October 31, 2018 | Assessment Update

This update contains articles on the following topics: DAC Resources, ACCESS for ELLs Test Administration Trainings, Ensuring Correct 2017–18 Attendance and Graduation Data.

October 24, 2018 | Assessment Update

This update contains articles on the following topics: Individual Student Report (ISR) Distribution Reminder, Training Management System (TMS) Resources, Technology Readiness.

October 17, 2018 | Assessment Update

This update contains articles on the following topics: New DAC Q&A Webinar, Educator Resources on PearsonAccess Next, MDE Data Special Interest Group.

October 10, 2018 | Assessment Update

This update contains articles on the following topics: 2018–19 Procedures Manual Now Available, Save the Date: New DAC Q&A Webinar, Data Sharing Commitments from Vendors, Deadline for Late Score Entry or Rescore Requests.

October 3, 2018 | Assessment Update

This update contains articles on the following topics: New DAC Orientation Preparation, Data Sharing Agreement Update, WIDA AMS Account Updates Clarification.

September 26, 2018 | Assessment Update

This update contains articles on the following topics: SIS and Data Warehouse Preliminary Data Extracts, Advisory Panelists Needed, 2018–19 College Entrance Exam Requirement, and WIDA AMS Account Updates.

September 19, 2018 | Assessment Update

This update contains articles on the following topics: SIS and Data Warehouse Preliminary Data Extracts, Reimbursements for College Entrance Exams, Interpreting ACCESS Score Reports for Instruction Training, Translated Word Lists in PearsonAccess Next, District Testing Calendars Must Be Posted, MDE Educator Workshop and Focus Group.

September 12, 2018 | Assessment Update

This update contains articles on the following topics: Friday Deadline: Confirming Requests in GRR, Required Delivery of ISRs, Benchmark Reports Available in PearsonAccess Next, Additional Hosting Site Needed for Educator Workshops, SIS and Data Warehouse Preliminary Data Extract, Reading and Math Released MCA Items and Passages, Technical Reports for MCA and MTAS, Minnesota Assessment Life Cycle Training Course.

September 5, 2018 | Assessment Update

This update contains articles on the following topics: Deadline Approaching: Requesting Reimbursement in GRR, Final 2018 Assessment and Accountability Results, WIDA Webinars, WIDA Communication with District and School Staff, MDE Communication with Districts, New DAC Orientation, PearsonAccess Next and TestNav Updates, Minnesota Student Survey 2019: PPRA Notification.

August 29, 2018 | Assessment Update

This update contains articles on the following topics: Final 2018 Assessment Accountability Results Release, Benchmark Reports in PearsonAccess Next, Student Assessment History Report, Testing Calendars, WIDA eLearning Accounts.

August 22, 2018 | Assessment Update

This update contains articles on the following topics: Final 2018 Assessment and Accountability Results Release, Final Reports Delivery, Deadline for Requesting Reimbursement in GRR, MDE Communication with DACs, Ed-Fi for Data Collection (repeat).

August 15, 2018 | Assessment Update

This update contains articles on the following topics: New WIDA Website, Accountability Information, Secure Test Materials, Updating Contacts in MDE-ORG, Student Assessment History Report Rollover, Released MCA Items and Passages, Minnesota Assessment Training Course, Ed-Fi for Data Collection.

August 8, 2018 | Assessment Update

This update contains articles on the following topics: District Testing Calendar, Reimbursement Reports in GRR, New WIDA Website, Accountability: Secure Release and Appeals Window, Accountability: Overview of Public Release Webinar.

August 1, 2018 | Assessment Update

This update contains articles on the following topics: Assessment Results Remain Embargoed, Student Assessment History Report Rollover, New WIDA Website, Reporting Training from Pearson, 2018–19 College Entrance Exam Update, Data Analytics Supervisor Job Opening at MDE.