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MDE’s periodic newsletter for educators contains relevant assessment, data, and reporting information, as well as professional development opportunities.

June 2019 | Testing 1-2-3 Update

This month’s issue features articles about the following: Test Administration Information, Sharing Preliminary Results, Refusal Guide and Form Update, Upcoming Opportunities, and Important Ideas and Research in School Assessment and Data.

May 2019 | Testing 1-2-3 Update

This month’s newsletter features articles about the following topics: Testing Windows Closing, Preliminary Student-Level Results, WIDA Secure Portal Changes, Release of 2018 Graduation Rates, Grade 3 Teacher Survey, and Advisory Panelists Needed.

April 2019 | Testing 1-2-3 Update

This issue contains articles on the following topics: Preparing Students for Testing, Translated Word Lists, Directions for Test Administrations, MTAS Administration and Resource Reminder, Preliminary Student-Level Results, MDE Monitoring of Test Administrations, and Upcoming Opportunities.

March 8, 2019 | Teacher Newsletter

This issue contains articles on the following topics: MCA and MTAS Student Resources, MCA and MTAS Test Administration Reminders, Cell Phone and Device Policy Reminders, Advisory Panelists Needed, Minnesota Report Card Update, the New Outreach and Training Specialist, Careers at MDE, and Testing Terminology of the month.

February 15, 2019 | Teacher Newsletter

This newsletter contains articles on the following topics: ACCESS Testing, MCA Test Administration, Advisory Panelists Needed, Invitation for Minnesota Science Teachers, Testing Terminology: Words of the Month.

January 15, 2019 | Teacher Newsletter

This newsletter contains articles on the following topics: ACCESS Testing, MCA and MTAS Training Requirements, Additional Released Items.

December 7, 2018 | Teacher Newsletter

This newsletter contains articles on the following topics: Test Security Training, Student Resources, Important Updates on Minnesota Report Card.

November 2, 2018 | Teacher Newsletter

This newsletter contains articles on the following topics: MDE Education Workshop and Focus Group, Depth of Knowledge I-IV Examples, Educator Resources on PearsonAccess Next, MCA Released Math Items and Reading Passages, Training Management System (TMS) Resources.

September 7, 2018 | Teacher Newsletter

This update contains articles on the following topics: MDE Science Update, Released MCA Items and Passages, New WIDA Website, ISRs and Benchmark Reports, Minnesota Assessment Life Cycle Training Course, Important Email Change.

June 1, 2018 | Teacher Newsletter

This update contains articles on the following topics: Important Dates; Educator Data Training and Focus Groups; Important Email Change; A+ Conference; Updated Contact Information for Minnesota State; Summer Advisory Panelists Needed; SLEDS Research and Data Committee; Data and Research Analyst Job Opening at MDE; Testing Terminology: Words of the Month.

May 4, 2018 | Teacher Newsletter

This newsletter contains articles on the following topics: Important Dates; Training and Focus Group Details; Important Email Change; Test Development Life Cycle Training Modules; Opportunity with NAEP Item Review; Job Opening: Science Assessment Specialist; Parent Refusal Form; High School Science MCA/MTAS; On-Demand Reports in PearsonAccess Next; Advisory Panelists Needed.

April 6, 2018 | Teacher Newsletter

This newsletter contains articles on the following topics: Training and Focus Group – Stay Tuned!, Test Development Life Cycle Training Modules, Preparing Students for Testing, Science Standards Review Committee, MN Data Tools: Leveraging Data, and On-Demand Reports and Export for MCA and MTAS.

March 2, 2018 | Teacher Newsletter

This newsletter contains articles on the following topics: Guidelines for Scribe, Script, and Signed Interpretation, Graduation Rate Release Update, Reporting Groups in PearsonAccess Next, Online Calculator Update, Pearson Reporting Focus Group & Usability Study.

February 2, 2018 | Teacher Newsletter

This newsletter contains articles on the following topics: Student Resources for MCA and MTAS, MN Data Tools: Leveraging Data, Word-to-Word Translations.

January 5, 2018 | Teacher Newsletter

This newsletter contains articles on the following topics: MDE Science Update, Equity Session with Deb Morrison, Instructional Resources for Mathematics and Science, Updated Parent Refusal Form, Educator Licensing and Standards Board Transition.

December 1, 2017 | Teacher Newsletter

This newsletter contains articles on the following topics: Teacher Professional Development and Focus Groups, Recently Arrived English Learners (RAELs), New Resources for ACCESS for ELLs, 2017–18 Procedures Manual Now Available.

November 3, 2017 | Teacher Newsletter

This newsletter contains articles on the following topics: Teacher Professional Development and Focus Group, MDE Teacher Panels, Data Table Added to Released Math Items, New Student Resources Document, 2017–18 WIDA Resources and Materials, Technology Enhanced MCA Math Items.

October 9, 2017 | Teacher Newsletter

This newsletter contains articles on the following topics: ISR and Benchmark Reports, PearsonAccess Next Resources, Technology Enhanced MCA Math Items, ALD Maps, MDE Teacher Panels, Translations in the Minnesota Report Card.

September 1, 2017 | Teacher Newsletter

This newsletter contains articles on the following topics: 2017 Assessment Results, Longitudinal Reporting Virtual Focus Groups, Upcoming WIDA Webinars, Testing Calendar Requirements, Science Simulation Pilot, ESSA Progress Indicator and ALDs, and Arts Standards Review.

August 10, 2017 | Teacher Newsletter

This newsletter contains articles on the following topics: Test Development Training Modules, SLEDS Webinar, Data Workshop in Thief River Falls, Resources and Training for English Learners, and Individual Student Reports.