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

February 28, 2024 | Assessment Update

This update contains articles on the following topics: Preparing for MCA/MTAS, Volunteers Requested: Participate in an ACCESS Paper Test Enhancement Pilot, Student Data Privacy When Communicating with MDE (repeat), Tech Update.

February 21, 2024 | Assessment Update

This update contains articles on the following topics: ACCESS and WIDA Alternate ACCESS Administration, PearsonAccess Next and TestNav Changes for the 2024 MCA and MTAS Test Administration, MDE Monitoring Test Administrations, Timelines for Providing Materials to Testing Staff.

February 14, 2024 | Assessment Update

This update contains articles on the following topics: Upcoming Key Dates for Results Release, Common ACCESS/WIDA Alternate ACCESS Misadministrations, Initial Shipment of MCA and MTAS Test Materials, PearsonAccess Next Setup and Preparation, Monitoring Course Completion in LMS, After Hours Testing, 2023-24 College Entrance Exam FRP Reimbursement (repeat), Odds & Ends, Tech Update.

February 7, 2024 | Assessment Update

This update contains articles on the following topics: WIDA AMS: Tasks and Resources, Reviewing User Accounts in Pearson Access Next, MDE Employment Opportunities and Staffing Changes, Upcoming Opportunities, Tech Update.

January 17, 2024 | Assessment Update

This update contains articles on the following topics: Pretest Editing Deadline, ACCESS and WIDA Alternate ACCESS Additional Materials Ordering, Reminder: ARC Process Deadline is March 1, Learning Management System Updates and Overview, Statewide Testing Participation for Students with IEPs or 504 Plans, Release of Equation Editor, Script, and Braille Student Readiness Tools, MDE Employment Opportunity: Student Pathways Analyst.

January 10, 2024 | Assessment Update

This update contains articles on the following topics: Preparing for ACCESS and WIDA Alternate ACCESS, Test Security Checklist Translated Versions, DAC Test Administration in the Learning Management System, Updates to MTAS Task Administration Manual and Data Collection Form on PearsonAccess Next, Upcoming Opportunities, Odds and Ends, Tech Update.

January 3, 2024 | Assessment Update

This update contains articles on the following topics: Verifying Shipping Addresses in MDE-ORG, Preparing for Statewide Assessments: Selecting Test Administrators and Test Monitors, January Q&A Session: Preparing for the Administration of Statewide Assessments, Opportunities for MTAS Test Administrators and Special Education Staff, District Testing Calendar Reminder, Pearson DAC Test Administration Training, Tech Update.

December 20, 2023 | Assessment Update

This update contains articles on the following topics: 2023–24 College Entrance Exam FRP Reimbursement, Student Records in ACCESS Precode File, Test Security Desk Audits, New WIDA Alternate ACCESS Resources, MDE Employment Opportunity: Kindergarten Fall Assessment Data Specialist, Upcoming Opportunities, Odds and Ends, Tech Update.

December 13, 2023 | Assessment Update

This update contains articles on the following topics: Staff Training Requirements, MCA Testing Directions, Requesting Extended Testing Time Across Multiple Days (EM) for the ACCESS and WIDA Alternate ACCESS, MDE Employment Opportunity: Learner Centered Programs Evaluator, MTAS Participation Documentation (repeat), and Upcoming Opportunities.

December 6, 2023 | Assessment Update

This update contains articles on the following topics: ACCESS Materials Ordering Closes Dec. 15, Alternate Assessment Coffee Break Series, MTAS Participation Documentation, Learning Management System, Upcoming Opportunities.

November 29, 2023 | Assessment Update

This update contains articles on the following topics: District Testing Calendar Reminder, Pretest Editing in Test WES for MCA/MTAS Preparation, Preparing for the MCA and MTAS: Item Sampler Retirement and New Resources, DAC Test Administration Training: Registration, December Q&A Session: Test Administration Training, New DAC Pearson Basics Training (1–2 years), Upcoming Opportunities, Tech Update.

November 15, 2023 | Assessment Update

This update contains articles on the following topics: WIDA Accounts, Additional Assessment Data Available, Updated Guidance and Procedures Manual, PearsonAccess Next Chat Feature, Required Distribution of Individual Student Reports, Learning Management System Learning Paths and Courses, Learning Management System Maintenance, Test Administration Training: Save the Date, Upcoming Opportunities, Odds and Ends.

November 8, 2023 | Assessment Update

This update contains articles on the following topics: New ACCESS Online Writing Sample Items, Upcoming Opportunities, Odds and Ends.

November 1, 2023 | Assessment Update

This update contains articles on the following topics: Release of the MCA Student Readiness Tools (SRTs), WIDA and DRC Webinars, MDE Employment Opportunities (repeat), Upcoming Opportunities, Tech Update.

October 25, 2023 | Assessment Update

This update contains articles on the following topics: 2023–24 WIDA Accessibility and Accommodations Updates, November Q&A Sessions, MDE Employment Opportunities, Seeking MTAS Field Auditor Applicants (repeat), Upcoming Opportunities.

October 18, 2023 | Assessment Update

This update contains articles on the following topics: Seeking MTAS Field Auditor Applicants, User Account Management in PearsonAccess Next, Guidance for Universal Supports and Accommodations Now Available, October Q&A Session: DAC Roles and Yearly Overview (repeat), and Tech Update.

October 11, 2023 | Assessment Update

This update contains articles on the following topics: October Q&A Session: DAC Roles and Yearly Overview, New DAC Orientation Recap, Required Distribution of Individual Student Reports, Test Security Procedure Audit, Updated WIDA AMS User Guide, MDE Employment Opportunity: Literacy Data Specialist (repeat), Upcoming Opportunities.

October 4, 2023 | Assessment Update

This update contains articles on the following topics: District Testing Calendar Reminder, Deadline for MCA and MTAS Late Score Entry or Rescore Requests, New Resource: Using Statewide Assessment Data to Make Instructional Decisions, MDE Employment Opportunity: Literacy Data Specialist, Learning Management System (LMS) Login, MDE Newsletters, Upcoming Opportunities.

September 27, 2023 | Assessment Update

This update contains articles on the following topics: Procedures Manual for 2023–24, Guidance for Universal Supports and Accommodations for Minnesota Statewide Assessments, Learning Management System (LMS) Login, Learning Management System (LMS) Office Hours, 2023–24 College Entrance Exam Requirement, WIDA and DRC October Q&A Webinars, Test Specifications Posted for Science and Reading MCA-IV and Alternate MCA, Upcoming Opportunities.

September 20, 2023 | Assessment Update

This update contains articles on the following topics: Learning Management System (LMS) Webinar and Office Hours, Data and Assessment Literacy Community of Practice Series, Assessment Inventory Session 3, New for 2023–24: MCA and MTAS Student Results Label PDFs, Alternate Assessment Coffee Break Series, New DAC Orientation (repeat), Odds and Ends.

September 13, 2023 | Assessment Update

This update contains articles on the following topics: New for 2023–24: Learning Management System (LMS), New Policy for ACCESS Online Group Sizes, Updated District Test Security Procedure, 2023–24 WIDA Self-Paced Workshops Now Available, New DAC Orientation, Service Available for Spring 2024: Regularly Scheduled Extracts to SIS and Data Warehouse Vendors, Reimbursements for College Entrance Exams, Odds and Ends.

September 6, 2023 | Assessment Update

This update contains articles on the following topics: Deadline This Friday: Reimbursement Requests, Deadline This Friday for ACCESS and Alternate ACCESS Requests, District Assessment Coordinator Trainings and Q&A Sessions (2023–24), 2023–24 ACCESS Manuals and Redesigned Training Courses Available Now, Student Assessment History Report Availability, Mathematics MCA-IV Test Specifications Public Review (Repeat), Odds and Ends.

August 30, 2023 | Assessment Update

This update contains articles on the following topics: Benchmark Reports Coming Soon, Enter Reimbursement Requests in GRR by Sept. 8, Parent Fact Sheets, Educator Edition Celebrates First Anniversary, Upcoming Opportunities.

August 23, 2023 | Assessment Update

This update contains articles on the following topics: Final Assessment Results Release Tomorrow, Final Individual Student Reports Delivery and Video ISRs, Finding Reports in WIDA AMS, WIDA Professional Learning Opportunities for 2023–24,Testing Calendars, Cell Phone Policies, Alternate Assessment Coffee Break Series.

August 16, 2023 | Assessment Update

This update contains articles on the following topics: Final Assessment Results Release, Reporting Reminders, Final Individual Student Reports Delivery, Mathematics MCA-IV Test Specifications Public Review, and Updating DAC Assignments in MDE-ORG.

August 9, 2023 | Assessment Update

This update contains articles on the following topics: Resources for New District Assessment Coordinators (DACs), Entering Reimbursement Requests in GRR, and Student Assessment History Report Rollover.

August 2, 2023 | Assessment Update

This update contains articles on the following topics: Assessment Results Remain Embargoed, North Star Secure Report and Academic Secure Roster Functionality, Accountability Secure Release and Appeals, MDE Employment Opportunity: Early Childhood Longitudinal Data System Research Scientist, Upcoming Opportunities.