Committee Liaisons & Representatives: DAS Advisory Committee / June 2017
Type: Open Committee
Focus Areas: High Quality Student Evaluations
Upcoming dates or events to share with general membership
Division of Accountability Services Advisory Committee Notes 5/4/17
1. Formative Assessment for Michigan Educators is looking for more teams and coaches for the 2017-18 school year.
i. Coaches training includes 8 days of cognitive coaching training over a 2 year period.
ii. Learning team members learn strategies, tools, targets and planning.
iii. Team members and coaches are made mostly of teachers
2. Assessment Learning Network (ALN) would like to see more special educators involved with the FAME project. Currently, Monroe has the only special ed FAME team
3. Guide to Formative Assessment for Students with Disabilities
- 10 in 10: almost 2 years in now, stakeholder work is all done, plan has 42 strategies and 7 goals that are very collaborative in nature and involves families.
- Now what pieces do we need to focus on first? The 42 strategies will be divvied up between Deputies to begin work:
i. 3rd grade reading
ii. MTSS work which will be implemented through the transformation zone and will provide a clear definition
3. ESSA is the vehicle for assessment, accountability, equity, and educator workforce and so our state plan was written to embed the ESSA into our 10 in 10.
i. June 30 we will know which option of the pan will be utilized the A-F system or no grades just a dashboard for each district (which is the boards preference).
ii. If they go with the dashboard then the n size of 30 goes away
4. Accountability scorecard will be changed – the intent is to do away with the color coding and top to bottom.
5. MMC – from the MDE’s perspective, MMC is important. The personalized pathways would be beneficial, but still need the MMC. It just needs to be personalized.
i. MSER study did not find any positive effects or negative effects regarding the MMC
ii. MDE is testifying in support of keeping the MMC
iii. MASSP supports the MMC as it exists
6. 8th grade PSAT will be required and M-STEP optional but recommended in order to be included in the accountability scorecard.
7. Trump’s new budget proposes a complete cut to Title II, which would mean a 25 FTE reduction at MDE…those potential reductions would be for staff that also support other initiatives like 31a
8. AP tests will be funded for low income
Early Literacy and Math Benchmarks Assessment
Will have color graphics, large font, no scrolling only page turning, and the look and feel of a video game, human voice audio supports for passages and answers and is vertically aligned with grade 3 M-STEP
- Accessibility matches grade 3 – text to speech
Matching, matching in a table, drag and drop (drag and drop zones are very big and when they get close it will suck it into place), hot spot, hot text, order, choice, and dropdown
- Available on multiple platforms: Chromebook, iPad, desktop, laptop
- Reading students are tested in: Reading, writing, language
- Math students are tested in: counting and cardinality, operations and algebraic thinking, number and operations in base 1-, measurement and data, geometry
- Spring testing (April 10 – May 26)
- Timing: 2 sessions (part 1 and part 2)
- Results are available within 48 hours
3rd grade Reading Law
1. Section 1a: MDE shall approve 3+ screening, formative, and diagnostic assessment systems – renamed into “initial (given in the beginning of the year) and then extensive would be more appropriate for students being watched.
i. There are between 20-25 that will be on the approved list
2. Section 1b: MDE shall recommend an early literacy coaching model
i. Recommendations will come out by June 30 for that model
3. Section 2a, 2b, and 2e: the school board (LEA) shall:
i. Select 1 screening, develop individual reading plans utilize literacy coaches
4. Section 3a, 3b, 3c: district shall provide reading interventions programs to:
i. Students who exhibit a reading deficiency
ii. Grade 3 students who exhibit a reading deficiency
iii. Students identified as ELL
5. Section 5 and 6: Students no enrolled in grade 4 UNLESS:
i. Achieves proficiency on grade 3
ii. Demonstrates grade 3 reading level through alternative standards reading assessment (can only be approved by Whiston)
iii. Demonstrates grade 3 reading level via student portfolio of all ELA standards
iv. Exception: proficient in all other subjects per grade 3 state assessments AND proficient in science and social studies per student portfolio.
v. Can only happen 1 time!!!
Section 7 – Students not promoted
- Assigned to HQ teacher and/or reading specialist
- Utilize evidenced based reading programs
- Daily targeted small group or 1-1 reading intervention
- Ongoing progress monitoring
- Supplemental reading instruction
Section 8 – Good Cause Exemptions
- As determined by any 504 coordinator or IEP team
- Less than 3 years ELL instruction
- 2+ years intensive reading intervention AND retained in K-3
- Continuously enrolled in current school less than 2 years AND no evidence of individual reading plan (currently no template for what this plan looks like)
- Parent guardian request AND agreement of Supe, per best interest of student
Assessment Learning Network
- One platform that will be used to engage all stakeholders in becoming assessment literate
- PLC focused on assessment practices is the vehicle for promoting assessment standards