2018 Michigan School Testing Conference

2018 Michigan School Testing Conference
The annual Michigan School Testing Conference consists of a day for workshops and two days of plenary and clinic sessions. On Tuesday, February 13, four half-day and two full-day workshops will be offered. The conference itself will take place on Wednesday and Thursday, February 14-15. There will be three plenary sessions (on issues in growth modeling; plans for statewide assessment; and, issues in achievement testing) plus 36 clinic sessions on a variety of assessment issues and topics. There is separate registration for the workshops and the two-day conference. SCHCE credits are available for both the workshops and the conference.

View the conference program and registration information here

Instructions for registering for the pre-conference only
select attending Tuesday  under the Registration options and then select the pre-conference(s) you would like to attend. The appropriate fee will be added to your cart. 

Instructions for registering for the pre-conference and main conference

Select the option for the day(s) of the main conference you would like to attend under the Registration Options. Then select the pre-conference(s) you would like to attend under the Tuesday, 13 February 2018 block. This will add the appropriate fee for each pre-conference to your cart.
When
2/13/2018 8:30 AM - 2/15/2018 3:45 PM
Where
Kensington Hotel
3500 S. State St
Ann Arbor, MI 48108 United States

Program

   

Tuesday, 13 February 2018

 
Time
2/13/2018 8:30 AM - 2/15/2018 3:45 PM
8:30 AM
In this workshop, the MDE Office of Educational Assessment and Accountability (OEAA) team will provide an overview of how to successfully plan and administer the Spring 2018 statewide assessments, including M-STEP, MME, MI-Access, WIDA, and Early Literacy & Mathematics Benchmarks. Discussion and activities will cover the “typical” 2018 assessment cycle from start (i.e., the pre-identification process) through finish (i.e., reporting and accountability). Bring your computer and Secure Site access credentials to participate using your own data. This session will provide attendees with information and ideas that they can use to consider how to focus and streamline student assessment in their districts and schools, and how to use different types of assessment that will promote student learning and achievement.

Phoebe Gohs, Michigan Department of Education Tina Foote, Michigan Department of Education Kate Cermak, Michigan Department of Education

Time
8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
8:30 AM
When implemented effectively, formative assessment is a powerful tool that can significantly improve student learning. Learn how to confidently use key formative assessment strategies—planning, use of learning targets, gathering evidence of student understanding, formative feedback, and learning and instructional decisions—and then how to use them to accommodate students with disabilities with a variety of needs and characteristics. This workshop will also discuss professional learning strategies that districts and schools can use to support teachers in this work. It is based on materials developed by the Assessing Special Education Students (ASES) and Formative Assessment for Students and Teachers (FAST) groups of the Council of Chief State School Officers. Learner outcomes include that participants will be able to:
  • Learn what formative assessment is and what it isn’t.
  • Understand key formative assessment strategies such as focusing on sharing learning targets and criteria for success, giving effective feedback, and using student self-assessment and goal-setting.
  • Adapt formative assessment strategies appropriately for students with disabilities who have a variety of needs and characteristics.
  • Understand the professional learning strategies that districts and schools can use to support teachers in using formative assessment with all students.
  • Learn how to confidently use key formative assessment strategies— planning, use of learning targets, gathering evidence of student understanding, formative feedback, and learning and instructional decisions— and then how to use them to accommodate students with disabilities with a variety of needs and characteristics.

    Tammy Gardner, Monroe ISD Edward Roeber, Michigan Assessment Consortium Ellen Vorenkamp, Wayne County RESA

    Time
    8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
    8:30 AM
    Presenting data effectively leads to people actually reading our data and reports. When we can engage people with intentional reporting, our audience will be more engaged and able to make data driven decisions. Grounded in visual processing theory, the principles discussed will enhance attendees’ ability to communicate more effectively with peers, colleagues, and clients through a focus on the proper use of color, arrangement, graphics, and text when developing data visuals. You will walk away knowing the anatomy of a good visualization, and will have more tools to better design your PowerPoint presentations, reports, fact sheets, dashboards, and conference posters.

    Jennifer R. Lyons, Evergreen Data

    Time
    8:30 AM - 11:45 AM
    8:30 AM
    This session is intended to provide participants with resources to work with district policymakers, teachers, and administrators in designing, developing, and beginning the implementation of a feasible and coherent district assessment system. This session will cover the following:
    Time
    8:30 AM - 11:45 AM
    8:30 AM
    This session will share with participants the revised components of the FAME formative assessment process. In a hands-on, interactive session, participants will begin to understand the process and its impact on student learning and teacher practice.

    LeeAnn Moore, Morley Stanwood Community Schools Kimberly Young, Michigan Department of Education

    Time
    12:45 PM - 4:00 PM
    12:45 PM
    MDE relies on the expertise of Michigan educators to create, develop, and improve the State of Michigan assessments. This session will provide examples of the assessment development process through the lens of the new science assessment.

    TJ Smolek, Michigan Department of Education

    Time
    12:45 PM - 4:00 PM
    12:45 PM

    Wednesday, 14 February 2018

     
    Large group presentations seldom lend themselves to productive question and answer sessions. However, some conference participants want to ask questions that invite the speaker to clarify or comment in greater depth about portions of the presentation or to ask about issues the speaker did not address. Here’s your chance to have an informal conversation with today’s keynote speaker, Andrew Ho.
    Time
    10:20 AM - 11:35 AM
    10:20 AM
    MAC has developed a series of modules available through Michigan Virtual (MV) that address foundational assessment topics reflecting the MI Assessment Literacy Standards (MAC, 2017). Sample topics available include: developing high quality, balanced assessment systems, developing assessments, selecting assessments, understanding the formative assessment process, understanding technical concepts used in student assessment, and making meaning from student assessments. This session will highlight module resources currently available.

    Kathy Dewsbury-White, Michigan Assessment Consortium Molly Bruzewski, Edupaths & Michigan Assessment Consortium

    Time
    10:20 AM - 11:45 AM
    10:20 AM
    This workshop will focus on key issues related to Michigan’s Alternate Assessment based on Alternate Achievement Standards. ESSA updates, including Michigan’s approach to the 1% cap and key assessment administration issues will be discussed as part of this workshop. This workshop is strongly suggested for those who are both new and experienced at giving the MI-Access assessments.

    John Jaquith, Michigan Department of Education Dan Evans, Michigan Department of Education

    Time
    10:20 AM - 11:35 AM
    10:20 AM
    This session will give an overview of the Michigan Linked Educational Assessment Reporting Network (MiLearn). MiLearn allows students, parents, and educators to electronically access their state assessment results. This access is granted via authorization through the local Student Information System, making a second log in unnecessary. By working with the Michigan Data Hubs, rostering data is used to update information on a nightly basis. Learn more about this forward thinking state system.

    Tim Hall, Michigan Department of Education

    Time
    10:20 AM - 11:45 AM
    10:20 AM
    This session will review the implications of teacher evaluations using different student growth rubrics. How to design a student growth rubric for a desired effect on teacher evaluations is a major topic to be covered.

    Gary J. Collins, Esq., Collins & Blaha, P.C. Lorie E. Steinhauer, Esq., Collins & Blaha, P.C.

    Time
    10:20 AM - 11:35 AM
    10:20 AM
    Participants will learn various practices and strategies to engage students in thinking about their thinking by using effective questioning techniques.

    Ellen Vorenkamp, Wayne RESA

    Time
    10:20 AM - 11:35 AM
    10:20 AM
    Come join members of the Office of Educational Assessment and Accountability in a discussion of the Spring 2018 M-STEP. As the spring administration is quickly approaching, this session will focus on the activities, procedures and resources that will help prepare you for a trouble-free test administration.

    Kate Cermak, Michigan Department of Education Phoebe Gohs, Michigan Department of Education

    Time
    1:45 PM - 3:00 PM
    1:45 PM
    The timeline of when recent federal assessment requirements became effective is long:
    Time
    1:45 PM - 3:00 PM
    1:45 PM
    This session will provide an overview of the test development process: item writing basics, committee review of test items, and field testing, all of which culminates in blueprint and test map creation. Learn how Michigan educators have a vital role in this process, and ways in which you can get involved.

    Linda Howley, Michigan Department of Education Suzanne Hindman, Michigan Department of Education Kyle Ward, Michigan Department of Education Scott Koenig, Michigan Department of Education

    Time
    1:45 PM - 3:00 PM
    1:45 PM
    This session will provide an overview of the structure of the WIDA assessment system as well as upcoming changes intended for the 2017-18 school year. Additional statewide data will be shared related to Michigan’s EL assessment performance.

    Jen Paul, Michigan Department of Education Dan Evans, Michigan Department of Education

    Time
    1:45 PM - 3:00 PM
    1:45 PM
    Ensuring that all educators have a comprehensive understanding of assessment and its role in student learning and achievement is tough business. Professional associations like the Michigan Assessment Consortium (MAC) have begun advancing best practices in assessment and have also begun to decipher the elements of what assessment literacy is and what users of assessment (educators, parents, students, policymakers) should need to know and be able to do. This session will discuss the MAC Assessment Literacy Standards in terms of how two different organizations approached their professional learning around this topic as well as how the new learning can be supported and propagated within a building/district.

    Jonathan Flukes, Oakland Schools Amy Olmstead-Brayton, Washtenaw ISD

    Time
    1:45 PM - 3:00 PM
    1:45 PM
    Are you interested in learning how to interpret and use results from the PSAT/SAT tests? Would you like to use the results to inform everyday instructional practices in classrooms? Join the GELN (General Education Leadership Network) SAT Report Task Force subcommittee members to discuss how PSAT/SAT results can be used to inform instructional decisions. Participants will receive resources that can be used to analyze results and identify the cross-curricular skills students may need to improve student performance.

    Emily McEvoy, Macomb ISD Kathleen Miller, Shiawassee RESD

    Time
    1:45 PM - 3:00 PM
    1:45 PM
    Michigan utilizes the vast talents of our social studies teachers to develop the summative social studies assessment. This session discusses the process of building the Social Studies M-STEP, item types, and what is new with this year’s development.

    Scott Koenig, Michigan Department of Education

    Time
    3:15 PM - 4:30 PM
    3:15 PM
    The new director of the MDE Office of P20 Data and Information Management will describe how the MDE data systems and data hubs will be aligned and streamlined. Introduction to the actionable data tools embedded in hubs will also be described.

    David Judd, Michigan Department of Education Don Daily, Kalamazoo RESA Michelle Ribant, Michigan Department of Education

    Time
    3:15 PM - 4:30 PM
    3:15 PM
    This session provides a survey of existing and emerging efforts to develop and sustain assessment literacy nationally. MAC will share the framework it is using to guide its efforts around assessment literacy. Additionally, this session will include the current U.S. landscape of tools, documents, programs, proposals and research efforts designed to advance each step of the state framework identified by MAC. Work from the National Center for Assessment and the National Task Force on Educator Assessment will be highlighted.

    Kathy Dewsbury-White, Michigan Assessment Consortium Joseph Martineau, National Center for the Improvement of Educational Assessment Amelia Wenk Gotwals, Michigan State University

    Time
    3:15 PM - 4:30 PM
    3:15 PM
    This session will present the latest tools from the Khan Academy platform supporting Official Practice for the SAT suite of assessments, including essay scoring and feedback, and Teacher Tools. The session will also demonstrate Roadmap to Careers, a tool developed collaboratively by the College Board and Roadtrip Nation. Finally, the planning and exploration tools available through Big Future will be demonstrated. These tools have been demonstrated with Michigan’s College Access organizations for use in supporting students.

    Ted Gardella, College Board Jason Feig, College Board

    Time
    3:15 PM - 4:30 PM
    3:15 PM
    FAME (Formative Assessment for Michigan Educators) is in its 10th year. As we begin to use a revised definition of formative assessment and reorganized content, what have we been learning about teacher and student use of the formative assessment process?

    Annlyn McKenzie, Muskegon ISD Kimberly Young, Michigan Department of Education

    Time
    3:15 PM - 4:30 PM
    3:15 PM
    This session will present a comprehensive review of ACTNext/ACT’s work on analyzing evidence of collaborative problem solving using a unique game-based assessment from construct to results. This review incorporates work over two research studies using both a middle school cohort and adult research participants recruited through Amazon’s mechanical turk.

    Steve Polyak, ACTNext Alina von Davier, ACTNext

    Time
    3:15 PM - 4:30 PM
    3:15 PM

    Thursday, 15 February 2018

     
    Large group presentations seldom lend themselves to productive question and answer sessions. However, some conference participants want to ask questions that invite the speaker to clarify or comment in greater depth about portions of the presentation or to ask about issues the speaker did not address. Here’s your chance to have an informal conversation with today’s keynote speaker, Mark Reckase.
    Time
    10:20 AM - 11:35 AM
    10:20 AM
    Participants will learn a new, user-friendly, step-by-step process that will permit an educator to measure student growth. In addition, the supplemental on-line material will be highlighted so that the process can be shared with one’s PLC, department or district. No advanced analytical education is required to learn the approach!

    Joseph Musial, Wayne RESA

    Time
    10:20 AM - 11:35 AM
    10:20 AM
    Session participants will explore opportunities to leverage the essential role of formative assessment (FA) that is embedded, but not always visible, within powerful equity-based instructional frameworks such as, RtI, Mathematical Tasks Framework, classroom discourse, learning progressions, and others to improve student achievement system-wide. Among other unrealized opportunities we will explore the attention given to the role of the students within the FA process and particular disciplinary needs of teachers implementing FA.

    Valerie Mills, Oakland Schools Edward Silver, University of Michigan

    Time
    10:20 AM - 11:35 AM
    10:20 AM
    This session is designed for any staff members who are part of data collection and PLCs. The different types of data that can be collected and how that data can be analyzed and utilized to adjust teaching and improve student learning will be discussed.

    Kristy Walters-Flynn, Corunna Public Schools

    Time
    10:20 AM - 11:35 AM
    10:20 AM
    This session will provide information on any changes to the ELA M-STEP for spring 2018. In addition, a thorough review of the ELA item types and item specifications will be shared with attendees.

    Suzanne Hindman, Michigan Department of Education

    Time
    10:20 AM - 11:35 AM
    10:20 AM
    Users will be walked through the Secure Site for the purpose of the state assessments. The session will include some helpful hints along with instruction to help user’s navigate the site effectively.

    Tina Foote, Michigan Department of Education

    Time
    10:20 AM - 11:35 AM
    10:20 AM
    Federal requirements have for many years mandated some form of subscore reporting. Their usefulness is a matter of debate amongst measurement experts. This clinic will consist of two presentations taking opposite sides on the issue:
  • Reporting Subscore Results: Is “Because we have to…” a Sufficient/Convincing Reason?
  • Reporting Subscore Results: Already Useful, But Let’s Make Them Better.
  • Dave Treder, Genesee ISD Joseph Martineau, Center for the Improvement of Educational Assessment Jim Gullen, Macomb ISD

    Time
    1:00 PM - 2:15 PM
    1:00 PM
    Learning progressions describe the development of students’ understandings as intermediate steps or levels between a lower anchor (students’ incoming understandings) and an upper anchor (often standards). This session will discuss the practical implications of learning progressions for formative and summative assessment. Examples from science and mathematics will be used to illustrate how teachers can use learning progressions to support student learning

    Amelia Wenk Gotwals, Michigan State University John P. Smith III, Michigan State University

    Time
    1:00 PM - 2:15 PM
    1:00 PM
    This session will provide the latest updates on the administration of the SAT as the College Entrance Examination portion of the MME, as well as the PSAT 10 and PSAT 8/9 in grade 9. The session will also provide a preview of how the PSAT 8/9 in grade 8 will be administered in spring of 2019.

    Ted Gardella, College Board Andrew Middlestead, Michigan Department of Education

    Time
    1:00 PM - 2:15 PM
    1:00 PM
    This presentation will provide updates to the mathematics portion of the Michigan Early Literacy and Mathematics Benchmarks Assessments. Also, updates to the Mathematics Michigan Student Test of Educational Progress (M-STEP) will be discussed.

    Kyle Ward, Michigan Department of Education

    Time
    1:00 PM - 2:15 PM
    1:00 PM
    This study provides an approach not only to characterize the uncertainty of the value-added measures but also to formalize the interpretation and to make use of value-added. Rather than adopt an abstract number or concept in statistics, this research will study value added by asking the following question: how many students need to be changed to alter or invalidate the teacher evaluation based on value added?

    Qinyun Lin, Michigan State University Ken Frank, Michigan State University

    Time
    1:00 PM - 2:15 PM
    1:00 PM
    Join representatives from MDE and CEPI to learn about our new and updated student assessment reports on MI School Data. Attendees will learn about the new reports, how to use them, and more about what the data means.

    Jessica Fenby, CEPI Jen Paul, Michigan Department of Education

    Time
    1:00 PM - 2:15 PM
    1:00 PM
    What does it mean for teachers when they are assessment illiterate? How do we get teachers to become assessment literate? This session will explore these questions, present a set of standards that all teachers need to embrace, and provide practical ideas to help all teachers become literate in the area of assessment.

    Kathy Dewsbury-White, Michigan Assessment Consortium Ellen Vorenkamp, Wayne RESA

    Time
    2:30 PM - 3:45 PM
    2:30 PM
    This presentation summarizes 20 years of work in assessing college readiness behaviors of high school students. Research and the practical experience of supervising over 110,000 dual enrollment credit hours since 1997 has provided the presenters with a unique perspective on how to prepare every student to succeed in the post-secondary environment.

    David Dugger, Washtenaw Educational Options Consortium, Eastern Michigan University Ellen Fischer, Early College Alliance, Eastern Michigan University

    Time
    2:30 PM - 3:45 PM
    2:30 PM
    The passage of the Every Student Succeeds Act, along with the adoption of strategies and goals of making Michigan a Top 10 education state in 10 years makes a new accountability system necessary. This session will provide a detailed overview of Michigan’s new accountability system.

    Chris Janzer, Michigan Department of Education Chad Bailey, Michigan Department of Education

    Time
    2:30 PM - 3:45 PM
    2:30 PM
    This session will describe getting MSSy – designing new assessments for the Michigan Science Standards (MSS).

    TJ Smolek, Michigan Department of Education

    Time
    2:30 PM - 3:45 PM
    2:30 PM
    Come join members of the Office of Educational Assessment and Accountability (OEAA) for an overview of available score reports on the Dynamic Score Reporting Site. Learn what reports are available and appropriate uses of them.

    Kate Cermak, Michigan Department of Education Phoebe Gohs, Michigan Department of Education

    Time
    2:30 PM - 3:45 PM
    2:30 PM
    What if you knew that some aspect of education damaged students’ motivation, growth mindset, relationships with their teachers, and performance on standardized exams? Wouldn’t you do everything in your power to eliminate or at least limit these impacts? And yet we now know that these are all effects of grading. Arthur Chiaravalli, co-founder of Teachers Going Gradeless, explores these effects and provides viable alternatives for more humane, effective approaches to assessment, feedback, and reporting that move students forward in their learning.

    Arthur Chiaravalli, Teachers Going Gradeless

    Time
    2:30 PM - 3:45 PM
    2:30 PM

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