2019 Michigan School Testing Conference

2019 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 12, five half-day and one full-day workshops will be offered. The conference itself will take place on Wednesday and Thursday, February 13-14. There will be three plenary sessions (on issues in early literacy development, what's happening in Michigan's assessments and ELA) plus 36 clinic sessions on a variety of assessment issues and topics. There is separate registration for the workshops and the two-day conference. SCECH credits are available for both the workshops and the conference.

When
2/12/2019 - 2/14/2019
Where
Sheraton Ann Arbor Hotel
3200 Boardwalk Dr
Ann Arbor, MI 48108 United States

Program

   

Tuesday, 12 February 2019

 
Time
2/12/2019 8:30 AM - 2/14/2019 4:15 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 2019 statewide assessments, including M-STEP, MME, MI-Access, WIDA, and Early Literacy & Mathematics Benchmarks. Discussion and activities will cover the 2019 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.
Tina Foote, Michigan Department of Education
Phoebe Gohs, Michigan Department of Education
Kate Cerma, Michigan Department of Education
Jen Paul, Michigan Department of Education
John Jaquith, Michigan Department of Education
Dan Evans, Michigan Department of Education
Tim Tahaney, Michigan Department of Education
Diby Kouadio, Michigan Department of Education
Pietro Semifero, Michigan Department of Education
Sarah Thaler, Michigan Department of Education
Time
8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
8:30 AM
This session will provide participants an opportunity to work through the various tools available to conduct a Comprehensive Needs Assessment process. Participants will become familiar with Michigan’s CNA Process and will have an opportunity to use the information obtained through the process to monitor and adjust their school improvement plan.
Kathleen Miller, Shiawassee RESD
Emily McEvoy, Macomb ISD
Michelle Ribant, Michigan Department of Education
Time
8:30 AM - 11:45 AM
8:30 AM
The Michigan Assessment Consortium (MAC) developed eight Assessment Learning Modules (ALMs). The modules introduce a learner to the fundamental concepts and principles that support development of an assessment literate educator (teacher, administrator, and education policymaker). The ALMs, while initially designed for individual online learners progressing at their own pace, are being used to facilitate successful district and building assessment improvement and implementation efforts, as well as to support individuals and groups of educators seeking to increase their own knowledge of assessment literate practice. Participants will:
  • Be introduced to the topics, content, and select instructional activities and resources in the Assessment Learning Modules
  • Engage in demonstration of facilitated activities and formats used to engage learners in a blended learning model
  • Obtain concrete examples from one district using the ALMs in blended professional learning format to support inductees and their mentors
  • Have an opportunity to outline a plan for use of the ALMs in a blended format for the participant’s own district
  • The Assessment Learning Modules are available for SCECH credit at Michigan Virtual https://plp.mivu.org/Registration.aspx?c=17

  • Lisa Lockman, Wexford Missaukee and Manistee ISDs & MAC Board Member
    Terri Portice, Reeths Puffer School District & MAC Board Member
    Ellen Vorenkamp, Wayne RESA & MAC Board Member
Time
8:30 AM - 11:45 AM
8:30 AM
This is a hands-on session that will address the four basic data sets and how schools may use data responsibly. Local practitioners and a member of the MDE Office of Educational Assessment and Accountability (OEAA) will provide an overview of how schools can access and use the accountability data products and diagnostic tools available through the MDE Secure Site and MISchoolData.org. Participants will have an opportunity to work with the data provided by MDE’s assessment and accountability programs and the MI School Data portal. Participants should have a laptop and login information for the OEAA site and MI School Data specifically.
Kathleen Miller, Shiawassee RESD
Emily McEvoy, Macomb ISD
Matt Gleason, Michigan Department of Education
Time
12:45 PM - 4:00 PM
12:45 PM
This workshop provides case stories from districts who piloted a process using a toolkit that engages a district team in identifying the various purposes for assessment, evaluating these against the values and aims the district holds for students, auditing current practice and making plans to achieve a district assessment system that meets all users’ needs well (including students!). Participants will:
  • Explore the District Assessment System Design Toolkit
  • Hear about lessons learned about engaging in this work from K-12 pilot districts
  • Become aware of resources and models to guide customized K-12 district work for those interested in pursuing balanced assessment systems and effective assessment practices

Jeffrey Dinkelman, Novi Community School District
Jonathan Flukes, Oakland Schools
Joseph Martineau, Center for Assessment
Wendy Osterman, Bloomfield Hills Schools
Daniel Patterson, Dearborn Public Schools
Steven Snead, Oakland Schools & MAC Board Member
Time
12:45 PM - 4:00 PM
12:45 PM
The focus of every PLC should be on student learning. Having engaging, meaningful conversations on how kids learn and how teachers affect learning is why PLCs can be such a powerful professional learning opportunity. This session will provide several protocols that PLCs can engage in to begin the conversation and really examine classroom assessment evidence.
Ellen Vorenkamp, Wayne RESA
Time
12:45 PM - 4:00 PM
12:45 PM

Wednesday, 13 February 2019

 
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, Nell Duke.
Time
10:20 AM - 11:35 AM
10:20 AM
This clinic will focus on key issues related to Michigan’s Alternate Assessment based on Alternate Achievement Standards. Assessment selection, 1% cap issues, and key assessment administration issues will be discussed as part of this session. This clinic 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 - 11:45 AM
10:20 AM
Formative assessment is often presented to educators as a generic instructional process that operates independently of the content area in which it is used. Session participants will consider a variation on this approach in which the nature of the subject matter being taught and learned is treated as important to effective use of formative assessment. Specifically, we will explore ways that the particulars of the content matter when planning and implementing formative assessment in mathematics classrooms by focusing on designing learning intentions, success criteria, classroom questioning, providing descriptive feedback, and more. Finally, participants in this session will consider implications for their work with formative assessment.
Valerie Mills, Oakland Schools
Edward Silver, University of Michigan
Time
10:20 AM - 11:35 AM
10:20 AM
Questioning is a powerful tool to use with learners to help them gauge where they are in their learning process. Using questioning effectively takes some purposeful and thoughtful intention. This session will explore techniques that will take teachers’ questioning practices to new heights.
Ellen Vorenkamp, Wayne RESA
Time
10:20 AM - 11:45 AM
10:20 AM
This session provides an operational definition of college readiness and outlines possible ways to measure dimensions of this definition (cognitive strategies, content knowledge, academic behaviors, contextual skills and awareness) and then attempts to answer the question, “Do we have model secondary school options in Michigan, preparing students successfully to be college ready?”
David Dugger, Washtenaw Educational Options
Time
10:20 AM - 11:35 AM
10:20 AM
The session will focus on distinguishing between assessments “for” and “of” learning. Gain practical ideas on how to balance the use of summative, interim, and formative assessment in a district-wide balanced assessment system. Understand the purpose of each of the assessments being used and identify the appropriate data and how it will be used. Learn how to use the 3 C’s tools to create a comprehensive and quality assessment plan that can be shared with the whole district.
Terri Portice, Reeths-Puffer Schools
Time
10:20 AM - 11:35 AM
10:20 AM
Given increased access to online testing systems, educators have access to student data within moments of a child completing an assessment. Still, challenges around appropriate and effective use of data to guide classroom interactions among adults and children are prevalent. In this session, we will explore at least one alternative type of assessment data and provide examples of how teachers are using data to enhance learning opportunities and outcomes for their children.
Kristin Frang, Muskegon Area ISD
Dana Gosen, Oakland Schools
Jason Gauthier, Allegan Area ESA
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 2018-19 school year. Additional statewide data will be shared related to Michigan’s EL assessment performance as well as newly developed EL resources.
Jen Paul, Michigan Department of Education
Dan Evans, Michigan Department of Education
Time
1:45 PM - 3:00 PM
1:45 PM
This session describes the opportunities to deepen professional competency in the area of assessment through professional learning opportunities that include self-paced online learning modules, mini-courses on single assessment topics requiring demonstrated competency, culminating with a robust program resulting in a MAC-issued assessment specialist credential.
Terri Portice, Reeths-Puffer Schools
Lisa Lockman, Wexford-Missaukee ISD
Time
1:45 PM - 3:00 PM
1:45 PM
How do we build awareness and use of the formative assessment process to improve teaching and learning? What should a teacher, administrator, and student know and do to create student-centered classrooms?
Ellen Vorenkamp, Wayne RESA
Kristy Walters-Flynn, Corunna Public Schools
Time
1:45 PM - 3:00 PM
1:45 PM
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 login 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.
Kate Cermak, Michigan Department of Education
Tim Hall, Michigan Department of Education
Time
1:45 PM - 3:00 PM
1:45 PM
This session will provide information on the new M-STEP Science assessment for spring 2019. In addition, a thorough review of the science clusters and item specifications will be discussed.
TJ Smolek, Michigan Department of Education
Time
1:45 PM - 3:00 PM
1:45 PM
This session will provide an overview of the use of the SAT and the PSAT in Michigan’s secondary schools.
Kate Cermak, Michigan Department of Education
Ted Gardella, College Board
Time
3:15 PM - 4:30 PM
3:15 PM
In this session, the presenters will discuss ways teachers can align their formative assessment practices to the new Michigan Science Standards. They will provide examples of how analyzing students’ models and explanations can provide insights into student understanding. They will illustrate how learning progressions can be helpful in using students’ ideas to guide instruction.
Amelia Wenk Gotwals, Michigan State University
Alicia Alonzo, Michigan State University
Julie Christensen, Michigan State University
Time
3:15 PM - 4:30 PM
3:15 PM
This session will provide information on any changes to the ELA M-STEP for spring 2019. In addition, a thorough review of the ELA item types and item specifications will be shared with attendees.
Julie Murphy, Michigan Department of Education
Time
3:15 PM - 4:30 PM
3:15 PM
Michigan and other states are using Adequate Growth Percentiles in their accountability system as an indicator of student growth. This session will examine the reliability of these growth projections, and offer ideas on what this index may actually be measuring.
David Treder, Genesee Intermediate School District
Time
3:15 PM - 4:30 PM
3:15 PM
Three districts (Bloomfield Hills, Dearborn, and Novi) participated in a full-scale pilot of the District Assessment System Design Toolkit in order to create more robust balanced assessment systems for their districts. This session addresses the lessons learned from the facilitation team and a view from the ground by the primary person responsible for each district’s work.
Joseph Martineau, Center for Assessment
Wendy Osterman, Bloomfield Hills Schools
Daniel Patterson, Dearborn Public Schools
Jeff Dinkelmann, Novi Community School District
Time
3:15 PM - 4:30 PM
3:15 PM
Curious teachers believe there is always more to learn by inquiring into what makes the greatest difference for all of their learners. Teachers with inquiry mindsets examine student work in a manner that fosters equitable learning outcomes for all students. Discover how teachers are closing the learning gap by collaboratively analyzing student work samples of traditionally marginalized students. Through inquiry, teachers collaboratively discover how to create educational pathways that leverage each student’s cultural assets and results in learning excellence. Understand the essential elements of the Collaborative Analysis of Student Learning process that leads to excellence with equity.
Amy Colton, Center for Collaborative Inquiry
Time
3:15 PM - 4:30 PM
3:15 PM

Thursday, 14 February 2019

 
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, Guadalupe Valdés.
Time
10:20 AM - 11:35 AM
10:20 AM
This session will present what some Michigan school districts are thinking about and working on relative to competency-based education, as well as how such efforts might affect student assessment used within these efforts.
Gregg Dionne, Michigan Department of Education
Andy Middlestead, Michigan Department of Education
Chris Timmis, Dexter Community Schools
John VanWagoner, Alpena Public Schools
Time
10:20 AM - 11:35 AM
10:20 AM
This session focuses on how Melvindale High School began a journey to design better local common assessments. We realized we needed a better definition of what was important to teach (garbage in = garbage out). Following the mantra, “If everything is important, then nothing is important,” MHS leaders embarked on a collaborative process to design curriculum using researched-based criteria to prioritize standards. The results will completely change the way you think about common assessments.
Ryan Vranesich, Melvindale High School
John O’Neill, Melvindale High School
Katie Lewis, Melvindale High School
Time
10:20 AM - 11:35 AM
10:20 AM
Michigan is building the capacity of teachers who work with young children to set a strong foundation in mathematics and literacy. This work is occurring through the MAISA Early Literacy and Early Mathematics Task Forces. This session highlights:
  • The intersections between formative assessment and the Early Literacy and Mathematics Essentials.
  • Where and how the Early Literacy and Early Mathematics Essentials use the formative assessment process and necessary practices that advance and support learning.

  • Kathy Peasley, Gratiot Isabella RESD/Co-Chair, MAISA Early Math Taskforce
    Tara Kintz, Michigan Assessment Consortium
    Naomi Norman, Washtenaw ISD/Co-Chair, MAISA Early Literacy Taskforce
Time
10:20 AM - 11:35 AM
10:20 AM
This session will provide an overview of how to successfully plan and administer the spring 2019 statewide M-STEP assessments. The training module will be illustrated.
Tina Foote, Michigan Department of Education
Kate Cermak, Michigan Department of Education
Time
10:20 AM - 11:35 AM
10:20 AM
This session will outline the process one Michigan high school engaged in as they moved from a traditional based grading system to a standards based grading system. The journey at Redford Union High School is still ongoing, but with lessons learned and progress moving forward. Come and engage in thoughtful conversation around this very important topic.
Mike Humitz, Redford Union High School
Sheri Burns, Redford Union High School
Ellen Vorenkamp, Wayne RESA
Time
10:20 AM - 11:35 AM
10:20 AM
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, Elizabeth Birr Moje.
Time
1:30 PM - 2:45 PM
1:30 PM
How do we support teacher and student use of observational data and feedback to improve learning? Observations help develop a more complete picture of student understanding. How can we elevate its purpose and usefulness in a “test-driven environment?
LeeAnn Moore, MI Excel Facilitator
Kristy Walters-Flynn, Corunna Public Schools
Time
1:30 PM - 2:45 PM
1:30 PM
The State of Michigan has made interim assessments more accessible to every school in Michigan. How well are these assessments meeting the needs of schools? This session will present a framework in which a school or district can evaluate how well the interim assessment chosen (or being considered) meets the needs of the school or district.
Jim Gullen, Michigan Assessment Consortium
Time
1:30 PM - 2:45 PM
1:30 PM
Looking for a way to increase the assessment literacy skills within your school or district? Join us to hear different ways you can using the MAC Assessment Literacy Modules in different ways to meet the needs of the various groups within your district.
Ellen Vorenkamp, Wayne RESA and MAC Board Member
Terri Portice, Reeths-Puffer Schools and MAC Board Member
Time
1:30 PM - 2:45 PM
1:30 PM
Michigan uses 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
1:30 PM - 2:45 PM
1:30 PM
This session will provide a deeper look at what NAEP data says about Michigan schools. Are Michigan schools doing as poorly as NAEP says?
Paul Stemmer, Michigan Department of Education
Time
1:30 PM - 2:45 PM
1:30 PM
This session will discuss what assessment looks like for Grade 8 starting this year, including the transition to using the PSAT 8/9 in grade 8 as Michigan’s Math and ELA assessment.
Kate Cermak, Michigan Department of Education
Diby Kouadio, Michigan Department of Education
Ted Gardella, College Board
Time
3:00 PM - 4:15 PM
3:00 PM
The State of Michigan has been investing in projects that enhance our collective ability to shift from having conversations about data, to facilitating work centered around sound information management practices. Hear how key projects are coming together to support learning and learners…and, oh yeah, there’s room for easier compliance reporting, too!
Thomas Howell, Michigan Center for Educational Performance and Information
David Judd, Michigan Department of Education
Time
3:00 PM - 4:15 PM
3:00 PM
Assessing, monitoring, and evaluating student growth is a problem that can be solved. Yes, it’s true! How can schools comply with the 40% state assessment weight requirement, yet still keep the focus on quality instruction? How can schools incorporate student growth data from content not covered by M-STEP? Learn practical steps that schools have taken to use these variables to find solutions to educator evaluation. Participants will connect with both evidencebased strategies and practical tools to create winning formulas for teachers and students alike.
Steven Snead, Oakland Schools
Mary Ruth Bird, South Redford Schools
Shana Murphy, Oak Park Schools
Time
3:00 PM - 4:15 PM
3:00 PM
This presentation will provide updates to the mathematics portion of the Michigan Early Literacy and Mathematics Benchmarks Assessments. Also, updates to the Mathematics M-STEP will be discussed.
Kyle Ward, Michigan Department of Education
Time
3:00 PM - 4:15 PM
3:00 PM
Michigan is building the capacity of teachers who work with young children to increase literacy development through dissemination of Essential Instructional Practices, published by MAISA’s Early Literacy Task Force. This session highlights:
  • Where and how sound assessment practice supports the development of early literacy.
  • Examples of assessment systems and practices being used effectively to support early literacy development for all students.

  • Erin Brown, Muskegon Area ISD and MAISA Early Literacy Task Force
Time
3:00 PM - 4:15 PM
3:00 PM
One year after implementing the new accountability system, we examine the results of schools’ performance. Attendees will observe a walkthrough of the system to become more familiar with the screens, functionality, and data presented.
Chris Janzer, Michigan Department of Education
Chad Bailey, Michigan Department of Education
Time
3:00 PM - 4:15 PM
3:00 PM
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