2020 Michigan School Testing Conference

2020 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 11, six half-day and two full-day workshops will be offered. The conference itself will take place on Wednesday and Thursday, February 12-13.
When
2/11/2020 - 2/13/2020
Where
Sheraton Ann Arbor Hotel 3200 Boardwalk Dr Ann Arbor, MI 48108 UNITED STATES

Program

   

Tuesday, 11 February 2020

 
Time
2/11/2020 8:30 AM - 2/13/2020 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 2020 statewide assessments, including M-STEP, MME, MI-Access, WIDA, PSAT, SAT, ACT WorkKeys, and Early Literacy & Mathematics Benchmarks. Discussion and activities will cover the "typical" 2020 assessment cycle from start (i.e., the pre-identification process) through finish (i.e., reporting and accountability).

Tina Foote, Michigan Department of Education
Phoebe Gohs, Michigan Department of Education
Kate Cermak, Michigan Department of Education
Jen Paul, Michigan Department of Education
Antionette Dorsett, Michigan Department of Education
Dan Evans, Michigan Department of Education
Tim Tahaney, Michigan Department of Education
Pietro Semifero, Michigan Department of Education
Jessica Fenby, Michigan Department of Education
Sarah Thaler, College Board
Rose Babington, ACT

Time
8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
8:30 AM

In the morning, this workshop will provide the attributes of high-quality performance assessments, with general guidelines for development and a hands on experience scoring student work using a collaborative scoring system to demonstrate how a community of practice focused on assessment enhances teaching and learning and permits teachers to talk about assessment information they value (from assessments designed to assess DOK levels 3 and 4) in an educator evaluation plan.
In the afternoon, the workshop will engage participants with examples of high-quality performance assessments in the arts, science, social studies, mathematics and ELA. Participants will obtain an insider's view for how to create, score, and use the results of these high-quality discipline-specific examples. Participants will select two disciplines to experience more directly in the afternoon.
Kathy Dewsbury-White, Michigan Assessment Consortium
Heather Vaughn Southard, MAEIA & Michigan Assessment Consortium
Edward Roeber, Michigan Assessment Consortium
Mary Starr , MI Mathematics and Science Learning Network
Anne Marie Nicoll-Turner, Ann Arbor Public Schools
Dave Johnson, Wexford-Missaukee ISD
MDE OEAA Subject Consultants
Time
8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
8:30 AM

This workshop introduces participants to key concepts in assessment, including all of the following:
  • What counts as "assessment?
  • What does not count as "assessment?
  • What are the different types of assessment?
  • What are the key characteristics of different types of assessment?
  • How do type and key characteristics of assessment relate to use and purpose?
  • What are reliability, validity, and confidence intervals?

Most of all, why should I care?

Note: WS 6 (in the afternoon) covers additional assessment topics in greater depth. WS 3 and WS 6 may be taken separately or together.

Ellen Vorenkamp, Wayne RESA
Jonathan Flukes, Oakland Schools
James Gullen, Michigan Assessment Consortium
Joseph Martineau, Educational Testing Service

Time
8:30 AM - 11:45 AM
8:30 AM

High quality formative assessment practices have the potential to transform student learning. These are the practices that help all students, especially low-achieving ones, to improve their achievement. This hands-on session will introduce participants to components that support learning and begin to build positive classroom culture.

Rashell Bowerman, Michigan Department of Education
Annlyn McKenzie, Muskegon ISD Career Tech Center
Jennifer McFarlane, Romeo Community Schools
Kimberly Young, Michigan Department of Education

Time
8:30 AM - 11:45 AM
8:30 AM

This is a hands-on session designed for beginning Excel users that are not familiar with Michigan's Assessment and Accountability data found on the OEAA Secure Site as well as the student level and aggregate data that can be found on MI School Data. Local practitioners and a member of the MDE Office of Educational Assessment and Accountability (OEAA) staff will provide an overview of how schools can access and use state assessment and accountability data at the student level. Participants will develop an understanding of the data included in the files and what the data represents. There will be an opportunity for participants to work with their own data files. Participants will need to bring a *laptop (see note below) and login information for the OEAA Secure Site and MI School Data specifically.

*Please note, participates should have access to Excel 2010 or a later version to be able to participate on the hands-on portions of the workshop. Google Sheets and MS Office 365 Excel will not be supported during this workshop.

Kathleen Miller, Shiawassee RESD
Emily McEvoy, Macomb ISD
Matt Gleason, Michigan Department of Education

Time
8:30 AM - 11:45 AM
8:30 AM

This workshop builds on the Assessment 101 workshop (WS 3), but is appropriate for those who did not attend that workshop who already have a basic understanding of assessment. This workshop is intended to help teachers, administrators, and local board members understand their roles in supporting, implementing, and using the results of assessments for learning (e.g., formative assessment practices) and assessments of learning (e.g., interim and summative assessments). This session will also defines additional topics that will be helpful in promoting assessment literacy among colleagues.

Ellen Vorenkamp, Wayne RESA
Jonathan Flukes, Oakland Schools
James Gullen, Michigan Assessment Consortium
Joseph Martineau, Educational Testing Service

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

Join the GELN (General Education Leadership Network) SAT Report Task Force subcommittee members and College Board to discuss how PSAT/SAT Results can be used to inform instructional decisions. Participants will have an opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of what the PSAT/SAT assesses, how the assessments are designed, and what information can be obtained by looking at the results. There will be an emphasis on using cross-curricular instructional strategies students need to practice more to improve PSAT/SAT scores. Participants will receive resources that can be used to analyze results and identify which cross-curricular skills students may need to improve student performance.

Kathleen Miller, Shiawassee RESD
Emily McEvoy, Macomb ISD
Jennifer Fox, Jackson County ISD
Ted Gardella, College Board

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

What is social and emotional learning (SEL) and why does it matter? SEL is the process through which children and adults understand and manage emotions. When schoolwide SEL is implemented, its impact is felt within both non-academic and academic experiences. How do you avoid initiative fatigue & streamline SEL work to make it doable? How will you identify and reach your goals? How will you measure progress and outcomes? This session will provide participants a deeper understanding of SEL and how to develop an implementation plan and measurement process to track progress, examine and reflect on data, and revise their efforts as needed. Data from more than one school will be shared.

Elizabeth Paré, Oakland Schools
Mary Perfitt-Nelson, Oakland Schools

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

Wednesday, 12 February 2020

 
Thomas R. Guskey
Senior Research Scholar, University of Louisville
Professor Emiritus, University of Kentucky

Effective grading and reporting require more than revising the report card. It means rethinking all the ways we communicate information about student learning. This presentation describes what we know through systematic research about effective grading policies and practices. Keeping in mind the many practical challenges teachers face, we review the importance of fairness and honesty in grading and describe ways to ensure meaningful communication between teachers, students and families. Procedures for implementing new reporting structures, including standards-based grading, are highlighted, together with policies and practices that should be avoided due to their negative consequences for students, teachers, and schools.

Time
9:00 AM - 10:05 AM
9:00 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, Tom Guskey.
Time
10:20 AM - 11:35 AM
10:20 AM

Have you ever been skeptical that an assessment does what it is advertised to do, or would you feel uncomfortable coming to such a conclusion? This session provides definitions of different types of assessment, key characteristics of assessment, and what each type of assessment with various characteristics are good for, and what their limitations are. This interactive session will engage users in thinking about assessments they are familiar with and identifying whether their uses have been oversold, undersold, overused, and/or underused.

Joseph Martineau, Educational Testing Service
Ellen Vorenkamp, Wayne RESA

Time
10:20 AM - 11:35 AM
10:20 AM

In this session, the presenters share information about the ways that observation can be used as assessment data in elementary literacy and science classrooms. The focus will be on using observational data to understanding children's learning in order to inform instruction. (17)

Tanya S. Wright, Michigan State University
Amelia Wenk Gotwals, Michigan State University

Time
10:20 AM - 11:35 AM
10:20 AM

Many school districts strive to have a balanced assessment system where the appropriate emphasis and weight is placed on each assessment and that the system is driven by a coherent and purposeful plan to serve, students, families, teachers, administrators, and policymakers. This session isn't about a balanced system… but it is, kind of. Interim assessments make up a part of that system and it is important that all users understand what role that assessment plays so that the data interpretation leads to the appropriate next steps. (10)

During this session, we will explore what interim assessments are and where they may fit in a balanced assessment system, discuss the range of appropriate uses, and learn about how one district has used data to put them on a more informed educational path.

Jonathan Flukes, Oakland Schools
Margaret Hendrickson, West Bloomfield School District

Time
10:20 AM - 11:45 AM
10:20 AM

This session will provide information on the new M-STEP Science assessment for spring 2020. In addition, a thorough review of the science clusters and item specifications will be discussed.

TJ Smolek, Michigan Department of Education

Time
10:20 AM - 11:35 AM
10:20 AM

This session will dig into how to best make use of MI School Data for your school, district, and ISD. It will cover what data are available on MI School Data, the depth of the data available and learning how to best use the data for your local needs. NOTE: Please bring laptop or other device to access MI School Data during the session.)

Nick Armit, CEPI
Kristi Martin, Macomb ISD
Kate Cermak, Michigan Department of Education
Jennifer Parker, Macomb ISD

Time
10:20 AM - 11:35 AM
10:20 AM

During this lunch session, participants will hear about what is going on with Michigan’s state assessment components such as M-STEP, as well as information about Michigan’s longer-term vision for a complete, comprehensive assessment system.

Andy Middlestead
Director, Office of Educational Assessment & Accountability
Michigan Department of Education

Time
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
12:00 PM

The session will feature middle school students who will share their insights into a classroom culture that supports formative assessment practices and the impacts on their learning.

Kimberly Young, Michigan Department of Education
Kristy Walters, Corunna Public Schools
Corunna Public Schools Middle School Students

Time
1:45 PM - 3:00 PM
1:45 PM

The nationally recognized, MI Arts Education Instruction and Assessment (MAEIA) project has been designed to offer a full suite of resources and tools necessary to develop program quality, and support teacher quality, resulting in increased access and achievement in the arts for students. Using a catalogue of curriculum-embedded performance assessments arts teachers are now forming communities of practice to collaboratively score student work. Growth information from authentic, complex assessments that engage students in the creative process is defensibly reflected in educator evaluation plans.

Heather Vaughan-Southard, Michigan Assessment Consortium
Andrea Murray, Ann Arbor Public Schools
Jeff Cuff, MZ Development

Time
1:45 PM - 3:00 PM
1:45 PM

Participants will learn about the Instructional Rounds process and how it relates to implementation of the Essential Instructional Practices in Early Literacy K-3 and the School-wide and Center-wide Literacy Practices in order to support increased student growth and achievement in their building and/or districts.

Sean LaRosa, Livingston ESA
Susan Townsend, MAISA
Kyle Mayer, Ottawa ISD

Time
1:45 PM - 3:00 PM
1:45 PM

Research suggests that a student's mindset greatly impacts his or her long-term success in mathematics courses; specifically, students with growth mindsets master more content when compared to students with fixed mindsets. With this in mind, the mathematics department at the Early College Alliance @ EMU has developed and tested a new grading system that incentivizes growth over standards mastery in order to maximize mathematical comprehension for all students.

David Dugger, Washtenaw Educational Options Consortium (WEOC)
Caitlin Donnelly, Washtenaw International High School (WEOC)
Ava Spindt, Early College Alliance @ EMU (WEOC)

Time
1:45 PM - 3:00 PM
1:45 PM

This session will provide information on any changes to the ELA and Mathematics M-STEP for 2020. In addition, The new embedded Desmos calculators will be demonstrated. Examples of each type of item used on the ELA and Mathematics M-STEP in 2020 will be reviewed.

Nikki Mosser, Michigan Department of Education
Kyle Ward, Michigan Department of Education

Time
1:45 PM - 3:00 PM
1:45 PM

This session will explore the key points and important aspects of performance assessments. Participants will learn best to develop them, the various types, and when they should be used, and how they can engage students in assessment in a meaningful way.

Ellen Vorenkamp, Wayne RESA

Time
1:45 PM - 3:00 PM
1:45 PM

Will students learn without grades? Absolutely if you believe it yourself and intentionally plan to make it happen. This session is designed to provide educators with strategies on how formative assessment can be used to motivate students to actively engage in learning without grades.

Roy Sovis, Genesee Intermediate School District

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

Do you know all of the updates for the Spring 2020 M-STEP Assessment Administration? This session will outline all of the test administration updates, resources, and new (and improved!) training tools that you need for a successful M-STEP administration. Included will be a sneak preview of reporting updates expected for the 2020 administration.

Phoebe Gohs, Michigan Department of Education

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

How does someone make effective use of the data and reporting resources provided by the MDE, Michigan Data Hubs, and MI School Data. This session will provide insights into how these systems can best be utilized.

David Judd, Michigan Department of Education
Tom Johnson, Michigan Collaborative Hub
Tom Howell, CEPI

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

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

In this session, Tanya Wright shares important ideas about children's early literacy development. The focus will be on understanding children's learning in order to inform instruction.

Tanya S. Wright, Michigan State University

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

There's more than one right answer to many performance task assessments! Learn how to use "checkbrics" to elicit strong evidence of student proficiency.

Jessica Ashley, Oakland Schools
Amy Bohm, Lake Orion Schools
Evan Rokicki, Troy School District

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

This session will lead participants through the process of developing a comprehensive system for looking at local and state data.

Lisa Lockman, Wexford-Missaukee & Manistee ISD
Rebecca Shankland, Wexford-Missaukee & Manistee ISD

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

Thursday, 13 February 2020

 
James Pellegrino, Ph,D.
University of Illinois - Chicago

Much has been written and spoken about assessment systems, including their relevance and importance for educational policy and practice. But there is a remarkable lack of clarity about what they constitute, why they are needed and useful, and how to design and implement one. In this presentation, some answers to each of these questions will be offered at both a general level and for the specific case of literacy development in the state of Michigan. The latter discussion draws upon a report authored by a group of Michigan’s educators that offers guiding principles to help districts and schools understand and implement a system of assessments to support the development of early literacy for Michigan’s children. This example case helps to reveal the conceptual and pragmatic challenges of designing and implementing such a system while also highlighting the potential power and impact of doing so for Michigan’s children, their families, and their teachers.

Time
9:00 AM - 10:05 AM
9:00 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, Jim Pellegrino.
Time
10:20 AM - 11:35 AM
10:20 AM

This session will provide a framework to defining student growth, identify different categories of measures of student growth, and discuss how student growth can be appropriately used by local administrators and teachers. Companion clinic session E2 will focus on the measures used in educator evaluation.

Joseph Martineau, Educational Testing Service Brian Lloyd, Michigan Department of Education

Time
10:20 AM - 11:35 AM
10:20 AM

The Essential Instructional Practices in Early Mathematics: PreK-Grade 3 is a tool developed by the MAISA Early Mathematics Task force to support educators across Michigan as we work together to enhance the ways in which children learn to understand and do mathematics using a strengths-based approach. In this session, we will interact with the Essentials through the lens of assessment. In particular, we will highlight Essential Instructional Practice #4; Engage in formative assessment as a process --in an ongoing and planned for manner, continuously assess children's mathematical thinking through observation and discussion to inform next learning and teaching steps.

Kathy Peasley, Gratiot-Isabella RESD
Dana Gosen, Oakland Schools

Time
10:20 AM - 11:35 AM
10:20 AM

We need to develop Learner Agency in today's students. A great way to accomplish this is to ensure their assessment literacy. Come learn about Developing Assessment Capable Learners!

Ellen Vorenkamp, Wayne RESA

Time
10:20 AM - 11:35 AM
10:20 AM

Are you looking for a way to help your new teachers and administrators become more assessment literate? This session will provide you with concrete ideas and samples about how to use your induction program time to help you build the assessment literacy skills of your new staff as well as the mentor teachers. The ideas that will be shared, will provide you with concrete examples of how you can engage your non-tenure staff as well as their mentor teacher(s) in this important work. Various ideas and sample plans will be shared as to how districts can build the collaborative and interactive learning sessions utilizing high quality materials developed by the Michigan Assessment Consortium.

Terri Portice, Michigan Assessment Consortium

Time
10:20 AM - 11:35 AM
10:20 AM

A systemic district-wide effort to develop and support the necessary executive function that results in capable, confident learners is being realized through a focus on social emotional learning (SEL) in Ferndale Schools. The academic achievement gains are bearing fruit. Participants will hear about the assessment information that is being used to inform program improvement, identify student needs and in some cases assist with placement and supports.

Dina Rocheleau, Ferndale Schools
Johanna Mracna, Ferndale Schools
Katie Jeffrey, Ferndale Schools
Tom Maes, Ferndale Schools

Time
10:20 AM - 11:35 AM
10:20 AM

Elevating literacy rates in the state of MI will require a structure of supports from the system to the student level, including articulation and integration of an assessment system designed to support our curricular aims and instructional practices. The Early Literacy Assessment System report, commissioned by the MDE and coordinated by the MAC, brought together literacy, assessment, professional learning and systems expertise to make the point that an assessment system must be composed of elements that cohere and work together in terms of the intended functions and interpretive uses. This session presents recommendations and implications from the report.

Brandy Bugni, Michigan Department of Education
Jim Pellegrino, University of Illinois - Chicago
Adrea Truckenmeiller, Michigan State University
Eunsoo Cho, Michigan State University

Time
1:15 PM - 2:30 PM
1:15 PM

This session provides an overview of the choices that districts and public school academies have for the selection of the measures that determine student growth within educator evaluations, including state and local measures. School leaders are discovering that there are more choices than originally anticipated for measuring student growth, and these choices can be complicated and fraught with both intended and unintended consequences. This session is intended to inform those choices to facilitate continuous improvement and meet the needs of the students, teachers, and administrators. Companion clinic session F2 will focus on how student growth can be determined.

Brian Lloyd, Michigan Department of Education
Steven Snead, Oakland Schools

Time
1:15 PM - 2:30 PM
1:15 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.

Susan Palmiter, Michigan Department of Education

Time
1:15 PM - 2:30 PM
1:15 PM

Detroit Public Schools Community District has deeply engaged with Khan Academy's OSP. The district worked with the College Board, and Wayne RESA to design a course for students to engage with multiple tools and resources, and is using locally produced data to track improvements to student outcomes. Sandusky Public Schools has also strategically engaged with Khan Academy OSP, creating a group of Khan OSP Student Ambassadors.

Erin Carlson, Sandusky Community Schools
Jacqueline Novak, Detroit Public Schools Community District
Jason Feig, College Board

Time
1:15 PM - 2:30 PM
1:15 PM

This session will dive deeply into how commercialization of assessment has contributed to a reduction in local capacity, how proliferation of assessment has created a backlash against an inherently meaningful part of instruction, and how incoherence of assessments have reduced the idea of an assessment system to a collection of products in the same way that a pile of bricks is not a house.

Joseph Martineau, Educational Testing Service

Time
1:15 PM - 2:30 PM
1:15 PM

An update on the Michigan Department of Education Early Literacy and Mathematics Benchmark Assessments. This will include the life cycle of an item, item examples and reports.

Julie Murphy, Michigan Department of Education
Kyle Ward, Michigan Department of Education
Nikki Moser, Michigan Department of Education
Tim Tahaney, Michigan Department of Education

Time
1:15 PM - 2:30 PM
1:15 PM

One of the most critical pieces of a balanced assessment system is having clarity about the questions you want answered and choosing the data that will help answer those questions. This session will look at different types of assessments and what questions the data potentially does and does not answer. This session is designed for administrators, teacher leaders, teachers, and anyone who has the responsibility of or finds joy in collecting and analyzing data in order to make decisions. (16)
Kristy Walters, Corunna Public Schools
Time
2:45 PM - 4:00 PM
2:45 PM

This session will include updates on the Read by Grade 3 (RBG3) law, the initial and extensive assessment lists, reading improvement plans (IRIP), the early literacy coaching, the cut score that triggers retention piece of the legislation and good cause exemptions.

Julie Murphy, Michigan Department of Education
Nikki Moser, Michigan Department of Education

Time
2:45 PM - 4:00 PM
2:45 PM

This session will explore the key points and important aspect of Assessment Literacy as outlined in the James Popham book Assessment Literacy for Busy Educators. Relevant and applicable information will be shared that will enhance the literacy of all participants.

Terri Portice, Michigan Assessment Consortium

Time
2:45 PM - 4:00 PM
2:45 PM

An overview of the federal and state accountability system requirements will be provided. We will also examine the results of schools' performance statewide in each system. 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
2:45 PM - 4:00 PM
2:45 PM

This workshop will focus on key issues related to Michigan's Alternate Assessment based on Alternate Achievement Standards. Revised alternate content standards in science, 1% cap issues and Key MI-Access 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
Antionette Dorsett, Michigan Department of Education

Time
2:45 PM - 4:00 PM
2:45 PM

The National Panel on the Future of Assessment Practices suggests that it will take radical shifts in beliefs about learning and teaching to create comprehensive, balanced assessment systems. This session will unpack the components of such a system and share the success stories of two districts, Lake Orion and Bloomfield Hills, in their efforts to make radical shifts in their local assessment systems.

Steven Snead, Oakland Schools
Missy Butki, Lake Orion Schools
Wendy Osterman, Bloomfield Hills Schools

Time
2:45 PM - 4:00 PM
2:45 PM

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