Building a Better Assessment Future 2022August 3 - 4, 2022
Why Build a Better Assessment Future? More than at any other time in recent history, educators and policymakers recognize the need to provide an education…
In support of our mission to improve student learning and achievement for all students, we address the current circumstances facing our schools in responding to the growing public rejection of racial inequity in American society and call for societal changes that ensure equity of opportunity and safety for Black students and other people of color.
The 2020-21 ALN sessions will explore implications for teaching and assessing in virtual environments. As educators and students embrace the responsibility to impact learning in new distance, virtual, and hybrid environments necessitated by the COVID-19 pandemic, we will amplify and enhance what we know about good assessment practice and its ability to support learning.
Our first ALN session for 2020-21 will provide an overview of the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) Interim Assessment and the accompanying Tools for Teachers website.
The SBAC Interim is the no-cost option offered by Michigan Department of Education to meet the interim assessment requirements in Michigan PA 149 of 2020. We’ll take a look at the purposes for interim assessment and where it fits within a district’s assessment system. We’ll also demonstrate the strategies and tools offered in the SBAC’s accompanying Tools for Teachers website.
Presenters will briefly review Michigan Public Act 149 and list all MDE-approved options for benchmark testing before taking a closer look at the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) interim assessment option provided at no cost by the Michigan Department of Education (MDE) in 2020-21. Participants will see a demonstration of what these assessment tools look like within a school and how they will be experienced by teachers using them. Presenters will clarify the purpose(s) for interim assessment, where it fits within a district’s balanced assessment system, and how it aligns with other state assessments such as M-STEP.
Presenters will demonstrate the formative assessment strategies and other practical resources available on the accompanying SBAC Tools for Teachers website. Finally, we’ll introduce additional opportunities in Michigan to deepen skillful practice of the formative assessment process.
NOTE: This examination of the no-cost SBAC option is offered as an informational opportunity only and in no way implies “endorsement” by either MAC or MDE. We encourage you to seek information about other MDE-approved options by representatives who are equipped to demonstrate their capabilities. Other approved interims include: Curriculum Associates, NWEA, and Renaissance Learning.
The session will answer the following questions:
Interim Assessment and Tools for Teachers Presentation (to view specific chapters, access video at https://vimeo.com/465208471/ad675494b4)