Michigan’s youngest learners are assessed for a variety of purposes and in multiple settings. Public policy initiatives and the continued push for federal and state accountability inspire the need for more and better information about assessment best practices and assessment sytems used in early childhood (pre-school through third-grade).
That’s why the MAC is working with partners to understand best practice in assessment and develop models, resources, and tools educators need to ensure the use of valid and appropriate assessment practices with pre-K through grade three students and beyond.
Early Literacy Assessment System (ELAS) Project
The MAC is working with the Michigan Department of Education and other early literacy partners to create a comprehensive literacy assessment system guide and accompanying literacy assessment learning plan. These documents will inform policy, provide resources, and form the basis of professional learning opportunities to support high quality assessment practices and systems that support the development of literacy.
Presently, partners in this work include:
~ Michigan Department of Education
~ MAISA Early Literacy Task Force
~ University of Michigan
~ Michigan State University
Development of the guide and the learning plan will occur throughout 2018-19. In addition, the Assessment Learning Network will host a one-day learning event, Assessment that Advances Literacy, on May 21, 2019 featuring Tanya Wright (Michigan State University) and national assessment expert Margaret Heritage. Also, the MSTC 2019 features clinics and a plenary on the topic of assessment practice that supports development of literacy.
Michigan School Testing Conference 2019: Featured Presentations
~ New Perspectives on English Language Acquisition: Enhancing Opportunities for Language Development in Subject-Matter Classrooms (Guadalupe Valdés)
~ Early Literacy Development in Children Age 3 to Grade 3 (Nell Duke)
~Teaching and Assessing Disciplinary Literacy in Secondary Schools (Elizabeth Birr Moje)