Important Assessment Information to Be Aware Of

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This week's Spotlight on Assessment and Accountability has a few important items to take note of, which we've outlined below. You can also access the full edition of MDE's newsletter here.

Issue Identified in Mass Assigning Student Supports and Accommodations in eDIRECT

An issue has been identified in eDIRECT that will impact users who are assigning mass-accommodations. If a user assigns an accommodation that is not allowed for the assessment AND an accommodation that IS allowed, then no accommodation is assigned to that student or any student on the screen. For example, if a user assigned TTS with Passages to a 4th grade ELA test and any other accommodation on the screen for any student, no accommodations would be assigned to any students. Please Note: There is no error message
indicating this has occurred.

This issue will be fixed and the mass-accommodation functionality will work appropriately beginning March 16, 2017. When this issue is fixed, users will receive an error message that identifies the accommodation that is not allowed, and will be prompted to remove it before it can be saved.

In the meantime, DRC recommends that users assigning accommodations before March 16, 2017, select and save one accommodation at a time.

For questions regarding this issue, please call the DRC Customer Service line at 1-877-560-8378 and select Option 2.

Managing Testing Schedules

We understand the challenge of organizing the school schedule for multiple assessments that may have many potential timing configurations. We have attempted to help you with scheduling by creating the Assessment Timing Organizer which is located o the MME web page (www.michigan.gov/mme). This organizer includes common timings for SAT, PSAT 10, and PSAT 8/9. It does not include any pre-administration activities, only the time spent testing, including the scheduled breaks. The sample schedule assumes testing starts at 8:00 AM but you can include your school’s time in the chart. There is also a place for you to include the room names or numbers to help with your organization (see sample below).