Spring 2019 Testing Information Announced

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Spring 2019 testing information was announced in this week's MDE Spotlight on Student Assessment and Accessibility. In case you missed it, the article in reprinted in its entirety below.

The PSAT 8/9 will be administered to 8th graders in place of the M-STEP English Language Arts (ELA) and mathematics assessments in Spring 2019 and will be administered as a paper/pencil assessment. Grade 8 students will continue to take the M-STEP science and social studies as online assessments. The M-STEP ELA and mathematics tests will still be available as optional assessments in Spring 2019 for those schools wanting to administer them.

Schools must administer the PSAT 8/9 for 8th grade and SAT with Essay on April 9, 2019 (*unless students are approved with accommodations that designate them to test in the accommodated testing window).

Schools must administer the PSAT 8/9 for 9th grade and PSAT 10 on April 9, April 10, or April 11, 2019 (*unless students are approved with accommodations that designate them to test in the accommodated testing window).

  • Schools can choose which of the three initial test dates works best for them.
  • Schools do not need to notify MDE or the College Board of which date is being chosen.
  • The same grade must test on the same day at the same time.
  • Schools can administer tests for multiple grades in one day.
  • All students except those who are absent (or testing in the accommodated window) are expected to test on the initial test day.
  • Schools can flexibly schedule students who miss the initial test day for PSAT 8/9 for 8th grade, PSAT 8/9 for 9th grade, and PSAT 10 for a makeup between April 10-16 and/or April 23-24.
  • Students who miss the primary test day for SAT with Essay must take the makeup on April 23.
  • Afternoon testing is allowed for PSAT 8/9 for 8th grade, PSAT 8/9 for 9th grade, and PSAT 10. No request or approval is necessary. Afternoon testing is NOT available for SAT with Essay.
  • 8th and 9th graders can test in the same room in Spring 2019, but please note this may change in future years.
  • All students with approved accommodations taking the PSAT 8/9 for 8th grade, PSAT 8/9 for 9th grade, and the PSAT 10 can flexibly be scheduled any time in the accommodated testing window.
  • Students with approved accommodations taking the SAT with Essay, as designated on the Nonstandard Administration Report (NAR) in SSD Online, can flexibly be scheduled any time in the accommodated testing window.

This significant shift in curriculum, instruction and logistical considerations will require administrators and staff to become familiar with the College Board suite of assessments - as soon as possible. Don't worry! We're here to help with the process!

MASSP has designed a new one-day workshop that:

  • Familiarizes staff with the PSAT 8/9 assessment
  • Assists with planning for curriculum and instructional shifts
  • Introduces the College Board reporting portal
  • Highlights College Board requirements in terms of special education accommodations, permitted calculators, room set up and general testing considerations
  • Provides information that can be shared with parents and students about a PSAT 8/9 night

This is a great PD opportunity, with all the usual things you've come to expect from MASSP. Participants will:

  • Have access to the slidedeck to replicate what we do with your staff.
  • Receive all of the new handouts we've created to complete activities with students, staff and parents.
  • Leave the session feeling confident that you can lead this work with your school community.

This workshop is most beneficial to schools that send a team inclusive of a principal and counselor, as well as a teacher of 8th grade ELA, Math and possibly special education. For dates and locations, please visit mymassp.com/eventlist.