Van Buren Intermediate School District

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Early Literacy in Van Buren County

  • K-2 Assessments in Fall of 2016

     

    Kindergarten (Not required)

    No required testing in Kindergarten

    If schools/districts choose to administer an optional assessment in Kindergarten -

    +Schools participating in the Fall 2015 KEA field test using the TS Gold tool who have confirmed their continued participation for Fall 2016 - MDE pays the license fee and provides professional development

    +Shools have the option to administer the MDE-developed Early Literacy and Mathematics Benchmark Assessments in ELA and mathematics in the spring of 2017 to Kindergarten students. There will not be a fall 2016 MDE-developed benchmark assessment for kindergarten students.

    Grades 1 and 2 (Required)

    Schools/Districts are REQUIRED to provide an academic benchmark assessment in ELA and mathematics in the fall and again in the spring, effective in the 2016-17 school year and beyond. There is no planned high stakes accountability for these assessments.

    Options:

    +MDE-developed Early Literacy and Mathematics Benchmark Assessments in ELA and mathematics. Results should be available within a few days after testing.

    +A different benchmark assessment aligned to Michigan-approved academic standards in ELA and mathematics.

    § Definition and characteristics for use of a different benchmark assessment was provided in the June 2, 2016 edition of the Spotlight.

    Benchmark Assessment Criteria include the following (from June 2 Spotlight):

    • Administered at regular intervals (at least once before any summative assessment)
    • Aligned to Michigan-approved academic standards in mathematics and English language arts
    • Complement Michigan’s Summative Assessment System
    • Rates of improvement are specified
    • Provide information on pupil achievement with regard to learning the content required in a given year or grade span

    There will not be a published list of approved benchmark assessments.

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Important Links: 
 
Some Great Links from June 21st, 2016 with Teresa McDougall:
Literacy Coaches Training (AGENDA) (PRESENTATION)
  • Essential Instructional Practices in Early Literacy K-3

    This document was developed by the Early Literacy Task Force, a subcommittee of the Michigan Association of Intermediate School Administrators (MAISA) General Education Leadership Network (GELN).The purpose of the document is to increase Michigan's capacity to improve children's literacy by identifying a small set of research-supported classroom instructional practices rather than on school-or systems-level practices.We will be taking time this school year to analyze these practices and professional development will be offered at the ISD in September.

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  • Essential Instructional Practices in Early Literacy Prekindergarten

    This document is intended to be used with Essential Instructional Practices in Early Literacy, Kindergarten-Grade 3 and was also created by a subcommittee of MAISA.

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