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.
+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.
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.
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.