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MDE’s periodic newsletter for educators contains relevant assessment, data, and reporting information, as well as professional development opportunities.

April 2021 | Testing 1-2-3 Update

April’s newsletter features articles about Teaching and Learning Led by Evidence: Session 8 Rescheduled, New Classroom Assessment Learning Modules on Testing 1, 2, 3, Science and English Language Arts Standards Implementation Delay, Science MCA-IV Field Testing, Invitation to Minnesota Science Teachers, MCA/MTAS Reminders – Preparing for Testing, Test Security Training Reminder, Test Administration Reminders, Important Ideas and Research in School Assessment and Data.

March 2021 | Testing 1-2-3 Update

March’s newsletter features articles about Minnesota Assessments Guidance, Wisconsin-Minnesota Comprehensive Center Rapid Brief #1, FAQ About MCA and MTAS for Families, Test Administration Reminders, Teachers Needed for Summer 2021 MCA and Alternate MCA Review Committees, Employment Opportunity at Minnesota Department of Education, Monitoring MCA Test Sessions in the Student Test Status Dashboard, Grades 4–5 Online ACCESS Common Misadministration, Administration Irregularities, Upcoming Opportunities, Important Ideas and Research in School Assessment and Data.

February 2021 | Testing 1-2-3 Update

February’s newsletter features articles about 2021 Minnesota Assessment Administration Decisions, Accountability Addendum to ESSA State Plan, MCA and MTAS Resources; Changes in TestNav, Changes in Linguistic Supports, ACCESS and Alternate ACCESS Administration Tips, FAQ about ACCESS and Alternate ACCESS for Families, Reading MCA Test Specifications, Upcoming Opportunities, and Important Ideas and Research in School Assessment and Data.

January 2021 | Testing 1-2-3 Update

January’s newsletter features articles about Spring 2021 ACCESS and Alternate ACCESS Test Administration, Student Resources for ACCESS/Alternate ACCESS, FAQ about ACCESS and Alternate ACCESS for Families, Continued Clarification for MCA and MTAS, High School Science MCA, College Entrance Exam Administrations, Updates to Data and Availability of Reports, Test Security Training and Test Monitor Courses, Alternate Assessment: ARC Process for 2020–21, Testing 1, 2, 3 Website Tip, Featured Resource of the Month: MathBits Articles, Upcoming Opportunities, and Important Ideas and Research in School Assessment and Data.

December 2020 | Testing 1-2-3 Update

December’s newsletter features articles about a Remote Assessment Administration Pilot Study, Reporting Student Gender, Featured Resource of the Month: Benchmark ALDs Training Module, and Important Ideas and Research in School Assessment and Data.

November 2020 | Testing 1-2-3 Update

November’s issue features articles about the Science MCA-IV Constructed-Response Question Types, Upcoming WIDA Webinars, Featured Resource of the Month: Assessment Lifecycle Modules, Upcoming Opportunities, and Important Ideas and Research in School Assessment and Data.

October 2020 | Testing 1-2-3 Update

October’s issue features articles about Benchmark Achievement Level Descriptors (ALDs), Educator Resources on PearsonAccess Next (PAN), Statewide Assessments for 2020-21, WIDA Updates, Upcoming Opportunities, and Important Ideas and Research in School Assessment and Data.