2020 High School Assessments M-STEP Test Administration

Thank you for joining me for the 2020 M-STEP Grade 11 Test Administration presentation. I am Phoebe Gohs, the M-STEP Test Administration and Reporting Consultant at MDE. There are a number of resources and activities that need to take place before M-STEP administration. This first chapter will discuss everything that needs to be done before testing begins. First, I am going to share the resources that are available to you throughout the test administration.​ ​Next, there are a number of systems that are used in administering the M-STEP. These systems will be discussed so that you are aware of what tasks need to be done and which system to use.​ ​After that, I will share the M-STEP testing schedule and discuss the requirements of the M-STEP test schedule that
each school and district must prepare.​ At the end of this “Before Test Administration” chapter, I will discuss how to prepare both students and staff for the M-STEP. Resources to use with students will be shared, as well as the trainings and resources that your staff will
need. First is New Assessment Coordinator Training Guide. This guide provides information that takes Assessment Coordinators through the tasks and responsibilities done before, during, and after the administration of all of Michigan’s statewide summative assessments.  ​If you are a new Assessment Coordinator, it is suggested that you progress through the entire training guide in the order presented. For returning Assessment Coordinators, this guide can be used as a refresher – you could use sections of this guide as you approach each task, or if you run into difficulty with any assessment administration task, you can use this document as a reference material.​ While this training guide provides training for each task that must be done, it is not intended to replace the testing manuals, guides, and other test-administration related resources that are provided.​ You can find this guide through the link at the top of all of our Assessment pages.​ The Assessment Coordinator Training Guide web page also includes a link to Bookmarks that you can download and save to your web browser- for easy links to many assessment-related websites.​ MDE staff are currently working to update this document by mid-January. Be sure to watch the Spotlight for more information about updates to this document for the Spring 2020 administration! Other important resources for you to review as you prepare for the Spring 2020 Test Administration are the Guide to State Assessments and the Assessment Integrity Guide.​ ​The Guide to State Assessments includes detailed information about state assessments and is important to review.​ The Assessment Integrity Guide provides information on the prevention and detection of testing irregularities
and guidance for follow-up and resolution of any identified testing irregularity, in order to ensure all procedures before, during, and after the test administration lead to student results that accurately reflect a valid and reliable measure of each student’s unique and true educational knowledge, skills, and abilities. The Assessment Integrity Guide has been updated for the Spring 2020 administration and should be reviewed for the updated testing policies. ​ You can find these documents, plus a new training based on the Assessment Integrity Guide by going to the M-STEP webpage. The link for the Assessment Security Modules registration is under the Professional Development section. The M-STEP Test Administration Manual will be available in mid- to late-January and includes detailed guidelines for before, during, and after the M-STEP test administration.​ The Test Administration Manual provides test administration policies and procedures, as well as step-by-step information for each assessment task that needs to be done before, during, and after testing. Checklists are also provided in an appendix, with links to each task, to help you keep track of everything that needs to be done.​You will also find test administration policies, including the Scratch Paper policy, information about Supports & Accommodations available for the M-STEP assessment, and the Incident Reporting table that includes potential test irregularities and their resolution for both paper/pencil and online test administrations. Next, we’re going to review what’s new for Spring 2020. The Important Dates document for M-STEP Spring 2020 administration is currently available on the M-STEP web page at www.Michigan.gov/mstep.​ New in 2020, in addition to the PDF document that lists all M-STEP related important dates, MDE has created an excel spreadsheet that includes the important dates for every statewide assessment administered by MDE. This way, users can filter the dates according to the assessments and assessment windows they will administer.​ For example, an Assessment Coordinator who is responsible for all high school testing could filter on M-STEP, PSAT 8/9 for Grade 8, PSAT 8/9 for Grade 9, PSAT 10, SAT, and ACT. This user would want to further filter the Testing Window column for grades 5, 8, and 11 and for All Grades, so that only the M-STEP dates associated with all grades and with the first testing window appears on the list.​ Instructions for how to filter the excel spreadsheet are included on the second tab, which is highlighted in red. The Test Directions have been expanded to become the Test Administrator’s Directions and Manual.​ This was done so that Test Administrators are no longer required to read sections of the TAM. Instead, all of the test administration information and policies that are needed to administer the M-STEP are included in this one document. The Test Administrator’s Directions and Manual documents are still grade-specific, and they are specific to test mode. There is a separate document for each grade by test mode.​ It is required that Test Administrators read this document prior to administering the test.  TTS for Directions ONLY is available. TTS on the test is a designated support, while TTS Passages which is an accommodation available for grade 6 and 7 ELA only.​ If a school chooses to use TTS for test directions, the test administration directions provide a script to follow to verify student test tickets, verify the correct test, and to provide an introduction. Direction is provided for Test Administrators to follow in the Test Administrator’s Directions and Manual.​ If a school does not choose to use TTS for test directions, directions are also provided for Test Administrators to read in the Test Administrator’s Directions and Manual. New for 2020, Assessment Security Training is required.​ District and Building Assessment Coordinators are required to complete the Michigan Virtual Assessment Security Modules and to read the Assessment Integrity Guide.​ Test Administrators must either complete the Michigan Virtual Assessment Security Modules
or read the Assessment Integrity Guide.​ For coordinators or administrators who have already completed the full Assessment Security Modules, a refresher course is available in lieu of repeating the full course. The M-STEP Science Test will be operational in spring 2020.​ Students will receive seven clusters each.
There is one part for grade 11. ​ The time estimate to complete the science test is 90 minutes. This time estimate does not include administrative tasks such as handing out test tickets or reading the directions. The M-STEP social studies test will still measure the Michigan Academic Standards that were adopted in 2007. Changes made to the social studies standards in 2019 have not been implemented and are not reflected on the 2020 M-STEP social studies test. Any updates to the test will be communicated by MDE.​ The social studies test is one test part and one test ticket. Off-Site Testing is for schools who – for various reasons – cannot test on-site at their school buildings. ​ Off-site testing also occurs for individual students, when a school is providing educational services to a homebound student, students are suspended during the testing window, or students who are expelled-with-service.​ The Off-Site Test Administration request is found under the Assessment Registration tab in the OEAA Secure Site. Select “Off-Site Test Administration Request.”​ The window to submit Off-Site Test Administration Requests has changed for Spring 2020. Requests are now open from February 10, 2020 through May 29. There are a number of tasks to be done before the M-STEP test administration that occur in the Secure Site and, for online testing, the DRC INSIGHT Portal.​ Here I will review these tasks.  The OEAA Secure Site is the assessment system used for many administration tasks, including pre-identifying students for testing, setting up online test sessions, materials ordering, reporting any testing irregularities that occur through the incident reporting tool, and after testing you can access the downloadable student data files and reports through the Secure Site.​ For access to the OEAA Secure Site, you can go to www.michigan.gov/securesitetraining and select “How do I get access to Secure Site”.​ The OEAA Secure Site Assessment Administration Tasks presentation of this MME day training provides detailed information about how to perform the test administration tasks done in the Secure Site. The DRC INSIGHT Portal was formerly called eDIRECT and is DRC’s test management software. Assessment Coordinators can set up test sessions in the DRC INSIGHT Portal (as well as in the Secure Site, depending on the date), students supports and accommodations need to be set up in the DRC INSIGHT Portal, test tickets and rosters are printed through the DRC INSIGHT Portal, and Assessment Coordinators can monitor test completion in the DRC INSIGHT Portal.​ There is a User Guide available in the DRC INSIGHT Portal that details the process for each of these tasks. It can be found in the DRC INSIGHT Portal, select My Applications, then General Information, then Documents, and then search for All. Test administrators do not need access to the DRC INSIGHT Portal. All student tutorials, mini-modules, and the Test Administration Manual can be accessed on the DRC INSIGHT Portal. Technology Coordinators, District Coordinators, and Building Coordinators do need to have access to the DRC INSIGHT Portal.​ Access to the DRC INSIGHT Portal is assigned in the Secure Site—the District Administrator needs to assign the role in the Secure Site, and then the user information is pulled from the Secure Site into the DRC INSIGHT Portal.​ The new user then receives an email from the DRC INSIGHT Portal with their username and password information.​ Secure Site Training provides training documents at www.michigan.gov/securesitetraining – you can view the “How do I get access to the DRC INSIGHT Portal” document for help with gaining access to the DRC INSIGHT Portal. You can use the “Create a new User” or “Disabling and Changing User Access” documents if you are a District Coordinator who needs to assign user access in the DRC INSIGHT Portal. Users can create and edit test sessions in the DRC INSIGHT Portal starting on March 6, 2020.​ When you are in the DRC INSIGHT Portal main page, select Manage Test Sessions, which will bring up a window to select. Once you select Manage Test sessions, you will be prompted to select the Test Administration and your entity information. At the bottom of the page, select the “Add Session” button to view this screen. Test tickets are printed from the Test Session screen in the DRC INSIGHT Portal.​ Log in to the DRC INSIGHT Portal, select My Applications, then Test Management and then go to Manage Test Sessions.​ Complete the Test, Entity Information, content and grade information and select Show Sessions.​ This will open to show Test Sessions. From here, you can select a test session and print all tickets.​ You can also print tickets individually by selecting the test session, then choosing the Edit/Print Ticket Status icon that is displayed to the right of the Test Session.​ Once you have opened the Edit/Print Ticket Status page, you can select the individual student or students whose test tickets you are printing, and then select “Print Selected. WebEx Trainings on the administrative functions in the DRC INSIGHT Portal will be held on March 5 at 10:00 with DRC.  ​These will also be posted in the DRC INSIGHT Portal after the initial presentation. To view them, while in the DRC INSIGHT Portal, you will go to My Applications, then select General Information. From this view, select the Documents tab – these trainings will be included in this list.​ Information about accessing/registering for the WebEx training will be in Spotlight closer to the event date. Next, we will review the M-STEP testing schedule for 11th grade. There are two four-week windows for online M-STEP testing.​ The first online testing window for grades 5, 8, and 11 is the testing window for all 11th grade testers. This online testing window is from April 13 – May 8.​ This graphic includes the testing schedules for M-STEP grades 3, 4, 6, and 7, MI-Access, SAT, ACT, PSAT, and WIDA.​ All of these schedules are also available in the Guide to State Assessments document, which is available on the M-STEP webpage at www.michigan.gov/mstep. The Guide to State Assessments also includes the test administration dates for paper/pencil testing. These are the testing time estimates for 11th grade. For M-STEP, the times estimates for each test do not include time for reading directions, answering questions, or other classroom tasks.​ M-STEP is not a timed test, the times provided are estimates to be used for scheduling purposes. ​ The operational M-STEP science test is a one-part test and is estimated to take 90 minutes. The M-STEP Social Studies is also one part and the total testing time is estimated at 30 minutes.  Next I will discuss how to prepare students and staff for testing. In preparing students, it is important to use the M-STEP student tutorials. When testing, students need to be aware of the tools that are available to them in the testing engine. The Tutorials and Online Tools Training – or OTT – provide students with this important information and practice, so that when they are taking the M-STEP, they are thinking about the content, and not the testing engine tools.​ To access these tutorials, go to the DRC INSIGHT Portal web page – www.mi.drcedirect.com.​ You do NOT need a username or password to view the tutorials. Select the link in the second bullet point, Documents and Training Materials on the sign in page, then select the Test Tutorials tab and you can see all of the tutorials in one location.​ It is suggested that teachers review these tutorials in the classroom with all students, and then provide students the opportunity to practice using the OTTs.​ OTTs can only be accessed in a Chrome browser – the link to OTTs is available on the M-STEP web page under the Content Specific Information section. For preparing staff, a frequent question that we hear in preparation for the test administration is what are the guidelines for who can be a Test Administrator. The Assessment Integrity Guide provides detailed information regarding how schools
and districts identify testing personnel.​ Test Administrators can be selected from this list:​ Licensed teachers or administrators employed by the district.​ Paraprofessionals or non-licensed administrative personnel employed by the school or district – who are trained in the test administration policies and procedures for the test being administered – can administer the test. Licensed substitute teachers who are employed by the district for the purpose of administering the test –  and who have been trained in the test administration policies and procedures for the test being administered – can administer the test.​ Trained proctors may also be assigned to assist a Test Administrator. Test proctors are most typically a teacher’s aide, paraprofessional, or another school or district staff member. A proctor must be supervised directly by a Test Administrator, must be trained with appropriate testing procedures, and may not independently administer any test. It is important that all staff involved in administering the test are trained in their responsibilities of providing an appropriate testing environment. ​ This includes ensuring the testing room is quiet and orderly, and that seating is arranged in such a way that discourages any sharing of responses.  ​Test administrators must ensure that any content-related poster or display is removed or covered. Posters of encouragement or classroom rules, such as those that say “Do Your Best!” are permitted.​ MDE has developed an INSIGHT Tools poster that is approved to be displayed during the test administration. The poster is available on the M-STEP webpage at www.michigan.gov/mstep under the Current Assessment Administration section – look for the link titled “MDE-Approved INSIGHT Tools Poster”. The link opens a page that details the guidelines for use of the poster, and the posters are available in 8 ½ by 11, 11 by 17 and 16 by 24 sizes for printing and posting. This is the only INSIGHT Tools poster that is allowed to be posted during testing, and the posters must not be within reach of students during testing – it must be displayed in the classroom and cannot be placed at student desks or computers.​  All word lists, maps, math formulas or tables, or any other content must be covered or removed. Test Taking Tips or other materials that might provide students an advantage over others who do not have access to material are also prohibited and must be covered or removed. Buildings and districts must retain test schedules as described in the updated Assessment Integrity Guide. It is possible that a testing schedule may be requested by MDE staff if relevant when working to resolve an Incident Report.​ Test Schedules must include the district and building name, the Building Assessment Coordinator’s name, date of the assessment administration, the location of the testing session, starting and ending time of the test session, the test that was administered, and the names of the Test Administrators and proctors for the test session. The Assessment Integrity Guide provides a sample testing schedule in Appendix B. The sample includes the required components of the testing schedule. The Assessment Security Training series is required for Assessment Coordinators. Test Administrators must either complete the Assessment Security Training modules and/or read the AIG. For coordinators or administrators who have already completed the full Assessment Security Module course, a refresher course is available in place of the full training series.​ This training is currently being updated with the new information from the updated Assessment Integrity Guide. This updated training will be available in January 2020. Watch Spotlight for more information. Next, we will move on to Chapter 2 of our M-STEP Test Administration training series. In this section of the presentation, I will discuss tasks that are done during the 2020 administration of the M-STEP. In this section, we will discuss how to get started with both online and paper/pencil test administration, what tasks need to be done during the test administration, and some common problems that come up and how to address them if they do. We will begin with Getting Started, for both online administration, and paper/pencil administration. The Supports and Accommodations Guidance Document and Supports and Accommodations Table should be reviewed and referenced throughout the test administration. It includes important information about allowable Universal Tools, Designated Supports, and Accommodations. ​ The Supports and Accommodations Table in the Guidance Document provides information about the Universal Tools, Designated Supports, and Accommodations that are available by content and grade.​ Be sure to view the Student Supports and Accommodations presentation for more information about what is available for students during testing. Here I will discuss the tasks to get started for the online administration.​ Test sessions can be set up in the Secure Site if it is done by February 24, 2020. If not done by that day, then test sessions can be created in the DRC INSIGHT Portal beginning on March 6, 2020. It is important that the pre-identification through the Secure Site is accurate, so that all students who are expected to test are assigned to the appropriate testing sessions. It is also important to be sure students are put into all test sessions that are required for their grade. The DRC INSIGHT Portal does have functionality that will help with tracking progress toward completion of testing, but the system is based on the students who are in the test session – it does not identify a student who is not assigned to the test session.​ During the Pre-ID process, it is important that any students who are testing using MI-Access are Pre-ID’d to MI-Access and removed from the M-STEP assessment. This will prevent students who take MI-Access from being pulled into the DRC INSIGHT Portal and being assigned a test ticket – which may result in a student taking both the MI-Access and M-STEP assessments.​ Next, the appropriate accommodations must be assigned in the DRC INSIGHT Portal before test tickets are generated. Any embedded accommodation – that is, an accommodation that is administered within the testing engine – must be assigned in the DRC INSIGHT Portal. For detailed directions on assigning accommodations in the DRC INSIGHT Portal, go to the DRC INSIGHT Portal User Guide that is available on the DRC INSIGHT Portal website. Select the link in the second bullet point, Documents and Training Materials, and then select Show Documents to search documents.​ Once all students have been assigned to all of the appropriate test sessions, and accommodations have been assigned, test tickets need to be printed, sorted according to your testing schedule, and distributed to Test Administrators. Remember that test tickets and accompanying rosters are secure materials and must be handled securely.​ Once Test Administrators begin testing, test administration progress should be monitored and any issues that come up addressed. If there is a testing irregularity that requires submission to the MDE for resolution, authorized users can submit Incident Reports through the Secure Site. Incident Reports are expected to be submitted within two school days of notification of a testing irregularity.​ I will discuss this process more when we get to the Common Problems and What to Do section of this presentation. All directions in the Test Administrator’s Directions and Manual are grade-specific. It’s important for Test Administrators to preview the Test Directions before administering the test. Test Administrator’s Directions and Manuals for both the paper/pencil and online administrations are sent to schools and will be made available on the M-STEP webpage at www.michigan.gov/mstep.  ​Test tickets are a secure material, so it is important these are collected after the testing session to be securely destroyed or to be stored with secure test materials if the student has not completed the test and will resume testing in another test session.  ​As a reminder, students may only have one test ticket at a time. Giving a student more than one test ticket is a security risk and does not allow for necessary breaks between tests to ensure students perform their best.​ Most accommodations are printed on the test tickets. However, there may be other accommodations – such as extended time –
are not listed on the test ticket. Be sure Test Administrators are made aware of all accommodations for all students in his or her testing session. For the paper/pencil administration, test sessions must be scheduled according to the published schedule.​ Assessment Coordinators must ensure that barcode labels are affixed to the student answer documents. Barcode labels are required in order to ensure the student’s responses and hard work are associated with the correct student.​ Also – all secure testing materials must be maintained in a secure, locked location. Secure materials include test booklets, all used answer documents, any used scratch paper, and any reader scripts, translated versions of the test, or other accommodated form of the test.​ Again, testing irregularities should be monitored and addressed appropriately. If needed, District Coordinators submit Incident Reports through the Secure Site for MDE resolution or documentation. I will discuss this further in the Common Problems portion of this presentation. As with the online test directions, paper/pencil test directions are grade-specific. And again, it is important that Test Administrators preview the test directions before administering the test. This is true even when a Test Administrator has administered the same M-STEP assessment in a previous year – it is important to refresh one’s memory about the assessment before administering it.​ Answer documents must have the barcode label affixed in the space provided before administering the test. If additional barcode labels are needed for any reason – for example, a student has enrolled after the Pre-ID for barcode labels
deadline on February 12, 2020, they can be printed from the Secure Site. Go to Assessment Registration, select Barcode Labels, and complete the search criteria.  ​And, test booklets should be securely stored and given to Test Administrators at the start of a testing session.​ Accommodations and Supports, if provided, must also be completed on the Answer Document – by a Test Administrator or Building Coordinator. Any scratch paper used during testing must be collected for shredding. Used scratch paper and used graph paper are secure materials.  ​Student names need to be written on scratch paper used, so that if a break is taken it can be returned to the correct student.  ​Be sure that all Test Administrators are aware of the full M-STEP Scratch Paper Policy before testing. The Scratch Paper Policy is available on the M-STEP web page at www.michigan.gov/mstep. For both the online and paper/pencil administration, Test Administrators should actively monitor the assessment. This includes moving through the room to view testers and maintain a view of all students throughout the test session.  ​Test Administrators’ full attention must remain on testing at all times – any distraction must be avoided, including any side conversations, reading, eating, or completing other work during the test.  ​For safety and security, if video surveillance cameras are already in place in a testing room and are used to maintain security, they are allowed to be used during the test session. Cameras should be directed away from test items, and any recording of a test session must be deleted as soon as possible after the test session. Users can monitor test completion in the DRC INSIGHT Portal on the Student Status screen by grade and by content.  ​Users can monitor progress toward completion throughout the test administration using this screen. As a reminder, the screen shows progress toward completion of students who are assigned to test sessions.  It does not identify students who are expected to test by the MDE but were not assigned to the test session.  ​Assessment Coordinators must make sure that all students who are expected to test are Pre-ID’d in the Secure Site and assigned to all of the appropriate test sessions – either through the Secure Site or in the DRC INSIGHT Portal. Materials need to be collected after the Test Administrations for both online and paper/pencil administrations. Be sure that signed Security Compliance Forms are collected from all staff involved in test administration.​ Also, final copies of Testing Schedules must be completed and collected. These should be kept for 3 years after the test administration.​ For paper/pencil administrations, all test booklets and answer documents must be collected. Any used answer document must have the correct Barcode Label affixed, and any accommodations used need to be filled in on the Answer Document. Also be sure the student information is completed and matches the information on the barcode label – in the event the barcode label becomes damaged or falls of the document.​ The Test Administration Manual includes detailed instructions for materials return.  Next I will discuss what to do when any problems arise during the test administration. Any time that a testing irregularity occurs, an incident report should be filed with the Office of Educational Assessment & Accountability within two school days.​ Detailed information regarding how to address an irregularity, including many possible scenarios, and the most frequent irregularities that occur, will be provided in the M-STEP Test Administration Manual.  ​The Secure Site also has detailed, step-by-step instructions for submitting an Incident Report at www.michigan.gov/securesitetraining. Some examples of testing irregularities can be if a student becomes ill and goes home before completing a test. Or a student may transfer from, or into the school during the testing window. Or if a building emergency occurs during the test session. Also if a student is not provided assigned accommodations or is provided accommodations that are not assigned. Or, a student prohibited behavior during the test administration. These irregularities are examples of reasons that an Incident Report should be submitted. Incident Reports are submitted through the Secure Site.  ​Users select the Student Assessments tab at the top of the page, and then Incident Reports in the dropdown menu.​ Once you have selected the test cycle and entity information, select the grade, content area and testing mode. Based on these selections, the Incident category dropdown will update. Then select the incident subcategory. Directions about what category and subcategory should be used, based on your situation, can be found in the Incident Reporting Table in the M-STEP Test Administration Manual. This table is organized based on the Incident Categories listed in the dropdown menu of the Secure Site. Perhaps the most common problem that happens in the online administration is a student submitting a test before completing it. When this happens, if there are five or fewer questions answered, contact the Call Center at 1-877-560-8378, and select Option 2. If there are more than 5 questions answered, then an Incident Report is required.​ Another common problem is if a student becomes ill or is removed from the test session before completing the test. For an online administration, collect the student’s test ticket and instruct the student to pause and exit the test. The test may be resumed in a later test session, using the original test ticket.​ For a paper/pencil administration, the Test Administrator should collect the test materials and flag the last question answered. The test can then be resumed
during a makeup session, and an Incident Report is required to be submitted by the District Assessment Coordinator. Students testing on Chromebook who have the wrong keyboard setting – US International Keyboard – will not be able to use the quotation marks or apostrophes while in text boxes.​ To resolve this issue before testing begins, choose Settings on the Chromebook, then choose “Keyboard Settings” and be sure US Keyboard is selected.​ If this happens during testing, have the student click outside of the text box, then press Control-Shift-Space Bar which will bring up the option to select the US Keyboard setting. In the online administration, there may be an issue with INSIGHT disconnections or other technical errors. This can be due to a local connectivity issue, or a network issue, or it may be an issue that needs to be resolved with DRC. So, the first step in any situation of a technical issue while testing online is to contact your local Technology Coordinator.  ​If the Technology Coordinator cannot resolve the problem, then they should contact DRC Customer Support and, if necessary, the District Assessment Coordinator should submit an Incident Report if the problem cannot be solved by the Technology Coordinator or DRC’s Customer Support. Finally, I will discuss Chapter 3 of the M-STEP Test Administration MME Day training: After the M-STEP Test Administration.​ In this section, I will be discussing the handling of materials after testing, return of materials for paper/pencil materials, and reporting.  First, I will discuss the appropriate handling of secure and nonsecure materials after testing.​ Next, I will cover the packaging and return of materials, for schools with paper/pencil materials.​ I will end by discussing Preliminary reports availability and final reports. Some secure materials must be destroyed after testing. There are secure materials that need to be securely destroyed for both online and paper/pencil testing.​ In online testing, examples of secure materials include test tickets and rosters, and all scratch paper and graph paper used – these materials must be securely destroyed after the test administration.​ For paper/pencil testing, examples of secure materials include all used scratch paper must be securely destroyed.  ​Be sure to review the Instructions for Materials Return section of the M-STEP Test Administration Manual (TAM). The Instructions for Materials Return are included in the M-STEP Test Administration Manual and lists which secure materials should be returned to the M-STEP Contractor, what schools should keep and what schools must destroy.  ​Secure materials that need to be returned to the M-STEP contractor include all used answer documents, the Orange Special Handling Envelope, all used and unused test booklets, any accommodated versions of the test.  The Preliminary reports are available within 48 hours of the student submitting the test and will remain available until Final Reports are released. They are accessed through the Secure Site, by selecting the Reports drop-down, and then selecting Dynamic Score Reports.​ The Preliminary reports include only machine-scored items; they do not include any hand-scored items. And it is also important to remember that preliminary data is for school use only and may not be shared with the public. Schools must treat this as embargoed data.​ More detailed information about the Preliminary Reports – and the data in the Preliminary Reports – is available in the Guide to Preliminary reports, available on the M-STEP webpage at www.michigan.gov/mstep, under the Reports section. These are some helpful links for you throughout the M-STEP test administration:​ Best Practices MSDS Reporting Guide for Trouble-free Accountability Data, the Assessment Coordinator Training Guide web page – which includes the link to the bookmarks for Michigan State Assessments, the New Assessment Coordinator Training Guide, the M-STEP web page link, and Secure Site Training. If you don’t already receive the weekly Spotlight in your email on Thursdays, be sure to sign up!​ You will get up-to-date information on all assessment-related issues and tasks – including reminders about upcoming tasks and deadlines, administration updates, report information, and more. Thank you for joining me for this presentation!​ If you have any questions, call the number on this slide or send an email to mde dash oeaa at Michigan dot gov.

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