Let's Learn How MICA can be used in your classroom!


Objective: Today’s objective is to show teachers how to use MICA in class with their students to prepare for the TNReady Assessment.

Using the MICA website the learner will

  • Login MICA
  • Login as a student and complete a MICA assessment
  • Login with your teacher account
  • Verify your rosters and students
  • Explore TNReady technology enhanced sample questions using advanced filters
  • Create a pratice assessment
  • Explore assesment features: sharing, cloning, assigning, scoring
  • Take an assessment as a student
  • Review reports
  • Review scoring reports.

PLC Guiding Questions

  • What is it we want our students to learn?
  • How will we know if each child has learned it?
  • How will we respond when some students do not learn it?
  • How can we extend and enrich the learning for students who have demonstrated proficiency?

Why Should I Use MICA?

  • MICA is a FREE tool provided by the state that will serve as the delivery system forTNReady item samplers that are aligned to TN Academic Standards.
  • Teachers can use the questions found here to create practice student assessments – formative assessments over specific standards they have taught.
  • This will be open ALL YEAR for teachers to use as a tool for instruction.
  • They can also use this tool to bring up TNReady like questions, aligned to TNReady standards, and work through them together as a class.
  • MICA is the best resource we have on what actual TNReady questions should look like outside of the state practice assessment.
How Do I log in?

Your new username (after 9/4/15), will be your Edtools username. If you do not know your password, you can select "Forgot Password" to reset it.

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How Should I Use MICA in My Classroom?

1. Use a few questions as a pre-test and/or post-test to find out what students know before and after a unit.
2. Use a question as an exit ticket after a lesson or assign problems for homework.
3. Use several questions as a center as part of center rotation.
4. Use a question to create a classroom learning probe.
5. Assign one question to the class and walk through it together to learn the features.
6. Use problems as part of a larger formal assessment.
7. Assign problems during intervention or enrichment time.
8. Create individualized quizzes based on student areas of improvement or use relevant questions on a chapter or unit test.
9. Create a common test with other grade level PLC teachers and review results together. 10. Set questions up for bell-work or class starters as a pre-assessment for a lesson or a review of the previous day’s lesson. After everyone answers have one student go to the computer and answer.

How Can I Demonstrate the Types of Questions Students Might See in MICA or TNReady?

From your "dashboard" screen, click on the "Practice" tab. This is a great way to show students the types of questions the may see as well has how to manipulate the MICA tools.

Important tips to remember when filtering questions:

  • Math--you can sort for questions that do/do not use a calculator.
  • ELA--you can sort passages by Lexile, word count, etc. If you find a passage you like, you can click on the ellipses (...) to see all questions associated with that passage
  • Remember, you cannot add or edit questions in MICA!

How Do I Share My Assessments with My Team?

From the MICA Help Section:

To share an existing assessment:

  • On the Assessments page, click the check box next to the assessment name.
  • Click the Share button.
  • In the top text box, type the teachers' email addresses with whom you wish to share the assessment. Use a semicolon (;), space, or new line to separate each of them.
  • In the second text box, type a message to be sent to the teacher(s) with whom you are sharing the assessment. If the email address typed in matches the email address of a MICA user, the email recipient will receive a notification that an assessment has been shared with him or her. A notification will also be delivered when an existing shared assessment has been modified by the assessment creator.
  • Click Share.

How Can Students Access MICA?

  • Students will use the same web address as teachers: www.micatime.com.
  • Student Username/Passwords for MICA can be found in your "Roster" section. From that section, you can click on "Printable View" and print out log in tickets for each student. Please note: their password is NOT the same as their computer password and is case sensitive!
  • If a student is not on your roster, do not add them. Notify your testing coordinator or tech coach so they can send the information to CO.
  • Once they are logged in, they can see all assigned assessments under the "To Do" section of their screen.
Running Reports

Here you will find instructions on how to run and view reports.

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What if I Still Need Help?

If you still need assistance with MICA, please email or book an appointment with your technology coach.