Superintendent's Newsletter

March 2015

Superintendent's Check-List for Spring Testing

Below is a quick check list to ensure that M-STEP assessment deadlines and requirements are done.

Building Leaders’ Planning List:

  • On-Line Test Sessions Created (BAA Secure Site);
  • Testing Site Manager (TSM) installed;
  • INSIGHT software installed & configured on all testing devices;
  • Headset (ear buds) ordered;
  • eDIRECT logins created/checked;
  • Student Accommodations identified individually;
  • Testing Manuals downloaded / reviewed ;
  • Practice tests (and online tools) reviewed with staff and students.
  • Communication to Parents

Assessment Links and Updates


Transition Timeline provides a weekly series of steps to prepare for the test.

Click here to see sample test items.

Direct Link to Grade Level Classroom Activities and Performance Tasks

Online Assessment Awareness for Teachers and Students

Additional information on M-Step

Spring of 2015 Testing Schedule

Calculator Policies

NEW: Link to SBAC Performance Tasks with Examples (as shared by M. Wing)

Update from Office of Assessment & Accountability

New PSAT & SAT Practice Items


New SAT (Not Downloadable)

A practice PSAT for 8/9 should be available soon.

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Resources to Share

NEW-Personalized Learning Vignette Webinars from MDE

NEW! features over 60 videos of exemplary bell-to-bell lessons, materials, student work samples, and teacher interviews.

8 Essential Elements of Problem-Based Learning

Parent Engagement Toolkit

Looking at new course materials to align with CCSS? Check out the FREE Achieve the Core Materials Alignment Toolkit

Across the State

The MiELA Network has announced its Summer 2015 Conference!

New Teacher HOT Topics

Click HERE to select your TOP 4!

Professional Learning at GISD

Tentative Offerings for 2015-2016

Working on your School Improvement Plans and professional learning needs? Check out the live working draft of PD offerings at GISD.

Remember, our consultants are available for onsite customized sessions!

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