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Breathe easy, students: Minnesota lawmakers prepare to cut down on standardized testing

Kyle Potter, Star Tribune, October 26, 2015   Kyle Potter writes for the Associated Press ST. PAUL, Minn. — Minnesota prepared Monday to trim more standardized testing, echoing President Barack Obama’s weekend call to ensure that students aren’t spending too much time on exams. The Legislature has made a raft of changes to public school […]

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Can Minnesota halve the achievement gap by 2017?

Christopher Magan, Star Tribune, September 26, 2015   Minnesota has work to do if it is going to meet state education leaders’ goal of cutting the achievement gap in half by 2017. State officials’ assertion that school accountability measures released this summer show roughly two-thirds of schools are on track to meet that goal overlooks […]

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MDE: Parent/guardian focus groups on student testing reports–See Multiple days/locations

MDE is working on a redesign of the Individualized Student Reports (ISRs) provided to parents or guardians each year with test results on the MCA tests. We are recruiting parents or guardians in your region to participate in a focus group to give input on the report mock-ups being considered for 2016.

The goal of the redesign is to deliver improved student reports that provide clear, concise information as well as graphics of the test results.

We are asking for feedback about what is easiest to understand, which elements provide the most beneficial information, and what additional information can be provided to help with the interpretation and usefulness of the reports.

Lunch or dinner will be provided.

Please RSVP using the links provided or call Pearson at 1-888-817-8659

SEE ALL DATES AND LOCATION OPTIONS

RSVP FROM THESE LINKS:

Monday 6/15, Rochester, 6:00pm to 7:30pm

RSVP at: http://www.cvent.com/d/nrq3kv

Tuesday 6/16, Brooklyn Center, 1:00pm to 2:30pm

RSVP at: http://www.cvent.com/d/grq3kf

Tuesday 6/16, Duluth, 6:30pm to 8:00pm

RSVP at: http://www.cvent.com/d/brq3kt

Wednesday 6/17, Bemidji, 4:30pm to 6:00pm

RSVP at: http://www.cvent.com/d/wrq39y

Thursday 6/18, Marshall, 12:00pm to 1:30pm

RSVP at: http://www.cvent.com/d/yrq3kg

Thursday 6/18, St Paul, 6:00pm to 7:30pm

RSVP at: http://www.cvent.com/d/vrq37p 

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MDE Parent Focus Groups: Student Testing Reports

MDE is working on a redesign of the Individualized Student Reports (ISRs) provided to parents or guardians each year with test results on the MCA tests. We are recruiting parents or guardians in your region to participate in a focus group to give input on the report mock-ups being considered for 2016.

The goal of the redesign is to deliver improved student reports that provide clear, concise information as well as graphics of the test results.

We are asking for feedback about what is easiest to understand, which elements provide the most beneficial information, and what additional information can be provided to help with the interpretation and usefulness of the reports.

Lunch or dinner will be provided.

Please RSVP using the links provided or call Pearson at 1-888-817-8659

SEE ALL DATES AND LOCATION OPTIONS

RSVP FROM THESE LINKS:

Sunday, May 3, 2015 from 6 – 7:30pm (Bloomington)

Pearson Professional Center, Suite #150, Training Room 5601 Green Valley Drive, Bloomington, MN 55347

Link to RSVP: http://www.cvent.com/d/grq2c5

Monday, May 4 from 11am – 12:30pm (Mankato)

South Central Service Cooperative
2075 Lookout Drive, North Mankato, MN 56003

Link to RSVP: http://www.cvent.com/d/3rq2cg

Monday, May 4, 2015 from 6 – 7:30pm (Roseville)

Minnesota Department of Education
1500 Highway 36 West, Roseville, MN 55113 Conference Center A, Room CC-13

Link to RSVP: http://www.cvent.com/d/drq24y

Tuesday, May 5 from 11am – 12:30pm (Staples)

National Joint Powers
202 12th Street NE, Staples, MN 56479

Link to RSVP: http://www.cvent.com/d/grq24h

Tuesday, May 5 from 6 – 7:30pm (Fergus Falls)

Lakes County Service Coop
1001 E. Mount Faith, Fergus Falls, MN 56537

Link to RSVP: http://www.cvent.com/d/vrq24n

Wednesday, May 6 from 11am -12:30pm (St Cloud)

Apollo High School
1000 44th Ave. N., St. Cloud, MN 56303

Link to RSVP: http://www.cvent.com/d/1rq247 

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Standardized Testing: Kid Tested, Mother Approved

Erika Sanzi and Holly Kragthorpe, EducationPost, March 24, 2015 There’s no doubt about it: We could do a lot to improve standardized testing in our schools. State tests could be designed to be more engaging for students and provide more timely and relevant information for teachers and parents. Schools could do a better job ensuring […]

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Lily Eskelsen Garcia and Megan Olivia Hall, Pioneer Press, March 25, 2015   Democrats and Republicans don’t agree on much these days. But the compelling arguments for putting an end to No Child Left Behind — or as we like to call it, “No Child Left Untested” — seem to be bringing the two sides […]

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Valley View Elementary students beat the odds

…This article highlights an elementary school in Columbia Heights that serves a high percentage of children of color living in poverty, including many students learning English. The principal engages his teachers as professional leaders, they are practicing co-teaching, they place emphasis on building relationships with students, and teachers use formative assessment to inform their teaching. […]

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Joe Nathan Column: Test results encourage rethinking

Joe Nathan, Hometown Source, August 28, 2014 Americans have complicated, conflicted feelings about how much to rely on statewide standardized tests, such as those whose scores were recently released. I think this year’s results suggest three changes. Minnesota should: –Make much more use of highly successful schools. –Share results sooner with teachers. –Use a broader […]

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Minnesota 4th-graders best in the country in math tests

Kim McGuire, Star Tribune, November 7, 2013 – Minnesota fourth-graders are the best in the country at math, and eighth-graders rank fifth, according to results of a nationwide test released Thursday. The fourth-graders posted the highest math scores in the National Assessment of Education Progress (NAEP), considered the best comparison of students from state to state. […]

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State severs its ties with MCA administrators

Kim McGuire, Star Tribune, October 31, 2013 – The Washington, D.C.-based company that administers standardized testing in Minnesota schools won’t be doing business with the state after this school year, according to documents obtained Wednesday by the Star Tribune. The American Institutes for Research (AIR) recently notified the Minnesota Department of Education that it won’t try […]

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