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Thursday, September 13, 2012

Smarter Balanced Technology Readiness Tool phase 2 released

Beginning in the 2014-15 school year, the Michigan Department of Education (MDE), anticipates replacing the MEAP and MME for ELA and Mathematics with online assessments developed by the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC). It is important that Michigan schools make significant progress toward technology readiness to take advantage of this next-generation assessment system.

To assist local districts in preparing for this exciting change, SBAC has developed a Technology Readiness Assessment tool. This online tool will help local school districts and MDE determine current readiness levels and develop implementation plans for ensuring all schools are technologically ready for online assessments.

The second national Technology Readiness Assessment Survey collection window is open now and will be closed on September 30, 2012. Although Smarter Balanced will close the window for its data collection purposes, the MDE will continue to collect submissions until November 29, 2012. If your district has already completed the survey, please review your information to ensure it is current and accurate. Check out more information on how to complete the survey.

MDE staff has scheduled weekly webinars throughout September and October to provide your staff with the information they need to complete the survey by either September 30 or November 29, 2012. 
9:00 a.m. Thursdays, September 6, 13, 20, and 27
1:00 p.m. Fridays, September 7, 14, 21, and 28
9:00 a.m. Thursdays, October 4, 11, and 18
1:00 p.m. Fridays, October 5, 12, and 19

The webinars can be accessed through AdobeConnect®: The audio conference will be accessible through the following number: 
Call-in Number: 215-861-0692, access code: 8828859#

For more information, please send an email or download the MDE memo.

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