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Tuesday, April 9, 2013

PD Opportunity: Smarter Balanced need-to-knows

Starting in Spring 2015, Michigan will implement the new assessment system from the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium. We will use these assessments for our federal accountability in Math and ELA for grades 3-8 and 11.

A successful implementation of the new assessment system requires planning on all levels: district, school, and classroom. Educational leaders should attend this one-day session to explore and become familiar with the new assessment framework and to begin to plan for a successful implementation on the district and school levels.

April 24, 2013
8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Kalamazoo RESA Service Center
For Superintendents, Administrators, Dept. Chairs, Lead Teachers, and Coaches

Together, we will explore and answer
·    What opportunities will districts, schools, teachers, and students have to access and use the SBAC assessments before 2014-15?
·    To what extent will educational leaders and teachers be involved in the piloting and review phases of development?
·    What tools will be offered as part of the Balanced Assessment system? What type of PD will be provided?
·    What will happen to our students’ proficiency scores on these new assessments?
·    What will happen to the ACT? When is it going away? Will there be a MEAP assessment in 2014?
·    What support will teachers need in transitioning to the new assessment system?
·    What needs to happen with my district or school’s technology plan so that we are ready for the new assessments?
·    What do our parents and guardians need to know about the new assessment system?

Pair this session with “Smarter Balanced – ELA” on May 8 to ensure you are fully informed and ready to plan for implementation with fidelity.

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