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Monday, January 26, 2015

Free Mini-Assessments: Try these in your classroom

Try This in Your Classroom
Tools and resources you can use tomorrow.

  Annotated Mini-Assessments
These free mini-assessments contain questions that address the complexity of the Common Core State Standards they cover. The high-quality items help assess a deeper understanding of the content taught in class. Visit our full collections of math and literacy mini-assessments for grades K-12!

Friday, January 23, 2015

JUST RELEASED: M-STEP Mathematics Sample Classroom Activities and Performance Tasks

To familiarize teachers and administrators with the Paper/Pencil and Online M-STEP Mathematics Classroom Activities (CAs) and Performance Tasks (PTs), samples of both, for each tested grade, have been released.
What adjustments are you going to make to your instruction to better prepare students for M-STEP?

And, for the latest info on M-STEP, please check out this week's Spotlight:

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

EngageNY/Eureka Math Instructional Support PD series

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Module Studies Workshops

Each workshop is presented in two half-day sessions. These workshops unpack and deepen understanding of grade specific modules.
Participants will closely examine:
* The development of mathematical concepts
* The instructional strategies
* The assessment
In addition, this workshop equips teachers with a deep understanding of how each component of the module contributes to successful implementation of the curriculum.
Audience: Teachers, special education teachers, support staff, building administrators, and curriculum directors of buildings that have or are planning to implement EngageNY or Eureka Math program(s).
What to bring: ...Please bring the grade specific module and any support materials corresponding to your selected workshop. Modules will not be provided at the workshop. ...Please also bring a laptop computer. iPads are not compatible with some of the workshop resources.
Fee: Consortium-$100 | Non-consortium-$160
~SCECHs are not available for these workshops~

Click the Workshop Title to Register

Grade 5 Module 3

February 2 & 9 (7:45 - 11:15 AM both days) K/RESA West Campus

Grade 3 Module 5

February 2 & 9 (12:30 - 4:00 PM both days) K/RESA West Campus

Grade 4 Module 5

February 4 & 11 (7:45 - 11:15 AM both days) K/RESA Service Center
February 4 & 11 (12:30 - 4:00 PM both days) KRESA Service Center

Friday, January 16, 2015

Effective instruction for 3rd grade multiplication

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Effective Instruction for 3rd Grade Multiplication

Date: Wednesday, January 28, 2015

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Time: 8:30 am - 3:30 pm
Location: Kalamazoo RESA Service Center, 1819 East Milham Avenue, Portage, MI 49002
SCECH'S: 6 ($10 fee - cash or personal check at sign-in)
Presenter(s): Gina Kling - Western Michigan University

Tuition: $113 Consortium Member | $161 Non Consortium
3-5 Multi Divi practice
Participants will receive a copy of the book Putting Essential Understanding of Multiplication and Division into Practice, 3-5
The purpose of this workshop is for educators to learn best-practice, instructional routines and strategies aligned with the Common Core State standards (CCSS) to successfully implement the foundational skills for multiplication. Content is built upon the instructional shifts and increased expectations of the CCSS. Teachers will be actively engaged in learning different instructional methods and how to assess and prepare students for fluency.

About Gina Kling
Gina is fortunate to serve the mathematics education community in a variety of ways. Aside from teaching elementary mathematics content and methods courses at Western Michigan University, Gina is also an elementary mathematics coach and a writer for Everyday Mathematics 4.
For nearly a decade, Gina has focused her research on helping children learn their basic facts in meaningful ways, work that she often shares through professional development with practicing teachers. She has authored numerous articles on teaching basic facts and remains active in the elementary classroom, engaging children in developing fluency with their basic facts.

Registration help: Linda Bussema @ or 269-250-9210

View all Kalamazoo RESA PD offerings here:


Thursday, January 8, 2015

State Awards Future College Assessment to College Board’s SAT for Michigan Students

January 7, 2015

LANSING –- All Michigan high school juniors will begin taking the SAT as the state-administered college assessment exam beginning in 2016 after the College Board won the three-year competitively-bid contract, the Michigan Department of Education  and Department of Technology, Management and Budget jointly announced today.
The College Board administers the SAT, a globally-recognized college admission test that lets students show colleges what they know and how well they can apply that knowledge. It tests students’ knowledge of reading, writing and math — subjects that are taught every day in high school classrooms in Michigan.
ACT, Inc. will continue to provide its WorkKeys assessment for all high school students. Both the college entrance assessment and work skills tests are required in state law to be provided free to all high school students, and each is periodically competitively bid through the state’s structured procurement process, as directed by the Department of Technology, Management and Budget (DTMB).
 “The College Board’s SAT test is respected and used around the country,” said State Superintendent Mike Flanagan, “and Michigan high schools work with them now through their Advanced Placement program that helps students earn college credits while in high school.
“Their bid was rated the highest; provides valuable assistance to Michigan educators, students, and parents; is more aligned to Michigan’s content standards; and saves the state millions of dollars over the course of the three-year contract,” Flanagan said.
The College Board’s bid was $15.4 million less over the three-year contract than the next bidder and scored 10 percentage points higher by the Joint Evaluation Committee (JEC). In addition to staff from MDE and DTMB, the evaluation committee also included members representing the education community, including a high school principal; local school superintendent; a testing and assessment consultant from an intermediate school district; and a vice president from a Michigan community college.
Bill Barnes, principal at Charlotte High School and member of the JEC said: “The attention to detail with which the College Board created its proposal and the extensive resources that it will provide to schools and students to help them prepare for the test, make its college readiness assessment the best choice for Michigan.”
Another member of the Joint Evaluation Committee, Jim Gullen, a data and evaluation consultant for the Macomb Intermediate School District, said: “After two days of review and discussion, there was no question that College Board put forth the best proposal. Considering the quality of College Board’s proposal, the value presented in the pricing, and our current legislation, it is a good time to transition to the SAT to assess Michigan’s high school students’ mastery of the Michigan curriculum.”
Each year, the College Board helps more than seven million students prepare for a successful transition to college through programs and services in college readiness and college success — including the SAT and the Advanced Placement program. The organization also serves the education community through research and advocacy on behalf of students, educators and schools.
The Michigan Department of Education (MDE) is forming a team that will include the local, regional, and community college members of the Joint Evaluation Committee to assist in the transition to the SAT. In addition, the department will hold an onsite meeting with the College Board to discuss how it intends to positively affect the transition for Michigan schools, educators, parents, and students.

In its successful bid, the College Board included the following value-added components that will benefit Michigan schools and families:
  • Beginning in Spring 2015, the College Board will provide all schools and students with free test prep materials and online practice tests to help students prepare for the redesigned SAT in 2016.
  • Professional Development
    • In-person and technology-based training for local test administrators, proctors, and technology coordinators
    • Professional development for teachers, students, and parents in understanding the new SAT and analyzing test results
    • Professional development for post-secondary enrollment professionals in using the data/resources for admissions and financial aid decisions
  • An updated and relevant assessment
    • Redesigned SAT beginning in 2016
    • Aligned to Michigan content standards, evidence-based design
    • Additional item types beyond multiple choice
    • New forms developed each year
    • Reports available online
  •          Simplification and reduction of school staff effort to request testing accommodations
    • No need to reapply for testing accommodations if already approved for the Advanced Placement Program, or the PSAT testing for National Merit Scholarship Qualification Test
The college entrance exam and work skills assessment are given free to approximately 115,000 Michigan high school students each year.

ACT WorkKeys is a job skills assessment system that helps employers select, hire, train, develop, and retain a high-performance workforce.  This series of tests measures foundational and soft skills and offers specialized assessments to target institutional needs.
As part of ACT's Work Readiness System, ACT WorkKeys has helped millions of people in high schools, colleges, professional associations, businesses, and government agencies build their skills to increase global competitiveness and develop successful career pathways.
Successful completion of ACT WorkKeys assessments in Applied Mathematics, Locating Information, and Reading for Information can lead to earning ACT's National Career Readiness Certificate (ACT NCRC), a portable credential earned by more than 2.3 million people across the United States.
Michigan high school students have taken the WorkKeys assessment since 2007.  Over 413,000 Michigan students have received an NCRC credential.

Although the contracts await final completion and approval of the State Administrative Board, the three-year contract for the college entrance assessment will cost approximately $17.1 million, and the three-year work skills assessment will cost approximately $12.2 million.