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U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos announced today students impacted by school closures due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic can bypass standardized testing for the 2019-2020 school year. “Minnesota school board members welcome this relief from the annual testing mandate under the Every Student Succeeds Act,” said Denise Dittrich, MSBA’s…

Source: Minnesota Department of Education A variety of groups and organizations advise the Minnesota Assessment System — including the Future Assessment Design Working Group. The Future Assessment Design Working Group met from January 2017 through October 2017 to discuss the design of future state assessments. Access the group’s recommendations in…

The Minnesota Office of the Legislative Auditor released its evaluation report Monday regarding standardized student testing. “We look forward to a deeper dive into the report in the education committees in the next few weeks,” said Denise Dittrich, MSBA’s Associate Director of Government Relations. The House Education Innovation Policy Committee…

The Minnesota Office of the Legislative Auditor is releasing its Program Evaluation Report on “Standardized Student Testing” during a hearing scheduled for 9:30 a.m. today (Monday, March 6.) The Minnesota House of Representatives Public Information Services is providing a webcast of today’s hearing. Access this link to view this hearing…

The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) Assessment Committee met Tuesday, September 27, at the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) office in Roseville to review two pieces: draft(s) of parent opt-out forms and testing calendars. Under ESSA and 2016 state legislation, school districts are now required to disclose a testing calendar…

Source: Minnesota Department of Education According to data released today, approximately 100 percent of Minnesota’s high school graduating class of 2016 took the ACT college entrance exam as an 11th or 12th grader. In total, 64,145 students—an increase of 17,283 students or 37 percent over the class of 2015—took the…

Source: U.S. Department of Education The U.S. Department of Education today announced the next step in President Obama’s Testing Action Plan — a grant competition to help states get the resources they need to innovate and improve the quality of assessments, enhance reporting for parents, educators and other stakeholders, and reduce…

Session Snapshot Week 4: March 28-April 1 A GLANCE AT THE WEEK Today is the first bill deadline of the 2016 legislative session. All policy bills must have had a hearing in their body of origin by the end of today. Lawmakers were out on Easter/spring holiday on Monday, so…

Did you miss the “Monday Morning Coffee with the Government Relations Team” conference call on March 21? Listen to the latest goings-on from the state Capitol from MSBA’s Denise Dittrich and Kimberley Dunn Lewis by clicking on the “Play arrow” on the audio player below. Denise and Kim discuss the…

Session Snapshot Week 2 — March 14-18   A GLANCE AT THE WEEK Week 2 is here and gone — things at the Capitol are definitely fast and furious. Please see a synopsis of the week below by topic. Testing and Assessment Many of the week’s committee meetings in both bodies…

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