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ASSESSMENT IN THE K-12 LEARNING ENVIRONMENT

MICHIGAN SCHOOL TESTING CONFERENCE


2008
Dear Educator:

This year’s program features three speakers who will each be making their first presentations at the
Michigan School Testing Conference. Tuesday morning’s keynote address will be given by Lewis Diuguid,
Vice President for Community Relations at the Kansas City Star and author of the 2004 book entitled
A Teacher’s Cry. For the past dozen years, Lewis has co-chaired the Star’s diversity initiative and has
been active in diversity training activities across the country. At Tuesday’s luncheon you will hear from
Dr. Sally Vaughn, Deputy State Superintendent and Chief Academic Officer for the Michigan Department
of Education. Dr. Vaughn will be providing us with an update on some of the new initiatives supporting
improved learning for all students. Among the things she will address will be the efforts to formalize
partnerships with ISDs/ESAs, changes in how we prepare future teachers, and how support for high priority
schools is changing our state’s public school landscape. Wednesday morning’s keynote will be given by
Dr. Cynthia Schmeiser who is President and COO of ACT’s Educational Division. Entitled Rigor at Risk,
Dr. Schmeiser’s address is based on research conducted at ACT on the impact of a core preparatory
curriculum on college and work readiness. Dr. Schmeiser will explore the mixed messages we are sending
to our high schools and will offer insights from effective classrooms that are making substantial differences
in preparing students for college and for work. We are delighted to welcome these three distinguished
presenters to our program this year.

We are also delighted to welcome your participation in this year’s program, the 48th annual Michigan
School Testing Conference. We know that it has become increasingly difficult for practicing educators
to take two days away from their duties to attend conferences such as ours, and we have worked hard
to present a program that will assist you in meeting your growing assessment responsibilities. At this
conference you will have the opportunity to hear from building, district, ISD/ESA, state, and federal
educators who are each involved in assessment activities that have a potential impact on your ongoing
work. The conference also allows you to visit with many organizations who offer products and services to
assist you in your work. Some of these organizations also serve as event sponsors at the conference, thus
allowing us to hold the registration fees at the same level they have been for the past several years. The
names of these vendors and sponsors appear elsewhere in the program. Please remember to thank them
for their vital support.

You can earn SB-CEU credit for your program participation. The procedures for doing so have been
changed a bit this year; please consult the program for details.

A program of this scope and complexity simply would not be possible without the efforts of many, many
people. Included in this list are: the Conference Planning Committee (listed elsewhere in the program),
The University of Michigan’s School of Education (in particular, Laura Roop), Marketing and Conference
Services at The University of Michigan (in particular, Sue Schaefgen and Cheryl Miller), and Michigan
Institute for Educational Management (in particular, Dan Pappas, Danielle Dankenbring, and Carole
Kingsley). I want to acknowledge and thank them for their many contributions to the success of the
program. I also want to thank the more than 40 clinic presenters who prepared and delivered their remarks
in ways designed to be most helpful to you.

Once again, thanks for choosing to participate in this 48th Annual Michigan School Testing Conference. I
hope the experience will be an especially rewarding one for you.

Terrence N. Davidson, Conference Director


2008 Michigan School Many Thanks
Testing Conference to Our 2008
Planning Committee Event Sponsors
Ernie Bauer – Oakland Schools Continental Breakfast/Coffee Break
Erika Bolig – West Ottawa Public Schools Tuesday, February 26, 2008 8:00am-10:20am
Cynthia Clingman – English Language Arts/ Sponsored by Riverside Publishing Company
Assessment Consultant
Terry Davidson – Conference Director Served Luncheon
David Feenstra – Hudsonville Public Schools Tuesday, February 26, 2008 12:00pm-1:30pm
Brenda Harris – Detroit Public Schools Sponsored by Measurement Incorporated
Craig Hubble – St. Joseph Public Schools
Phil Kearney – Professor Emeritus, University of Michigan Reception
Marjorie Mastie – Consultant, Educational Assessment Tuesday, February 26, 2008 4:30 pm-6:00pm
Mark Reckase – Michigan State University Sponsored by Pearson
Ed Roeber – Michigan State University
Laura Roop – University of Michigan Continental Breakfast/Coffee Break
Iris Salters – Michigan Education Association Wednesday, February 27, 2008 8:00 am-10:20 am
Sharif Shakrani – Michigan State University Sponsored by CTB/McGraw-Hill Company
Dave Treder – Genesee ISD
Jan VanGasse – Breitung Township Schools Afternoon Break
Karen Wixson – University of Michigan Wednesday, February 27, 2008 2:15 pm-2:30pm
Sponsored by ACT
Ex-officio
George Grisdale – Conference Director Emeritus Conference Bags
Bill Mehrens – Professor Emeritus, Michigan State University Solution Tree
Frank Womer – Conference Director Emeritus

The Michigan School Testing Conference would


Sponsored by
also like to acknowledge Kensington Court Hotel
The University of Michigan School of Education
for their service and dedication to customer
In Cooperation with satisfaction.
Michigan Institute for Educational Management
The University of Michigan
Marketing and Conference Services


SCHEDULE AT A GLANCE

Tuesday, Wednesday,
February 26, 2008 February 27, 2008
8:00 am- 4:30 pm Conference Exhibits 8:00 am - 3:45 pm Conference Exhibits
Location: Grande Foyer Location: Grande Foyer

Morning Morning
8:00 am - 4:30 pm Registration 8:00 am- 3:45 pm Registration
Location: Library Location: Library
8:00 am– 9:00 am Continental Breakfast 8:00 am -9:00 am Continental Breakfast
Location: Grande Foyer Location: Grande Foyer
9:00 am - 10:05 am General Session 9:00 am- 10:05 am General Session
Location: Grande Ballroom Location: Grande Ballroom
10:05 am -10:20 am Break / Refreshments / 10:05 am-10:20 am Break / Refreshments /
Visit Exhibits Visit Exhibits
Location: Grande Foyer Location: Grande Foyer
10:20 am - 11:35 am A Clinics 10:20 am - 11:35 am D Clinics
12:00 pm- 12:45pm Luncheon (no speaker)
Afternoon Location: Grande Ballroom
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm Luncheon and Speaker
Location: Grande Ballroom Afternoon
1:30 pm – 1:45 pm Visit Exhibits 1:00 pm- 2:15 pm E Clinics
Location: Grande Foyer 2:15 pm - 2:30 pm Break / Refreshments /
1:45 pm - 3:00 pm B Clinics Visit Exhibits
3:00 pm- 3:15 pm Break / Refreshments / Location: Grande Foyer
Visit Exhibits 2:30 pm- 3:45 pm F Clinics
Location: Grande Foyer 3:45 pm Conference Adjourns
3:15 pm- 4:30 pm C Clinics
4:30 pm - 6:00 pm Reception
Location: Grande Foyer Most presentations will be recorded. Please
present your coupon for a free CD, which
Evening is located in your conference packet. CD’s
Dinner (on your own) Area Restaurants you receive or purchase at the conference
will be delivered to you by mail for a nominal
shipping fee. An order form will be included
in the conference packet, as well.

For price information or to place an order


contact: Repeat Performance

Phone: (219) 465-1234


Fax: (219) 477-5492
Website: www.audiotapes.com


Schedule of Activities- making sense of all of these different messages.
The differences in meanings of the different
Monday, February 25
tests will be discussed along with the ways that
standards of performance are set on each of these
Pre-Conference Workshops measurement tools. The session is designed for
those who want to understand what all of this
A few years ago we decided to offer a workshop
information means and those who have to discuss
on the Monday immediately preceding the
results of assessments with the public.
Tuesday/Wednesday general session and clinics.
It proved to be a very good way to deal with Presenters:
assessment topics that demanded more than Mark Reckase, Michigan State University
the 75 minutes available for clinics and that Sharif Shakrani, Michigan State University
required “hands-on” experiences. Two years ago
we offered two Monday workshops and this year n Workshop B:
we offer four: two utilize an all-day format while Introduction to Common Assessments
another two utilize half-day formats.
This workshop is designed for K-12 classroom
Registration for these workshops is handled teachers and other local educators responsible
separately. Meals are included in the registration for instruction and assessment. It emphasizes
fee and CEU credit was granted to the all day best practices in classroom assessment design,
workshops for a total of 0.5 SB-CEU credits and and explores how this is achieved as a team.
the half day workshops for a total of 0.3 SB-CEU The workshop offers a “big picture” of the
credits. common assessment process from beginning
to end, highlights the keys to accurate design
Extensive materials are provided to all who and effective use of assessments, and provides
register for the workshops. Following are brief supportive tools such as planning templates and
descriptions of these workshops. protocols.
Presenter:
9:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Karen Bailey, Solution Tree

n Workshop A: 9:30 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. Morning Workshop


Performance, Standards, and
Performance Standards—How do we n Workshop C:
know when students know what we want MME ELA Data Analysis
them to know? to Inform Practice

Every district in Michigan has to set standards for This pre-session will be centered on using data
determining if students know enough to graduate. to spur teaching, learning and test results. Ways
What should they be thinking about? to use MME, ACT, & WorkKeys assessments
appropriately will be examined.
The educational world is now overflowing with
Presenters:
information about what students know and can
Ernie Bauer, Oakland Schools
do. This information comes from teachers in terms
Laura Schiller, Oakland Schools
of grades and other communications to the school
and parents, from standardized test results, from
MEAP and the Merit Exam, from the ACT and
SAT, and from NAEP. Often these different sources
of information will send conflicting messages.
This workshop will provide a framework for


1:15 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Afternoon Workshop Schedule of Activities-
n Workshop D: Overview of Testing
Tuesday, February 26
Legislation in Michigan
8:00 am-4:30 pm Registration
This workshop will provide an overview of existing
Location: Library
Federal and State legislation that affects student
assessment in Michigan. Emphasis will be given Thank you to Solution Tree for the complimentary
to how well the individual pieces of State and conference bags.
Federal legislation impacting student assessments
are consistent with one another; existing 8:00 am-9:00 am Continental Breakfast
inconsistencies will be noted. Additionally, any Location: Grande Foyer
new legislation being considered at the time of the
The Continental Breakfast will be provided by
workshop will be described.
Riverside Publishing Company as a contribution
Presenters: to the success of the conference. Thanks to
Ed Roeber, Michigan State University Riverside Publishing Company for helping to get
Sue Rigney, United States Office of Education the day off to a good start.

8:00 am-4:30 pm Conference Exhibits


Whether or not you attended one of the Location: Grande Foyer
workshops this year, we are interested in
hearing your suggestions for topics and/or 9:00 am–10:05 am General Session
presenters you’d like to see us consider
n Grande Ballroom A Journalist’s View of
in the future. You may include these
Education
suggestions in your conference online
evaluation or jot them down on a separate
Lewis Diuguid will discuss selected portions of his
piece of paper and drop it at the registration
recent book entitled A Teacher’s Cry: Expose the
desk.
Truth About Education Today. The book is based
upon his experiences with a group of students
Thank you in advance for your
as they progressed from their freshman through
consideration.
senior years of high school. During this four-
year period, the author participated with these
students weekly by attending classes with them in
their urban high school. Mr. Diuguid will describe
what he learned from this experience and will
emphasize issues involving student assessment
and related matters.
Presenter:
Lewis Diuguid, Kansas City Star
Chair:
Terry Davidson, Conference Director
Conference Announcements:
Terry Davidson, Conference Director


10:05 am-10:20 am Coffee Break/Visit appropriate accommodation decisions aimed at
Exhibits promoting better testing and learning for students
Location: Grande Foyer with special needs.
Presenter:
10:20 am – 11:35 am A Clinics
Sara Bolt, Michigan State University

n A1 Ready, Fire…Aim? Finding Our


n A4 A Conversation with the Keynoter
Targets
Location: Vanderbilt
Location: Conservatory
Large group presentations rarely lend themselves
In order to be successful, students need to first
to productive question and answer sessions.
“see” the targets we are asking them to hit;
Frequently, however, conference participants
otherwise, it’s like shooting in the dark. But with
want to ask questions which invite the speaker
all of our standards, outcomes, expectations,
to comment in greater depth about portions of
and competency levels, it can be confusing
the presentation. Here is your chance to have
for educators to clearly identify and articulate
an informal conversation with today’s keynote
what those student targets are. This session
speaker, Lewis Diuguid.
will help teachers locate and clarify the targets
embedded in samples from a variety of curriculum Presenter: Lewis Diuguid, Kansas City Star
frameworks, and will help to determine the best
methods and time frames for communicating n A5 What’s New from the Exhibitors
those targets. Location: Westminster I
Presenter: Conference exhibitors will present brief
Karen Bailey, Solution Tree descriptions of some of their new assessment
products and services. Since time will be limited,
n A2 Conundrums in High School Science participants are invited to follow up on these
and Social Studies Course Sequences descriptions by visiting the exhibitors’ displays for
Location: Grande II more in-depth conversations.

A list of hundreds of content expectations is not a Representatives From:


curriculum. The presenters will focus on content ACT
mapped across coherent course sequences. CTB/McGraw-Hill Company
The session will consider the possibilities for Department of Defense
high school science and social studies and their Pearson
implications for instruction and assessment. Riverside Publishing
Solution Tree
Presenters:
Mike Gallagher, Oakland Schools
n A6 Integrating Assessment and
Michael Yocum, Oakland Schools
Instruction: The Case for Automated
Rochelle Rubin, Science Consultant
Essay Scoring

n A3 Accommodations and Access for Location: Westminster III


Students with Special Needs This session will focus on the use of automated
Location: Grande III essay scoring (AES) as both a standardized
assessment and a vehicle for writing instruction.
In this session, participants will learn about
In this sense, the assessment of writing can
research that has been conducted on the
be embedded as part of the daily activities
helpfulness of test accommodations. They will
associated with teaching it. Moreover, AES can
also be provided with a framework for making
automatically track student growth throughout


the school year, and can be made available to n B1 Unpacking Standards into Student-
students outside of formal classroom settings. Friendly Language
The presenter will describe the basics of how
Location: Conservatory
the technology works, demonstrate its use, and
discuss relevant research findings. In pursuit of assuring that all schools are making
progress, teachers are faced with the challenge
Presenter:
of verifying that their classroom instruction and
Mark Shermis, University of Florida
assessments are connected. By sharing with
students in language the students understand the
11:35 am-12:00 pm Visit Exhibits
imbedded learning targets they are expected to
Location: Grande Foyer
achieve on the path toward proficiency of each
12:00 noon-1:30 pm Luncheon and standard, teachers and students both will be
Address able to more readily identify student strengths
Location: Grande Ballroom and areas of needed improvement. This session
provides educators with an opportunity to explore
n Luncheon the role that clearly articulated and understood
standards can play in improving student learning
Today’s lunch will be provided by Measurement by collaboratively examining the process for
Incorporated as a contribution to the success unpacking the imbedded learning targets in
of the conference. Thanks to Measurement student-friendly language.
Incorporated for providing a meal prior to hearing
Presenter:
our luncheon speaker.
Karen Bailey, Solution Tree

n Luncheon Address: MDE Initiatives n B2 Update on MI-Access

Dr. Sally Vaughn, Deputy State Superintendent Location: Grande II


and Chief Academic Officer for MDE, will describe This session will provide an overview of the
statewide initiatives supporting improved learning current plans and activities of the MI-Access
for all students. Included will be information on assessment program for students with disabilities.
efforts to formalize partnerships with ISDs/ESAs,
Presenters:
changes in how we prepare future teachers, and
Peggy Dutcher, Michigan Department of Education
how support for high priority schools is changing
Vince Dean, Michigan Department of Education
the landscape for public education in Michigan.
Presenter: n B3 Creating Common Assessments to
Sally Vaughn, Michigan Department of Education Measure Student Progress
Chair: Location: Grande III
Philip Kearney, University of Michigan
The steps involved in creating a common
1:30 pm-1:45 pm Visit Exhibits assessment using construct maps and Rasch
Location: Grande Foyer scaling will be presented. Results from the
development of a scale for the Data and
1:45 pm – 3:00 pm B Clinics Probability: Data Representation GCLE’s will be
presented.
Presenter:
Jim Gullen, Oakland Schools


n B4 The Relationship between the Learn about the components and benefits of this
WorkKeys Tests, Michigan Supplemental unique professional development model.
Items and Final MME Assessment Presenters:
Results Wanda Killips, Washtenaw Intermediate School District
Location: Vanderbilt Naomi Norman, Washtenaw Intermediate School District
Bill Loyd, Washtenaw Intermediate School District
This session will explore and present the
interrelationships among several components of
3:00 pm-3:15 pm Break/Refreshments/
the MME.
Exhibits
Presenters: Location: Grande Foyer
Joseph Martineau, Michigan Department of Education
Deb Harris, ACT 3:15 pm – 4:30 pm C Clinics

n B5 A Conversation with the Luncheon n C1 Status Report on the Reauthorization


Speaker of No Child Left Behind
Location: Westminster I Location: Grande I

Large group presentations rarely lend themselves This session will present an up-to-the-minute
to productive question and answer sessions. update on the reauthorization of the No Child Left
Frequently, however, conference participants Behind Act.
want to ask questions which invite the speaker Presenter:
to comment in greater depth about portions of Sue Rigney, United States Office of Education
the presentation. Here is your chance to have
an informal conversation with today’s luncheon
speaker, Sally Vaughn. n C2 MI-Access Assessments: How to
Presenter: Interpret and Use the Results
Sally Vaughn, Michigan Department of Education Location: Conservatory

n B6 Performance Standards: What They The purpose of this session will be to present
Mean and How They Are Developed information about how the MI-Access assessment
results can be and are being used in local schools
Location: Westminster III in Michigan.
Performance standards are now a critical part Presenters:
of educational testing systems. This session will Peggy Dutcher, Michigan Department of Education
give a conceptual basis for the development of Deborah Norton, Rochester Community Schools
performance standards and show how several of
the commonly used methods function. n C3 Development of a Standard School
Presenter: and District Annual Report
Mark Reckase, Michigan State University Location: Grande II

n B7 Reading Apprenticeship: Success & This session will provide an overview of MDE’s
Lessons Learned from a County-Wide plans to develop a standard school and district
Implementation Model annual report, extending the work on the Michigan
Educational Performance report, the new data
Location: Westminster II presentation tool of MDE.
Presenters will use data gathered since the fall Presenters:
of 2006 to tell the story of modified instructional Paul Bielawski, Michigan Department of Education
practices and transformed adolescent readers. David Judd, Michigan Department of Education


n C4 What’s in a Grade? Evaluating How 4:30 pm-6:00 pm Reception
We Evaluate Students Location: Grand Foyer
Location: Grande III Food and drink will be provided by Pearson as
This session will examine the litigation, legislation a contribution to the success of the conference.
and research behind grading to support student Thanks to Pearson for providing the opportunity
learning. for conference attendees and presenters to visit
with each other in a leisurely setting.
Presenters:
Julie McDaniel, Oakland Schools
Evening - Dinner on Your Own
Kristine Gullen, Oakland Schools
See the list of area restaurants located in your
n C5 Update on End-of-Course conference packet.
Assessments in Michigan
Location: Vanderbilt
This session will describe steps that MDE and
local districts are taking to create and implement
end-of-course examinations in Michigan in
response to the new high school graduation
requirements.
Presenters:
Kim Young, Michigan Department of Education
Bill Brown, Michigan Department of Education
Laura Ross, Portland High School
Deb Clark, Portland High School

n C6 Artful Thinking: Visible


Demonstrations of Deeper
Understanding
Location: Westminster I
Artful Thinking, a program developed by Project
Zero at Harvard University, is designed to be
used by teachers in any grade and in any subject.
The emphasis of this learning framework is to
help teachers create rich connections between
works of art and their curriculum. The Artful
Thinking program exposes students to new ways
to think about and to show their thinking. This
encourages teachers to examine student work
for unique evidence of learning. Discover how the
tools of Artful Thinking may be used for on-going
assessment in the classroom.
Presenters:
Cynthia Clingman, Consultant
Susan Loughrin, Ottawa Area ISD


Schedule of Activities- 10:20 am – 11:35 am D Clinics
Wednesday, February 27 n D1 Measuring Student Progress on
MEAP and MI-Access
8:00 am-3:45 pm Registration Location: Conservatory
Location: Library
This session will describe the methodologies
Thank you to Solution Tree for the complimentary used to develop the progress reports that were
conferences bags that they provided. incorporated into the 2007 MEAP and MI-Access
Functional Independence assessments.
8:00 am-9:00 am Continental Breakfast Presenters:
Location: Grande Foyer Joseph Martineau, Michigan Department of Education
The Continental Breakfast will be provided by Steve Viger, Michigan Department of Education
CTB/McGraw-Hill Company as a contribution to Peggy Dutcher, Michigan Department of Education
the success of the conference. Thanks to CTB/
McGraw-Hill Company for helping to get the day
n D2 Content Assessments Used in the
off to a good start.
2007-08 MEAP and MME
Location: Grande II
8:00 am-3:45 pm Conference Exhibits This session will describe the content
Location: Grande Foyer assessments used for the 2007-08 grades 3-8
MEAP assessments and the high school MME
9:00 am–10:05 am General Session assessments.
Location: Grande Ballroom
Presenters:
n Rigor at Risk: Reaffirming Quality in the Ruth Isaia, Michigan Department of Education
High School Curriculum Rodger Epp, Michigan Department of Education
Wendy Gould, Michigan Department of Education
ACT’s latest research examines the impact of Kyle Ward, Michigan Department of Education
a core preparatory curriculum on college and
work readiness. This presentation will focus n D3 A Conversation with the Keynoter
on the results of ACT’s research, explore the Location: Grande III
mixed messages that we are sending to our
high schools, and offer insights from effective Large group presentations rarely lend themselves
classrooms that are making a substantial to productive question and answer sessions.
difference in preparing students for college and Frequently, however, conference participants
work. want to ask questions which invite the speaker
to comment in greater depth about portions of
Presenter: the presentation. Here is your chance to have
Cynthia Schmeiser, ACT Educational Division an informal conversation with today’s keynote
Chair: speaker, Cynthia Schmeiser.
Ed Roeber, Michigan State University
Presenter:
Conference Announcements:
Cynthia Schmeiser, ACT Educational Division
Terry Davidson, Conference Director

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n D4 Using Mathematics Assessments to 1:00 pm – 2:15 pm E Clinics
Impact Instruction and Achievement
n E1 Update on the Michigan Merit
Location: Vanderbilt
Examination
This session will illustrate what teachers can
Location: Conservatory
learn about achievement and instruction when
examining student work on cognitively demanding This session will briefly review recent MME
mathematical tasks. assessments and indicate plans for 2008 and
beyond.
Presenters:
Valerie Mills, Oakland Schools Presenters:
Dana Gosen, Oakland Schools Pat King, Michigan Department of Education
Jim Griffiths, Michigan Department of Education
n D5 Reaching and Teaching All Michigan John Carroll, ACT
Students
n E2 Extreme Analysis: MEAP/MME Edition
Location: Westminster I
Location: Grande II
This session will focus on the personal curriculum
and how an individualized approach to student Dave and Ernie will put MEAP and MME data into
learning can help all students meet the Michigan a full Nelson until it says, “Uncle”.
Merit Curriculum. The session will also address Presenters:
formative assessment to ensure students meet as Ernie Bauer, Oakland Schools
many of the content expectations as possible. The David Treder, Genesee ISD
Michigan Merit Curriculum law says a parent, legal
guardian or emancipated student may request n E3 A Multiple-choice Test is a Multiple-
a personal curriculum that modifies certain choice Test… Even When the Subject
requirements of the Michigan Merit Curriculum. If is Writing!
the requirements of a personal curriculum are met,
Location: Grande III
then a school board of a school district or board of
directors of a public school academy may award a The question: How do you prepare students for
high school diploma to a student that successfully the ELA MEAP’s multiple choice questions on the
completes the personal curriculum. Peer Response to a Student Writing Sample? The
answer: Two teachers and a literacy consultant
Presenters:
suggest teaching for transfer and provide specific
Deborah Clemmons, Michigan Department of Education
instructional strategies for pre-test preparation
Matthew Korolden, Michigan Department of Education
and post-test learning.
Bill Brown, Michigan Department of Education
Presenters:
n D6 Early Literacy Data: From the File Linda Denstaedt, Oakland Schools
Cabinet to the Protocol Sheet Robert Graham, Oak Park Schools
Location: Westminster III Shannon Moscovic, Clarkson Community Schools

This session will focus on using multiple data n E4 The Relationship between National
points from assessments such as the MLPP and and State Standards and Assessments
DIBELS to plan differentiated instruction for young
Location: Vanderbilt
readers. Protocols to use with data will be shared.
This session will show how the content standards
Presenters:
assessed in Michigan and those assessed
Ingrid Snyder, Oakland Schools
nationally in programs such as the National
Joan Firestone, Oakland Schools
Assessment of Educational Progress are

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related. In addition, the session will describe the Inc. for providing the opportunity for conference
relationships between the assessment measures attendees and presenters to enjoy a short break
used at the national and state levels and the data between sessions.
these programs produce.
Presenters: 2:30 pm – 3:45 pm F Clinics
Paul Stemmer, Michigan Department of Education
Joseph Martineau, Michigan Department of Education n F1 Update on the Michigan Educational
Assessment Program
Location: Grande I
PLEASE NOTE: E5 IS A DOUBLE CLINIC: & This session will provide an overview of MEAP
WILL CONTINUE AS F5 AFTER THE BREAK during this past year and will describe plans for
the future of MEAP as well.

n E5 Assessment of Young Children and Presenters:


Early Childhood Programs Sue Peterman, Michigan Department of Education
Jim Griffiths, Michigan Department of Education
Location: Westminster I
Joseph Martineau, Michigan Department of Education
Accountability for children’s learning and
development has not left the early years alone. n F2 Update on EducationYES! And NCLB
This panel discussion with MDE early childhood AYP
staff members will highlight state and national Location: Conservatory
trends and requirements in accountability formats,
assessment of young children, and program This session will present an overview of current
quality assessment. programs and future plans for school accreditation
and accountability as reported on Michigan’s
Presenters: school report cards.
Lindy Buch, Michigan Department of Education
Blanche Deren, Michigan Department of Education Presenters:
Vanessa Winborne, Michigan Department of Education Paul Bielawski, Michigan Department of Education
Bill Witt, Michigan Department of Education Linda Howley, Michigan Department of Education

n E6 RTI: Really Terrific or Really Terrible n F3 Update on the English Language


Idea? Proficiency Assessment

Location: Westminster III Location: Grande II


This session will provide an overview of the
This session will focus on the elements of RTI recent work to develop and implement an English
and its place in a school improvement framework. language proficiency assessment for English
Lessons learned from a pilot project dealing with language learners.
early literacy will also be included. Presenters:
Presenter: Marilyn Roberts, Michigan Department of Education
Joan Firestone, Oakland Schools Phil Chase, Michigan Department of Education

2:15 pm-2:30 pm Break/Refreshments/


Exhibits
Location: Grande Foyer
The refreshments for the afternoon break will
be provided by ACT, Inc. as a contribution to
the success of the conference. Thanks to ACT,

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n F4 Using Technology to Unpack the MEAP items for comparing Reading First vs. non-
Complexities of Teaching Reading First students.
Location: Grande III Presenters:
Ji Zeng, University of Michigan
This session will describe how one teacher
Joanne Carlisle, University of Michigan
education program uses digital records of practice
(e.g. video and audio clips, still pictures, and
3:45 pm Conference Adjourns
other artifacts) to analyze and evaluate beginning
teachers’ ability to unpack the complex nature of THANK YOU FOR YOUR PARTICIPATION!
teaching.
Presenter:
Charles Peters, University of Michigan IN REGARDS TO EVALUATIONS:
Deanna Birdyshaw, University of Michigan
THERE WILL BE AN ONLINE EVALUATION
EMAILED TO YOU FOLLOWING THE
PLEASE NOTE: CLINIC F5 IS A CONFERENCE.
CONTINUATION OF CLINIC E5
WE WOULD GREATLY APPRECIATE
YOUR INPUT.
n F5 Assessment of Young Children and
Early Childhood Programs
Location: Westminster I
Accountability for children’s learning and
development has not left the early years alone.
This panel discussion with MDE early childhood
staff members will highlight state and national
trends and requirements in accountability formats,
assessment of young children, and program
quality assessment.
Presenters:
Lindy Buch, Michigan Department of Education
Blanche Deren, Michigan Department of Education
Vanessa Winborne, Michigan Department of Education
Bill Witt, Michigan Department of Education

n F6 Comparison of Michigan Reading First


Third Graders’ Reading Achievement on
MEAP and ITBS
Location: Vanderbilt
Three types of analytic results will be provided:
(1) achievement level comparison on MEAP and
ITBS for Reading First third graders in 2005-
06, (2) dimensionality comparison of MEAP and
ITBS Reading Comprehension subtests, and
(3) differential item functioning (DIF) analysis on

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Exhibitor Profiles

ACT PEARSON
ACT is an independent, not for profit organization Pearson Data Management
that provides more than a hundred assessment, (www.pearsondata.com) serves the K-12
research, information and program management and Post Secondary education, testing and
services for education and workforce assessment markets. Data Management solutions
development. include OpScan\iNSIGHT OMR and imaging
scanners, ENGAGE RF Student Responder,
Representatives:
Prosper Assessment System, Remark Classic
Galen Johnson
Testing, SurveyTracker Plus, and ScanTools Plus
John Carroll
software.
CTB / MCGRAW-HILL COMPANY Representative:
Founded in 1926, CTB offers the most Jack Brown
comprehensive range of non-clinical testing tools
available, including standardized assessments,
RIVERSIDE PUBLISHING COMPANY
online testing, and software to track student data Riverside Publishing is a company deeply
in compliance with NCLB legislation. rooted in Tradition, Research and Results. Our
commitment to innovation enables us to embrace
Representatives:
change, while using our strengths to develop
Aaron Hartman
exciting new products and to create integrated
Charles Astorino
assessment solutions that help teachers and
DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE administrators meet today’s education challenges.

We are the proud sponsors of the ASVAB Career Representatives:


Exploration Program. We provide consultation, Janet L. Pilar
staff development and in-service training on all Jeff Squires
phases of the implementation of the ASVAB into
a school’s guidance model. These services are
SOLUTION TREE
offered at no cost to the school. Solution Tree provides tested and proven
resources that help those who work with youth
Representatives:
create safe and caring schools, agencies,
Clifford J. Dotterer
and communities where all children succeed.
Edwin Sutherland
From researched-based books to professional
HARCOURT ASSESSMENT development services, Solution Tree strives
to provide timely and top-quality resources to
Harcourt is a leading publisher of research-based
educators and other youth workers. To learn more,
assessments and services that are instructionally
visit www.solution-tree.com.
valid and represent the highest technical quality.
Representative:
Representatives:
Gene Sweeney
Peyton Manley
Keith Bishop

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SB-CEU Credit for Notes
Michigan School Testing
Conference
A. Obtain a SB-CEU form from the MSTC
Registration Table, complete it, and return it to the
MIEM representative at the MSTC Registration
Table along with the $15.00 fee at the completion of
the Conference.

B. Get the form stamped in and out of every


session you attend.

C. SB-CEU will be provided by MIEM.

Preconference:
All Day Workshops: .5 SB-CEU credit
1/2 day Workshops: .3 SB-CEU credit
Two-day conference: .9 SB-CEU

D. There will be an online evaluation emailed to you


following the conference that you will need to
fill out in order to obtain your credit.

E. You will be able to view your transcript online 30


days after the event takes place at
www.gomiem.org

F. Permanent record of your participation will be


maintained by MIEM

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48th Annual Michigan School Testing Conference

February 25 - 27, 2008


Kensington Court Hotel
Ann Arbor, Michigan

Exhibitor Location Map

Registration Area
(Library)

Coats

Office

Harcourt
Audio Tapes ACT Assessment

Pearson

CTB / Mcgraw-Hill
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Coffee

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MAP OF CONFERENCE FACILITIES

610 Hilton Blvd.


Ann Arbor, MI 48108
(734) 761-7800
www.kcourtaa.com
Grande II Grande III
Grande I

Foyer

Westminster I

Westminster II
Graham’s

Vanderbilt Westminster III Conservatory

Front Desk
Patio Library
Lobby

Front Entrance