Information for New District Assessment Coordinators (DACs)

Overview

As a DAC, your main priorities are to:

  • communicate appropriate testing procedures for all required assessments throughout your district
  • train staff on appropriate testing procedures
  • ensure these procedures are followed and to help schools understand their test results.

We understand that many DACs wear more than one hat in their districts. We are porviding these resources to help you manage your testing responsibilities. For a monthly overview of responsibilies go DAC responsibilities. For more detailed calendar go to the Assessment calendar.

DACs must establish good communication and work closely with the ELL Coordinator, Special Education Director, NAEP Coordinator, technology coordinator, and the WSLS/ISES Administrator in your district.


Training
To help you in your new role as a DAC, there are recorded Trainings. Some of these trainings may be utilized to communicate appropriate testing procedures to district and school staff.

New DAC Orientation Module - The purpose of this training is to familiarize new District Assessment Coordinators (DACs)  with respective statewide assessment responsibilities and for anyone who may need refreshment in this area.  This module will serve as a road map to key information and resources such as Trainings, Calendars, Resources, Accommodations & Accessibility information, Technology Requirements, Practice tests & Sample Items Frequently Asked Questions etc.

 

 

 

 


DAC Corner
The DAC Corner is a designated section of the Assessment and Accountability navigation bar. In this section you will find information that DAC's will need throughout the year, such as, how to update DAC contact information, read archived correspondence sent to all DACs, and forms needed. 


Test Security
DACs are responsible for ensuring the importance of test security and related procedures are understood and maintained throughout the district. This includes confidentiallity agreement forms, making sure no part any assesment is copied, modified, and/or altered. Ensuring that test materials secure at all times before, during, and after testing. Test security breaches must be reported to DPI and may result in invalidation of test results.

Test security must also be maintained during data retreats. Test books and actual test items are not to be used for data retreats.  This constitutes a test security violation.  

For more complete information on test security you may view the Test Security Trainings or refer to the Test Security Manual.

For additional information about OSA's role in ensuring the validity of test results, please see the Test Security Webpage.


Wisconsin Student Locator System (WSLS)
DACs should make sure all student demographic information is current in the WSLS. This information is used to creat pre-ID labels for use during and after testing. Inaccurate or outdated information may result in confusing and inaccurate pre-ID labels, erroneous WSAS Reports, and/or invalid accountability determinations. District Assessment Coordinators and District WSLS/ISES administrators should work together to accomplish this task. For more information about updating WSLS go to http://oea.dpi.wi.gov/assessment/dacdemographics.


Resources:

Many resources are available for DACs for each assessment.  A couple of examples are shown below.  These resources can be accessed via the assessement resources or through each assessment's own resources page.

 

wkce dac/sac guide

Guide for District Assessment Coordinators and School Assessment Coordinators (2014-15 version)

The Assessment Coordinator Guide contains relevant test dates and deadlines, responsibilities of test coodinators, an overview of WSAS materials, data collection forms, and DPI test participation guidelines.

Administrator's Interpretive Guide
The Administrator's Interpretive Guide is designed to help school and district staff understand, explain, and use the results of the WKCE by providing a brief overview of the tests, the types of scores, and the reports included.
 
 Administrator Interpretive Guide

Dissemination and Use of Test Results
As the DAC you are responsible for ensuring Individual Proformance Reports are sent to the students home within 30 days of receipt. It is important to note that student confidentiallity must be maintained when handling these reports. The Administrator's Interpretive Guide is desgined to help school and district staff understand, explain, and use the results.


School and District Accountability

Wisconsin’s new accountability system includes all schools receiving public school funds. This includes Title I schools, non-Title I schools; district, non-district, and non-instrumentality charter schools; and private schools participating in the state Parental Choice Programs.

Beginning in 2011‐12, a comprehensive accountability index has replaced the ESEA Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) system. The index approach uses multiple measures and classifies schools along a continuum of performance.

There is more information available about Accountability Reform in Wisconsin.



 

 

 

For questions about this information, contact osamail@dpi.wi.gov