DAC Newsletters and Informational Handouts

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The DAC Newsletter is a communication tool designed by the Office of Educational Accountability (OEA) specifically for District Assessment Coordinators (DACs). Our goal in designing this newsletter is to keep DACs informed on important and relevant information related to assessment and accountability.

Newsletters are produced quarterly during the school year: early fall, late fall, mid winter, and late spring. The contents of each newsletter will provide relevant information and resources for that portion of the school year. While the content will change throughout the school year, the format will remain the same. 

DACs will continue to receive emails regarding urgent actions or information. While most of the information contained in the newsletter can be located on our website, the topics have been applied to highlight situations that DACs experience in the school setting.

Previous Newsletter Issues:

  • Issue XXIX, February 2014  Topics included in this issue: Dissemination of Student Reports, Smarter Update, Important Dates, 2014-15 TENTATIVE Wisconsin Assessment Schedule, Smarter Assessment Educator Involvement, Assessment Accommodations, ACT Update, Dynamic Learning Maps Update, ACCESS for ELLs® Update, Alternate ACCESS for ELLs™ Update, ASSETs (Assessment Services Supporting ELLs through Technology Systems) Grant Update, PALS Update, NAEP Update, Alternate Accountability Update, From the Mail Room “What kind of technology training will my students need in order to successfully navigate the Smarter Assessment?”, FAQs, Building Assessment Literacy “How the ACT Suite will Assess Wisconsin Standards.”

  • Issue XXVIII, November 2013  Topics included in this issue: Successful Administration of the 2013-14 WSAS, Smarter Update, Important Dates, Record Editing System, Online Assessment Technology Readiness Survey, ISES Deadline, ACT Update, ACCESS for ELLs® Update, Alternate ACCESS for ELLs™ Update, ASSETs (Assessment Services Supporting ELLs through Technology Systems) Grant Update, WISEdash Update, PALS Update, NAEP Update, From the Mail Room “Are the Assessment Window Dates Available for the 2014-15 School Year?”, FAQs, Building Assessment Literacy “2014-15 School Year Assessments”.

  • Issue XXVII, September 2013  Topics included in this issue: 2013 WSAS Testing Window, Smarter Update, Assessment Windows for 2013-14, Important Assessment Dates, District and School Report Cards, Delivery of Test Materials, Reminder to Update WSLS Data, Remember to Update your DAC Information, New District Assessment Coordinators, Wisconsin Alternate Assessment for Students with Disabilities (WAA-SwD) Update, Dynamic Learning Maps Update, Commercial Testing Company Products and Workshops, ACCESS for ELLs® Update, Warning! Test Taking Strategies that Hinder not Help, Alternate ACCESS for ELLs™ Update, ASSETs (Assessment Services Supporting ELLs through Technology Systems) Grant Update, WISEdash Update, Accountability for the Progress and Attainment of English Language Proficiency (ELP) for 2012-13, PALS Update, NAEP Update, From the OEA Mail Room “Are the Smarter Balanced Practice Tests now Available?”, FAQs, Building Assessment Literacy “How to Explain the Common Core State Standards to Parents and the Community?”

  • Issue XXVI, May 2013  Topics included in this issue- Smarter Update, Important Assessment Dates, Smarter Assessment Educator Involvement Opportunities, WSAS Update, Remember to Update your DAC Information, Commercial Testing Company Communications,  ACCESS for ELLs® Update, Alternate ACCESS for ELLs™ Update, Dynamic Learning Maps Update, ASSETs (Assessment Services Supporting ELLs through Technology Systems) Grant Update, 2012-13 Accountability Reports, WISEdash Update, NAEP Update, PALS Updates, From the OEA Mail Room “How can I predict my accountability scores for 2012-13?”, FAQs, Building Assessment Literacy “What Changes Will There Be In The Accountability Report Cards This Year?”

  • Issue XXV, February 2013  Topics included in this issue- Dissemination of Student Reports, Release Date Update, Important Dates, Smarter Update, ACCESS for ELLs® Update, Alternate ACCESS for ELLs™ Update, Dynamic Learning Maps (DLM) Update, Common Core Standards for Students with Significant Cognitive Disabilities Update, ASSETS (Assessment Services Supporting ELLs through Technology Systems) Grant, WISEdash Update, Communication of Testing Information to Staff, NAEP Update, PALS Update, From the OEA Mail Room “Where can I get information that helps me understand Wisconsin Student Assessment System (WSAS) reports?”, FAQs Test Results and Smarter Pilot Test, Building Assessment Literacy “How to Respond to Concerns About Assessment Results for 2012-13”
  • Issue XXIV, November 2012 Topics included in this issue - Successful Administration of the 2012-13 WSAS, ISES Deadline, Record Editing System Window, Important Dates, Smarter Balanced Assessment Update, Smarter Balanced Assessment Pilot Testing, 2011-12 School Report Cards Update, ACCESS for ELL® Update, ASSETS Grant (Assessment Services Supporting ELLs through Technology Systems), NAEP, From the OEA Mail Room “Where can I get instructions for packing my test materials to return to CTB for scoring?”, FAQs Shipping and Packing Test Materials, Building Assessment Literacy “Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium Sample Items and Performance Tasks Now Available”.

 

 


Informational Handouts

Data Use and Reporting

Test Preparation and Administration Guidelines

Understanding an Assessment System and its Components

Special Populations

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