Assessment and Accountability Newsletter

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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.

Newsletter Issues:

  • Issue XXXII, November 2014 Topics included in this issue: Being the District Assessment Coordinator, Badger Exam 3-8: A Smarter Balanced Assessment Update, Important Dates, Reminder to Update WSLS Data, New District Assessment Coordinators, ACT high School Assessments Update, Dynamic Learning Maps Update, Assessment Participation Decisions, English Language Learner (ELL) Test Participation, ACCESS for ELLs® Update, Alternate ACCESS for ELLs™ Update, ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 Field Test Update, Annual Measurable Achievement Objectives (AMAO) Reports, PALS Update, WISEdash Update, Accountability Update, NAEP Updates, DACs To-Do List from this Issue, From the Mail Room “I heard that Local Caching Software (LCS) is available for the Badger Exam.  How does it work and is it useful?”, FAQ, Building Assessment Literacy “Balanced Assessment”
  • Issue XXXI, September 2014 Topics included in this issue: New School Year, New Assessments, 2014 WKCE and WAA-SwD, Testing Window, Important Dates, Smarter Update, Reminder to Update WSLS Data, WAA-SwD Update, Remember to Update your District Assessment Coordinator (DAC) Information, New District Assessment Coordinators, DPI Assessment and Accountability Webpage Update, Commercial Products and Workshops Promoting Test Prep, Delivery of Testing Materials, ACT High School Assessments Update, Dynamic Learning Maps Update, Accommodations Update, English Language Learners (ELLs) Content Assessments Update, ACCESS for ELLs® Update, Alternate ACCESS for ELLs™ Update, ASSETS (Assessment Services Supporting ELLs through Technology Systems) Grant Update, PALS Update, WISEdash Update, Accountability Report Cards Update, NAEP Update, DAC To-Do List From This Issue, From the Mail Room “Can a school implement late or staggered starts for students on days when statewide testing is occurring in the building to keep the halls quiet and non-testing students out of the building?”, FAQs, Building Data Literacy “Student Privacy and Data”. 
  • Issue XXX, May 2014  Topics included in this issue: Smarter Update, Important Dates, ACT High School Assessments Update, Dynamic Learning Maps Update, Accommodations, WAA-SwD Update, ACCESS for ELLs® Update, Alternate ACCESS for ELLs™ Update, ASSETS (Assessment Services Supporting ELLs through Technology Systems) Grant Update, PALS Update WSAS Reporting and ORS, WISEdash Update, Accountability Report Cards Update, Remember to Update your DAC Information, NAEP Update, From the Mail Room “Will the ACT High School Assessments be paper and pencil or online?”, FAQs, Building Assessment Literacy “What is the Formative Digital Library”
  • 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
  • Issue XXVII, September 2013  
  • Issue XXVI, May 2013 
  • Issue XXV, February 2013  
  • Issue XXIV, November 2012 
  • Issue XXIII, September 2012
  • Issue XXII, May 2012
  • Issue XXI, February 2012
  • Issue XX, November 2011
  • Issue XIX, September 2011 
  • Issue XVIII, May 2011 
  • Issue XVII, February 2011 
  • Issue XVI, November 2010 
  • Issue XV, September 2010 
  • Issue XIV, May 2010 
  • Issue XIII, February 2010 
  • Issue XII, November 2009 
  • Issue X, May 2009 
  • Issue VIII, November 2008 
  • Issue VI, May 2008 
  • Issue V, February 2008 
  • Issue IV, November 2007 
  • Issue III, September 2007 
  • Issue II, May 2007 
  • Issue I, February 2007
     

 

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