Alternate Standards and
Assessments in Michigan:
Current and Future Direction
Supervisors of Low Incidence Population
January 16, 2015
Alternate Assessments
• Dynamic Learning Maps (DLM): A consortia
based assessment based on DLM Essential
Elements (linked Michigan’s current ELA and
Mathematics standards Michigan).
– In July 2014, Michigan announced it would not use
DLM operationally in the Spring of 2015, waiting to
make a decision on it’s use in Michigan.
– MI-Access will be used in Spring 2015
MI-Access Functional Independence
• Student Facing
– Question with three answer choices
• Based on Extended Grade Level Expectations,
Extended High School Content Expectations,
Extended Benchmarks in:
– English Language Arts
• Grades 3-8 and 11
– Mathematics Grades 3-8 and 11
– Science Grades 4, 7, 8
– Social Studies Grades 5, 8, 11
grade levels
MI-Access Functional Independence
Features (continued):
• English Language Arts
– Online:
• Accessing Print (Word Study and Passage
• Expressing Ideas
– Paper/Pencil for all students
– Assessed at all assessed grades 3-8; 11
• Social Studies - Only for FI
– New EGLCEs/EHSCEs released Spring 2013
– Piloted Spring 2014
MI-Access Functional Independence
Features (continued):
• Online
– Student clicks answer choice directly on screen
– Student sees one question at a time
– Allows for faster response on student performance
information (“near time” reporting)
– Allows for online tools and accommodations,
including magnification, text to speech (as allowable
per content) and other features required by students
– “Expressing Ideas” will NOT be online
MI-Access Functional Independence
Features (continued):
• Online-Continued
– “Parts is Parts”
• FI Online assessments - 2 parts each
– ELA: Accessing Print
» Part 1: word Study
» Part 2: passage Comprehension
– Mathematics
» Part 1: first half of the test
» Part 2: second half of the test
– Science
» Part 1: first half of the test
» Part 2: second half of the test
– Social Studies
» Part 1: independent Items
» Part 2: context based items
MI-Access Functional Independence
Features (continued):
• Paper-Pencil Versions
– Schools with a waiver that are not technology ready
– Students requiring an accommodated form:
• Braille
• Enlarged Print
NOTE: Audio is supported online
– Individual students for whom using a computer
creates an accessibility issue related to his or her
disability (need should stem from IEP)
• Ordered via secure site at the student level (no waiver
needed when specific students are needing this version)
– “Near Time” reporting not available
MI-Access FI Social Studies Pilot
Training tutorial -complete
This program is no longer a pilot, but will give a “sneak
peek” into what is coming for the Spring Assessment
Where is OTT?
• OTT is available once
your district technology
coordinator has loaded
Insight onto the
computers you will be
• Phase I:
• Phase II: Use Insight
Differences in Content
• The types of questions and content assessed
for MI-Access this Spring is based on the same
content standards as the assessments that
students have taken in the past, so the types of
questions and format should be familiar
• FI Social Studies has been added based on the
EGLCEs and EHSCEs adopted in 2013. They
can be found on the MI-Access Web Page
MI-Access Social Studies Content
Standards- FI
MI-Access Social Studies Content
Standards- FI
MI-Access Social Studies Content
Standards- FI
• Note: To the left of the EGLCE, there is a key
concepts column that gives core information
that may be helpful in planning for instruction.
What about DLM and Essential Elements?
• Decisions on using DLM have been delayed
pending further work with the consortium
• Michigan has not formally shifted to new alternate
standards in ELA and Mathematics
Currently in progress of making the shift
SWD Advisory and MDE office input
Public comment
Formal shift in ELA and Mathematics
In the foreseable future, EGLCEs, EHSCEs and EBs
will still serve as the alternate standards in Science and
Social Studies
MI-Access Supported Independence
and Participation
Student Experience:
• Not changing for these two programs
– Selected response and activity based
observation items with Picture cards and/or
instructional materials
– ELA, Mathematics and Science
– Social Studies for these two levels will remain
a district determined assessment
MI-Access Participation and
Supported Independence
Online Answer Document:
• No more “tear out sheets”
• Single page scoring documents
• Assessment Administrator Booklets
• Student Picture Cards
• Enter responses online
• Sign and keep scoring sheets on file
Training for Participation and
Supported Independence
Overview of the Participation and
Supported Independence Programs
Participation and Supported
Independence Administration
• It is recommended that both Primary
Assessment Administrators and Shadow
Assessment Administrators view the entire
training program and print and submit their
certificate of completion to their School MIAccess Coordinator.
• Many School or District MI-Access Coordinators
may require this before the assessment is given.
Please check your local requirements.
MI-Access Supported Independence
and Participation-Scoring Document
Online Answer Document: New!
• No more “tear out sheets”
• Single page scoring documents
• Assessment Administrator Booklets
• Student Picture Cards
• Enter responses online
• Sign and keep scoring document on file
• Allows for “near time” reporting
Scoring Documents
Scoring Documents
Online Answer Document
• Below is a sample of how the online version
might look. The Primary Assessment
Administrator logs in and enters the responses
for both PAA and SAA at the same time.
Future of Alternate Achievement
Standards in Michigan
• Currently Extended Grade Level Content Expectations,
Extended Benchmarks and Extended High School
Content Expectations in ELA and Mathematics
• Need to be aligned with current Michigan Academic
Content Expectations
– DAS Advisory and ASWD Advisory groups recommend
moving to Essential Elements, regardless of
assessment used.
– Teams to be convened to (will come back to this in a moment):
• Make recommendations regarding statewide alternate
achievement standards in ELA and Mathematics
• Develop new assessment plans for ELA and Mathematics
based on alternate achievement standards
A Step Back…
• Original Plan:
• Dynamic Learning Maps
– Decision to use assessment portion on hold
– Consideration for using alternate standards
Dynamic Learning Maps
• The Dynamic Learning Maps™ (DLM)
Alternate Assessment System uses
learning maps that are highly connected
representations of how academic skills are
acquired as reflected in research literature.
Dynamic Learning Maps
• Nodes in the maps represent specific
knowledge, skills, and understandings in
English language arts and mathematics,
as well as important foundational skills
that provide an understructure for the
academic skills. The maps go beyond
traditional learning progressions to include
multiple and alternate pathways by which
students may develop content knowledge.
Dynamic Learning Maps
Dynamic Learning Maps
Claims, Conceptual Areas and
Essential Elements
• For Example:
– ELA Claim #1 Students can comprehend Text
in increasingly complex ways
– Conceptual Areas:
• Determine Critical Elements of Text
– EE.RL.3.1: Answer who and what questions to
demonstrate understanding of details in a text.
• Construct Understandings of Text
– EE.RL.3.4: Determine words and phrases that complete
literal sentences in a text
• Integrate Ideas and Information from Text
– EE.RL.3.1: Identify common elements in two stories in a
Next Steps
• For Entities in the state already working
with Essential Elements:
– Join panel of educators to meet and discuss
and make recommendations on:
• How to structure and shift our alternate standards
to the Essential Elements
• Explore how to outline precursor skills leading to
the target (Proximal and Distal) using the DLM
Mini-Maps as a guide
• Weigh in on potential assessment structure based
on developed structure (not looking at programs) –
this may be a follow up
• Spotlight on Student
Assessment and
• Weekly – Thursday release
• Three sections
– What’s New
• Quick Links
– Reminders
– Recently Asked Questions

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