This resource provides considerations for district and school leaders to use in identifying initial student needs and monitoring ongoing student learning from an equity lens to ensure every student has what they need to learn when they need it. It offers a process and sources of data to identify and align the unfinished learning students need to advance on grade-level standards within the current/upcoming unit of study.
In order to allow districts additional time to administer the assessment in-person to students safely, DPI is offering optional extended testing hours (regular testing hours are Monday -Friday 7:00am - 5:00pm) for the 2020-21 Forward Exam. Districts may now opt to test students, in-person, on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday evenings until 8:00 pm, and on Saturdays from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm during the testing window. Districts should be aware that no help desk or technical support will be available from DRC or DPI for testing during extended hours. DACs should have district/school technology staff and back-up plans in place prior to any test administration during extended hours. In order to utilize the extended hours, DACs must complete and submit the Forward Exam - Extended Testing Hours Request Form for their district. The request form must be submitted a minimum of one week prior to the planned extended hour testing day. Upon approval from DPI, DRC will open the testing application for the extended hours requested by the district.
This can be used to enhance student learning. Families can use the suggested strategies to check for student understanding, provide feedback on student learning, and set learning goals at home together with their students.
This resource provides considerations for district and school leaders to plan and safely administer assessments this spring. The information provided in this document does not constitute a requirement for any district or school. Instead, this information should be used as a starting point and adjusted to fit each assessment and each school’s unique student population and needs.
Template FAQ is available to help schools communicate about important questions staff may have in proctoring the statewide assessments during COVID-19