• Clarification for Statewide Testing

    Statewide assessments (ACCESS/Alternate ACCESS and MCA/MTAS) are required by both federal and state statute. As explained in a recent letter from Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos to Chief State School Officers (including MDE) regarding statewide assessments, the U.S. Department of Education does not anticipate granting waivers to states this year, as they did in the 2019–20 school year.

    Regardless of the learning mode of a district or an individual student, districts should prepare and plan to administer all required statewide assessments for the 2020–21 school year. 

    • For ACCESS, Alternate ACCESS, MTAS, and many MCA accommodations, the assessments must be administered with the student and the test monitor in the same location. 
    • For MCA, including some accommodations, the assessments can be administered with the student and the Test Administrator in the same location or in different locations..
    • This fall, MDE is conducting action research to accommodate statewide assessments administered remotely in school years beyond 2020–21. The results will be shared as they are available.