2020 OPI Data and Assessment Conference


The Montana Office of Public Instruction (OPI) has set the dates for the 2020 OPI Data and Assessment Conference. The conference will be held in Helena, MT at the Delta Hotel on Monday and Tuesday,  January 13 and 14, 2020.

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2020 OPI Data and Assessment Conference

The Montana Office of Public Instruction (OPI) is pleased to offer the upcoming “2020 OPI Data and Assessment Conference" This conference is designed to help persons involved with the Montana Comprehensive Assessment System (MontCAS) receive technical assistance to administer the state required assessments. The focus of this year's conference will be on assisting schools with the unique challenges and conditions of test administration across the state and sharing best practices to provide opportunities to strengthen the MontCAS Program for each stakeholder while maintaining quality and consistency in the program.

We look forward to hosting a range of sessions including, but not limited to, current practices, such as building local comprehensive balanced assessment systems to support teaching and learning, as well as highlighting what's new in 2020! The conference will be conducted at the Delta Hotels by Marriott Helena Colonial in Helena, Montana and attendees will attend a two-day conference filled with diverse sessions to meet individualized need. The conference will begin at 8:00 am on Day 1 and conclude at 5:00 pm on Day 2.

The Assessment Division will be offering many ‘just-in time’ trainings to prepare schools for the upcoming 2020 assessments, provide critical updates since last year, and offer a wide range of exceptional trainings centered on Montana’s initiatives. To maximize professional development and training needs, it is important for attendees to attend the entire two-day conference. Below are OPI’s initiatives to prepare students for success. You can learn more about the initiatives here.

Register now on the MT Assessment Conference page. This page will host the final agenda, session materials, hotel location maps, and other logistical details for planning. Participants are encouraged to make their travel arrangements as soon as possible under the “JAN2020” room block with the Delta Hotels at (406) 443-2100.

The OPI Assessment Division is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to people with disabilities. If you need an accommodation, require an alternate format of a document, or have questions concerning accessibility, please contact the OPI Assessment Help Desk at 1.844.867.2569 or e-mail OPIAssessmentHelpDesk@mt.gov no later than January 6, 2020.


Day 1 and Day 2 will each have two keynote presentations followed by six one-hour breakout sessions and one 40 minute professional learning community session. Each session will offer seven different strands to choose from including the popular new system test coordinator track. Breakfast will be provided during the morning keynotes on both days. Lunch will be provided during the afternoon keynotes on both days.

Tip: Attendees are encouraged to bring digital devices : as many breakout sessions provide the opportunity to have hands on, interactive time to apply the session content. Each day participants will also have the opportunity to engage in a professional learning community for 40 minutes to discuss concepts in rooms designated for certain topics.

There will be seven strands for breakout sessions ranging from best practices to personalized learning. The following strands will be available to each participant for the purpose of customizing a conference schedule tailored to the individual’s interests and needs. 

  • Sessions on best practices and strategies to support student achievement;
  • Sessions tailored to the needs of comprehensive and targeted support schools;
  • Sessions geared to support experienced test coordinators;
  • Step-by-step guided sessions to support schools with the “how to”;
  • Sessions on state and federal collections, data, reporting, and research;
  • Sessions designed for new system test coordinators; and
  • Personalized sessions tailored to unique school system roles (e.g., school leaders, teachers, etc.).

Embedded throughout the strands will be sessions focusing on:

  • Understanding Statewide Assessment;
  • Content area sessions in Literacy, Math, and Science;
  • Continuous School Improvement; and
  • Culturally and Linguistically Responsive.

Registration Information

Registration open!

The conference will be held Monday and Tuesday, January 13-14, 2020 at the Delta Hotels in Helena, Montana. Attendees will attend a two-day conference filled with diverse sessions to meet their individual needs. 

Register now on the MT Assessment Conference page. This page will host the final agenda, session materials, hotel location maps, and other logistical details for planning. Participants are encouraged to make their travel arrangements as soon as possible.

Hotel reservations can be made by calling the Delta Hotel at 406-443-2100. Ask for the Assessment and Data Conference JAN2020 to get the best rate. Or use the link below. The hotel is located at 2301 Colonial Drive, Helena, MT.

Book your group rate for Assessment and Data Conference JAN2020

 

Hotel Maps

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Registration Desk

 

Explore Sessions and Session Materials

 

Interested in Last Year's Conference Materials?

2019 Conference Materials

Find below presentations, slides and power points from the 2019 OPI Assessment & Data Conference sessions.

Statewide Assessment Materials

General Session Materials

ACCESS for ELLs

WIDA English Language Proficiency Assessments and Montana's English Learner Data - presented by Yvonne Field, OPI Student Support Services Division

ACT with Writing

Filling the Gaps in ACT Skill Prep with EdReady Montana - presented by Ryan Schrenk, EdReady Montana

On the Pathway to Success - presented by Heather Denny, OPI Educational Opportunity & Equity Division and DJ QuirinMai, OPI Measurement & Accountability Division

 

PreACT: All You Need to Know Before Spring 2019 Testing - presented by Rose Babington, ACT

Using ACT Data and Resources to Help Your Students Grow - presented by Rose Babington, ACT

NAEP

NAEP 2019: A Big Year - presented by Shantel Niederstadt, OPI Assessment Division

Smarter Balanced

Implementing Smarter Balanced Interims - presented by Marisa Graybill and Christy Mock-Stutz, OPI Content Standards Division

Smarter Balanced Digital Library 101 - presented by Becky Berg, Billings Public Schools

Smarter Balanced: Online Reporting System - presented by Brittany Valdez, Measured Progress

Smarter Balanced: Test Administration - presented by Bree Gunter, Measured Progress

So, You Got Some Data? - presented by Marisa Graybill, OPI Content Standards Division

New Test Coordinator Track Part 1: Understanding Statewide Assessments - presented by Ashley McGrath, OPI Assessment Division

New Test Coordinator Track Part 2: MontCAS Policies & Procedures - presented by Ashley McGrath, OPI Assessment Division

New Test Coordinator Track Part 3: Smarter Balanced Test Administration - presented by Bree Gunter, Measured Progress

New Test Coordinator Track Part 4CRT Science and CRT-Alternate: Test Administration for New Users - presented by Bree Gunter and Kate Joyal, Measured Progress

New Test Coordinator Track Part 5: SBAC Accessibility & Accommodations for the Smarter Assessment - presented by Paula Schultz, OPI SBAC Accommodations Lead

New Test Coordinator Track Part 6Identification of ELLs and Administration of the WIDA Screeners - presented by Yvonne Field, OPI Student Support Services Division

New Test Coordinator Track Part 7: Multi-State Alternate Assessment (MSAA): Test Administration Training for Test Coordinators - presented by Chris Clough, Measured Progress

New Test Coordinator Track Part 8: ACT: Review and Learn What's New - presented by Rose Babington, ACT

Ad Hoc Part 1: Filters, Letters and Data Viewer - presented by Erin Drew, Infinite Campus and Gail Harms, OPI AIM Unit

Ad Hoc Part 2: Functions - presented by Erin Drew, Infinite Campus and Gail Harms, OPI AIM Unit

Building a Growth Mindset - presented by Marisa Graybill, OPI Content Standards Division

Civil Rights Data Collection - presented by Erin Drew, Infinite Campus

Early Detection of College Readiness in Montana - presented by Brett Carter, OPI Measurement & Accountability Division

Elements of Qualifying for Montana Licensure - presented by Kristine Thatcher, OPI Educator Licensure Division

Every Student Succeeds Act and Assessment - Presented by Susie Hedalen, Office of Public Instruction

Formative Assessment Practices: Connecting the Interim Assessments and the Digital Library - Presented by Pam Birkeland, OPI Digital Library Specialist

GEMS for Everyday Use - presented by Robin Clausen, OPI Measurement & Accountability Division

How to use Data Validation and Certification in Infinite Campus to Ensure Your Data is Accurate for State and Federal Funding - presented by Gail Harms and Andy Boehm, OPI AIM Unit

K-6 Informative Math Instruction - presented by Becky Berg, Billings Public Schools

Making Statewide Assessments Accessible for Students with Disabilities - presented by Yvonne Field, OPI Student Support Services

Montana's Content Standards: Past, Present, Future - Presented by Colet Bartow, OPI Content Standards  Division

Montana Dropout & Graduation Data for the 2017-18 School Year - Presented by Andy Boehm, OPI Measurement & Accountability Division

MontCAS Policy & Procedure Updates - presented by Ashley McGrath, OPI Assessment Division

OPI Data Collections: Why do We do it - Why is it Important to your School or District? - presented by Jamey Ereth, Meghann Spring and DJ QuirinMai, OPI Measurement & Accountability Division

Youth in Foster Care Facts, Tips, and Guidance - Presented by Carrie Kouba, OPI Educational Opportunity and Equity Division and DJ QuirinMai, OPI Measurement & Accountability Division

Strengthening the Meaning and Utility of Test Scores for their Intended Uses - presented by Liz Summers, edCount, LLC

Student-Centered Assessment and Feedback - presented by Chris DeWald, Jessi Anderson, and Natalee Hawks, BetterLesson

Upping the Rigor of your Math Assessments - Presented by Marisa Graybill, OPI Content, Standards & Instruction Division

Using Assessment to Enhance Writing Instruction in Your Classroom - Presented by Christy Mock-Stutz, OPI Content, Standards & Instruction Division

Using Standards to Improve Teaching and Learning - Presented by Anne Keith, Bozeman Public School District

 

 

 

 

Conference Resources

Find links to conference resources for the upcoming 2020 OPI Data and Assessment Conference in the list below.

Agenda and Session Information

*Items in the list below may be updated as information is received. 

Full Agenda

"Quick" (one-page) Agenda

Session Descriptions - The conference will offer seven strands for breakout sessions ranging from best practices to personalized learning. Strand and session descriptions will be added to this table as more information is available. Attendees can choose to attend all of the sessions in one 'strand', or may attend sessions throughout the day in more than one strand. 

Presenter Information - Keynote speaker information will be included as it becomes available. Watch this link for updates!

Hotel Information

The Delta Hotels Helena Colonial is located at 2301 Colonial Drive, Helena, MT 59601. 

 

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