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.