The May 7 and May 14 editions of MDE’s Spotlight on Assessment newsletters provided dates and information for PSAT/SAT testing in the fall.  Following the publication of this information social media posts popped up from some educators posing concerns about a fall administration, including:

  • Additional loss of instructional time
  • Not wanting to immediately test upon return
  • Wondering how testing will work with potential social distancing requirements
  • Colleges/Universities waiving entrance exams
  • Stressing kids and staff with one more thing

It is important to note Governor Whitmer’s EO 2020-35 expressly ensures that all students in grades 9-12 be provided a free school day PSAT and SAT assessments in the fall. The Governor recognizes the importance of providing all students with a free college entrance exam and PSAT assessments in grades 9-11 to identify and target college readiness and preparation.  For many seniors the fall, school-day SAT will be their first opportunity to test.  While these facts don’t erase the concerns expressed above it helps to provide context for why MDE is providing the testing schedule well in advance. 

MDE’s Spotlight on Assessment provided very detailed information about PSAT/SAT testing that requires careful consideration such as:

  • Dates to select for testing
  • Planning for grades 10 & 11 to test on the same day
  • When materials need to be ordered
  • Windows for accommodated testing and make up

There are many moving parts to consider as you plan for fall testing making it important to begin to get organized sooner rather than later.  Ted Gardella from the College Board will help to unpack the information provided in MDE’s Spotlight testing article and answer your questions.  Following Ted’s presentation, MASSP’s Executive Director Wendy Zdeb along with Steve Carlson (Principal at Sandusky Jr/Sr High School) and Erin Carlson (Teacher at Sandusky Jr/Sr High School) will share their thoughts on setting up a testing calendar, preparing students and staff and some additional benefits that fall testing provides.

Who Should Attend?

  • Principals
  • Testing Coordinators
  • Counselors
  • Teachers

This webinar will be open to all educators (not just MASSP members).  Please share registration information with any staff members who have testing responsibilities that would benefit from participating.  This webinar will be recorded and posted on the MASSP website.

Register Here


Written by Wendy Zdeb, MASSP Executive Director