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  1. Office of Assessment Update Suzanne Swaffield Anne Mruz Office of Exceptional Children Regional Workshops November, 2012

  2. Types of Assessment Accommodations Standard Accommodations Non- Standard Accommodations Oral or Signed Administrations of ELA in grades 3-4 Writing Extended Response – Non-standard Procedures Use of spell check, grammar check, word prediction software Use of calculator in math in grades 3-4 All Content Areas Grades 3-8 with Exceptions Noted • Setting • Timing • Scheduling • Oral/ Signed Administration (except ELA grades 3-4) • Use of calculator with Math (except grades 3-4) • Response Options • Supplementary Materials or Devices

  3. Participation of Students with Disabilities in Statewide Testing • 43,639 students with disabilities (SWD) were tested in grades 3-8 in 2012 (includes PASS and SC-Alt students) • SWD students made up 13.2% of all students tested in grades 3-8 • 7.1% of SWD students were tested with SC-Alt • The number of students tested with SC-Alt was 0.9% of all students tested with PASS and SC-Alt (SWD and Non-SWD)

  4. Use of Accommodations with PASS 2012

  5. Use of Oral Administration of ELA in Grades 5-8 • Oral administrations were predominantly in grades 5-8 where they are standard accommodations • The overall rate of oral administrations for grades 5-8 was 46.1%, up from 41.4% in 2011 and 37.2% in 2010 • The median rate for school districts was 51.8% (range=0–94.0%; 75%Q=68.0%; 25%Q=29.2%)

  6. Percent of SWD Receiving Oral Administration of ELA by Grade2009-2012

  7. Rates of Oral Administration for Grades 5-8 by Disability Group • By disability group percentage, mild and moderate intellectual disability students had the highest oral administration rates (76 – 80%) • Used by 50% of learning disability students, and being the largest disability group, made up approximately 72% of all students receiving oral administrations

  8. Use of Calculators with PASS • Calculator administrations were predominantly in grades 5-8 where they are standard accommodations • The overall rate of calculator administrations for grades 5-8 was 31.3%, up from 26.2% in 2011 and 22.5% in 2010 • The median rate for school districts was 32.4% (range=0-90.0%; 75%Q=45.0%; 25%Q=16.9%)

  9. Percent of SWD Using Calculator Administrations by Grade2009-2012

  10. Rates of Calculator Use In Grades 5-8 by Disability Group • By disability group percentage, mild intellectual disability students had the highest rate of calculator use (47%) • Used by 32% of learning disability students, and being the largest disability group, made up approximately 68% of all students receiving calculator administrations

  11. Existing Resources For Teachers The Office of Assessment resources available online: • Accommodations Manual • Test Administration Manuals (TAMS)- Appendix C

  12. New Resource Now Available Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs): Oral Administration

  13. Oral Administration FAQ • Available online as a guidance document to assist IEP teams in the consideration of Oral Administration • The guidelines are the same, the FAQ focuses on the clarification of the accommodation and the process to determine if a student is a non-reader • Addresses who should be considered and how an IEP team determines if a student is a non-reader and requires oral administration

  14. Link for testing programs. TAMS can be located under “Information for DTCs, STCs, and TAs” within a testing program’s page Link for FAQs and Accommodations Manual

  15. Link for page containing FAQs

  16. Participation Guidelines for SC-Alt Background and New Guidance on Eligibility Criteria

  17. SC-Alt Participation 2007 – 2012

  18. Statewide Percent of All Studentsby Disability Group Taking the SC-Alt • Severe Intellectual Disability – 100% • Moderate Intellectual Disability – 96.5% • Autism – 36.9% • Mild Intellectual Disability – 30.8% • Traumatic Brain Injury – 26.7% • Orthopedic Disability – 23.8% • Developmentally Delayed – 17.5% • Other Health Impaired – 2.8%

  19. ELA Scores for SC-Alt 2012 by Disability Group

  20. Math Scores for SC-Alt 2012 by Disability Group

  21. Contrasts in District SC-Alt IdentificationNumber Tested and Percent of All Grade 3-8 Students:

  22. Participation Guidelines Guidance for IEP Teams on Determining Participation in theSouth Carolina Alternate Assessment (SC-Alt)

  23. Definition ofSignificant Cognitive Disability • Characterized by ability scores on both verbal and non-verbal scales that are at least 2 ½ ─ 3 standard deviations below the mean. • Deficits in adaptive behavior skills (skills that enable people to function effectively in their everyday lives) are at least 2 ½─3 standard deviations below the mean in two out of three domains.

  24. Manual Features • Initial Determination of Eligibility Participation Worksheet • Review of Eligibility Participation Worksheet • Eligibility Criteria Descriptors • Description of Sources of Evidence

  25. Future of Assessment

  26. National Center and State Collaborative (NCSC)Alternate Assessment Consortium

  27. NCSC Project Goal To develop a system of assessments supported by • Curriculum and instruction • Professional development To ensure that students with cognitive disabilities achieve increasingly higher academic outcomes and leave high school ready for post-secondary options (college and career ready).

  28. Initial Steps To determine the needs of students and teachers and to inform curriculum, instruction, and test development the project conducted: • Focus Group of SC teachers • Survey of SC teachers • Learner Characteristics Inventory (LCI)

  29. Curriculum and Instruction Resources • Curriculum is in process of development • aligned to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) through core content connectors (CCC) • includes instructional modules • We will be providing materials for teachers to review and provide feedback

  30. Professional Development • Community of Practice • SC teachers who have committed to assisting with the review of materials and tasks • They have participated in training webinars throughout the year • Additional webinars are planned for this school year • Communication Triage • Training designed to equip all students with a communication system before entering school • Seminar held this summer to build teams in partner states to implement communication training • Plan in process for implementing in SC • Training on use of curriculum and instruction materials will be rolled out as soon as materials are ready

  31. Summative Assessment • Performance or selected response tasks similar to SC-Alt • Computer-based and computer-adaptive • Census Field Test of ELA and math scheduled for Spring 2015 As a state partner we have input on design, andSC teachers will have the opportunity to review items throughout development.

  32. NCSC website

  33. Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium Assessment System • The State Board of Education adopted the assessments being developed by the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium • Group of states working together to develop assessments to be administered beginning in the 2014-15 school year • Aligned to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) • Measure progress toward college- and career-readiness • English language arts/literacy and mathematics • Grades 3-8 and 11 • Computer Adaptive Tests 34

  34. Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium Assessment System • Formative Assessment Tools • Resources for teachers • Interim Assessments - Optional • Summative Assessments • Computer adaptive test • Performance tasks

  35. Advisory Committees for Students with Disabilities and ELLs • Advisory committees helping guide decisions for accessibility and accommodations • Comprised of more than 20 national experts in: • Student assessment • Accommodations strategies • Language acquisition • Learning disabilities

  36. Accessibility Tools • Under development for operational assessment in 2014-15 • Sample items to give students chance to become familiar • Decisions about tools guided by consortium’s: • Accessibility and Accommodations Work Group and • Advisory committees for English language learners


  38. 803-734-8274 803-734-3923 803-734-8034 • Suzanne Swaffield • Douglas Alexander • Anne Mruz