Test Chairpersons’ Orientation October 8, 2007 Miami-Dade County Public Schools Student Assessment and Educational Testing
Welcome • Introductions • Agenda • Format of afternoon sessions • Pre-registered breakout sessions • Panel discussion: Questions and Answers for New Test Chairs • Mentor/Mentee sign-up
Test Chairperson Survey: June 2007 • 192 Test Chairpersons participated
All about you . . . • Number of years as test chair • Minimum: 1 • Maximum: 25 • Mean: 4.7 • Type of school • Charter: 16 • Non-Charter: 176 • Other roles • Assistant principal • Guidance counselor / trust specialist • Reading / mathematics coach • Teacher • Other
Concerns and Comments • Funding and/or support for test chairs • FCAT: Time allowed to prepare secure test materials • CELLA: Problems scheduling assessors • CELLA: Confusing and time consuming to prepare, monitor, and pack • IA: Time away from instruction • IA: Purpose of spring administration • Testing schedules / conflicts
New Training Procedures • Limited number of in-person training sessions • Screencasts • Webcasts • Procedures for verifying completion
FLORIDA COMPREHENSIVE ASSESSMENT TEST (FCAT) Sunshine State Standards (SSS) & the Norm Referenced Test (NRT) Maria C. Bruguera, Director I Mara Ugando, Staff Specialist
Overview of FCAT SSS • The purpose is to assess student achievement on the content represented in the Sunshine State Standards (SSS). • Reading and Mathematics tests administered in Grades 3-10 • Writing+ tests administered in Grades 4, 8, and 10 • Science tests administered in Grades 5, 8, and 11
Achievement Levels • Achievement levels describe the success a student has achieved on the SSS. • Achievement levels are based on scale scores and developmental scale scores, and range from 1 (lowest) to 5 (highest). • Scale Scores range from 100 to 500 • Development Scale Scores range from 0 to 3000 • DSS are only reported for SSS Reading and Mathematics • Used to track students’ progress year to year
Overview of FCAT NRT • The purpose is to compare the performance of Florida students to the performance of students across the nation. • The comparison is possible through the use of a norm-referenced test (NRT). • Reading and Mathematics tests administered in Grades 3-10
Percentile Rank/Stanine • National Percentile Rank (NPR)values range from 1 to 99. • A NPR of 65 means that the student scored the same as or better than 65% of the students in the nation • Stanine scores range from 1 to 9.
Implications • Grade 3 • Promotion and Retention • Graduation Requirement • Required Passing Score: scale score of 300 or above on the FCAT SSS • Reading • Mathematics • Writing+ (new this year)
Test Administrations • FCAT Writing+; SSS Reading, Mathematics, and Science; and NRT Reading and Mathematics • Spring • FCAT Retake administered three times a year: • Spring • Summer (Retake only) • Fall (Retake only)
Test Chairpersons’ Responsibilities BEFORE Testing • Attend Training Meetings • Secure Room for Storage • Receive and Inventory Test Materials • Ensure Adequate Supply of Calculators • Read Test Administration Manual • Select and Train Test Administrators and Proctors • Order Online Reports
Test Chairpersons’ Responsibilities BEFORE Testing, cont. • Prepare Class Lists • Verify Student Information on PreID Label • Implement ESE, 504, and LEP accommodations • Secure Testing Rooms • Assign Test Group Codes • Adjust Lunch Schedules As Needed • Notify Parents of Testing Schedule • Provide Schedule for Practice Tests
Test Chairpersons’ Responsibilities DURING Testing • Record and Track Secure Test Materials • Supervise Test Administration • Maintain Test Security • Plan for Tardy Students • Prepare and Administer Make-up Sessions • Continue Preparing Test Materials for Subsequent Days
Test Chairpersons’ Responsibilities AFTER Testing • Count and Sign In Test Materials • Verify that All Materials Have Been Returned • Follow Test Invalidation Procedures • Make Copies of Required Documentation • File School Copies and Return Original Documentation • Prepare and Pack Materials for Return • Follow Return Schedule
Release of Test Results • Reports will begin arriving 6 to 8 weeks after test administration • Individual Student Reports • School Report of Students • District Report of Schools • State Report of Districts
Stanford Achievement Test, Tenth Edition (SAT-10)Grades 1 and 2 • Ms. Mayda Cabeza, Director I • Ms. Diann Avila, Educational Specialist
SAT-10 • History of the SAT-10 • What is the SAT-10? • Who is administered the SAT-10? • Grades 1 and 2 district wide • Important dates to remember • March 18-24, 2008
SAT-10 • How do SAT-10 materials arrive to schools? • Is the SAT-10 a secure test? • SAT-10 Test Chairperson Training (February 2008) • School level training of test administrators and proctors • Test Administration (untimed)
SAT-10 Results • School Listing of Results (May) • Must be picked up at ITS • Individual Student Reports (May) • Will be delivered to schools via school mail • School Content Cluster Analysis (August) • Will be posted online on the Assessment, Research, and Data Analysis website
School Use of Results • Referral of students to the district’s gifted program (Plan A or Plan B) • Early identification of students who would be considered at high risk for problems associated with reading comprehension
Grade 3 Opportunities for Promotion • Section 1008.25, Florida Statutes, (Eliminating Social Promotion) • March FCAT SSS (Level 2 or higher) • March NRT (45th percentile or higher) • Spring Grade 3 Portfolio (“good cause” criteria) • Fall Alternative Assessment for Grade 3 Promotion AAFGTP (45th percentile or higher) • Winter Grade 3 Mid-Year Promotion (GTMYP)
Grade 3 Student Reading Portfolio • Administered during the 2nd semester • Scored at the school site • Represents the 3rd opportunity for student to be promoted to grade 4 • Student must demonstrate mastery of the Sunshine State Standards
Fall Alternative Assessment for Grade 3 Promotion • Administered early September • Scored locally through ITS • Represents 4th opportunity for students to be promoted to 4th grade • Student must score at the 45th percentile or above on the SAT-10
Grade 3 Mid-Year Promotion (MAT-7) • Administered in late November • Scored at the school site • Represents 5th opportunity for students to be promoted to 4th grade • Students must have a passing score on the MAT-7 representing 4th grade work.
SAT-10 Program ContactInformation Mayda Cabeza, Director I email@example.com or Diann Avila, Curriculum Specialist firstname.lastname@example.org 305-995-7520
Interim Assessment Program Miami – Dade County Public Schools Assessment, Research, and Data Analysis Denetra Collins, Staff Specialist Felicia Mallory, Staff Specialist 305-995-7520
Components of the Interim Assessment Program Administered three times per year: fall, winter, and spring Benchmark Assessment Item Banks for Reading and Mathematics will be available starting 2007-2008 Professional Development – was offered only in year one (2006-2007) of the program
Purpose of Interim Assessment Tests and Benchmark Assessment Item Banks • To monitor student progress on the Reading, Mathematics, and Science Sunshine State Standards • To provide teachers with classroom assessment tools that will provide reliable student-level benchmark information to inform instruction • To provide students with information on their progress on specific benchmarks
Test Formats • Interim Assessment Tests • Multiple choice • Benchmark Assessment Item Banks • Multiple-choice • Gridded Response • Short Response • Extended Response
Test Materials Provided by the District • Test booklets • one per subject, per student • Mathematics reference sheets for grades 6 – 10 • Science reference sheets and periodic tables for grades 7, 8, 10, and 11
Mathematics and Science Testing Materials *Any grade 11 and/or 12 students enrolled in Intensive Reading/Mathematics will be assessed using the grade 10 Reading and/or Mathematics Interim Assessment tests.
Reminders • The Interim Assessment tests are untimed tests • Students may write in the test booklets • All updates will be posted on our website http://oada.dadeschools.net/IAP/IAP.asp
COMPREHENSIVE ENGLISH LANGUAGE LEARNING ASSESSMENT(CELLA) Dr. Alex ShneydermanDirector Assessment, Research and Data AnalysisMr. Paul Tilley, Curriculum Support Specialist
Background of CELLA CELLA was developed by Educational Testing Service (ETS) pursuant to the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001, which requires states to administer annual assessments that measure the English language proficiency of English Language Learners (ELLs) in grades K-12.
Background of CELLA (Continued) • CELLA is a four-skill English language assessment measuring student proficiency in listening, speaking, reading, and writing. • Students in grades 1 – 12 take the Listening, Reading, and Writing sections as a group. • For the Speaking section, students are assessed on a one-on-one basis. • Kindergarten students are assessed in all four areas on a one-to-one basis. • Unlike the FCAT, CELLA is not a timed test.