Policy • No Child Left Behind of 2001 • HSP-C-005/State Board of Education • Annual Language Proficiency Assessment • No Exemptions • Same standard, Same content • Peer Review – March, 2003
State Assessment Instruments • IDEA Proficiency Test (IPT) • North Carolina Alternate Assessment Academic Inventory (NCAAAI)
Purpose of the IPT • Identification and Placement • Participation in State Testing • Growth in English Language Proficiency • Exit
North Carolina Department of Public Instruction • Division of Accountability Services/Testing Section Requirements • Initial Testing upon entry into LEA • Unless entry after January 1 • Annual Assessment (Feb.1-April 30) • Retest all subtests except previous FES, CER, CEW • Except when changing colors (grade clusters)
Components of the IPT • Oral K-6/7-12 • Reading 2-3/4-6/7-12 • Writing 2-3/4-6/7-12
2002-03 IPT Data Collection • Data collected by student (grades K-12) • One scannable document/Student Information Sheet • Bubble initial entry (new student) scores • Bubble annual scores • Scanned by the LEA Test Coordinator
Local LEP Portfolio? • Designed for promotion • Locally-developed • Not always aligned with the all objectives • Language proficiency based
Graduation Requirements • Courses of Study • Competency Test of Reading and Math • Grade 8 Screen • Computer Skills • Multiple-Choice • Performance
LEP & IEP • Which is the overriding factor for State Testing? • No definitive guidelines • Best judgment • Review the different testing instruments • IEP is a legal document • IPT Testing?
HSP-C-005/NCAAAI • LEP Students assessed ON-GRADE level ONLY • “May” participate in a NCAAAI for up to 24 months • Different options
What is the NCAAAI? • Checklist of competencies based on the NCSCS scored using individual scales for each content area: • Reading (Grades 3-8, 10) • Mathematics (Grades 3-8, 10) • Writing (Grades 4, 7, & 10) • EOC (Pilot Spring 4x4 2003) • Envelope format
What is the Grade 10 Test? • High School Comprehensive Test (HSCT) • Reading • Math • Title I Requirement prior to NCLB • NCLB Requirement
History of the NCAAAI • Late Fall 2000 • It was determined that a small group of students could not be supported by the NCAAP or NCCATS • Late December 2000/Options/Development began • Discussion/Conflict concerning implementation dates (Spring 2001 vs. Fall 2001) • 2001-2002 School Year / Audit
Why not use the Local Portfolio? • Designed for a different purpose • Locally-developed • Must be aligned with the state test and all objectives • Greater work than a checklist
New Way of Thinking • The NCAAAI is an ALTERNATE ASSESSMENT for ANY student who cannot access the traditional test even with accommodations (must meet requirements). • Students with Disabilities just happened to be the first group required by federal law.
Which LEP students are Eligible? • Assigned grade level of 3-8 or 10/EOC • Below Intermediate/High for reading on IPT Test for Reading or Math Test • Below Superior for writing • Within 24 months of entry into the LEA
When are the Inventories Scored? • Three times per year • First month of participation=Baseline data • Interim Month • Last month of school=Final data • Evidence is collected to support Final Spring scores Only.
How is the Inventory Scored? • Description of Student Performance to give each competency a score from 1-8 • Objectives by Goals, Categories, or Sections • Overall Score • Growth is ANY growth
Examples of Evidence • Local Tests • Samples of Student Work • Teacher Observations • Teacher-Made Tests • Audio Tapes • Other (specify)
Use Native Language?? • Evidence obtained through the use of the student’s native language MAY be used IF and ONLY IF: • The student is INSTRUCTED in their native language.
Assessed On-Grade Level: Level 4 (NCAAAI Score 7-8) Level 3 (NCAAAI Score 5-6) Level 2 (NCAAAI Score 3-4) Level 1 (NCAAAI Score 1-2) Achievement Levels: Final Overall Score
Who Completes? • Must have training in the content area • Must work routinely with the student • Principal has authority
What happens to the NCAAAIs? • Scannable sheets • Data transferred to the NCDPI during the end-of-year process • Inventories will be stored locally for at least six months (unless Audited) • ALL 02-03 EOC NCAAAIs (pilot year) returned
2002-2003 Sample Audit • April 1 release of LEA sample list 10% • Return everything except answer sheets (inventories, evidence, forms, etc.) • Review in August • Return to LEAs in September • Report
LEP & IEP • Which is the overriding factor? • No definitive guidelines • Best judgement • Review the different testing instruments
Why should you use the NCAAAI? • Valid results • Flexibility in showing performance • Show growth • Instructional value from year to year • No test anxiety for the student • AYP • Possible OCR Implications
Concerns and Quandaries • No Exemptions – “just don’t get it” • NC Standard Course of Study (NC SCS) • Using an “EC” assessment for “LEP” • Workload/Myths • Training • It’s NEW
Training • Train-the-Trainer Model (RACS) • LEA TC trains the Test Coordinator • Training for local staff is a collaboration between Testing and LEA staff (local decision) • NCDPI/EC Training (Summer 2002) • Testing Section Training (Fall 2002)
Locally scanned answer sheets School rosters Frequency distributions Individual Student Report Summary Reports State Report Reporting for NCAAAI
2001-2002 Operational administration Performance Composite 2002-2003 Operational administration for Grades 3-8 &10 Pilot administration for EOC (Spring only) Performance Composite NCAAAI and the ABCs
More Information Testing Section Website: http://www.ncpublicschools.org/accountability/testing NCDPI Home (click Stay Informed-upper left corner): http://www.ncpublicschools.org