Assessment Update What to Plan for in 2014-2015
Stay the Course 2014-2015 School Year • The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) have been implemented in all schools and at all grades • PARCC assessments measuring the CCSS will be fully operational • Technology at all grades supports student learning and student assessment
Stay the Course Measuring student performance in 2014-2015 • The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) tests align to the CCSS • The National Center and State Collaborative (NCSC) alternate assessments for students with significant cognitive disabilities align to the CCSS
PARCC Assessments • ELA/Literacy at grades 3 – 11 • Math at grades 3 - 8 • End-of-Course • Algebra I • Geometry • Algebra II
PARCC Assessments • Big shifts • ELA/Literacy testing at grades 9 and 10 • Algebra II end-of-course testing • Online test administration • Accessibly features available to all • Two testing components for each grade/course • Each component has a separate administration window • Some school flexibility in scheduling testing
PARCC Assessment Design Summative Assessments Performance-Based Assessment + End-of-Year Assessment • After 75 percent of the school year • Extended tasks, applications of concepts and skills • ELA/Literacy: Writing effectively when analyzing text, research simulation • Math: Solving multi-step problems requiring abstract reasoning, precision, perseverance and strategic use of tools • All grades and courses • After 90 percent of the school year • Innovative, short-answer items • ELA/Literacy: Reading comprehension • Math: Short items that address both concepts and skills • All grades and courses All students take both components for a final PARCC score
Scheduling PARCC • May schedule a grade cohort anywhere within the window • Grade cohort (or course) must test same unit/session in the same day • At the same time • Back-to-back • Morning and afternoon • Make up testing must be completed within the window • 7th or 8th graders enrolled in Algebra I will take ELA/Literacy, grade-level math and Algebra I
Scheduling PARCC PBA example*: school with grades 3 and 4 with 1:1 ratio *Examples use field test times. Final operational unit times TBA.
Scheduling PARCC PBA example*: school with grades 3 and 4 with 2:1 ratio *Examples use field test times. Final operational unit times TBA.
Scheduling PARCC PBA example* school with grades 9 – 11 with 1:1 ratio *Using field test times.
PARCC Assessments Vocabulary shifts • Test Session – A group of students testing together (as setup in PearsonAccess). • Test Unit – The main components of each grade/subject’s test of the PBA or EOY (i.e. Literary Analysis Unit or Mathematics Unit 1). • Test Section – A portion of the Test Unit (i.e. calculator section or non-calculator section). • Mid-year testing - non-summative, optional assessment tool • Fall Block Testing – our former mid-year testing
PARCC in 2014-2015 Anticipated window for block testing. More information will be provided when available.
PARCC in 2014-2015 Prepare for administration • Technology readiness • IT Planning Assessment Survey results • Locations for testing • Scheduling • New accessibility features • Preparing students • Using the technology • Using the PARCC platform and accessibility features
PARCC Accessibility Policies * Available to all participating students **For students with disabilities, English learners, and English learners with disabilities
PARCC Accessibility • Tools and support built into the assessment system that can be activated by anystudent • Examples include: magnification, highlighting, eliminate answer choices, line reader • Tools and support availableto all students (i.e., not limited to students with IEPs, 504 plans, or English learners) that must be selected and “turned on” prior to the assessment • Examples include answer masking, text-to-speech for mathematics, background/font color • Review IEP, 504 and LPAC plans
PARCC Accessibility • School personnel must be familiar with the available features well in advance of testing • Students must have the opportunity to use the features available to all before operational testing • Administer tutorial and practices tests • http://practice.parcc.testnav.com/#
PARCC in 2014-2015 • School teams may determine that any student may require one or more of the following test administration considerations • Small group testing • Frequent breaks • Time of day • Separate or alternate location • Specified area or seating
Online Administration Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers
Technology Readiness Combined State effort ADE, DIS, Educational Cooperatives • Site visit to check capacity/readiness • PARCC IT Planning Survey (PIPS) • At https:adedata.arkansas.gov/ • Select: • Select:
ADE Technology Resources • http://ideas.aetn.org/commoncore/assessment • PARCC Technology Requirements • PARCC Assessment Resources • Technology Set Up • Administrator Training • Accessibility Features and Accommodations with Computer-Based Testing • PARCC Accessibility Features and Accommodations Manual
PARCC Technology Resources • www.techreadiness.net • Technology Readiness Tool (TRT) Site • http://www.parcconline.org/technology • PARCC Capacity Planning Tool • www.parcc.pearson.com • Sample Sets and Tutorials • System Check Tool • Proctor Caching Software • PARCC Training Modules • Technology • Test Administration
PARCC Resources Assessment information • http://www.parcconline.org • https://www.pearsonaccess.com (select PARCC) Accessibility and Accommodations Manual and Appendices*: • http://www.parcconline.org/parcc-accessibility-features-and-accommodations-manual *the appendices are separate documents and contain vital information for planning
Technology Readiness? What happens if our district IS NOT ready? • Option for paper/pencil PARCC testing • Online Assessment Hardship Waiver • Documented lack of bandwidth or devices • Internal infrastructure issues • School-wide decision; not by grade or course • Final decision due to the ADE by August 8, 2014 • See Commissioner’s Memo LS-15-003
PARCC Reporting • One goal of PARCC is to provide timely reporting of student performance to schools, parents, and other stakeholders • In the first year of administration, standards must be set before the results can be reported • In the second year of PARCC, reports may not be available before the end of the school year • The ultimate goal is to provide reports as soon as possible after the EOY is completed
PARCC Reporting • Standard setting will take place after the operational test is administered and scored • PARCC testing ends in June, 2015 • Standard setting is scheduled for the summer of 2015 • The final performance standards will be determined in early fall of 2015 • Reports should be available to schools mid- to late fall of 2015 • Block* and spring * Note that block students testing in Dec. 2014, will receive results in fall of 2015
NCSC* Alternate Assessment • For students with significant cognitive disabilities • An alternate assessment based on alternate academic achievement standards • Will replace the Alternate Portfolio in Literacy and Math • A student’s IEP team will determine if this assessment is appropriate to administer using the NCSC Participation Guidelines http://www.ncscpartners.org/Media/Default/PDFs/Resources/NCSC_Participation_Guidelines-Nov-2013.pdf NCSC* is pronounced like “nick-sick”
NCSC Alternate Assessment • Math and ELA testing • Grades 3 – 8 • Grade 11 • Administered online • Approximately 1.5 - 2 hours per content area
NCSC Alternate Assessment • The assessment will be administered using technology in a variety of ways • Some students will respond directly into the online system • Some students will take a paper-pencil version of the test • The teacher may enter student responses into the computer for students who are unable to do so
NCSC Alternate Assessment Big shifts • Online test administration • HS math testing at grade 11 • no math portfolio at grade 9 • Resource math class does not determine the math assessment • NCSC – most severely, cognitively disabled ~ 1% • PARCC – resource students not qualifying for NCSC • Refer to Commissioner’s Memo LS-14-076 for updated course code and assessment information
NCSC Technology Readiness Prepare for online testing • Participate in the NCSC fall pilot to try out the system and their technology • Dates: October 20 – November 14, 2014 • Grades 3 – 8 and 11 • ELA and math, including writing • Contact: Charlotte Marvel at 501-682-5296 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
What is NOT changing in 2014-2015? • Kindergarten Screener (QELI) • Grades 1 and 2 Iowa Test of Basic Skills • Will use a new form that can be reported against the CCSS • Science Augmented Benchmark exams at grades 5 and 7 • Biology End-of-Course exam • Alternate Portfolio Assessment in science at grades 5, 7 and 10 • English Language Proficiency Test (ELDA) • Explore and Plan or PSAT CCR tests