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  1. Miami-Dade County Public Schools September 25, 2009 Test Chairpersons’ Orientation

  2. In all, 436, or 84% of the Test Chairpersons completed the survey. Test Chairperson Survey: June 2009

  3. Type of school • Charter: 40 • Non-Charter: 326 • Other roles • 190 Assistant principals • 39 Guidance counselors • 37 Reading / math / writing coaches • 66 Teachers • 56 Other • Number of years as test chair • Minimum: 1 • Maximum: 34 • Mean: 5.3 All about you . . . Full results on the Test Chairperson’s Webpage under Miscellaneous:

  4. General Satisfaction across Programs

  5. 2009-10 Testing Calendar

  6. FCAT Testing Program • Elimination of Norm Referenced Test • Transition to the Next Generation Sunshine State Standards (NGSSS) • Changes to FCAT Writing • End-of-course assessments • Later administration of FCAT beginning in 2010-11 • Florida School Grades • New Components for High Schools • Inclusion of Florida Alternate Assessment in calculations • Grades/School Improvement Ratings for alternative centers • Enhanced Postsecondary Readiness Assessment (CPT) and Preparatory Coursework Senate Bill 1908

  7. Changes to the Testing Program in 2009-10 • Florida Assessment for Reading Instruction (FAIR) • Baseline Benchmark Assessment and Interim Assessment Tests provided for all schools • Stanford Achievement Test (SAT-10): Grades 1 and 2 • The Iowa Tests (ITBS and ITED) • New vendor for FCAT and CELLA • New courier service

  8. Program Updates:

  9. Florida Assessment for Instruction in Reading (FAIR) Ms. Pauline Ward Reading/Language Arts

  10. FLORIDA COMPREHENSIVE ASSESSMENT TEST (FCAT) Sunshine State Standards (SSS) Maria C. Bruguera, Director I Mara Ugando, Staff Specialist

  11. FCAT SSS • Writing (Grades 4, 8, 10) • Reading and Mathematics (Grades 3-10) • Science (Grades 5, 8, 11) • FCAT Retake administered twice a year: • Spring • Fall (Retake only) Test Administrations

  12. FCAT Writing: • Only one prompt at all grade levels 4, 8, and 10 • For grade 4, the mode of the prompt will be either narrative or expository and at grade levels 8 and 10, persuasive or expository • FCAT Mathematics: • Grades 3 and 4 will be provided with rulers for session 3 (Exception: Calibration schools) • Gridded-response items appear in Grade 4 for the first time (Exception: Calibration schools) • Gridded-response items with the option for negative answers appears in Grades 7, 8, and 10 (Exception: Calibration schools) • New reference sheets in Grades 5-8, 10 Updates: 2009-2010 School Year

  13. FCAT Science: Performance tasks (constructed-response items) will be removed beginning with the spring 2010 test administration • Shorter sessions in Science for all grade levels • FCAT Retakes: All summer FCAT retake administrations have been eliminated beginning with summer 2009 • Handscoring: All responses to reading and mathematics performance tasks at grades 4, 5, 8, and 10, and writing essays at grades 4 ,8, and 10 will be scored by one reader • Note: For quality control purposes, 20% of all students’ responses will be read by a second reader Updates: 2009-2010 School Year, cont.

  14. The FCAT 2010 Sample Materials will be provided one per student in grades 3-11 • Reading and Mathematics sample test materials will reflect the transition from the current SSS to the new NGSSS • Science sample test materials will be reprints from last year • No writing sample test materials will be provided • Sample answer keys available online only • Note: Reduced page counts from previous years FCAT Sample Materials

  15. Website: • Access FCAT state, district, and school reports • Password protected to maintain the confidentiality of student information • School principals will receive the new Web site address and passwords via email. • FCAT Training Materials • Packing Slips • Test Administration Manual • Administration Record/Security Checklist • Missing Materials Report Form • Test Irregularities and Security Breaches New FCAT Contractor: Pearson

  16. FCAT Windows: Spring 2010 and 2011 • Statute 1008.22(3)(c) 12.b. will require that the statewide assessment be administered later in the school year. The following schedule has been proposed for Spring 2011:

  17. The FCAT-2 will be aligned to the Next Generation Sunshine State Standards (NGSSS). Note that NGSSS field test items will be embedded in reading (grades 3 through 10) and mathematics (grades 3-8) in this year’s FCAT (Spring 2010), but the NGSSS items will not count toward students’ scores. • Beginning in spring 2011 and each spring thereafter: • The FCAT-2 Reading (grades 3-10) and Mathematics (grades 3-8) will be administered • Performance Tasks (constructed-response items) will not be included in the FCAT -2 Reading, Mathematics, or Science New FCAT-2 Program

  18. Test Item Specifications Reading and Mathematics • Test Item Specifications for FCAT-2 Reading (grades 3-10) and Mathematics (grades 3-8) are available at • Draft test item specifications for FCAT-2 Mathematics (grades 9-10) may be found on the Web site of the FLDOE’s Test Development Center at • Select “FCAT Mathematics” from the folder list and select “FCAT HS_Math_App_B.” Note that this document is still in draft form and is subject to change. Next Generation Sunshine State Standards

  19. Reading • The current grade 9 student cohort will take FCAT-2 Reading next year (2011) as the reading graduation requirement • The score requirements for FCAT-2 Reading for this student cohort will be linked to the current 300 passing scale score • The current passing concordant scores on the SAT and ACT will remain the same for this student cohort, but may change in subsequent years Changes to FCAT for High School Graduation (class of 2013)

  20. Mathematics • New NGSSS tests will not be used as a graduation requirement for the current grade 9 student cohort • The Grade 10 FCAT-1 Mathematics Retake will be administered to the current grade 9 cohort, next year when they are grade 10 students as a graduation requirement. • This version of the test does NOT include short-response or extended-response items, only multiple-choice and gridded-response items • The passing score requirement for FCAT-1 Mathematics will remain at scale score 300 until spring 2013 • The current passing concordant scores on the SAT and ACT will remain the same for this student cohort, but may change in subsequent years Changes to FCAT for High School Graduation, (class of 2013) cont.

  21. The plans for secondary end-of-course exams are still being finalized • End-of-course Algebra I field test will administered to Grade 9 students in May 2010 at selected schools • End-of-course exams will be administered on computer except for limited paper-based versions administered to accommodate students with disabilities Coming Changes to FCAT Program

  22. Interim Assessment Program Baseline Benchmark Assessments (BBA) Interim Assessment (IA) Tests Benchmark Assessment Item Bank Felicia Mallory, Executive Director Denetra Collins, Staff Specialist

  23. Purpose of the Baseline Benchmark Assessments (BBA) • To determine students’ baseline knowledge of the Sunshine State Standards in Reading, Mathematics, and Science • To provide teachers with a quick snapshot of students’ initial knowledge and abilities to focus instruction • To provide for state required baseline report in schools classified under the Differentiated Accountability System as Prevent I or II, Correct I or II, or Intervene • Program guide and instructions are available at

  24. Purpose of Interim Assessment Tests • 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 • To provide Differentiated Accountability schools with a reliable and valid assessment tool for state progress reporting

  25. Overview of the Interim Assessment Program • Interim Assessment tests administered three times per year: fall, winter, and spring • Alignment with the Sunshine State Standards and District’s pacing guides • Benchmark Assessment Item Banks for Reading, Mathematics, and Science are available in ExamView • Data analysis and disaggregation, score reports, and item analysis are available in Edusoft

  26. Interim Assessment Administration Windows, 2009-10 *All Differentiated Accountability Intervene and Correct II D or F Schools must complete testing during the first scheduled week.

  27. Performance Levels Students who are likely to score in FCAT levels 3 and above Students whose performance was not sufficient to predict success. Students who are likely to score below FCAT level 3.

  28. Score Reports • Useful reports that can be retrieved via Edusoft: • Class List • Item Analysis • Item Response • Student Performance • Subgroup • Custom Group • Performance Band • District School Improvement Plan (SIP) Reports

  29. Benchmark Assessment Item Bank • To allow teachers 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 • Item Bank Resources: • Item Bank Overview • Item Bank Newsletter • Download Examview Test Generator

  30. Comprehensive English Language Learners (CELLA) Felicia Mallory, Executive Director Denetra Collins, Staff Specialist

  31. Overview of CELLA • CELLA is a four-skill English language assessment measuring student proficiency in listening, speaking, reading, and writing. • Listening, Reading, and Writing are administered in groups • Speaking is administered on a one-on-one basis • Kindergarten students are assessed in all four areas on a one-to-one basis. • CELLA is not a timed test.

  32. Purposes of CELLA The test results can provide: • Data useful for charting student progress over time, • Diagnostically useful information about students’ strengths and weaknesses in English, • The language proficiency levels of individual students can be used in making decisions regarding placement into, or exit from English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) programs, • Identifying the proper ESOL level, and • Determining whether Annual Measureable Achievement Objectives (AMAOs) have been met.

  33. Annual Measurable Achievement Objectives (AMAOs)

  34. Important Dates for 2010 CELLA Administration Individual : April 19 – May 19, 2010 Group : April 26 – May 7, 2010

  35. National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) Felicia Mallory, Executive Director Denetra Collins, Staff Specialist

  36. Purpose of the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) • A common nationwide measure of student performance • Reports changes over time • Provides results for the nation, states, and some urban districts • Secondary indicator for state progress and allows national comparisons between states and large urban districts • Used by the President, Congress, and state leaders to set education policy

  37. Overview of the NAEP • A representative sample of schools and students are selected • Randomly selected students in grades 4, 8, and 12 are assessed in reading, writing, mathematics, science, U.S. history, civics, and geography • Assessments include multiple-choice and constructed responses • Assessments are administered by NAEP field staff • Assessments are 90 to 120 minutes, which include testing and answering background questions • Accommodations are offered for ELL and SWD students • Results are reported by scale scores, subscales, achievement levels, subgroups, and geography

  38. Features of NAEP-TUDA (Trial Urban District Assessment) • Provides district-level data to participating urban districts • Provides a common yardstick to measure student achievement in comparison to • Other urban districts • States • Large Central Cities • National Public Schools • Census Regions

  39. Important Dates for NAEP 2009

  40. NAEP-TUDA Release Dates

  41. Stanford Achievement Test, Tenth Edition (SAT-10) • Ms. Mayda Cabeza, Director I

  42. 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 16-19, 2010

  43. SAT-10 • How do SAT-10 materials arrive to schools? • Is the SAT-10 a secure test? • SAT-10 Test Chairperson Training (February 2010) • School level training of test administrators and proctors • Test Administration (untimed)

  44. SAT-10 Scanning/Scoring: Sample SAT-10 Test Booklets and Header Sheets

  45. SAT-10 Results • School Listing of Results (May) • Must be picked up at ITS • Individual Student Reports (May-June) • Delivered to schools via school mail • School Content Cluster Analysis (Fall) • Must be picked up at ITS

  46. 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 SCHOOL Use of Results

  47. Grade 3 Opportunities for Promotion

  48. Grade 3 Opportunities for Promotion • Section 1008.25, Florida Statutes, (Eliminating Social Promotion) • March FCAT SSS (Level 2 or higher) • Alternative Standardized Reading Assessment ASRA (50th percentile or higher) • Spring Grade 3 Portfolio (“good cause” criteria) • Alternative Assessment for Grade 3 Promotion AAFGTP (45th percentile or higher) • Grade 3 Mid-Year Promotion (GTMYP)

  49. 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

  50. Administered the last two weeks of schools. Students scoring FCAT level 1 and students who did not participate in the spring 2010 FCAT should participate in the ASRA. Represents the 3rd and last opportunity within the school year prior to retention This assessment is scanned via Edusoft therefore results are available immediately. Students must score at or above the 50th percentile on the ITBS to be considered for promotion. Alternative Standardized Reading Assessment (ASRA)