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Mathematics MCA-III Online Testing. Jennifer Dugan, Sandy Gimpl, and Rosemary Heinitz. Math MCA-II vs. MCA-III Grades 3-8. MCA-II was operational through Spring 2010 administration Aligned to 2003 Academic Standards.

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Mathematics MCA-III Online Testing

Jennifer Dugan, Sandy Gimpl, and Rosemary Heinitz


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Math MCA-II vs. MCA-III Grades 3-8

  • MCA-II was operational through Spring 2010 administration

  • Aligned to 2003 Academic Standards

  • Initial administration of MCA-III in grades 3-8 will be during 2010-2011 school year

  • Aligned to 2007 Academic Standards


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Background

  • 2007 math standards were finalized in 2008.

  • Math MCA-III Test Specifications Committee drafted first version of the test specifications in 2008.

    • Test specifications will be in draft form until the first administration of the test.

  • Math MCA-III items were field tested in both 2009 and 2010 spring administrations.

  • A Math MCA-III online Fall Field Test was given to some students in fall 2009.


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High Quality

Timely Results

Most Information

Short Administration

Designing the MCA-III

  • How can we provide –

  • the highest quality assessment

  • with the most information for educators

  • that takes the least amount of time to administer and

  • the timeliest results?


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MCA-III Components

  • Computer administered tests (CAT)

  • Technology-based items (computer scored) assess higher-order thinking skills

  • Flexible assessment window allows for convenient administration during the school year

  • Computer-scored exams provide usable information during the school year

  • Computer-adaptive assessment provides more precise information about students’ knowledge and skills


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2011 Administration

  • Computer administration with engaging, interactive items (not adaptive)

  • Longer online test window to allow for more scheduling choices

  • Ability for students to start and stop the online test during the test window

  • Online calculator and formula sheet


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2011 Administration

  • Paper administration also available

    • Accommodations

  • One administration per student

  • Spring 2011 results available after performance levels are established (Standard Setting)

Minnesota Assessment Conference


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2011 Administration

  • Audio available to all students in online

    • On-demand – controlled by the student

    • Does not describe graphics

    • Audio pauses when there is text in the item that is not read (graphics, expressions, numbers)

    • Vast majority of students’ audio needs should be met

  • Paper continues to have script and CD

    • Describes graphics

    • Available for students with IEP or 504


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2011 Online vs. Paper Audio

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How old will Linda be when Jimmy is 13 years old?

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  • 12

  • 16

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Jimmy’s and Linda’s Ages on January 1


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Item Types

  • Multiple Choice

  • Technology Enhanced (only on the online test)

    • Hot spot

    • Drag and drop

    • Graphing

    • Numeric type-in

  • Gridded Response (only on the paper test)


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Screen Tools

Help tool

Formula sheet

Audio box

Calculator

Eraser tool

Highlighter tool

Back/next buttons

Eliminate choice tool

Pointer tool

Reset button



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Fill-InItem Type


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MCA-III Support Materials

  • Samplers

    • Familiarize students with the overall testing experience

      • Online and paper versions – same items used in both formats

    • Do not predict performance on MCA-III

    • Current schedule has fall release

  • Tutorial

    • Gives information on online tools, procedures for navigating through the test, etc.

    • Current schedule has fall release


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MCA-III Support Materials

  • Formula Sheets

    • MCA-III Formula Sheets aligned to 2007 standards

    • Grades 5-8

  • Released Items

    • Provided in subsequent years as testing pool allow

Minnesota Assessment Conference


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Test Specifications

  • Not final until first administration

  • MCA-III and Modified Combined for 3-8


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Other Minnesota Math Assessments

  • 2010 was last year for MTELL

    • Universal Design and Simplified Language Principles implemented in MCA-III development

  • 2011 MCA-II Grade 11

    • Aligned to 2003 Math standards

    • CRs eliminated

  • 2011 MCA-Modified will be operational

    • Grades 5-8 aligned to 2007 Math standards

    • Grade 11 aligned to 2003 Math standards

  • 2011 MTAS

    • Grades 5-8 aligned to 2007 Math standards

    • Grade 11 aligned to 2003 Math standards


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Plans for 2011-2012 Administration

  • Adaptive computer administration with engaging, interactive items

  • Paper administration also available

  • Three administrations per student

  • Test window late fall - spring

  • Ability for students to start and stop the test during the test window

  • Preliminary results by student available immediately


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Plans for 2011-2012 Administration

  • Audio available to all students in online

    • Text to speech

  • Paper continues to have script and CD

    • Describes graphics

    • Available for students with IEP or 504


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How can you become involved?

  • Unique professional development opportunity at no cost to districts

  • Teachers learn how tests are built

  • Teachers learn the standards intimately

  • Teachers advise MDE on how items are developed and tests are built

  • Teachers see student performance across the state


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MDE Contact Information


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