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Hope tesh blum division of accountability services testing section ec conference july 2001

The North Carolina Alternate Assessment Academic Inventory

Hope Tesh-Blum

Division of Accountability Services

Testing Section

EC Conference/July 2001

What will i cover today

Why was it developed?

Who’s Eligible?

History and Timeline

What is it?

When is it completed?

How to complete it?

Where do you get it?

Changes for 2001-02 school year


  • North Carolina Department of Public Instruction

  • Division of Accountability Services

  • July 20, 2001

What will I cover today?

Why was the NCAAAI Developed?

  • Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) of 1997

    • All students, including those with IEPs or Section 504 plans, must participate in the statewide testing program.

    • NC Alternate Assessment Portfolio (NCAAP)

    • NC Computerized Adaptive Testing System (NCCATS) Accommodation

Which students are eligible
Which students are Eligible?

  • Must have a current Individualized Education Program (IEP) or Section 504 Plan

  • Must be following the NC Standard Course of Study (NCSCS) {important}

  • Unable to access statewide testing with or without accommodations {important}

  • Must have an assigned grade level of 3-8

Who decides
Who decides?

  • The IEP Team determines student participation in the NCAAAI and the grade level at which the student will be assessed.

  • Different options

History of the ncaaai
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/Development began

    • Discussion/Conflict concerning implementation dates (Spring 2001 vs. Fall 2001)

Examples of students needing a separate alternate assessment
Examples of Students needing a separate Alternate Assessment:

  • Newly-blinded students who have not mastered Braille

  • Students with learning disabilities needing assessment below the third grade

  • Students with serious physical disabilities that prevent participation

Who helped in the development and improvement
Who Helped in the Development and Improvement? Assessment:

  • NCDPI Exceptional Children Division

  • NCDPI Division of Instructional Services

  • NCDPI Division of Accountability Services/Testing Section

  • Regional Accountability Coordinators

  • Assessor Input (NCAAAI Review Sheet) {important}

  • Technical Outreach for Public Schools (NCSU)

Timeline for the ncaaai

March 2001 Assessment:

Inventories available on-line (TNN)

Order system up

April 2001

Intact notebooks are shipped

June 2001

Notebooks returned to the NCDPI

July 2001

2001-02 Inventories available on-line (TNN)

August 2001

Reports and Notebooks returned to LEAs

2001-02 shipped

Timeline for the NCAAAI

What will be different in 2001 02 from 2000 01
What will be Different in 2001-02 from 2000-01? Assessment:

  • Teacher/Assessor feedback

  • Descriptors/Scales

  • Less repetition/Fewer forms

  • More training/More detailed Administrative Guide

  • LEAs do not return the notebooks

  • No Grade 10 Inventory for HSCT

What is the ncaaai
What is the NCAAAI? Assessment:

  • Checklist of competencies scored using individual scales for each content area (new)

    • Reading (Grades K-8)

    • Mathematics (Grades K-8)

    • Writing (Grades 4 & 7)

  • Notebook (binder) format

  • Collection of evidence to support scores

When are the inventories scored
When are the Inventories Scored? Assessment:

  • Three times per year

    • First month of school=Baseline data

    • First month of the second semester of school=Mid-Year Winter data

    • Last month of school=Final Spring data

  • Evidence is collected to support Final Spring scores.

How is the inventory scored
How is the Inventory Scored? Assessment:

  • The assessor uses the Description of Student Performance for a particular content area to give each competency a score from 1-8 or NA (not applicable).

  • Using the individual competency scores, determine the subheading score(s).

  • Using the subheading score(s), determine the Overall Score.

Achievement levels final spring overall score

Assessed Assessment:On-Grade Level:

Level 4 (7-8)

Level 3 (5-6)

Level 2 (3-4)

Level 1 (1-2)

Assessed Off-Grade Level:

Student may only receive a Level 1 or Level 2

Achievement Levels: Final Spring Overall Score

Examples of evidence
Examples of Evidence Assessment:

  • Local Tests (LT)

  • Samples of Student Work (SW)

  • Teacher Observations (TO)

  • Teacher-Made Tests (TT)

  • Audio Tapes (AN)

  • Other (specify)

Data collection 2001 02
Data Collection 2001-02 Assessment:

  • Scores will be transferred to student scannable sheets during the last month of school

  • Local Test Coordinators will scan the sheets

  • Data will be transferred to the NCDPI during the end-of-year process

  • Student Notebooks will be stored locally for six months (randomly request)

How do leas order the ncaaai
How do LEAs order the NCAAAI? Assessment:

  • Local procedure to collect information (number participating)

    • Number of notebook binders

    • Number of inventories by content area (R, M, or W) and assessed grade level (K-8)

  • Information is passed to the LEA Test Coordinator who orders on-line (TNN)

  • Materials will be shipped to the LEA TC

  • School distribution (by secure means) is a local procedure

Training? Assessment:

  • Train-the-Trainer Model

  • NCDPI Trains Regional Accountability Coordinators (RACs)

  • RACs train the LEA Test Coordinator

  • LEA TC trains the EC Director

  • Training for local staff is a collaboration between Testing and EC personnel (local decision)

Ncaaai and the abcs

2000-01 Assessment:

Pilot Study

Not included in School Accountability

Number of students participating will be included in Volume II.


Operational administration

Pending data analysis

Performance Composite

Growth Component

NCAAAI and the ABCs

Ncaaai and student accountability

2000-01 Assessment:

Pilot Study

Not used for Student Accountability Standard at Grade 5


Operational administration

Pending data analysis

Not yet determined for Grades 3, 5 & 8

NCAAAI and Student Accountability

More information
More Information Assessment:

  • Testing Section Website:


  • LEA Test Coordinator may contact Regional Accountability Coordinator for questions