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Upcoming Science Assessments: the 2011 HSPE and the 2012 Biology End-of-Course Exam. December 10, 2010 Elaine Wood, Science Assessment Specialist. Science Assessment Office. Elaine Wood—Secondary Specialist [email protected] Kara Monroe—Elementary Specialist [email protected]

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upcoming science assessments the 2011 hspe and the 2012 biology end of course exam

Upcoming Science Assessments:the 2011 HSPE and the 2012 Biology End-of-Course Exam

December 10, 2010

Elaine Wood, Science Assessment Specialist

science assessment office
Science Assessment Office
topics
Topics
  • Grade 5 & 8 Measurements of Student Progress
    • New Standards
    • Standard Setting
  • High School Update
    • 2011 High School Proficiency Exam
    • 2012 Biology End-of-Course Exam
    • Student Performance
  • Resources available
measurements of student progress
Measurements of Student Progress

Assessing new standards in 2011

from wasl to measurements of student progress
From WASL to Measurements of Student Progress

Embedded pilot items bring the item total to 40.

The K-12 Science Learning Standards will be assessed for the first time in 2011.

slide6

Science Assessment Development Cycle

Develop Item and Test Specifications

Scenario & Item Writing

Scenario & Items Reviewed for Content & Bias/Sensitivity by Committees

Scenario & Items Reviewed for Content by OSPI

Scenario & Item Pilot Testing

Pilot Rangefinding

Operational Testing

Data Review

Pilot Scoring

Operational Rangefinding

Operational Scoring

standard setting
Standard Setting

for Science MSP in 2011

contrasting groups method affords broader involvement in standard setting
“Contrasting Groups” method affords broader involvement in standard setting
  • Everyone in the state who teaches science in grades 5 and 8 is invited to help set the performance standards.
  • Performance Level Descriptors (PLDs) are developed for “Basic” and “Proficient”
  • Web-based training on PLDs is provided to participating teachers
  • In April, participating teachers judge each of their students as being “Basic or below” or “At or above Proficient”
  • Two distributions of scores are produced: Scores obtained by students rated as “Basic”, and scores for “Proficient”
  • Where the two distributions merge represents the separation point between “Basic” and “Proficient.”
students rated as basic or below using criteria in pld for basic
Students rated as “Basic or below” using criteria in PLD for Basic

Number of students

Raw score points

students rated as proficient or above using criteria in pld for proficient
Students rated as “Proficient or above” using criteria in PLD for Proficient

Number of students

Raw score points

intersection indicates a region for where basic separates from proficient
Intersection indicates a region for where “Basic” separates from “Proficient”

Number of students

Raw score points

upcoming events grade 5 8
Upcoming Events – Grade 5 & 8
  • Scenario and Item Writing – Feb. 14-18, 2011
  • Content Review – April 4-8, 2011
  • PLD Training – Available via Moodle, Feb. 1, 2011
    • Learn to use evidence to evaluate 5th or 8th grade students’ proficiency
    • Takes 3 hours; 3 free clock hours are available
    • To sign up, go to link and create an account
      • http://moodle.ospi.k12.wa.us/course/view.php?id=19
  • Contrasting Groups Study – Available via EDS, April 11-29
    • After completing the PLD Training, 5th or 8th grade teachers can predict their students’ performance on the MSP
    • 5th and 8th grade science teachers can gain access to the EDS application by contacting a District Assessment Coordinator
  • Standard Setting – August 1-4, 2011
high school proficiency exam
High School Proficiency Exam

A graduation requirement for sophomores in 2011

from wasl to high school proficiency exam to end of course
From WASL to High School Proficiency Exam to End of Course

Embedded pilot items bring the item total to 45.

Completion items will be piloted in 2011 and will be operational in 2012.

The K-12 Science Learning Standards will be assessed beginning in 2012.

implementation timeline
Implementation Timeline
  • HSPE for 2011 will assess the 2005 GLEs
      • April 12, 2011
  • Biology EOC in 2012 will be administered to any student enrolled in a course credited as high school level biology
    • K-12 Science Learning Standards
    • Online participation will be voluntary
      • Goal: 50% Online in 2012
  • First retake opportunity for biology EOC is likely to be January/February 2013
  • Possible additional science EOCs?
    • TBD by Legislature
    • Superintendent to make recommendation
science graduation requirement classes of 2013 and beyond
Science Graduation Requirement: Classes of 2013 and Beyond
  • Under current rules, the students in the classes of 2013 and beyond can meet the science graduation requirement by:
  • Passing the science HSPE in spring 2011 and/or summer 2011
    • 9th graders are not eligible to take science HSPE
  • Passing the biology EOC
    • Begins in spring 2012; scores available August 2012
  • Meeting comparison scores on the SAT 2 or ACT
    • Scores set during the 2012-13 school year
  • Passing a science Collection of Evidence
    • Becomes available in the 2011-12 school year
slide20

Science Assessment Development Cycle

Develop Item and Test Specifications

Scenario & Item Writing

Scenario & Items Reviewed for Content & Bias/Sensitivity by Committees

Scenario & Items Reviewed for Content by OSPI

Scenario & Item Pilot Testing

Pilot Rangefinding

Operational Testing

Data Review

Pilot Scoring

Operational Rangefinding

Operational Scoring

upcoming events high school
Upcoming Events – High School
  • Scenario and Item Writing
      • Feb. 21-25, 2011
      • June 20-24, 2011
  • Content Review
      • March 28 – April 1, 2011
      • Aug. 15-19, 2011
  • Test Map – Spring 2011
  • PLD Development – September 2011
  • PLD Training – Winter 2011/12
  • Standard Setting – August 2012
patterns in student performance
Patterns in Student Performance

High School WASL and HSPE

slide23
Strengths

Areas to Improve

Writing conclusions

52% to 58% earn full points

Identifying variables in investigations

72% to 88% correct

Writing constructed response items related to investigations or solving human problems.

Explaining energy transfers or transformations in a system

Addressing persistent misconceptions

resources available
Resources Available

From the OSPI website www.k12.wa.us

ospi science assessment webpage
OSPI Science Assessment Webpage

www.k12.wa.us

www.k12.wa.us/science

Select

Science Assessment from Assessment Drop-down

www.k12.wa.us/Science/Assessments.aspx

Select Assessments

science assessment resources
Science Assessment Resources
  • Test and Item Specifications—more information about:
    • Grade 5 & 8:
      • Types of scenarios
      • Test map
      • Item specifications
      • Vocabulary lists
      • Cognitive complexity
    • High School:
      • Item specifications for 2005 GLEs
      • Vocabulary lists
      • NOTE: Test and Item Specifications for EOC coming late fall 2011
grade 5 8 test and item specs

www.k12.wa.us/Science/Assessments.aspx

Grade 5 & 8 Test and Item Specs

www.k12.wa.us/Science/TestItemSpec.aspx

Select

Test and Item Specifications

Select a Grade

2011 hspe test and item specs

www.k12.wa.us/Science/Assessments.aspx

2011 HSPE Test and Item Specs

www.k12.wa.us/Science/TestItemSpec.aspx

Select

Test and Item Specifications

Select GLEs with MSP and HSPE Evidences of Learning Science Item Specifications

science assessment resources1
Science Assessment Resources
  • Updates for 2011—each grade level contains:
    • General information on the 2011 test
    • Sample items
    • Scoring information, including rubrics
updates for 2011
Updates for 2011

www.k12.wa.us/Science/Assessments.aspx

Select Educator Resources

http://www.k12.wa.us/Science/EducatorResources.aspx

Select a Grade

science assessment resources2
Science Assessment Resources
  • Teacher Resource tool:
    • Types of scenarios
    • Generic questions
    • Item specifications (2005 GLEs)
    • Cognitive complexity

Note that all tests posted here assess the 2005 GLEs.

teacher resource tool
Teacher Resource Tool

www.k12.wa.us/Science/Assessments.aspx

www.k12.wa.us/TeacherResourceTool2009-10/default.aspx

Select

Teacher Resource Tool

Select Science

Select a Grade

and a Year

teacher resource tool1
Teacher Resource Tool

Percent correct or mean score

Type of scenario

Generic question, rolls over to item specification

additional resources
Additional Resources
  • Powerful Classroom Assessments (PCAs)—
    • Teaching materials developed from WASL released items
      • New PCAs will be developed in future for K-12 Science Learning Standards
    • Each PCA includes:
      • Sample items
      • Scoring information, including rubrics
  • Item Analysis from the Assessment OverviewWebsite

https://eds.ospi.k12.wa.us/WASLTestItems/

Summary of performance on released WASL items by school, district and state

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