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Alternate Assessments Based on Modified Academic Achievement Standards. Fen Chou, Ph.D. Louisiana Department of Education GSEG Project Kick-off Meeting January 16, 2008. What is LAA 2?. L EAP A lternate A ssessment, Level 2 , Designed for students with persistent academic disabilities

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Alternate Assessments Based on

Modified Academic Achievement Standards

Fen Chou, Ph.D.

Louisiana Department of Education

GSEG Project Kick-off Meeting

January 16, 2008


What is laa 2
What is LAA 2?

LEAP Alternate Assessment, Level 2,

  • Designed for students with persistent academic disabilities

  • Mandated by federal and state law: all students must be assessed and must be included in the accountability system

  • State board action required development of a “2%” assessment

  • The first operational test given spring 2006


Which students take laa 2
Which students take LAA 2?

  • with persistent academic disabilities

  • served under IDEA

  • in grades 4–11

  • meet the participation criteria

    Note: Participation criteria form on the LDE Web site

    (www.louisianaschools.net)


What subjects are tested
What subjects are tested?

In spring 2008, students will be tested

  • Grades 4–10

    • English Language Arts

    • Mathematics

  • Grades 4, 8, 11

    • Science

    • Social Studies


How was laa 2 developed
How was LAA 2 developed?

Committees of Louisiana educators

  • Identified the range of abilities/capabilities of LAA 2 population

  • Defined appropriate grade-level expectations regarding breadth and depth

  • Identified a range of appropriate sample items taken from general assessment item banks

  • Reviewed proposed assessment design and made recommendations regarding:

    • Content depth, breadth, and complexity

    • Item types (MC and CR)

    • Test length and format

    • Test accommodations


Laa 2 items
LAA 2 Items

  • Selected from general assessment item banks

  • Reviewed by LDE staff: assessment development and special populations

  • Prior review of items by Content and Bias Committees


How is laa 2 like general assessments
How is LAA 2 likegeneral assessments?

  • LAA 2

    • Is based on Louisiana content standards

      (but reduces the range and depth of GLEs)

    • Includes both multiple-choice and constructed-response questions

    • Uses the same item pool

    • Requires the same procedures for test administration and test security

    • Results reported by Achievement Levels (e.g., Basic)


How does laa 2 differ from general assessments
How does LAA 2 differ from general assessments?

  • LAA 2 has

    • fewer questions

    • less reading

    • less writing

    • a modified format

      • fewer questions per page

      • more white space

      • larger font


Most significant format changes english language arts
Most Significant Format ChangesEnglish Language Arts

  • Using Information Resources

    • General Assessments

      • one resource packet with about 4 to 6 sources

      • 5 MC items and 2 CR items

      • Questions follow all resource materials.

    • LAA 2

      • one resource packet with about 4 to 6 sources

      • 5 MC items and 1 CR items

      • Question is adjacent to the related resource.


Most significant format changes english language arts1
Most Significant Format ChangesEnglish Language Arts

  • Proofreading

    • General Assessments

      • short passage to edit

      • 8 MC items

      • Student refers to underlined parts in a passage to edit, followed by MC items corresponding to the underlined portions.

    • LAA 2

      • 8 MC items

      • Each item is a sentence (taken from a short passage) with an underlined part to edit followed by 4 answer options.



Questions
Questions? LAA 2

  • Fen Chou

    Louisiana Dept. of Education

    225-342-3415

    [email protected]


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