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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

Mathematics MCA-III Online Testing

Jennifer Dugan, Sandy Gimpl, and Rosemary Heinitz

math mca ii vs mca iii grades 3 8
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
background
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.
designing the mca iii
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?
mca iii components
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
2011 administration
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
2011 administration7
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

2011 administration8
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
2011 online vs paper audio
2011 Online vs. Paper Audio

The table shows Jimmy’s and Linda’s ages.

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

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  • 12
  • 16
  • 17

Jimmy’s and Linda’s Ages on January 1

item types
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)
screen tools
Screen Tools

Help tool

Formula sheet

Audio box

Calculator

Eraser tool

Highlighter tool

Back/next buttons

Eliminate choice tool

Pointer tool

Reset button

mca iii support materials
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
mca iii support materials15
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

test specifications
Test Specifications
  • Not final until first administration
  • MCA-III and Modified Combined for 3-8
other minnesota math assessments
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
plans for 2011 2012 administration
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
how can you become involved
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
mde contact information
MDE Contact Information
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