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TCAP Achievement Transition Laura Atkins. Office of Assessment, Evaluation, & Research. Questions to Explore. When the new TCAP achievement test is administered in 2010? Will it be a criterion-referenced assessment or a norm-referenced assessment?

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    1. TCAP Achievement Transition Laura Atkins Office of Assessment, Evaluation, & Research

    2. Questions to Explore • When the new TCAP achievement test is administered in 2010? • Will it be a criterion-referenced assessment or a norm-referenced assessment? • Will the test administered in 2010 have a close correlation to the state’s new curriculum standards?

    3. Questions to Explore • Will the test administered in 2010 be NAEP like? • Will roll-outs be conducted during the spring of 2009 to prepare leadership teams in school systems for working with teachers as assessment processes change?

    4. Questions to Explore • Would you consider holding a state testing conference or regional roll-outs for this unique transitional period resulting from implementation of new curriculum standards and a new assessment process in 2009-2010?

    5. Questions to Explore • How can TVASS information be used most effectively to develop the instructional program to meet student needs as curriculum standards change and added rigor is applied?

    6. Questions to Explore • What plans (if any) are in place to change the K-2 assessment process? • What plans (if any) are in place to change the assessment process for ELL and SPED students? • Discuss security procedures.

    7. New Achievement Contract & Timeline Office of Assessment, Evaluation, & Research

    8. New Achievement Contract • Grades K-2 (Optional NRT) • Grades 3-8 (Mandated CRT) • Modified Academic Achievement Standards Assessment (MAAS) • English Linguistically Simplified Assessment (ELSA)

    9. New Vendors • Pearson Educational Measurement (PEM) • Reporting • Logistics • Pearson Access • K-2 testing • Educational Testing Service (ETS) • Write custom items for TN grades 3-8

    10. New Achievement Contract • October 1, 2007: New content standards to Assessment • December 2007: Release of Achievement RFP • January 2008: SBE approval of content standards • January to March 2008: Creation and review of New Items by CTB

    11. New Achievement Contract • March 2008: New Achievement Contract begins • March to August 2008: Continued creation and review of New Items by Pearson/ETS (Vendor Transition including Item Bank transfer) • June 2008: Review of New Passages (ETS)

    12. New Achievement Contract • August 2008: Review of New Items (ETS) • December 2008: Passage Review (ETS) • February 2009: Item Review (ETS)

    13. New Achievement Contract • TCAP T: Spring 2009 (Operational items assess current SPIs) • TCAP A: Spring 2010 New Operational Assessment (Assess revised SPIs for RLA, Math, & Science) • TBA: New Cut Scores Established (Standard Setting Required)

    14. Resources Office of Assessment, Evaluation, & Research

    15. TCAP T Time Limits Same as Form S (Spring 2008)

    16. TCAP Achievement (3-8) State Performance Indicator Chart Spring 2009 http://www.state.tn.us/education/assessment/tsachrcspi.shtml

    17. TCAP Achievement (3-8) Third Grade Pilot Pilot results are in… Results are positive! ALL students grades 3 – 8 will now use a separate answer document. ALL students (3 – 12) may mark in test booklets.

    18. TCAP Achievement (3-8) • Practice Answer Document • Practice answer document created as a resource for teachers of grades 3-8. • Designed for practice in filling in bubbles on a document similar to the TCAP Achievement answer document. Available online at: http://www.state.tn.us/education/assessment/doc/Grade3_Ansdoc.pdf

    19. TCAP Achievement (3-8)

    20. TCAP Achievement (3-8) Unique Identification Numbers Beginning with the Summer 2008 Gateway/EOC test administration, both the student social security number and the State unique identification number (EIS) will be captured in an effort to phase out the use of social security numbers.

    21. TCAP Achievement (3-8) For information about Curriculum roll-out sessions contact the Office of Curriculum and Instruction. 615/532-6300

    22. TCAP Achievement The Office of Curriculum and Instruction (TDOE) is developing companion documents to the new curriculum standards. User’s Guide to the Tennessee Mathematics Curriculum Framework Scott Eddins 615/741-3073 scott.eddins@state.tn.us

    23. TCAP Achievement User’s Guide to the Tennessee Mathematics Curriculum Framework • Overview • General Organizational Format • Webb Levels and the TN Curriculum • Vision of Standards Based Science, • Technology Engineering & Mathematics Education • Implementation

    24. TCAP Achievement User’s Guide to the Tennessee Mathematics Curriculum Framework • Formative and Summative Assessment Mapping • Webb Depth of Knowledge Levels • Alignment with ACT & NAEP • Comparison of Former & New Standards • Vocabulary in Focus • Content in Focus

    25. State Performance Indicator Chart Spring 2009 http://www.state.tn.us/education/assessment/tsachrcspi.shtml

    26. TCAP Achievement (3-8) Online Resources • Item Samplers & Practice Tests (Current) • Educators Guide to Test Interpretation (will be revised) • Teacher Directions (will be revised) • Frequently Asked Questions (will be revised) http://www.state.tn.us/education/assessment/tsachhome.shtml

    27. K-2 Testing Office of Assessment, Evaluation, & Research

    28. K-2 TestingNew Stanford 10 • Grades K-2 • “Shelf Test” (Norm-Referenced) • Optional • No longer use TerraNova • Use Stanford Achievement Test Spring 2009

    29. K-2 TestingNew Stanford 10 • Levels • SESAT 2 (Kindergarten) • Primary 1 (First Grade) • Primary 2 (Second Grade)

    30. K-2 TestingNew Stanford 10 Subtests • Reading • Mathematics • Language • Spelling • Listening • Science • Social Studies

    31. K-2 TestingNew Stanford 10 • Flexible time limits • Content reflects national standards • Full-color • Easy-to-navigate • Normed in 2002 • Must order before Thanksgiving!

    32. New Assessments Office of Assessment, Evaluation, & Research

    33. New Assessments • Modified Academic Achievement Standards (MAAS) • English Linguistically Simplified Assessment (ELSA)

    34. Achievement - ELSA • English Linguistically Simplified Assessment (ELSA) • Available for ACH - Spring 2010 • Intended for Limited English Proficient (LEP) students • ACH test in “simplified” English

    35. Achievement– ELSA • Characteristics of simplified language assessments • Reduce wordiness • Use common words • Avoid words with multiple meanings • Use concrete words • Reduce complexity of sentence structure • Use the simplest verb forms • Use less complex context

    36. Achievement– ELSA • Reduce linguistic barriers to measurement of the intended knowledge or skill • The knowledge or skill being assessed must not be changed • Challenging vocabulary should be used only when it is relevant to the knowledge or skill being assessed • Same ACH test (e.g., large print and Braille versions)

    37. Achievement– MAAS April 2007, federal regulations finalized an option for an alternate assessment based on modified academic achievement standards Resource:National Center on Educational Outcomes (NCEO)http://cehd.umn.edu/AAMAS.html

    38. Achievement– MAAS • TDOE adopts Modified Academic Achievement Standards (MAAS) Assessment • Pearson/ETS contracted to field test MAAS items in Spring 2009 • MAAS to be operational in Spring 2010 • MAAS becomes one component of the NCLB Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP)

    39. Achievement– MAAS • Available for all 3-8 content areas (Reading and Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies)

    40. Achievement– MAAS • Assess same content standards as ACH • Modify test format • Modify test questions • Modify achievement standards

    41. Achievement– MAAS • Referred to as the 2% solution • Students for whom the alternate assessment is too easy • Students who cannot demonstrate achievement on TN’s ACH • Design an assessment with more valid score interpretation for the 2% population

    42. Achievement– MAAS • Develop modified achievement standards (performance levels) • For on-grade-level content standards • Challenging for eligible students • Assess a student’s mastery for grade-level content • But at a less difficult level than grade-level achievement standards (performance levels)

    43. Achievement– MAAS • Eligibility • Guidance from State Department of Education (Special Education Division) • IEP Team • Content Standards (same as ACH) • Achievement Standards (specific to MAAS)

    44. Achievement– MAAS • State must establish clear and appropriate guidelines for IEP teams to determine eligibility. • Students may be assessed on the modified assessment in one or more subjects. • Eligible students may be from any of the disability categories listed in the IDEA.

    45. Achievement– MAAS • State must ensure students’ IEPs include goals for content standards for the grade in which the student is enrolled. • Students must have access to the curriculum and instruction for the grade in which the student is enrolled.

    46. Achievement– MAAS • Students cannot be precluded from attempting to complete the requirements for a regular high school diploma. • “A student’s IEP Team continues to determine how the student will participate in State and district-wide assessments.” (OESE)

    47. Achievement– MAAS • Achievement expectations may be modified to provide a better method for assessing growth over time for the 2% population. • Achievement standards should promote challenging expectations for this population.

    48. Achievement– MAAS • After performance level descriptors for each achievement level are obtained, appropriate cut scores can be set for each proficiency level. • Educator committees will be convened to recommend cut scores for this population on this new assessment.

    49. Achievement– MAAS • Test design changes include: • Three answer option choices • Shorter reading passages • Reduced reading load • Simplified language • Decreased cognitive complexity

    50. TCAP Achievement– MAAS • Format changes include: • Print styles simplified (modified use of italics, underlining, bold-facing) • Charts, graphs, and tables simplified • Print type size enlarged • Essential information reinforced • Fewer items on each page