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State-wide Assessment . Update for 2005-2006. What Does TN’s Alternate Assessment Program Look Like Now?. What Will TN’s Alternate Assessment Program Look Like in 2006-2007?. Goal: Include as many students as possible in the general assessment.

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state wide assessment

State-wide Assessment

Update for 2005-2006

goal include as many students as possible in the general assessment
Goal: Include as many students as possible in the general assessment.
  • In order for a student to obtain a regular diploma, they must take and pass all three Gateways.
  • May require the use of extensive accommodations
accommodations
ACCOMMODATIONS
  • Definition: Accommodations are practices and procedures in the areas of presentation, response, setting, and timing/scheduling that provide equitable instructional and assessment access for students with disabilities.
  • Accommodations reduce or eliminate the effects of a student’s disability and do not reduce learning expectations.
  • What if a student refuses to use the accommodation?
changes to the participation guidelines
Changes to the Participation Guidelines
  • School Psychologist to Provide/Review Information
  • Student Safeguards
    • Addition of ruling out Other Health Impairment as primary reason for participation.
    • The decision for TCAP-Alt participation is based on the needs of the student. It is not based upon anticipated impact on system/school performance scores.
    • The decision for TCAP-Alt participation is an IEP Team decision based upon the needs of the student. It is NOT an ADMINISTRATIVE DECISION.
  • Out-of-Level Testing Information Added
  • Signature of Principal Required for Completion

(What if a parent refuses cognitive assessment?)

how will we provide alternate assessment
How Will We Provide Alternate Assessment?
  • Most students who participate in alternate assessment under the 1% guidelines from the USDOE will participate in portfolio assessment.
      • Out-of-level offered as an option, but student scores may not count towards proficiency or participation for AYP purposes.
new tcap alt portfolio process
New TCAP-Alt Portfolio Process
  • more focus on academics
  • Alternate Performance Indicators
  • guide for choosing grade level performance indicators to be assessed
  • revision of TCAP-Alt Participation Guidelines (If IEP meeting done last year, new Participation Guidelines not necessary)
how will the portfolios be scored
How Will the Portfolios Be Scored?
  • Each subject area reported separately, as on the general assessment.
  • Students will not receive an overall portfolio score.
  • Due Dates
  • Who is scoring?
  • Shipping Information
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A Reminder About High School Students…

ALL students must be assessed in the areas of English (Reading/Language Arts), Mathematics, and Science at the high school level.

If the student does not meet current TCAP-Alt Participation Guidelines, then IEP Team must determine when – not if - Gateway Assessments will be administered.

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2005-2006 TCAP-Alt Rubric

Dimension scoring progresses linearly from left to right with each successive cell showing all the characteristics of the one preceding it. Minimum requirements indicated must be met to obtain points above 0.

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2005-2006 TCAP Alt Modified Rubric

  • This rubric is intended for scoring of student portfolios under the following conditions only:
  • student medically related absences are excessive (student is present 40% or less during each data period);
  • student transfers from out-of-state after December 31;
  • student attends school, but has an abbreviated schedule (1/2 day or less).

A Report of Irregularity must be completed prior to use.

  • Dimension scoring progresses linearly from left to right with each successive cell showing all the characteristics of the one preceding it.
  • Minimum requirements indicated must be met to obtain points above 0.

For definitions of terms found on this rubric and for additional scoring rules, see the TCAP-Alt Teacher’s Manual.

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2005-2006 TCAP-Alt Homebound Rubric

  • This rubric is to be used ONLY under the following conditions:
  • student is placed on homebound status for the entire school year;
        • OR
  • student attends a special day school –
  • serving students with significant cognitive and adaptive disabilities, and
  • student’s TCAP-Alt Participation Guidelines document cognitive and adaptive skills ≤ 50.
  • A Report of Irregularity must be completed prior to submitting the portfolio for scoring.
  • If the student is placed on homebound for only part of the year, contact the Division of Special Education for scoring instructions..
  • Dimension scoring progresses linearly from left to right with each successive cell showing all the characteristics of the one preceding it. Minimum requirements indicated must be met to obtain points above 0.
  • For definitions of terms found on this rubric and for additional scoring rules, see the TCAP-Alt Teacher’s Manual.
  • Medical Exemptions
  • Make individual request through DOE
  • Homebound and No Academic Goals/Instruction
  • Medically-Fragile—Physician’s Diagnosis and Information Required
  • Annual Review and Approval/Non-Approval for Medical Exemption
what about the 2
What About the 2%?
  • The new 2% Assessment is expected to be available for the 2006-2007 school year.
  • States can develop modified achievement standards and assessments based on those standards.
  • These standards and assessments must be aligned with grade-level content but can be modified so they reflect reduced breadth or depth of grade-level content.
  • Students eligible to take assessments based on modified achievement standards may be in any of the 13 disability categories.
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States and school districts can include students' proficient and advanced scores on modified assessments in Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) determinations. The number of modified scores cannot exceed a cap at the district and state levels, which is determined by the total number of students assessed.
  • The modified standards may not preclude a student from receiving a regular high school diploma.
  • States must adopt specific criteria for IEP teams to use to determine whether a student is eligible to be assessed on modified achievement standards.
  • IEP teams must review annually their decision to assess a student based on modified achievement standards.
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The IEP team must conclude that the student's disability has precluded him or her from achieving grade-level proficiency. This is determined by

1) objective evidence,

2) the student is not likely to achieve grade-level proficiency in the school year covered by the IEP despite high quality instruction (which includes special education and related services designed to meet the student's needs), and

3) the student is receiving instruction in the grade-level curriculum for the subjects in which he or she is being assessed.

  • States must develop clear and appropriate guidelines for IEP teams to use in determining which students with disabilities may be held to alternate or modified academic achievement. This is will ensure parents of those students are informed that their child's achievement will be measured on alternate or modified achievement standards.
where do i direct questions regarding tcap alt
Where Do I Direct Questions Regarding TCAP-Alt?
  • Malinda Tuttle

Malinda.Tuttle@state.tn.us

(615) 532-9702

  • Ann Sanders

Ann.Sanders@state.tn.us

(615) 741-7811

www.state.tn.us/education/speced/