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NOCTI Overview

Amie Birdsall and Patricia Kelley

February 23, 2012

discussion topics
Discussion Topics
  • NOCTI Overview
  • Products and Services
  • Selecting an Assessment
  • Q&A
nocti overview
NOCTI Overview
  • Over 40 years serving the CTE community
    • Non-profit organization
    • Owned and operated by the 50 states
    • Each state is a member of NOCTI’s Consortium of States
    • Works with both secondary and post-secondary populations
    • Nocti Business Solutions (formerly The Whitener Group) provides services to industry

NOCTI Products & Services

Study guides for all Job Ready and Pathway assessments

Countdown Kits available for all Job Ready assessments

Successful Schools-Successful Programs Guide

Supplemental Products


  • Over 80 Job Ready tests offered
  • 30 Pathway tests in 10 clusters available
  • Over 90 private industry employment and/or advancement tests delivered
  • 20 teacher-level assessments

Professional Learning Opportunities Also Offered!


Selecting an Assessment

Determine purpose of assessment

Determine audience

Determine results desired

Research available options


Selecting an Assessment

Assessment blueprints are available on NOCTI’s website at no cost!


Assessment Blueprints

  • Blueprints include:
    • Competency List
    • Content Distribution
    • Sample items/jobs

Assessment Blueprints

  • Content distribution for written and performance
  • Sample multiple-choice questions
  • Sample performance job

Job Ready Assessments

Assess technical skills at the occupation level (e.g., Accounting, Carpentry, Pre-Engineering)

Measure aspects of occupational competence such as factual and theoretical knowledge

Target secondary and post-secondary program completers


Assessment Results

NOCTI’s Standard Score Reporting Package:

Individual Score Reports

Group Score Reports

Comparative Data

Other Reports Available:

Task-Link Reports

Integrated Academic Reports


What data do I receive from NOCTI?

Score Reports

Online Test Administration

Paper/Pencil Administration

Aggregate Reports: 10 business days after receipt of correctly completed answer sheets

  • Immediate Score Reports
  • Aggregate Reports: 2 business days after user codes are released from Client Services Center

What data do I receive from NOCTI?

Immediate Score Reports

  • Immediate Student Scores
    • Displayed to student if option is designated
    • Emailed to Site Coordinator upon completion of testing (can be forwarded to instructor)

NOCTI Standard Score Reports

  • Individual Score Reports
  • Provided for each test taker
  • Scores by duty and total
  • Pre-/post-test comparisons
  • Comparative data

NOCTI Standard Score Reports

  • Group Score Report
  • Provided for the testing group
  • Duty and total scores for each participant

NOCTI Standard Score Reports

  • Analysis of Scores Report
  • Provided for the testing group
  • Comparative data
  • Criterion-referenced cut score
  • Other statistical information

NOCTI Additional Reports:

Task-Link Report

  • Task-Link Report
  • Includes:
    • Number of items presented for each task
    • Average correct by group
    • Number correct for each test taker
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Project Goals
  • Understand data and assessments
  • Use data effectively
  • Improve learning and skill acquisition for students
  • Plan for continuous improvement of learning and instruction
  • Share ideas and collaborate with other educators
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Classroom Example

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What the Data Reveal

  • Achievement gaps
  • Differences between subgroups
  • Trends
  • Progress

Collecting Data – More Than NOCTI

  • Includes process of collecting, analyzing, and interpreting information
  • Determines the degree to which students are becoming competent and meeting standards
  • Occurs at many levels (e.g., classroom and program assessments to state and national assessments)

What Data Exist?

  • National
  • State
  • District/System
  • School
  • Program
  • Teacher
  • Class
  • Student
  • Standards


What lies beneath the data scores that influence those scores?


What Questions Can the Data Answer?

  • What is the data designed to answer?
  • What other data may be needed?
  • What roadblocks are there to interpreting the data?

Plan for Learning Improvement

  • Start with results: Analyze the previous year’s goals, comparing against local unit tests and end-of-course tests, at the student level and classroom level.
  • Triangulate: Find relationships
  • between test data and
  • attendance and discipline
  • referrals.

Plan for Learning Improvement


  • Disaggregate data by subgroups (e.g., socioeconomic status or those receiving free/reduced lunch, or Individualized Education Program/IEP).
  • Use information from advisory groups or parents.
  • Set goals for the year as well as long-term goals.

Plan for Learning Improvement

  • Continued:
  • A common denominator is to improve learning through teamwork.
  • Build school department and state data teams.
  • Review annual assessment data with a faculty team to isolate achievement gaps or groups of students with high and low performance. 

Plan for Learning Improvement


  • Schedule school and department data team meetings to discuss data and review progress.
  • Discuss and develop strategies, such as curricular alignment with academic and industry standards, curricular sequence, timing, and depth of instruction.

Monitor Student Progress

  • Use a progress monitoring system for all students.
  • Graph students’ curricula-based scores.
  • Identify effective instructional components.

Thank You

Amie Birdsall

Pat Kelley