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2009 CMA and STS Q&A Webcast. November 18, 2008 8:30 a.m.–10:00 a.m. Presenters: Mark Hansen, Michael McDaniel, ETS Staff of the CDE . Objectives. District STAR coordinators will understand: Test eligibility criteria for California Modified Assessment Standards-based Tests in Spanish.

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2009 cma and sts q a webcast

2009 CMA and STSQ&A Webcast

November 18, 2008

8:30 a.m.–10:00 a.m.

Presenters: Mark Hansen, Michael McDaniel, ETS

Staff of the CDE

2009 CMA and STS Q&A || Slide 1

objectives
Objectives

District STAR coordinators will understand:

Test eligibility criteria for

California Modified Assessment

Standards-based Tests in Spanish

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agenda
Agenda

Eligibility for tests

CMA

STS

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california modified assessment who takes the cma
California Modified AssessmentWho Takes the CMA?

Available at grades 3–8 for ELA, grades 3–7 for mathematics, and grades 5 and 8 for science

Student must have an IEP that indicates CMA to be administered

2. Student shall have taken the California Standards Test (CST) in a previous year, shall have scored below basic or far below basic in the subject area being assessed by the CMA, and may have taken the CST with modifications.

3. Student may test one or more content areas with CMA, e.g., CMA for Mathematics, CST for English–Language Arts (ELA)

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cma special version reminders
CMA Special Version Reminders

Audio CDs

Grades 3–5 only; not available for CMA for Grades 6–8 or CMA Writing Tests

CD packaged with a single version 1 test booklet

Additional version 1 test booklets allowed only when ordering an audio CD

Warning issued if quantity is greater than ten times the quantity of audio CDs

Large print and braille

Large print available for CMA grades 3–8 and Writing

Braille available for CMA grades 3–5

Packaged with a single version 1 booklet

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cma read aloud reminders for 2009
CMA Read-Aloud Reminders for 2009

Audio CD reminders for the CMA

Make sure that each student listening to questions read aloud by audio CD has a version 1 test booklet.

Contact the district STAR coordinator if there are not enough version 1 test booklets for students whose IEPs require that they hear a specific subject of the test read aloud.

If the test examiner personally reads the questions aloud, any version of the test booklet may be used for individual students.

If the test examiner reads questions aloud to groups of students in the same testing session, be aware that each student may have a different version. This is because all other CMA test materials will be delivered with multiple versions of the exam by grade level.

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cma q a
CMA Q&A
  • Question:
    • If a student is eligible to take the CMA by scoring below basic or far below basic in a previous year, must the student always take the CMA?
  • Answer:
    • The IEP team makes the decision annually, by evaluating the student’s progress on multiple measures.

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cma q a8
CMA Q&A
  • Question:
    • What are the criteria for taking the CMA for Grade 8 Science?
  • Answer:
    • A student may fill the first participation criterion if the student:
      • has taken the CSTs in a previous year, and
      • scored below basic or far below basic in ELA or mathematics and may have taken the CST with accommodations and/or modifications.

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cma q a9
CMA Q&A
  • Question:
    • What CMA mathematics assessment should a student in grade 8 take?
  • Answer:
    • Currently, the CMA for Mathematics covers grades 3–7. CMA-eligible students in grade 8 should take the CST for Mathematics for which the student is eligible (General Mathematics,Algebra I, etc.) with the appropriate modifications.

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cma q a10
CMA Q&A
  • Question:
    • What about a CMA for Grade 8 History–Social Science?
  • Answer:
    • Currently, there is no CMA for Grade 8 History–Social Science. CMA-eligible students in grade 8 should take the CST for Grade 8 History–Social Science with the appropriate accommodations and/or modifications.

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cma q a11
CMA Q&A
  • Question:
    • Does a Section 504 Plan qualify a student to take the CMA?
  • Answer:
    • No. The student must have an IEP.

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cma q a12
CMA Q&A
  • Question:
    • What is the deadline for IEPs in order to determine who takes the CMA?
  • Answer:
    • There is no stated deadline. The district should identify eligible students before the deadline for ordering materials. Materials for newly identified CMA test takers can be ordered through the supplemental order process. The IEP must be in place before testing begins.

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cma q a13
CMA Q&A
  • Question:
    • Will CMA proficiency levels be reported for grades 6–8 in 2009?
  • Answer:
    • No. Proficiency levels for grades 3–5 will be available in 2009.

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cma q a14
CMA Q&A
  • Question:
    • Will the ELA passages be read aloud on the audio CD?
  • Answer:
    • No. The ELA passages will not be read aloud on the CMA audio CD because this is a modification. Modifications are not allowed on the CMA.

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cma q a15
CMA Q&A
  • Question:
    • If a student took the CMA in a previous year, is he or she qualified to take the CMA again? When would the student no longer qualify for the CMA and be required to take the CST?
  • Answer:
    • The IEP team annually decides whether the student will take the CMA.

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cma q a16
CMA Q&A
  • Question:
    • Will the Matrix of Test Variations, Accommodations, and Modifications on the CDE’s Web site be updated to include the CMA?
  • Answer:
    • No. The Matrix of Test Variations, Accommodations, and Modifications includes the CSTs. There is a separate matrix of variations and accommodations for the CMA. Both will be included in an appendix to the STAR District and Test Site Coordinator Manual, as was done for the 2008 administration.

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cma q a17
CMA Q&A
  • Question:
    • Are modifications permitted on the CMA?
  • Answer:
    • No. The CMA is already a modified assessment; only variations and accommodations are permitted.

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standards based tests in spanish who takes the sts
Standards-based Tests in SpanishWho takes the STS?

Available for grades 2–11

Spanish-speaking English learners (EL)

Required to take STS if they:

Will have been enrolled in a school in the U.S. less than 12 cumulative months on the first day of testing

OR

Are receiving instruction in Spanish regardless of the length of time they have been enrolled in a school in the U.S.

At the option of the school district:

Any other Spanish-speaking English learners

Students DO NOT take STS if:

They are non-ELs (e.g., English-only, I-FEP, R-FEP)

They are English learners whose primary language is not Spanish

Districts will not be able to purchase the STS

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who takes the sts for mathematics
Who Takes the STS for Mathematics?

STS-eligible students in grades 2–6

Grade-level mathematics contained in test booklet

STS-eligible students in grade 7

Grade-level mathematics if the students are not enrolled in Algebra I

STS-eligible students in grades 8–11

No STS for General Mathematics; qualifying students in grade 8 or 9 will take the CST for General Mathematics in English

Some students may take no STS for Mathematics if they are:

Not enrolled in a mathematics course

Enrolled in General Mathematics or Business Mathematics

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which students take the sts for algebra i
Which Students Take the STSfor Algebra I?

STS-eligible students in grades 7–11 who are completing an Algebra I courseor completed one in the summer of 2008

STS-eligible students in grade 7 who are not completing Algebra I take the STS for Grade 7 Mathematics

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which students take the sts for geometry
Which Students Take the STS forGeometry?

STS-eligible students in grades 8–11 who are completing a Geometry course or completed one in the summer of 2008

General Mathematics not available in the STS

STS-eligible students in grade 8 who are not completing Geometry or Algebra I take only the CST for General Mathematics.

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sts q a
STS Q&A
  • Question:
    • Do English-only students in dual immersion programs take the STS?
  • Answer:
    • No. The STS is only for Spanish-speaking English learners.

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sts q a23
STS Q&A
  • Question:
    • May a school district purchase the STS?
  • Answer:
    • No. Unlike the Aprenda 3, the STS is not available for purchase.

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STS Q&A
  • Question:
    • If students are tested with the STS in grades 9–11, do they also take the CSTs?
  • Answer:
    • Yes.

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sts q a25
STS Q&A
  • Question:
    • Because there is no STS for General Mathematics, which STS mathematics test do students in grade 8 who do not qualify for Algebra I or Geometry take?
  • Answer:
    • There is no STS mathematics test for those grade 8 students to take; however, they still take the CST for General Mathematics.

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sts q a26
STS Q&A
  • Question:
    • Is the STS testing window the same as the Aprenda 3 testing window?
  • Answer:
    • No. All STAR tests are now given in the same 21-day window.

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in conclusion

In Conclusion

CMA resources

http://www.cde.ca.gov/ta/tg/sr/cmastar.asp

Coming soon! District and Test Site Coordinator Manual Appendix A (CMA Participation Criteria)

Coming soon! CMA Test Variations and Accommodations Matrix for the 2009 Administration

STS resources

http://www.cde.ca.gov/ta/tg/sr/resources.asp

2009 CMA and STS Q&A || Slide 27

next webcast

Next Webcast

2009 Pre-ID Webcast:

December 17, 2008

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