Alternate Assessment on Alternate Achievement Standards Chief Academic Officers Quarterly Meeting June 12, 2014
National Centerand State Collaborative (NCSC) NCSC Project Goals: To develop a comprehensive system of technically defensible summative assessments supported by • Evidence-based curriculum and instruction • Comprehensive professional development To ensure that students with significant cognitive disabilities achieve increasingly higher academic outcomes and leave high school ready for post-secondary options (college and career ready)
NCSC ELA and Math • Replaces SC-Alt in ELA and math in 2015 • Aligned/linked to Common Core State Standards • Computer delivered (with paper/pencil option) • Grade specific • Administered to SC-Alt eligible students ages 8-13 and 16 commensurate with grades 3-8 and 11
NCSC Assessment Status • Pilots/field tests of ELA and math items with volunteer teachers and one of their students completed Spring 2014 • Census field tests of complete forms in one content area (either ELA or math) per student will occur October 20─November 14, 2014 • Operational assessment in ELA and math will occur during a 4 to 6 week window (March-April) 2015
SC-Alt Science and Social Studies • SC-Alt will continue to be used for science and social studies for the 2015 administration. • SC-Alt eligible students ages 9-13 (grades 4-8) will take both science and social studies. • SC-Alt eligible students age 8 (grade 3) will take either science or social studies. • The SCDE will begin developing extended standards or a support guide aligned to the 2014 science standards this year.
SC-Alt Science and Social Studies • SC-Alt biology will be administered to SC-Alt eligible students at age 16 (grade 11) beginning with the 2016 administration. • SC-Alt biology will not be administered in 2015 as this cohort of students met their science requirement in 2014.
Resources • National Center and State Collaborative Instructional Materials • https://wiki.ncscpartners.org/mediawiki/index.php/Main_Page • South Carolina Alternate Assessment Social Studies Instructional and Assessment Guide • http://ed.sc.gov/agency/programs-services/48/documents/SC-Alt-SS-SurveyIntro.pdf • Guidance for IEP Teams in Determining Participation in SC-Alt • http://ed.sc.gov/agency/programs-services/48/documents/SC-AltParticGuidanceForIEPteams.pdf