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The North Carolina Alternate Assessment Academic Inventory. Hope Tesh-Blum Division of Accountability Services Testing Section EC Conference/July 2001. Why was it developed? Who ’s Eligible? History and Timeline What is it? When is it completed?. How to complete it?

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Hope tesh blum division of accountability services testing section ec conference july 2001

The North Carolina Alternate Assessment Academic Inventory

Hope Tesh-Blum

Division of Accountability Services

Testing Section

EC Conference/July 2001


What will i cover today

Why was it developed?

Who’s Eligible?

History and Timeline

What is it?

When is it completed?

How to complete it?

Where do you get it?

Changes for 2001-02 school year

ABCs

  • North Carolina Department of Public Instruction

  • Division of Accountability Services

  • July 20, 2001

What will I cover today?


Hope tesh blum division of accountability services testing section ec conference july 2001

Why was the NCAAAI Developed?

  • Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) of 1997

    • All students, including those with IEPs or Section 504 plans, must participate in the statewide testing program.

    • NC Alternate Assessment Portfolio (NCAAP)

    • NC Computerized Adaptive Testing System (NCCATS) Accommodation


Which students are eligible
Which students are Eligible?

  • Must have a current Individualized Education Program (IEP) or Section 504 Plan

  • Must be following the NC Standard Course of Study (NCSCS) {important}

  • Unable to access statewide testing with or without accommodations {important}

  • Must have an assigned grade level of 3-8


Who decides
Who decides?

  • The IEP Team determines student participation in the NCAAAI and the grade level at which the student will be assessed.

  • Different options


History of the ncaaai
History of the NCAAAI

  • Late Fall 2000

    • It was determined that a small group of students could not be supported by the NCAAP or NCCATs

    • Late December 2000/Development began

    • Discussion/Conflict concerning implementation dates (Spring 2001 vs. Fall 2001)


Examples of students needing a separate alternate assessment
Examples of Students needing a separate Alternate Assessment:

  • Newly-blinded students who have not mastered Braille

  • Students with learning disabilities needing assessment below the third grade

  • Students with serious physical disabilities that prevent participation


Who helped in the development and improvement
Who Helped in the Development and Improvement? Assessment:

  • NCDPI Exceptional Children Division

  • NCDPI Division of Instructional Services

  • NCDPI Division of Accountability Services/Testing Section

  • Regional Accountability Coordinators

  • Assessor Input (NCAAAI Review Sheet) {important}

  • Technical Outreach for Public Schools (NCSU)


Timeline for the ncaaai

March 2001 Assessment:

Inventories available on-line (TNN)

Order system up

April 2001

Intact notebooks are shipped

June 2001

Notebooks returned to the NCDPI

July 2001

2001-02 Inventories available on-line (TNN)

August 2001

Reports and Notebooks returned to LEAs

2001-02 shipped

Timeline for the NCAAAI


What will be different in 2001 02 from 2000 01
What will be Different in 2001-02 from 2000-01? Assessment:

  • Teacher/Assessor feedback

  • Descriptors/Scales

  • Less repetition/Fewer forms

  • More training/More detailed Administrative Guide

  • LEAs do not return the notebooks

  • No Grade 10 Inventory for HSCT


What is the ncaaai
What is the NCAAAI? Assessment:

  • Checklist of competencies scored using individual scales for each content area (new)

    • Reading (Grades K-8)

    • Mathematics (Grades K-8)

    • Writing (Grades 4 & 7)

  • Notebook (binder) format

  • Collection of evidence to support scores


When are the inventories scored
When are the Inventories Scored? Assessment:

  • Three times per year

    • First month of school=Baseline data

    • First month of the second semester of school=Mid-Year Winter data

    • Last month of school=Final Spring data

  • Evidence is collected to support Final Spring scores.


How is the inventory scored
How is the Inventory Scored? Assessment:

  • The assessor uses the Description of Student Performance for a particular content area to give each competency a score from 1-8 or NA (not applicable).

  • Using the individual competency scores, determine the subheading score(s).

  • Using the subheading score(s), determine the Overall Score.


Achievement levels final spring overall score

Assessed Assessment:On-Grade Level:

Level 4 (7-8)

Level 3 (5-6)

Level 2 (3-4)

Level 1 (1-2)

Assessed Off-Grade Level:

Student may only receive a Level 1 or Level 2

Achievement Levels: Final Spring Overall Score


Examples of evidence
Examples of Evidence Assessment:

  • Local Tests (LT)

  • Samples of Student Work (SW)

  • Teacher Observations (TO)

  • Teacher-Made Tests (TT)

  • Audio Tapes (AN)

  • Other (specify)


Data collection 2001 02
Data Collection 2001-02 Assessment:

  • Scores will be transferred to student scannable sheets during the last month of school

  • Local Test Coordinators will scan the sheets

  • Data will be transferred to the NCDPI during the end-of-year process

  • Student Notebooks will be stored locally for six months (randomly request)


How do leas order the ncaaai
How do LEAs order the NCAAAI? Assessment:

  • Local procedure to collect information (number participating)

    • Number of notebook binders

    • Number of inventories by content area (R, M, or W) and assessed grade level (K-8)

  • Information is passed to the LEA Test Coordinator who orders on-line (TNN)

  • Materials will be shipped to the LEA TC

  • School distribution (by secure means) is a local procedure


Training
Training? Assessment:

  • Train-the-Trainer Model

  • NCDPI Trains Regional Accountability Coordinators (RACs)

  • RACs train the LEA Test Coordinator

  • LEA TC trains the EC Director

  • Training for local staff is a collaboration between Testing and EC personnel (local decision)


Ncaaai and the abcs

2000-01 Assessment:

Pilot Study

Not included in School Accountability

Number of students participating will be included in Volume II.

2001-2002

Operational administration

Pending data analysis

Performance Composite

Growth Component

NCAAAI and the ABCs


Ncaaai and student accountability

2000-01 Assessment:

Pilot Study

Not used for Student Accountability Standard at Grade 5

2001-2002

Operational administration

Pending data analysis

Not yet determined for Grades 3, 5 & 8

NCAAAI and Student Accountability


More information
More Information Assessment:

  • Testing Section Website:

    www.NCPublicSchools.org/accountability/testing

  • LEA Test Coordinator may contact Regional Accountability Coordinator for questions