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PSSA-M Guidelines For IEP Teams Spring 2010 Administration PA Department of Education Bureau of Special Education Bureau of Assessment and Accountability. Edward G. Rendell, Governor. Dr. Gerald L. Zahorchak, Secretary of Education. 1. General PSSA for Math, Reading, Science, Writing
PSSA-M Guidelines For IEP Teams Spring 2010 Administration PA Department of Education Bureau of Special Education Bureau of Assessment and Accountability Edward G. Rendell, Governor Dr. Gerald L. Zahorchak, Secretary of Education 1
General PSSA for Math, Reading, Science, Writing Modified PSSA-M for Math, Reading (field test), Science (field test) PASA for Math, Reading, Science ACCESS for English Language Proficiency NAEP for U.S. History, Civics, Geography, Writing in selected schools Pennsylvania System of School Assessment for 2010 2
MUST have a standards-aligned IEP Disability precludes achievement of grade-level proficiency within IEP year even with significant growth Multiple measurements indicate persistent low performance on valid assessments over time even with intensive interventions Grades 4-8 & 11 Not eligible for PASA PSSA-M Participants 4
“Less difficult” PSSA test Fewer items Less complexity Less extraneous language More white space Larger font More hints where appropriate Simplified graphics No separate answer sheet SAME GRADE-LEVEL academic content assessment anchors PSSA-Modified 5
Jim earned $127.59 last month. He spent about 20% of the money. Which is the closest estimate of the amount of money Jim spent? A 13 B 20 C 26 D 30 Original Item (PSSA Released Item)
Jim has $128. Jim spends 20% of his money. Which is closest to the amount Jim spends? O $13 O $20 O $26 O $108 Modified Item
For whom? By when? Using what? How? Conceptualizing the IEP Process
Math only for Spring 2010 Grades 4-8 and 11 Following Guidelines for IEP Teams: Assigning Students with IEPs to State Tests (ASIST) For Whom?
Penn Link—September 3, 2009 School districts should begin to use the revised IEP format as soon as possible, but must use the new format for any IEP developed on or after October 8, 2009. Section IV State and Local Assessment Assessments is the only section of the IEP that has been revised. By When?
Language is typical for changes to IEP Forms “As soon as possible” and October 8, 2009 reflects: Timeliness for IEP Teams to act Completion of training and expectations to roll out training to educational entities Penn Link
IEP changes are as follows: Section IV State and Local Assessments Available assessment options offered at various grade levels PSSA-Modified Math Without accommodations With accommodations For the PASA test: Why is the PSSA or PSSA-M not appropriate? Using What?
Conceptualize the process Do NOT stress! Take one step at a time Train special education teachers and other relevant staff on the ASIST guidelines Envision who the students will be Determine annual IEP vs. revision to the IEP How?
Use the NEW IEP form for ALL students having annual IEPs written PRIOR to the administration of the state tests. The Annual IEP
Thinking About the Revision For ALLOTHER students with annual IEPs written AFTER the assessment window: Consider the guidelines and which students may be candidates for the PSSA-M Math Consider participation as part of the IEP Team process Revision to the IEP
The Revision Process Revision to the IEP: Can be a face-to-face IEP Team meeting Can be a revision via other communication method Phone conference Email communications The process is presented in the two-page reference entitled IEP Revision Process Administrators are encouraged to use this tool with teachers Revision to the IEP
Send the Invitation to Participate in an IEP Team Meeting or Other Meeting Discuss eligibility criteria Document the decision in Section IV of the new assessment page Document the revision on page 1 of the IEP Revising the IEP: Having a Meeting
Discuss eligibility criteria with parents Document the decision in Section IV of the new assessment page Document the revision on page 1 of the IEP: The LEA and parent have agreed to make the following changes to the IEP without convening an IEP meeting, as documented by— Date of Revision, Participation/Roles, IEP Section(s) Amended Revising the IEP: No Meeting
Lynda A. Lupp Bureau of Special Education 717.783.6913 email@example.com Diane Simaska Bureau of Assessment and Accountability 717.705.2343 firstname.lastname@example.org Contact Information
Bureau of Special Education, John J. Tommasini, Director Bureau of Assessment and Accountability John Weiss, Director
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