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  1. 2014 Winter EOC Pre-AdministrationEnd of Course Pre-Administration Webinar October 28, 2014 10:00-12:00 AM October 29, 2014 1:00-3:00 PM October 30, 2014 10:00-12:00 AM

  2. AGENDA • Introductions • Overview of Georgia Milestones & End of Course (EOC) Measures • Students To Be Tested, Scores/Reporting • Testing Windows, Times, and Scheduling • Testing Modes, Materials, and Tools • Calculator Policy, Non-Calculator Subsection • Testing Accommodations • Security/Testing Irregularities, Cell Phones and electronic devices • Receipt, Return, and Tracking of Materials • EOC Important Dates and Resources • Contact Information

  3. Purpose Results of the EOC measures, according the legislated and identified purposes, must: • provide a valid measure of student achievement of the state content standards across the full achievement continuum; • serve as the final exam for the course, contributing 20% to the student’s final course grade (Not applicable in 2014-2015); • provide a clear signal of the student’s preparedness for the next course and ultimately post-secondary endeavors (college and career); • allow for the detection of the progress made by each student from one assessed course to the next; • support and inform educator effectiveness measures; and • inform state and federal accountability measures at the school, district, and state levels.

  4. Georgia Milestones: Unique Features Features include: • inclusion of constructed-response items in ELA and mathematics, in addition to selected-response items • inclusion of a writing component (in response to text) at every grade level and course within the ELA assessment; • inclusion of norm-referenced items in every grade and content area to complement the criterion-referenced information and to provide a national comparison; and • transition to online administration over time, with online administration considered the primary mode of administration and paper-pencil back-up until transition is completed. Addition of technology-enhanced items beginning in 2016-2017.

  5. Georgia Milestones: Unique Features Blended: Criterion-Referenced and Norm-Referenced Georgia Milestones will provide: • criterion-referenced performance information in the form of four performance levels, depicting students’ mastery of state standards • norm-referenced performance information in the form of national percentiles, depicting how students’ achievement compares to peers nationally Note: To provide norm-referenced information, some norm-referenced items may not align to Georgia’s content standards. Only aligned NRT items will contribute to proficiency designations.

  6. Georgia Milestones: Embedded NRT • Each content area/course test will contain 20 norm-referenced items. • The 20 NRT items will provide a national percentile score to provide a barometer of national comparison. • Approximately 10 of these items have been reviewed by Georgia educators for alignment to the grade level/course content standards. • Only those NRT items judged to be aligned by Georgia educators will contribute to the criterion-referenced proficiency designations of students. The NRT items were selected to reflect the full TerraNova subtest for each content area.

  7. Georgia Milestones: Embedded NRT • Teachers and students should be aware that the tests will include a small number of NRT items (approximately 10) for which students have not had direct instruction. • These items will contribute only the NRT score and will not contribute to the criterion-referenced score and proficiency designation that is used in promotion/retention, course grade, student growth, educator effectiveness measures, or accountability (CCRPI). • The content and skills measured within these items reflect more global concepts within the content area (such as, reading comprehension, language, mathematics, science, or social studies) that students encounter during the course of their matriculation. This is particularly true in science and social studies. Georgia Milestones will included norm-referenced items that are not directly aligned to the grade level or course standards. These items will not impact student scores.

  8. Experience Online Testing GeorgiaApplicable to both EOC and EOG measures • The website’s primary purpose is to provide exposure to the online platform that students will use when taking the Georgia Milestones tests. • Given this, you will find: • General items from four content areas that reflect multiple grade levels.  • Items do not necessarily reflect of the range of content or challenge that students will experience on actual tests.  • Three short accommodated demonstration tests – High Contrast, Large Font, and Screen Reader. • http://learnoas.ctb.com/GA/

  9. EOC Measures • 9th Grade Literature & Composition • American Literature & Composition • Coordinate Algebra • Analytic Geometry • Physical Science • Biology • US History • Economics/Business/Free Enterprise

  10. Students To Be Tested • Any student, regardless of grade-level, enrolled in an EOC course must take the appropriate EOC. • For example, if a student is taking a course to complete the state requirement for 9th Grade Literature, that student must take the 9th Grade Literature EOC regardless of the course title assigned by the local system. • This information can be found on pages 75 - 76 of the Student Assessment Handbook.

  11. Students To Be Tested Students who are: • Middle-school students enrolled in an EOC course will be tested – regardless of whether not they are awarded high school credit for the course. These students will also be required to take the appropriate grade level (based upon their FTE grade) Georgia Milestones EOG. • Enrolled in credit recovery or “make-up” courses that will award credit for an EOC course that the student previously failed.

  12. Students To Be Tested Students who are: • Enrolled in Advanced Placement (AP) and/or International Baccalaureate (IB) courses, through their local school/system, that have an associated EOC must take the EOC (1) if credit is being awarded as a “core” (state-required) course and (2) the student has not previously fulfilled their EOC requirement in that area [e.g. the student has not taken Biology I (26.01200), and the Biology EOC, prior to taking AP Biology or IB Biology]. • Participating in “dual enrollment” through a post-secondary institution for an EOC course.

  13. Students To Be Tested Students who are: • Enrolled in a Georgia public school while also enrolled in a private school, home study program, or non-traditional educational center for which they receive graduation credit for one of the required courses associated with a Georgia Milestones EOC measure. These students must take the Georgia Milestones EOC regardless of the private school, home study program, or non-traditional educational center’s accreditation status. It is the responsibility of the local school system to determine whether criteria are met for awarding credit. • Enrolling from non-accredited programs, non-accredited schools, or non-traditional educational entities. These students must earn a grade conversion score of 70 on the Georgia Milestones EOC to receive credit from the public school for a course associated with a Georgia Milestones EOC measure.

  14. Students to Be Tested End of Course Administration to Transfer Students • The requirement to validate any credit earned by a student from a non-accredited school or program, as stipulated in State Board of Education Rule 160-1-5-.15 (Awarding of Units of Credit and Acceptance of Transfer Credit and/or Grades), has not been waived by the State Board of Education. • Students who enter a Georgia public school district in December 2014 through July 2015, with credits earned from a non-accredited school or program, should take the associated Georgia Milestones EOC measure. • Scores will be issued in Fall 2015. • Local districts and schools should follow local placement policies while they await EOC scores to validate those credits.

  15. Students To Be Tested • Students with disabilities and English Learners (EL) who are enrolled in EOC courses. • Students who receive accommodations for instructional and classroom assessment purposes may also be eligible for accommodations during test administration. • Accommodations provided for statewide assessment must be listed on IEP, IAP, or EL TPC and should be consistent with the student’s instructional program.

  16. Students To Be Tested • Students enrolled in your system who are also enrolled in EOC courses via Georgia Virtual School (GAVS) • Must be administered the appropriate EOC at their home school/system. • It is the School Test Coordinator’s responsibility to ensure that these students’ answer documents are coded accurately (“30” under SDU A). • Documents not coded to reflect students enrollment with GAVS could delay or interfere with reports.

  17. Scores and Reports • Score reports will be available in Fall of 2015. • Produced at the student, class, district, and state levels. • Provide students’ criterion-referenced proficiency designations for each test. • These designations will tell the degree to which students have mastered the standards within each course using four performance levels. • Provide domains scores. • NRT scores will be presented as national percentile ranks. • Only the criterion-referenced proficiency designations will be used in the educator effectiveness measures and for state and federal accountability.

  18. Grading • The applicable provisions of State Board Rule 160-4-2-.13 (Statewide Passing Score) were waived by the State Board of Education for the 2014-2015 school year. • Local school systems may determine their own policies and procedures for calculation of final course grades in EOC courses through the Summer Semester of 2015 (July 31, 2015). • It is important that students know that they WILL RECEIVE SCORES. Individual score reports and electronic results (that will be loaded to your local system’s Student Information System and the SLDS). In short, their scores – once produced – will become part of their school/test record and history. • The test itself has NOT been “waived” for 2014-2015 . . . Only its role as the final exam. • In future years, the Georgia Milestones EOC will contribute 20% to the student’s final course grade.

  19. Administration Windows *Mid-Month administrations are available online only.

  20. Administration Windows Mid-Month Windows • Tests only available online. • Mid-month administrations are available for the following purposes: • Completion of Course • Completing an assessment requirement from a previous administration (making-up/clearing an Incomplete) • Validation of course credit • Districts must identify the purpose of each student’s mid-month test in the Test Administration System (TAS) • Information will be provided in a future update regarding whether the Test-Out opportunity will be available in March 2015.

  21. Administration Times A section may not be stopped until the minimum allotment of time has expired. If students are still productively engaged with the test content, the maximum amount of time, per section, may be given in 10 minute increments. Note: These maximum time limits do not apply to those students who have the accommodation of extended time.

  22. Basic Scheduling • Each test booklet is divided into two or three (ELA only) sections. • Students may complete Sections 1 and 2 in one day or Section I on day one and Section II on day two. • Students must complete ELA in 2 or 3 days. For the two-day option, Section 1 and 2 must be administered on day 1; Section 3 must be administered on day 2. For the three day option, each section must be given one per day on consecutive days.

  23. Basic Scheduling • Students may not complete a portion of a section and then complete the remainder of the section later in the day or the next day. • This will result in an invalidation of the test. • For example, if a student becomes ill during Section I and does not complete that section, the student may not complete the remainder of the Section I upon their return to school.

  24. Scheduling Considerations • Diligent attention must be given to the development of a schedule that protects the security and integrity of the test administration. • EOCs may be scheduled at any time during the state testing window. • Systems may elect a one-day administration (with a second-day required for ELA Section 3) or; • A two-day administration (with a third day for ELA Section 3) • However, all schools in the system must follow the same schedule as closely as possible. • Individual subject areas must be administered on the same or consecutive days within the system. • Each course area (EOC) should be scheduled for completion during the same week as its start date. The exception is ELA Section 3.

  25. Scheduling Considerations • ELA Section 3 should be the only content on which a student is assessed on the day it is scheduled, either as a main or makeup administration. • An exception to this would occur should a student need to make up multiple tests and there are not enough days left in the local testing window. • The administration of ELA Section 3 must be scheduled: • on a school day that immediately follows the scheduled completion of ELA Section 2 and; • before the administration of a subsequent content area (make-ups may be an exception to this). • The scheduled main administration start date for ELA Section 3 must be consistent district-wide by course.

  26. Scheduling Considerations • The purpose of the make-up days is to administer the tests to students who were unexpectedly absent during the regularly scheduled administration. • Includes sick days, verified court dates, etc. • Does not include personal vacations, school field trips. • When in doubt, contact GaDOE. • Make-ups must only be administered during the district’s window.

  27. Scheduling Considerations Makeup Days/Sessions • Make-up days/sessions must be designated within the local testing window. • The last day of the local testing window should be scheduled as a makeup day to capture any remaining students who need to complete testing. • In addition to designated makeup days; makeup sessions can be scheduled, morning or afternoon, as time permits on other days during the local window.

  28. Scheduling Considerations • Schools must adhere to the testing times prescribed in the Examiner’s Manuals. • Additional time is required for disseminating materials, completing forms, and other test protocols. • A section may not be stopped until the minimum allotment of time has expired. If students are still productively engaged with the test content, the maximum amount of time, per section, may be given in 10 minute increments. • Allowing too much or too little time may result in an invalidation.

  29. Scheduling Considerations • When scheduling tests, consider the optimum time to administer the tests. • Consider logistics, including time and staffing. • During one-day test administrations, lunch should not serve as the break between sections I and II. To do so, would allow for potential breaches of test security.

  30. Testing Modes • End of Course measures may be administered via paper and pencil or online. • Paper-pencil assessments will be available during all main administrations. • Online assessments are available for all administrations (required for mid-month administrations). • Examiners will have to keep track of administration time for both testing modes.

  31. Paper Test Booklets and Answer Documents • Test Booklets and corresponding answer documents are in the same color family. • Form numbers for English Language Arts and Mathematics booklets MUSTbe matched to answer document that have the same form numbers. • EXAMINERS MUST ENSURE STUDENTS RECEIVE THE CORRECT BOOKLET AND ANSWER DOCUMENT. • Science test booklets have only one corresponding answer document. • Social Studies test booklets have only one corresponding answer document.

  32. American Literature

  33. Ninth Grade Literature

  34. Coordinate Algebra

  35. Analytic Geometry

  36. Physical Science

  37. Biology

  38. United States History

  39. Economics

  40. Student Responses Constructed Response Items • All student constructed responses must be entered into the appropriate sections of answer documents/online form. • Answers left on scratch paper, scratch pad or blank areas of test booklet will not be scored.

  41. Answer Document Print Name, School and System Enter Date of Birth Do not submit documents with student labels misplaced. All demographic information must be bubbled for students who do not have labels. Affix Student Label

  42. Answer Documents FOR TEACHER USE ONLY Complete Following Sections Only if Applicable • SRC must be coded for students with IEP, EL/TPC, or 504 IAP, with or without accommodations • Types of accommodations: • S – Setting • P – Presentation • R – Response • SC – Scheduling • Identify basis of accommodations: • IEP, EL/TPC, or 504 IAP

  43. Answer Documents FOR TEACHER USE ONLY • If applicable, code Braille or Large Print. • The PTNA option should only be bubbled by the Examiner if a student is present and can not or will not take a test. If a student answers one question on any section of the test, PTNA should NOT be bubbled.

  44. Answer Documents Complete Following Sections Only if Applicable State Directed Use (SDU A) • SDU A – Code for Georgia Network for Educational and Therapeutic Support (GNETS) and Georgia Virtual School (GAVS)

  45. Testing Irregularities- Paper If an irregularity occurs: Call Mary Nesbit-McBride for code Fill-in the appropriate irregularity or invalidation field. Grid the 5-digit irregularity code.

  46. Test Tickets for Online Testing To avoid a student testing under another student’s GTID, you must : Print ALL Student Tickets. Have students verify their name and test name are correct and sign the ticket next to their name.

  47. Summary Test Tickets for Online Testing

  48. Pre-Code Window for Online Testing • The Test Administration System (TAS) will contain data from the State Pre-ID File ONLY if the system marked students as “Yes” in the State Pre-ID File’s (August 2014) Online Indicator field. • A Pre-Code window will be open from November 10 – 14. • Systems will have the opportunity to add/edit student information . • For systems that submit a Pre-Code file, those will be loaded immediately after this window closes • The window closes at 8:00 p.m. ET on November 14. • Details on this process will be provided in upcoming technical training sessions.

  49. Online Tools Available for All Students • Blocking Tool • Highlighter • Eraser • Magnifying Glass • Mark for Review • Online Calculator – if allowable • Option Eliminator • Scratch Pad (Unavailable for iPAD until Spring 2015) These tools are available to all students who test online and are therefore NOT considered accommodations.