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Alternate Assessments Based on Modified Academic Achievement Standards. Fen Chou, Ph.D. Louisiana Department of Education GSEG Project Kick-off Meeting January 16, 2008. What is LAA 2?. L EAP A lternate A ssessment, Level 2 , Designed for students with persistent academic disabilities

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Alternate Assessments Based on

Modified Academic Achievement Standards

Fen Chou, Ph.D.

Louisiana Department of Education

GSEG Project Kick-off Meeting

January 16, 2008

what is laa 2
What is LAA 2?

LEAP Alternate Assessment, Level 2,

  • Designed for students with persistent academic disabilities
  • Mandated by federal and state law: all students must be assessed and must be included in the accountability system
  • State board action required development of a “2%” assessment
  • The first operational test given spring 2006
which students take laa 2
Which students take LAA 2?
  • with persistent academic disabilities
  • served under IDEA
  • in grades 4–11
  • meet the participation criteria

Note: Participation criteria form on the LDE Web site

(www.louisianaschools.net)

what subjects are tested
What subjects are tested?

In spring 2008, students will be tested

  • Grades 4–10
    • English Language Arts
    • Mathematics
  • Grades 4, 8, 11
    • Science
    • Social Studies
how was laa 2 developed
How was LAA 2 developed?

Committees of Louisiana educators

  • Identified the range of abilities/capabilities of LAA 2 population
  • Defined appropriate grade-level expectations regarding breadth and depth
  • Identified a range of appropriate sample items taken from general assessment item banks
  • Reviewed proposed assessment design and made recommendations regarding:
    • Content depth, breadth, and complexity
    • Item types (MC and CR)
    • Test length and format
    • Test accommodations
laa 2 items
LAA 2 Items
  • Selected from general assessment item banks
  • Reviewed by LDE staff: assessment development and special populations
  • Prior review of items by Content and Bias Committees
how is laa 2 like general assessments
How is LAA 2 likegeneral assessments?
  • LAA 2
    • Is based on Louisiana content standards

(but reduces the range and depth of GLEs)

    • Includes both multiple-choice and constructed-response questions
    • Uses the same item pool
    • Requires the same procedures for test administration and test security
    • Results reported by Achievement Levels (e.g., Basic)
how does laa 2 differ from general assessments
How does LAA 2 differ from general assessments?
  • LAA 2 has
    • fewer questions
    • less reading
    • less writing
    • a modified format
      • fewer questions per page
      • more white space
      • larger font
most significant format changes english language arts
Most Significant Format ChangesEnglish Language Arts
  • Using Information Resources
    • General Assessments
      • one resource packet with about 4 to 6 sources
      • 5 MC items and 2 CR items
      • Questions follow all resource materials.
    • LAA 2
      • one resource packet with about 4 to 6 sources
      • 5 MC items and 1 CR items
      • Question is adjacent to the related resource.
most significant format changes english language arts1
Most Significant Format ChangesEnglish Language Arts
  • Proofreading
    • General Assessments
      • short passage to edit
      • 8 MC items
      • Student refers to underlined parts in a passage to edit, followed by MC items corresponding to the underlined portions.
    • LAA 2
      • 8 MC items
      • Each item is a sentence (taken from a short passage) with an underlined part to edit followed by 4 answer options.
questions
Questions?
  • Fen Chou

Louisiana Dept. of Education

225-342-3415

Fen.Chou@la.gov