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Spring 2012 End-of-Course Training Materials. Algebra 1 EOC Assessment Biology 1 EOC Assessment Geometry EOC Assessment U.S. History EOC Field Test. Overview.

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    1. Spring 2012End-of-CourseTraining Materials Algebra 1 EOC Assessment Biology 1 EOC Assessment Geometry EOC Assessment U.S. History EOC Field Test

    2. Overview These training materials highlight important information for computer-based test administrations and the use of paper-based accommodations. Not all information from the test administration manual is included in this presentation, so district and school staff must read and familiarize themselves with all information in the manual, in addition to using these training materials.

    3. Manual • One manual (Spring EOC Manual) is provided for this administration. Instructions for computer-based (CBT), paper-based (PBT), and accommodated form administrations are included in this manual.

    4. Glossary of Terms Proctor Caching • A process of locally loading or “caching” test content on a computer at the school level. • Does not require a separate caching server and can run on any workstation on the network that meets minimum requirements. • Software is provided by Pearson. • Reduces test delays due to network congestion. • Provides students with a more seamless testing experience. • Requiredfor all FCAT/FCAT 2.0/EOC computer-based testing in Florida.

    5. Glossary of Terms Note: This is the TestNav address used for testing this spring; it is different from the address used for the Infrastructure Trial. TestNav 6.9 (TestNav) • Platform for Florida’s high-stakes computer-based statewide assessments. • Software application installed either on a file server or on each computer that will be used for testing.

    6. Glossary of Terms TestHear • Platform used to deliver accommodated forms (e.g., large print, zoom, color contrast, screen reader, assistive devices) for Florida’s high-stakes computer-based statewide assessments. • Software application installed on each computer that will be used to test students who require computer-based accommodations. • TestHear will operate on Windows PC workstations and on Macintosh workstations that have Mac OS 10.5 or later installed and are running Windows (e.g., via Boot Camp).

    7. Glossary of Terms ePAT • Electronic Practice Assessment Tool • Provides students an opportunity to practice using the computer-based platform prior to testing. • Available for download at www.FLAssessments.com/ePATs. • Download ePAT launcher separately from practice test content. • Accommodated ePATs are also available. Launcher is bundled with the practice test content for accommodated forms. • Scripts and instructions for downloading ePATs are under the Resources tab.

    8. Pearson Support and PearsonAccess Contact Pearson Support • Phone Number: 1-877-847-3043 • E-mail: Florida@support.pearson.com Appendix C in the Spring 2012 EOC Manual provides the following information: • PearsonAccess • User Accounts. FDOE distributed instructions for setting up user accounts to district assessment coordinators. • Browser requirements • Logging in for the first time • Resetting passwords • Training Center • Test Setup Exercise

    9. EOC Test Administration Schedule • *Any student not finished by the end of the allotted time may continue working; however, testing must be completed within the same school day.

    10. EOC Test AdministrationSchedule Scheduling • Subjects must be tested in the following order: • Geometry • Biology 1 • Algebra 1 • All testing for a single subject must be completed in a district before testing for the next subject may begin. • Testing for a single subject may not exceed two weeks. • U.S. History may be tested at any time during the field-test window.

    11. EOC Test AdministrationSchedule Scheduling • Since the testing window allows for multiple test sessions to be scheduled throughout the week, absent students may be reassigned to an existing session scheduled later in the week rather than creating separate make-up sessions. • Any deviation from the test administration schedule requires written approval from the Florida Department of Education (FDOE) prior to implementation.

    12. EOC Test AdministrationSchedule Testing Duration • Each Algebra 1, Biology 1, and Geometry EOC Assessment will be administered in one 160-minute session with a scheduled 10-minute break after 80 minutes. Students are not allowed to talk during the break. Individual restroom breaks are permitted as needed. Any student who has not completed the test by the end of the allotted time may continue working; however, testing must be completed within one school day. • Students may be dismissed from the testing room after the 10-minute break as they complete testing. However, no special incentives should be given to students to encourage them to finish early. • The U.S. History EOC Field Test will be administered in one 60-minute session with individual breaks as needed.

    13. What’s New for Spring 2012 Student Pledge • Prior to testing, students are required to read and agree to a student pledge. • Students taking a computer-based test must read and check a box indicating that they agree to adhere to the pledge. Students who do not check the “I agree” box should still be allowed to test. • Students taking a paper-based test sign beneath the pledge on page 2 of the test and answer book. • If a student refuses to agree to the pledge, the test administrator should note this in the record of required administration information and check the box for the student (CBT only).

    14. What’s New for Spring 2012 Seating Charts • Test administrators are required to maintain an accurate seating chart for each group of students in their rooms during testing. • All seating charts must indicate the front and back of the room, as well as the direction the students are facing. • If students are moved to a different location during testing, a new seating chart must be created and maintained for this location.

    15. What’s New for Spring 2012 Test Administrators • ALL test administrators must be certified educators. • Test administrators are required to sign a Test Administrator Prohibited Activities Agreement in addition to a Security Agreement. Certification numbers must be recorded on this document. • The EOC Administration and Security Agreement has been revised to emphasize the importance of proper training and the possible consequences of test administration irregularities.

    16. What’s New for Spring 2012 Virtual School Students • Districts must make arrangements to test Florida Virtual School (FLVS) Full-Time public school students, as well as other virtual program students, per Section 1002.45(6)b, Florida Statutes (F.S.). • See email sent to district assessment coordinators from Susie Lee on 3/9/2012 for specific information about testing these students.

    17. What’s New for Spring 2012 TestHear • Accommodated computer-based test forms (large print, color contrast, zoom, screen reader, assistive devices) are available for eligible students who have such accommodations identified in their individual educational plans (IEPs) or Section 504 plans. • These forms will be accessed using the TestHear software, which is similar to the TestNav 6.9 software but provides accommodations and allows the use of assistive devices. • Students who require accommodated forms must practice using the accommodated ePAT for the specific accommodated form or form combination that they will use during testing.

    18. What’s New for Spring 2012 Reference Sheets • For Algebra 1 and Geometry EOC Assessments, hardcopy reference sheets will be provided for ALL students, not just for students with a paper-based accommodation. • Reference sheets for computer-based tests will be included in test administration manual shipments. • Reference sheets for paper-based tests are included with test materials.

    19. What’s New for Spring 2012 Periodic Tables • Periodic tables for the Biology 1 EOC Assessment are available in an online format. Hardcopies are not provided for computer-based testers. • Schools may provide hardcopy periodic tables to students. Any hardcopy periodic tables must be photocopies of the perforated page in Appendix E of the manual. • Check each copy before distributing to students, and follow the instructions in the administration script. • Reference sheets for paper-based tests are included with test materials.

    20. What’s New for Spring 2012 Paper-Based Materials • Regular print and braille test materials are available for eligible students who have such accommodations identified in their IEPs or Section 504 plans.

    21. What’s New for Spring 2012 Hand-Held Calculators Algebra 1/Biology 1 • After participating in a practice test, a student may request an approved four-function calculator on the day of testing. Test administrators should have a supply of approved calculators for these students. • **TestHear forms of the Algebra 1 and Biology 1 EOC Assessments do not include an online calculator. Hand-held calculators must be provided for students using TestHear accommodated forms. Geometry • After participating in a practice test, a student may request an approved scientific calculator on the day of testing, if available. • **TestHear forms of the Geometry EOC Assessment do not include an online scientific calculator. Hand-held scientific calculators will be provided by FDOE for students taking the Geometry EOC Assessment using TestHear accommodated forms.

    22. TestHear Scripts As stated on the previous slide, the TestHear forms of the EOC Assessments do not include an online calculator. The Spring 2012 EOC Manual was printed prior to this functionality change; therefore the scripts in the manual should be replaced with the updated scripts distributed by FDOE and available at www.FLAssessments.com/SpringEOC. Please pay special attention to updated instructions regarding hand-held calculators and scripts for TestHear forms (denoted by **).

    23. Reminders Inappropriate actions by school or district personnel before, during, or after test administration may result in consequences including test invalidations and/or loss of teaching certification. District assessment coordinators must ensure that all school administrators, school assessment coordinators, test administrators, and proctors receive adequate training prior to test administration. All personnel involved in test administration must read and sign an EOC Administration and Security Agreement, provided in Appendix E, and test administrators must sign a Test Administrator Prohibited Activities Agreement, also provided in Appendix E.

    24. Reminders • Students may not have any electronic or recording devices, including, but not limited to, cell phones and smart phones, at their desks, in their pockets, or anywhere they can reach them during testing, even if the devices are turned off or the students do not use them. • If a student is found to be in possession of ANY electronic device(s) during testing, his or her test must be invalidated in order to successfully enforce this policy. • Students and parents must be made aware of this policy prior to testing.

    25. Reminders • If a student begins a session and leaves campus without finishing (due to an appointment, illness, etc.), he or she will NOT be allowed to complete that session. • No exceptions will be made once the student leaves the school’s campus, so parents and students must be made aware of this policy. • If you have concerns about a student, you should not allow the student to begin. Instead, arrange to administer the test to that student in a different test session or on another day.

    26. Reminders • The following resources for this administration can be found at www.FLAssessments.com/SpringEOC • Test administration manual • Forms to report test irregularities/security breaches and missing materials • Training materials • Comment forms • Blank Administration Record/Security Checklist • Security Log • Test Administrator Prohibited Activities Agreement • Test Materials Chain of Custody Form • Florida EOC Test Administration and Security Agreement • Materials Return Lists • Braille Scripts • Reference sheet and periodic table • ** Updated TestHear scripts

    27. Reminders Schools must administer an ePAT using the appropriate script provided in the Spring 2012 EOC Manual to all students to be tested to ensure that students have enough time to become familiar with the item types and features of the testing platform. **TestHear ePAT scripts in the manual should be replaced with the scripts distributed by the FDOE and available at www.FLAssessments.com/SpringEOC. ePATs can be used at any time up to the day of the test. The ePAT is also available for students to practice with on their own.

    28. Students to be Tested Algebra 1 The following students must participate in the Algebra 1 EOC Assessment administration: • All students who are enrolled in and completing one of the following courses: • Algebra 1 – 1200310 • Algebra 1 Honors – 1200320 • Algebra 1-B – 1200380 • Pre-AICE Mathematics 1 – 1209810 • IB Middle Years Program/Algebra 1 Honors – 1200390

    29. Students to be Tested Algebra 1 (cont.) The following students are eligible to participate in the Algebra 1 EOC Assessment administration: • Students who need to retake the assessment to earn a passing score for course credit • Students who entered 9th grade in the 2010–11 school year • who have not yet taken the assessment to be averaged as 30% of their course grade • who are in grade forgiveness programs and wish to retake the assessment to improve their course grade • Students in a credit acceleration program (CAP) who wish to take the assessment to earn course credit

    30. Students to be Tested Biology 1 The following students must participate in the Spring 2012 Biology 1 EOC Assessment administration: • All students enrolled in and completing one of the following courses: • Biology 1 – 2000310 • Biology 1 Honors – 2000320 • Pre-AICE Biology – 2000322 • Biology Technology – 2000430 • Biology 1 PreIB – 2000800 • IB Middle Years Program Biology Honors – 2000850 • Integrated Science 3 – 2002440 • Integrated Science 3 Honors – 2002450

    31. Students to be Tested Biology 1 (cont.) • Any student who completed one of the courses on the previous slide during the 2011–12 school year must take the Biology 1 EOC Assessment. • Students who entered grade 9 in the 2011–12 school year who are taking AP Biology 1 to meet the Biology 1 credit requirement for high school graduation must take the Biology 1 EOC Assessment.

    32. Students to be Tested Geometry The following students will participate in the Spring 2012 Geometry EOC Assessment administration: • All students enrolled in and completing one of the following courses: • Geometry – 1206310 • Geometry Honors – 1206320 • IB Middle Years Program Geometry Honors – 1206810 • Pre-AICE Mathematics 2 – 1209820 • Any student who completed one of the above courses during the 2011–12 school year must take the Geometry EOC Assessment.

    33. Students to be Tested U.S. History Field Test • All grades 9–12 students enrolled in and completing one of the following courses at schools selected in the field test sample will be tested. • 2100310 – United States History • 2100320 – United States History Honors • Students who completed one of the above courses at the end of semester one should not participate in the Spring 2012 U.S. History EOC Field Test. • Students with disabilities who are able to access computer-based assessments should participate in this field test administration. Any students who require paper-based accommodations, accommodated CBT forms, or assistive devices will not participate. • ELLs who are able to access computer-based assessments should participate in this field test administration.

    34. Students to be Tested Special Program Students • Make arrangements to test special program students (Home Education, Virtual School, McKay Scholarship, FTC Scholarship). English Language Learners (ELLs) • All ELLs who complete the relevant courses are expected to participate in the EOC Assessments no matter how long these students have been receiving services.

    35. Students to be Tested Students With Disabilities • All students with disabilities participate in the statewide assessment program by taking one of the following: • EOC Assessment without accommodations, • EOC Assessment with accommodations, or • Florida Alternate Assessment. • All determinations regarding participation in the statewide assessment program must be documented in the student’s IEP or Section 504 plan. • See Appendix A of the manual for information regarding accommodations.

    36. Test Invalidation • A test MUST be invalidated if either of the following circumstances occurs: • A student has an electronic device during testing • A student is cheating during testing • A test MAY be invalidated if one of the following circumstances occurs: • A student becomes ill and is unable to finish • A student is not allowed the correct amount of time • An error occurs in the administration of an accommodation • An error occurs in test administration or procedures • A student is disruptive during testing

    37. Test Administrator Before, During, and After Testing

    38. Test AdministratorBefore Testing • Read the test administration manual. • Read the Test Administration Policies and Procedures and sign the Florida EOC Test Administration and Security Agreement. • Read and sign the Test Administrator Prohibited Activities Agreement. • Establish an appropriate setting for test administration and remove or cover any unauthorized aids in the testing room. • Assemble and prepare all materials needed for test administration. • Ensure that your students and parents understand the testing policies prior to the first day of testing. • If you are administering tests to students who require accommodations, become familiar with the accommodations and discuss with your school coordinator how accommodations will be provided. • Ensure that you are familiar with how to open TestNav or TestHear to the login screen for each student computer prior to testing.

    39. Establish an Appropriate Setting • Tests should be administered in a room that has comfortable seating, good lighting, adequate ventilation, and sufficient workspace. • Students must not be able to easily view other students’ computer screens, work folders, or test and answer books. During the practice test, check the configuration of your testing room to make sure you will be able to provide a secure environment during testing. If necessary, use visual blocks. • Post the sign that reads TESTING—Please Do Not Disturb and display starting and stopping times as soon as testing begins. • Remove or cover all visual aids in the room. Students may not have access to any unauthorized aids. Discuss any concerns with your school assessment coordinator.

    40. Establish an Appropriate Setting When you arrive on the day of testing, open each student workstation in the testing room to the student login screen as indicated in the script, but do not log in for students. Display the student comment form URL, or create shortcuts on student workstations to ensure each student is able to complete a form after testing. Ensure that you have a way to contact the technology coordinator or the school assessment coordinator without leaving the room unattended.

    41. Materials Needed for Testing Test Administration Manual • You will need the Spring 2012 End-of-Course Test Administration Manual to read the test administration scripts to students. • When testing students who are allowed certain accommodations, you may need to modify the scripts. It is especially important that you review the scripts BEFORE testing begins to determine the necessary modifications. Do not interpret this as permission to paraphrase test items. • Scripts and instructions for the administration of paper-based forms are provided in Appendix A. • **Updated scripts for the administration of accommodated computer-based test forms (large print, color contrast, zoom, screen reader, assistive devices) were emailed by FDOE and are available at www.FLAssessments.com/SpringEOC.

    42. Materials Needed for Testing Test Administration Manual (cont.) • Appendix D on page 333 is the CBT Test Administrator Quick Reference Guide. • This guide lists possible error messages students may encounter, explanations for each message, and possible solutions. • This guide is a helpful resource for test administrators during testing. 42

    43. Materials Needed for Testing Student Authorization Tickets • The School Assessment Coordinator sections of the manual provide instructions for scheduling students into testsessions and printing Student Authorization Tickets. • For each test session, each student needs a Login ID and a test code (password), which are printed on the Student Authorization Tickets. • Students will need a pen or pencil during testing to sign their tickets.

    44. Materials Needed for Testing Student Authorization Tickets (cont.) • Student Authorization Tickets must be handled in a secure manner and returned to the school assessment coordinator immediately after each day of testing is completed. • The test administrator will give each student a ticket only AFTER all students have entered the testing room, as instructed in the script, and all tickets must be collected BEFORE students leave the testing room.

    45. Materials Needed for Testing Student Authorization Tickets (cont.)

    46. Materials Needed for Testing Session Roster • A Session Roster is a list of all students scheduled in a test session that displays important information including: • Test Administration • Session Name • Test to be Administered • Test Code (password) • Student Name • Student ID • Student Date of Birth • Class Information • Login ID • Blank space to record attendance information and accommodations used • The Session Roster may be used to record required administration information.

    47. Materials Needed for Testing Session Roster (cont.) • Session Rosters must be handled in a secure manner and returned to the school assessment coordinator immediately after each test session is completed. • The School Assessment Coordinator sections of the Spring 2012 EOC Manual provide instructions for creating and printing Session Rosters.

    48. Materials Needed for Testing Session Roster (cont.)

    49. Materials Needed for Testing Test Group Code • A test group code is a unique four-digit number used to identify a group of students testing together. • Each group of tested students, initial or make-up, in a testing room should receive a unique test group code. • District assessment coordinators either will create and distribute test group codes to all school assessment coordinators or will instruct them to create their own unique four-digit codes. • Students will enter the test group code before beginning the test, as indicated in the scripts.

    50. Test Code & Test Group Code