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New England Common Assessment Program. Guide to Using the October, 2006 NECAP Reports: Companion PowerPoint Presentation February 2007. Welcome and Introductions. Mary Ann Snider Director of Assessment and Accountability RI Department of Education. Welcome and Introductions.

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New England Common Assessment Program

Guide to Using the October, 2006 NECAP Reports:

Companion PowerPoint Presentation

February 2007

slide2

Welcome and Introductions

Mary Ann Snider

Director of Assessment and Accountability

RI Department of Education

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Welcome and Introductions

Measured Progress Service Center: 1-877-632-7774

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Purpose of the Workshop

  • To assist schools and districts in using the variety of reports and support material issued by the NECAP states in conjunction with the release of results
  • To provide school and district personnel an opportunity to ask questions regarding the reports and support materials
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Involvement of Local Educators

  • Development of Grade Level Expectations
  • Test Item Review Committees
  • Bias and Sensitivity Review Committees
  • Classroom Teacher Judgment data
  • Standard Setting Panelists
  • Technical Advisory Committee
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Basics of Test Design

  • Fall test – previous year’s GLEs
  • Reading and Mathematics – grades 3-8
  • Writing – grades 5 and 8
  • Variety of Item Types
    • Reading: multiple choice and constructed response
    • Mathematics: multiple choice, short answer (one point), short answer (two points), and constructed response
    • Writing: multiple choice, constructed response, and extended response
  • Common and Matrix Items
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Two Basic Types of Educational Tests

  • Norm-Referenced: What is the student’s status or rank in a designated group?
  • Criterion or Standards-Referenced: Has the student learned the skills or achieved the standard?

NECAP is a Standards-Referenced Test

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Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)

  • Access to individual student results is restricted to:
    • the student
    • the student’s parents/guardians
    • authorized school personnel
  • Superintendents and principals are responsible for maintaining the privacy and security of all student records.
  • Authorized school personnel shall have access to the records of students to whom they are providing services when such access is required in the performance of their official duties.
  • FERPA website: http://www.ed.gov/policy/gen/guid/fpco/ferpa/index.html
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Questions and Answers

Questions about the purpose of the

workshop and/or NECAP background?

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Rhode Island Results

Suburban

Urban Fringe

Urban

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Rhode Island Results

* Indicates that gain exceeds the gain made by all students

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Types of Reports

  • Student Report
  • Item Analysis Report
  • School/District Results Report
  • School/District Summary Report
  • District Student Level Data Files
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Student Report

  • Two copies mailed to the school:
    • color copy for parents/guardians
    • black and white copy for local use
  • Dual sided: text side and data side
  • Spanish version of the student report available on the RIDE website for the Office of Assessment and Accountability
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Fun with Student Level Reports!

  • Review to be sure you have a student report for every student tested in October, 2006.
  • Prepare a letter to provide your interpretation of the results for your school and/or district.
  • Be sure teachers are prepared and comfortable discussing individual student results with families; including any instructional interventions.
  • Use your district data file to analyze growth between students you had last year and this year.
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Questions and Answers

Questions about the Student Report?

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Teaching School vs. Testing School

  • Rationale
  • Inclusion of students in “Teaching Year” reports
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Teaching School vs. Testing School

Schools Can View Reports for Testing Year (2006-07)

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Teaching School vs. Testing School

Or Teaching Year(2005-06)

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Teaching Year (accountability)

Testing Year(released this month)

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Item Analysis Report

  • Available to schools and districts on-line
  • These reports are confidential and the website is password-protected.
  • One per content area
  • Use in conjunction with Released Items documents
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Fun with Released Support Materials!

  • Build practice tests
  • Share writing samples as models
  • Mock scoring sessions to calibrate teacher judgments
  • Compare released items (GLE and DOK) with classroom instruction and assessments and student work.
  • Map instruction and scaffolding practices to items based on student performance.
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Released Item Documents

  • RIDE website at: http://www.ride.ri.gov/assessment/NECAP.aspx
  • New information provided in the Released Item Support Materials documents includes:
    • For all content areas, providing the multiple-choice items and the GLE code and text that each item is linked to
    • For math, indicating which items were included in session 1 of the math test by adding a “no calculator” symbol above the items
    • For reading, listing the passage name and type of text
    • For writing, listing passage name and mode of writing
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Questions and Answers

Questions about the Item Analysis Report or the Released Item documents?

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School/District Results Report

  • Available on-line at the Measured Progress website
  • Separate report for each grade level tested
  • District report contains no individual school data
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Please note:

You must always log in through this page to view confidential reports and data

New this

year

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Grade Level Summary Report

  • Page 2 of the NECAP School/District Results Report
  • Summary of participation and results
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Fun with Grade Level Summaries!

  • Review last year’s grade level summary report with this year’s
  • If gains were made, identify what strategies, interventions, and programs may have worked
  • If no progress was made, hypothesize why and what can be done at the school or district level to help students make progress
  • Identify where your results differ from the district and state results. Hypothesize why they may differ
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Questions and Answers

Questions about the Grade Level

Summary Page?

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Historical Data

  • Data is included for two years and is combined in the Cumulative Total row
  • In the Cumulative Total row for the achievement level columns:
    • The N columns are summed
    • The % columns are found by dividing the total number of students in the level by the total number of students tested
    • The Mean Scaled Score column is a weighted average
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Comparisons of NECAP Scores Across Years

  • School and District-Level Scaled Scores and Achievement Levels
  • Student-Level Scaled Scores and Achievement Levels
  • Content Area Subscores
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Content Area Results

  • Pages 3, 5, and 7 of the NECAP School/District Results Report
  • Provides information about achievement in subtopics of tested content areas
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Number of Scaled Score Points Denoting Minimally

Statistically Significant Difference for Average Group Results*

*Standard error of the mean difference with assumption n1=n2 and s1=s2

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Percentage Difference in Student Achievement Level Classification Denoting Minimally Statistically Significant Differences for Group Results*

*0.05 level of statistical significance

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Questions and Answers

Questions About the Content Area

Results Page?

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Disaggregated Content Area Results

  • Pages 4, 6, and 8 of the NECAP School/District Results Report
  • Provides information about achievement for different groups in a school/district
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Fun with Disaggregated Results!

  • Compare last year’s Disaggregated Report with this year
    • Highlight in yellow, groups that had significant positive increases
    • Highlight in blue, groups that remained stable or had decreases
  • Establish cross-grade and content groups to hypothesize what the school can do to close gaps and maintain increases
    • Access to rigorous curriculum?
    • Professional development in a specific area?
    • Adequate support programs?
    • Adequate family involvement?
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Questions and Answers

Questions About the Disaggregated Content Area Results Page?

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School/District Summary Report

  • Separate report for each grade level tested
  • Provides details about student achievement by content area
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School/District Summary Report

  • The first line designates the year the test was administered
  • The second line is the name of the report
  • The third line differentiates between “teaching year” and “testing year”
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Fun with School Level Summary Data!

  • Are there consistent patterns of achievement across grades? Across content areas?
  • Compare results to last year’s school summary
    • Highlight in yellow, areas where there has been significant growth. Highlight in blue, areas where there has been no growth or decline.
  • Establish cross-grade and content groups to hypothesize what the school can do to close gaps and maintain increases
  • Develop a school/district plan to address areas of weakness and continue areas of growth
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Student Level Data Files

  • All demographic information for each student that was provided by the state
  • The scaled score, achievement level, and subscores earned by each student in all content areas tested
  • Also contain:
    • Performance on released items
    • Student questionnaire responses
    • Optional reports fields data
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Supporting Materials

  • Guide to Using the 2006 NECAP Reports and companion PowerPoint
  • Grade Level Expectations
  • Test Specifications documents
  • Release Item documents
  • Preparing Students for NECAP: Tips for Teachers to Share with Students
  • Technical Report