California High School Exit Examination (CAHSEE)Program UpdateBilingual Coordinators Network MeetingNovember 20, 2008
Presentation Objectives • Overview of CAHSEE Requirement • Upcoming Test Dates • Bias and Sensitivity and Content Review • Program Resources • Study Guides and Teacher Guides • Released Test Questions • Guidelines for Academic Preparation • New Translations of District Packets • Variations for English Learners • Intensive Instruction Update • Questions/For Further Information
CAHSEE Requirement • All students must satisfy the CAHSEE requirement, as well as all other state and local requirements to receive a California public high school diploma. • The CAHSEE requirement can be satisfied by passing the exam or, for students with disabilities, receiving a local waiver. Education Code Section 60851(c).
Upcoming2008-09 Test Dates • December 6 & 13, 2008 (Saturdays) • December 8-12, 2008 (ELA writing prompt field test) • February 3-4, 2009 • March 17-18, 2009 • May 12-13, 2009 • Testing calendars and guidelines can be found at http://www.cde.ca.gov/ta/tg/hs/admin.asp
CAHSEE Review Panels Bias and Sensitivity Review panelists look for: • Language or graphics that may create a negative emotional response that interferes with a test taker’s ability to perform • Language or content that may not be accessible to some populations (idiomatic language is an example)
CAHSEE Review Panels (continued) ELA and Math Content Review panelists check items for: • Grade-level appropriateness • Alignment to standards • Validity of test items • Depth of Knowledge (DOK)
CAHSEE Review Panel Dates • Bias and Sensitivity Review • March 9-10, 2009 • March 23-24, 2009 • April 6-7, 2009 • Content Review • March 11-13, 2009 • March 25-27, 2009 • April 8-10, 2009 For more information or to apply, contact Usha Altieri at ETS (916-402-2406 or firstname.lastname@example.org)
Program Resources Program Resources Web page: http://www.cde.ca.gov/ta/tg/hs/resources.asp. • Study guides, teacher guides, and released test questions are newly revised. • Study guides will not be produced or distributed to schools in the 2008-09 school year; districts may download and photocopy as needed. • Resource page also includes CAHSEE blueprints; school, district, and county assistance packets; and technical reports.
Program Resources (continued) • Released Test Questions (RTQs) • As a historical document • Note the year item was used • As a classroom tool • Be sure to use RTQs as recommended in the Guidelines on Academic Preparation for State Assessments: http://www.cde.ca.gov/ta/tg/sa/documents/academicprep.pdf
Program Resources (continued) • District Packets for Parents of Middle School and High School Students • Spanish translations available for most documents • Other translations are coming soon • Packets can be found at http://www.cde.ca.gov/ta/tg/hs/resources.asp
Variations for English Learners • Hearing the test directions translated and having test directions clarified in the student’s primary language • Additional supervised breaks • The opportunity to test separately • Access to translation glossaries (word-to-word only) The Matrix of Test Variations for English learners can be found at http://www.cde.ca.gov/ta/tg/sa/documents/matrix1007el.doc.
Intensive Instruction Funds Update • Provides funding for intensive instruction and services for students who have taken but not passed one or both parts of the exam • Scheduled to be distributed early December 2008 • For 2008-09, districts were awarded $520 for each eligible grade twelve student and $142.71 for each eligible grade eleven student
Questions? CAHSEE policy and general exam information CDE California High School Exit Exam Office 916-445-9449 or email@example.com http://www.cde.ca.gov/ta/tg/hs/ State and federal accountability information CDE Academic Accountability Unit 916-319-0863 or firstname.lastname@example.org http://www.cde.ca.gov/ta/ac/ Test material ordering and logistics ETS CAHSEE Support 800-241-5687or email@example.com http://www.ets.org/cahsee/