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Scott Cook, ISAT Coordinator Rob Sauer, Deputy Superintendent of Innovation and Choice Carissa Miller, PhD, Deputy Superintendent of Assessment. Tools for Schools: Developing End-of-Course Assessments Statewide. A. Purpose, goals and uses of End-of-Course Assessments (EOCs)

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tools for schools developing end of course assessments statewide
Scott Cook,

ISAT Coordinator

Rob Sauer, Deputy Superintendent of Innovation and Choice

Carissa Miller, PhD,

Deputy Superintendent of Assessment

Tools for Schools: Developing End-of-Course Assessments Statewide
A. Purpose, goals and uses of End-of-Course Assessments (EOCs)

B. EOC test development plan

C. Mentor/mentee model of development

D. Other tools available for districts

E. Creation logistics, getting involved

F. Questions and comments

assessment purposes
Variety of uses

Classroom tests/quizzes

Interim/benchmark assessments

Summative assessments

EOCs in classrooms (15% of grade)

Mastery tests

Graduation exams

Assessment Purposes
good testing practices
Alignment to standards


Are we testing what we intend to measure?


Can the measure be repeated with confidence?

Pearson correlation, Cronbach’s alpha

Differential Item Functioning (DIF) – performance among subgroups


Sufficient rigor for the course/purpose?


Scoring and Reporting

*American Educational Research Association, (1999) “Standards for Educational and Psychological Testing,” Washington, DC: AERA.

Good Testing Practices*
state eoc uses
Used as a tool to inform instruction

Potentially for alignment of curriculum

Textbooks and course outlines vary

Augmenting assessments within district/schools

Item banks

State EOC Uses
eoc test development plan
Provide Sample End-of-Course examinations in:

Biology, Physical Science and Earth Science

Geometry, Algebra 1, Pre-Algebra

Provide an Open source Item bank in these course areas-

For local assessment

For formative assessment to take place

EOC Test Development Plan
test development isat eoc comparison
Test Development: ISAT/EOC Comparison

ISAT Start to finish: roughly a 2-year process

Trained item writers follow standards, content limits; depth and range of knowledge, balance of representation

Items are reviewed by Idaho teachers before piloting

Piloted items are reviewed again for statistical analysis and alignment to standards and content limits

isat test development cont
ISAT Test Development [cont.]

Bias review

Item correlation

DIF analysis

Distractor analysis

% correct values

Building test forms

Forms review

Census test ready

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EOC Test Development Plan

Multiple choice format

Combine item writing and training with mentor/mentee model

Using experienced EOC item writers and inviting teachers from schools in “Needs Improvement Status”--access SI dollars

Professional development a positive by-product of process

Building item bank with existing items from Boise, Meridian, and Twin Falls [thanks!]

tasks ahead
Tasks ahead………….

SDE must finalize or write standards which inform sample Test Blueprints- Geometry and Algebra course outlines exist

Create individual online item cards- @ 1,800 for 6 courses, load in SchoolNet

Create list of focus words that inform search function

eoc workshop nov 2010
Experienced item writers are paired with novice items writers

10 individuals per course group

Whole group trains in basics of item writing

Groups begin to code items to test blueprints

EOC Workshop, Nov. 2010
workshop week cont
Groups select existing items that have worked well in districts for sample test forms

Groups write new items to flesh out test forms

Test forms are created

Test forms are reviewed

Items not used in forms revert to bank

Workshop Week [cont]
housing of eocs
SchoolNet will house test forms and item bank

Educators will access through Single sign in portal and will need permission to use EOC application

Ability to create formative assessment, local EOCs, unit tests by searching standards or focus words--- ex., “ Distributive property.”

Housing of EOCs

Chapter 4: Creating Tests

The Create page is where you create new tests and new test items. The test creation process likely began with the test blueprints and high-level benchmarking goals being set prior to the actual test creation process in Assess. Creating the test using the form below creates a test shell where items are then added from Item Central, or are authored right from the test details page.

After the test content is entered, Assess supports a common workflow that takes the test into various stages, including a Public Draft that allows content and assessment specialists to review the items, alignments, metadata, and online testing display collaboratively.

To generate a test, see:

Step 1: Getting Started

Step 2: Choosing an Item Type

Step 3: Working within Item Types

See also:

Test Stages

Test Detail

Customizing Tests

Modifying Tests

Deleting Tests

Creating Passages: Getting Started

Creating Passages: Adding Content

other tools available
Course Outlines

Courses of Study

Sample Lesson Plans linked to Standards

Formative Assessments

Identify and Share Links to Sites and Best Practices

Other Tools Available
creation logistics

- November


- Boise

How will participants be invited?

- Federal Requirements

- We will be contacting districts that are eligible

- Brief application will be required

- Mentors will be selected

All districts will benefit

Creation Logistics
final thoughts
Teachers access items and test forms on SchoolNet platform

Local access, local control

Finalizing course test forms, QA items, training and rollout Winter 2011

Final thoughts
contact us
If your district is interested in participating:

Rob Sauer

(208) 332-6934

Contact Us