Spring 2013 Writing SOL Training

Spring 2013
Non-Writing SOL Training
APRIL 25, 2013
Training Agenda
Spring 2013 Non-Writing Timeline
Testing and Curriculum Resources
Test Security
Special Test Accommodations
Reminders for Testing Coordinators
Testing Timeline
Week of April 15
Non-secure Testing Materials Arrive
May 3
Data Upload File Due to DDOT;
High school secure material delivery (if applicable)
May 9
Elementary and middle secure material delivery (if applicable)
Week of May 6
Term Grad Testing
Week of May 13
(Lee High/ Genesis)
May 13:
May 14:
May 15:
May 16:
May 17:
Literacy and Numeracy
World History I
World History II
VA/US History
EOC Reading
Week of May 20
May 20:
May 21:
May 22:
May 23:
May 24:
Alg II, Reading 8, History 3, VA Studies
Alg I (HS), Reading 6, Math 4, VMAST Math 4
Geometry, Alg I (MS), Math 8, Math 4 and 5, VMAST Math 4 and 5
History retests, Math 6, Math 5 and 3, VMAST Math 5 and 3
Reading retests, Civics, Science 8, Math 3, VMAST Math 3
Week of May 27
May 29: Earth Science, Reading 7, Reading 3 and 5, VMAST Rdg 3 and 5
May 30: Biology, USHistory I, Reading 3 and 4, VMAST Rdg 3 and 4
May 31: Chemistry, Math 7, Science 3 and 5
Week of June 3
June 3: USHistory II
June 4: Math retests
June 5: Science retests
June 7
Last day to return materials
Testing Upload
Group Name: Consider how you want score reports to be organized.
Group code: Will NOT appear on printed reports; allows for data sorts; Max 10 characters
Test code: MUST double-check at high school. (NEW assessment? Retest with OLD?)
Ethnicity/ Race: Hispanic; 32 categories
ELL information: Test tier, composite, literacy, SOA-LEP, AYP-D
SOA Transfer: Enrolled after 20th day – Sept 15th (or 20th hour – Feb 12th)
AYP: If a student began school ANY day AFTER the first day AND was NOT in our
division last year, can be coded as AYP. May disregard reference to “September 30”.
 A: within division
 B: outside division/ within Virginia
 C: outside Virginia
Term grad: Anyone graduating by August 31, 2013; multiple opportunities
Project Graduation: Refer to definition in TIMS; qualifies for multiple opportunities
RP-Code: Genesis
Retest: High school only – if retaking test
Recovery: Reading or Math only; Check if student has received 10+hours of remediation
D-Code: High school only – if pursuing modified standard diploma (needs literacy/
numeracy requirements)
Online Test: Students NOT marked as online should have documented need
Additions in RED and Deletions in RED
High School Only:
 Substitute Tests: If a student is enrolled for the
first time in a course that requires an EOC test and
has taken or will take an approved substitute test in
place of the EOC tests, include in upload and select
Testing Status code 10. If a student has failed an EOC
test and takes an approved substitute test as a retest
in an attempt to earn a verified credit, complete
Testing Status code 10 AND set Retest flag to Y.
 Read-aloud/Audio for Reading: Under certain
circumstances an LEP student or a student with a
disability may receive the read-aloud or the audio
accommodation on the EOC Reading test even though
the student has not been determined as eligible based
on criteria for read-aloud tests
 School Test Coordinator Handbook
 Student Data Upload File Requirements
 Test Implementation Manual
 Examiner’s Manual
 Pearson Access User’s Guide for the Virginia
Assessment Program
 Virginia Standards of Learning Assessments
Guidelines for Administering the Read-Aloud
 Testing Resources
Test Implementation Manual:
 Page iii: What’s New?
 Page xvii: Checklist of STC Responsibilities
 Page 9: Applications Available for Test Preparation
 Page 19: Test Manipulatives
 Appendix A: Test Security
 Appendix C: Special Test Accommodations
 Appendix H: Online Tools, Icons, Descriptions
Examiner’s Manual:
 What’s New?
 Applications for Test Preparation
 Responding to test errors
 Online Tools, Icons, Descriptions
 Answering Student Questions
 Online: Examiner “language”
 Paper/pencil: Examiner “language”
 Test security
 Special Test Accommodations
 Checklist of Examiner Responsibilities
Resources ~
 http://www.doe.virginia.gov/testing/sol/standards_do
Standards, Curriculum Framework, Blueprint
Sample Lesson Plans
Vocabulary Resources
Sample Text-Dependent Questions*
Frequently Asked Questions
Released Tests (NOTE: These do NOT align with 2010
standards. New 2010 tests will not be released until 2015.)
 http://www.doe.virginia.gov/testing/sol/practice
Reading SOL Practice Items*
Reading VMAST Practice Items*
Tabbed Reading Passage Demonstration (gr 8 & EOC)*
Reading Passage Scrolling Demonstration
Narrated demonstration of TEI Items*
 NEW testing of 2010 standards for tested grades
in Spring 2013
About 15% TEI - technology-enhanced items
(high-level, open-ended questions)
One Section Review screen at the end of the test
with all the reading passages and questions
NOTE: If TEI questions require a “stated” number
of responses and all are not answered, will show as
not answered. If TEI items do NOT state a specific
number of responses, will show as answered.
Tabbed presentation of paired reading passages
in grades 8 and EOC this Spring. May occur in
grades 6 and 7 in upcoming year.
Grade 3 Reading: The grade 3 Reading test has
TWO sections and is administered over TWO days.
Be sure to STOP after Section 1!
Lexile Scores: Reading results will likely not be
equated with lexiles until late fall 2013.
 Teach nonfiction – very important, at ALL levels
 Pair fiction and non-fiction passages
 Teach roots and affixes – these will be tested as
stand-alone AND related to a passage
Study vocabulary
Pull passages from content texts
Ask reading comprehension questions
Research (tested in grade 3 reading; tested in
writing in all other grades).
Resources ~
 http://www.doe.virginia.gov/testing/sol/standards_d
Standards, Curriculum Framework, Blueprint
Sample Lesson Plans
Instructional Videos
Instructional Resources/ Vocabulary Cards
Using Statewide SOL Results to Guide Instruction*
Released Tests (NOTE: These do NOT align with 2009
 http://www.doe.virginia.gov/testing/sol/practice_ite
Math SOL Practice Items*
Math VMAST Practice Items*
Narrated demonstration of TEI Items*
Mathematics Practice Tool*
Updates . . .
 Grades 3-5 Mathematics: The grade 3-5
Mathematics test has TWO sections and is
administered over TWO days. Be sure to STOP
after Section 1! Make sure directions for TWO DAY
TESTING are read.
Grades 6-7 Mathematics: The grade 6 and 7
Mathematics test has TWO sections. Both sections
must be administered on the SAME day.
Formula Sheets: Make sure the correct formula
sheet is provided to students. With the exception
of retesters using 2001 standards, all other
students should be using 2009 standards.
Students taking an online Mathematics test ARE
permitted to use a paper formula sheet in addition
to the online version.
Seal Code: Seal codes have been added as an
option in Pearson Training Center.
Quantiles: All math results will have related
quantile score.
Resources ~
 http://www.doe.virginia.gov/testing/sol/standard
Standards, Curriculum Framework, Blueprint
Sample Lesson Plans
Science Progression
Instructional Resources
Released Tests (NOTE: These do NOT align with
2010 standards.)
 http://www.doe.virginia.gov/testing/sol/practice_
 Science SOL Practice Items*
 Narrated demonstration of TEI Items*
Updates . . .
 NEW testing of 2010 standards for tested
grades in Spring 2013
 Chemistry: Students taking online
Chemistry test MUST use Periodic Table
located on the online test’s toolbar (NO paper
Resources ~
 http://www.doe.virginia.gov/testing/sol/standard
Standards, Curriculum Framework, Blueprint
Sample Lesson Plans
SOL Institutes
Instructional Resources
Released Tests (NOTE: Tests from Spring 2012
ARE aligned with the 2008 standards. Therefore,
there are no additional practice items or sample
TEI items for history, like other subject areas.)*
Other Testing Updates . . .
 TEI test types: Fill-in-the-blank, Histogram or Bar Graphing, Hot Spot,
Number Line, Drag and Drop. Refer to Staunton City Schools website for
Cut Scores have now been updated. Refer to Staunton City Schools
All new science and reading tests based on 2010 SOL will have a multiple
choice sample and a TEI sample.
Color will be used for some test items in the online versions of the new
2010 assessments.
Emphasis words such as most, main, and best will no longer be
emphasized by italics or capital letters on any new SOL tests. The only
exceptions will be the words NOT and EXCEPT, which will continue to be
emphasized with capital letters on all SOL tests except for grade 3. The
grade 3 tests will not contain test items with the words NOT and except.
Continue to maintain focus on rigor of instruction and assessment. Refer
to VDOE website.
Online SOL Test:
A Student’s Perspective
TestNav Login Screen
Online Tools
 Pointer
 Protractor
 Eliminate Choice
 Dot
 Highlighter
 Straightedge
 Pencil
 Compass
 Eraser
 Exhibit
 Notepad
 Calculator
 Ruler
Test Nav Layout Design Changes
NOTE: Change implemented beginning with Fall Non-Writing.
SOL Practice Items
Pearson Training Center
ePAT – Electronic Practice Assessment Tool
Test Security Agreement
 READ all Test Security Guidelines (12 items) and
examiner responsibilities (9 items) prior to signing and
administering any SOL assessment.
Role of Examiners/ Proctors
 During test administration, Examiners/Proctors must
monitor the testing process by moving as
unobtrusively as possible about the room. They should
ensure that students are working independently and do
not have access to unauthorized materials.
Answering Student Questions
 Examiners/ Proctors MAY answer questions regarding
technical issues of the assessment.
 They may NOT answer questions that would provide any
hint or clue with regard to the assessment.
Examples of Technical Questions
 Scrolling: “To view all of the reading passage, use the scroll bar to the
right of the passage to move the page up and down.”
 Navigating the test: “To move to the next question click Next”; “To
go back to the previous question click Previous”; “To go back to a
question from the review screen click on the question’s number”; “To
submit your test click the Submit the test button”; “Go back to the test
item to make sure the Pointer was used to indicate the answer.”
 NOTE: Examiners/ Proctors may NOT use the student’s
mouse or keyboard to navigate any portion of the test for
the student.
Special Test Accommodations
Students who meet one or more of following criteria may be assigned a
paper/pencil test:
 Placement: Special situation school, homebound, Governor’s school
 Accommodation requires paper/pencil: large-print, Braille,
flexible schedule (multiple testing sessions requiring more than one day)
 Documented medical condition: Exposure to computer will
aggravate condition (i.e. seizure disorder, etc.)
Explanation of Testing Accommodations
What’s allowed?
What’s NOT allowed?
Guidelines for SPRING and
SUMMER 2013 only
STC Reminders . . .
 Proctor Authorization Tickets and Student
Authorization Tickets – These tickets should be printed no
more than 4 days prior to the test window start date and must be
stored in a secure location until needed.
 Start the test session the day of the scheduled session.
 Use the Examiner’s/ Proctor’s Test Booklet/ Test Ticket
Transmittal Form/ Affidavit to distribute and collect test tickets
and materials to examiners. Provide Examiners extra copies of the
formula sheets and the Periodic Table of the Elements, where
 Ensure that all examiners/ proctors have allowable test
manipulatives. (Refer to instructions in TIM and Examiner Manual
for clearing calculator memory.)
More reminders . . .
 View the status of each test session through Session
Details screen (Ready, Active, Exited, Resumed, ResumedUpload, Submitted, Processing, Completed, Marked
 Add, move, and remove students from test sessions, as
needed. Students who are absent on the day of testing must
be removed/moved from the session before it can be
 Stop all online test sessions at the end of the day. All
students must show a Completed status on the Session
Details screen. Any students with a Not Started, Exited, or
Resume status must be removed/ moved to a make-up or
irregularity session before stopping the test session.
More reminders . . .
 Moving a student: If students are moved to an alternate
testing site to complete their tests, their Student
Authorization tickets must be collected by the Examiner or
Proctor prior to the move and redistributed only after the
students are settled in the new location. While in transit,
students must not be allowed to discuss the test with
anyone or have access to educational materials.
 Their online test must be Exited prior to being moved to the
new location. Before the student can log in (using the same
information on the test ticket) to complete their test, the
student’s test must be Resumed in Test Session
Testing Irregularities
Report any irregularities within 24 hours.
MOST Common Irregularities:
 #1 - Student unable to complete test
 #2 - Accommodation not provided or inappropriate
accommodation provided
 #3 - Test inappropriately marked complete
 #4 - Inappropriate manipulative
Marking Tests Complete
 Mark test complete guidelines: Every student identified for
testing must be accounted for via an online test or a paper document,
including students who were not tested because they:
 Were exempt due to LEP
 Were absent during the entire testing window
 Refused or were disruptive
 Cheated
 Were involved in a medical emergency
 Failed the course but passed the test and are retaking the course
 Took a substitute test for verified credit
 Move these students to a new session and the DDOT will mark these
tests complete at the conclusion of testing.
Other reminders . . .
 Testing Accommodations: Add Test-Specific data in
PearsonAccess to indicate what accommodations were
provided to the student under the Test Details screen of
PearsonAccess. (Temporary Accommodations may be
handled through the upload or under Student
 Student Alerts: Clear all student alerts for the school,
when possible. Ask if there are questions related to alerts.
 Be sure that the RETEST flag is selected on the Test
Assignment screen for every student who is retaking the
test for verified credit.

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