TASC Agenda • TASC Overview – TASC Common Core transition – TASC test design and developmental foundation – Subtests • Language Arts -Reading • Language Arts -Writing • Mathematics • Science • Social Studies • Testing Room Preparation • Standard Testing Procedures • Test Administration – TASC Paper and Pencil – TASC Online • Post Administration Procedures 2 Copyright © 2013 CTB/McGraw-Hill LLC. What is TASC? • The Test Assessing Secondary Completion is CTB/McGrawHill’s high school equivalency test • Accessible to the approximately 40 million adults in the U.S. without high school or equivalency diplomas • Measures readiness for college or workforce as outlined by the Common Core State Standards and relative to that of graduating high school seniors • Examinee Cost - $0 in New York State 3 Copyright © 2013 CTB/McGraw-Hill LLC. Measurement of Common Core State Standards • TASC provides a transition to Common Core State Standards (CCSS) over a three year period - 2014 to 2016 inclusive • TASC will increase the Depth Of Knowledge (DOK) level of items over time allowing states to gradually move from the essential concepts of the Common Core State Standards to deeper understanding • TASC supports adult learners and adult education centers as they shift from current preparation practices to those required for the full depth and breadth of CCSS 4 Copyright © 2013 CTB/McGraw-Hill LLC. Delivery Format • TASC is available in 2 formats: – Paper-and-pencil – Online 5 Copyright © 2013 CTB/McGraw-Hill LLC. TASC Readiness Assessment • • • • • Official (Practice) Readiness Test Pre-Readiness embedded in curriculum Developed and Field Tested with TASC Half the length of TASC Available both Online and Paper Based – Paper Test Locally scored • Predictive Diagnostics for TASC 6 Subject Areas TASC assesses five subject areas including: • English Language Arts: Reading – Common Core State Standards – College and Career Readiness Standards for Adult Education • English Language Arts: Writing – Common Core State Standards – College and Career Readiness Standards for Adult Education • Mathematics – Traditional mathematical pathway of the Common Core State Standards – College and Career Readiness Standards for Adult Education • Science – Next Generation Science Standards • Social Studies – CTB Social Studies Standards are based on national frameworks in the areas of US history, world history, civics and government, and economics 7 Copyright © 2013 CTB/McGraw-Hill LLC. Test Formats • Three TASC forms are available each year in both English and Spanish for each of the subtests – Forms A, B, and C • Test formats include: – Large print – Braille – Audio – Paper and pencil – Online assessments 8 Copyright © 2013 CTB/McGraw-Hill LLC. TASC Test Design • 2014 test includes: – – – – Multiple-choice items (4 answer choices; a, b, c, d) Writing prompt (evidence-based writing) Gridded-response items (Mathematics) Stimulus-based science and social studies item sets • 2015 test (and beyond) includes an increased coverage of the CCSS through inclusion of additional item types and increased rigor – Constructed-response items – Technology-enhanced items 9 Copyright © 2013 CTB/McGraw-Hill LLC. Estimated Time to Complete Test Sessions • The maximum length of time for a test session in which all five (5) subtests are given is approximately 8.5 hours which includes approximately 420 minutes (7 Hours) for testing. The approximate time for each subtest is listed below: Subject Domain Est. time to Complete Language Arts Reading 70 minutes Writing 50 minutes Language 60 minutes Language Arts Mathematics 90 minutes Social Studies 70 minutes Science 80 minutes 10 Copyright © 2013 CTB/McGraw-Hill LLC. TASC – Language Arts/Reading The TASC emphasizes the Common Core State Standards for Reading for grades 9-12 that are the most relevant to College and Career Readiness. Domain/Reporting Category Approximate Domain Coverage Reading – Informational and Language (vocabulary acquisition) Reading – Literary and Language (vocabulary acquisition) Time to Complete Number of Items 70% 70 minutes 30% Copyright © 2013 CTB/McGraw-Hill LLC. 50 MC items 7-8 passages TASC: Language Arts/Reading • Six texts representing a variety of genres, with an emphasis on – literary fiction and nonfiction – historical, scientific, and technical informational texts. • Texts require close, analytic reading, and associated test items focus on examinees’ use of evidence to support their analyses (claims, conclusions, inferences) about texts. • A portion of the Reading score points (10%-15%) are derived from items that assess language acquisition and use. – Vocabulary items assess the use of word analysis skills, use of reading closely, and using a variety of resources and analytic skills to determine meanings in context and interpret the author’s use of figurative language and literary devices. 12 Copyright © 2013 CTB/McGraw-Hill LLC. TASC: Language Arts/Reading High Emphasis: • Informational Reading: Key Ideas and Details • Informational Reading: Craft and Structure • Literature Reading: Key Ideas and Details • Language: Vocabulary Acquisition and Use 13 Copyright © 2013 CTB/McGraw-Hill LLC. TASC – Language Arts /Writing The TASC emphasizes the Common Core State Standards for Language (grades 7-12 accumulative) and Writing (grades 11-12) that are the most relevant to College and Career Readiness. Domain/Reporting Category Approximate Domain Coverage Time to Complete Number of Items Language 100% 60 minutes 50 MC items 50 minutes 1 prompt based on 1-2 passages Writing 100% Copyright © 2013 CTB/McGraw-Hill LLC. TASC: Language Arts/Writing • The primary claims for the Language Arts/Writing test can be used to make inferences about whether examinees have learned to: – – – – read and interpret complex text anchor their interpretations in text use reading to interpret unfamiliar vocabulary use information from what they have read to support the ideas in their writing – use skills and rules necessary for editing and revision of their writing 15 Copyright © 2013 CTB/McGraw-Hill LLC. TASC: Language Arts/Writing • Two-part Language Arts/Writing component • Part 1: Multiple Choice – Editing/revision items assessing skills such as: • Revising text structure • Creating divisions to achieve more effective text organization that provides a more unified and clear meaning 16 Copyright © 2013 CTB/McGraw-Hill LLC. TASC: Language Arts/Writing Read these sentences. Waiting for news about the flight delay, Sam looked for a quiet place in the noisy terminal to make a phone call. Jordan tried to find an outlet where she could plug in her computer. Which revision most clearly combines the two sentences? A. Waiting for news about the flight delay, Sam, while Jordan tried to find an outlet where she could plug in her computer, looked for a quiet place in the noisy terminal to make a phone call. B. Waiting for news about the flight delay, Sam and Jordan looked for a quiet place in the noisy terminal to make a phone call and tried to find an outlet where she could plug in her computer. C. Waiting for news about the flight delay, Sam looked for a quiet place in the noisy terminal to make a phone call, while Jordan tried to find an outlet where she could plug in her computer. D. Waiting for news about the flight delay, Sam looked for a quiet place in the noisy terminal to make a phone call, although Jordan tried to find an outlet where she could plug in her computer. Answer: C DOK:2 17 Copyright © 2013 CTB/McGraw-Hill LLC. TASC: Language Arts/Writing Part 2: Writing • Students will write an evidence-based informative/explanatory or an argument/opinion essay that effectively uses source text to support claims • Source texts are between 600-800 word and focus on assessing writing standards 1 and 2 • Examinees are permitted 50 minutes for this component • The essay is scored using the applicable 0-4 point holistic rubric with descriptors that focus on the expectations of the CCSS Writing standards 18 Copyright © 2013 CTB/McGraw-Hill LLC. TASC: Language Arts/Writing Language Emphasis : • Demonstrate command of the following conventions of standard English – grammar usage – capitalization – punctuation – spelling • Apply knowledge of language to understand how language functions in different contexts to improve comprehension Writing Emphasis: • Write arguments/opinions to support claims OR • Write informative/explanatory texts to examine and convey complex ideas, concepts, and information clearly and accurately through the effective selection, organization, and analysis of content. 19 Copyright © 2013 CTB/McGraw-Hill LLC. TASC – Mathematics • The Standards for Mathematical Practice, as well as the High School Modeling domain, are not separately assessed and reported on TASC, but are skills that are incorporated throughout the assessment of the content standards. Domain/Reporting Category Number and Quantity Algebra Functions Geometry Statistics and Probability Approximate Domain Coverage 15% 25% 25% 25% 10% Copyright © 2013 CTB/McGraw-Hill LLC. Time to Complete 90 minutes Number of Items 40 MC items 12 GR items TASC Test Design Gridded-response items (Mathematics) Sample Below Consider this function. f (x) = – 2 x + 7 What is f (− 3)? Answer Key: 13 DOK: 1 21 Copyright © 2013 CTB/McGraw-Hill LLC. TASC: Mathematics • Items assess examinee ability to solve routine and non-routine mathematics problems using the application of conceptual and procedural knowledge • Mathematics test consists of a calculator section and a non-calculator section Calculator: TI-30XS 22 Copyright © 2013 CTB/McGraw-Hill LLC. TASC: Mathematics High Emphasis • Algebra: Arithmetic with Polynomials and Rational Expressions • Algebra: Reasoning with Equations and Inequalities • Algebra: Creating Equations • Algebra: Seeing Structure in Expressions • Functions: Interpreting Functions • Functions: Linear, Quadratic, and Exponential Models • Geometry: Geometric Measurement with Dimension • Geometry: Modeling with Geometry • Number and Quantity: The Real Number System 23 Copyright © 2013 CTB/McGraw-Hill LLC. TASC – Science The TASC is designed to assess the performance expectations in the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). Domain/Reporting Category Approximate Time to Domain Coverage Complete Physical Science Life Science 33% Earth and Space Science 33% Number of Items 34% Engineering, Technology, and Application of Science (integrated across content domains) Scientific and Engineering practices (integrated across content domains) Cross-cutting Concepts (integrated across content domains) 80 minutes 100% 100% 100% Copyright © 2013 CTB/McGraw-Hill LLC. 47 MC items 8 stimuli TASC: Science Physical Sciences • Matter and Its Interactions • Motion and Stability: Forces and Interactions • Energy • Waves and Their Applications in Technologies for Information Transfer • • Life Sciences • From Molecules to Organisms: Structures and Processes • Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics • Heredity: Inheritance and Variation of Traits • Biological Evolution: Unity and Diversity • Earth and Space Sciences • Earth’s Place in the Universe • Earth’s Systems • Earth and Human Activity 25 Copyright © 2013 CTB/McGraw-Hill LLC. TASC Test Design • Stimulus-based science item sets SCIENCE: A certain plant species varies in the shape of its leaf edges. Some of the plants have wavy-edged leaves, and some of the plants have straight-edged leaves. In this plant species, the trait for leafedge shape is controlled by a single gene. The dominant allele is represented by L, and the recessive allele is represented by l. Two plants with wavy-edged leaves are crossed with each other, producing 421 offspring plants. Of these, 298 offspring plants have wavy-edged leaves, and 123 offspring plants have straight-edged leaves. What are the genotypes of the parent plants in this cross? A. Ll and ll B. Ll and Ll C. LL and ll D. LL and Ll Answer: B DOK: 3 26 Copyright © 2013 CTB/McGraw-Hill LLC. TASC – Social Studies TASC will use national standards created by groups that specialize in the following domains: U.S. History, World History, Civics and Government, Geography, and Economics Domain/Reporting Category Approximate Domain Coverage US History World History 25% 15% Civics and Government 25% Geography Economics 15% 20% Copyright © 2013 CTB/McGraw-Hill LLC. Time to Complete 70 minutes Number of Items 47 MC items 8 stimuli TASC: Social Studies High Emphasis • U.S. History: Post-War United States (1945-1970s) • U.S. History: The Great Depression and World War II (19291945) • U.S. History: Civil War and Reconstruction (1850-1877) • Civics and Government: U.S. Constitution: Embodies the Purpose, Values, and Principles of American Democracy • Civics and Government: Civic Life, Politics, and Government • Civics and Government: Foundations of the American Political System • Economics: Government and Economics • Economics: Microeconomics 28 Copyright © 2013 CTB/McGraw-Hill LLC. TASC Test Design • Stimulus-based social studies item sets SOCIAL STUDIES: Look at the chart. Then answer the questions that follow. 29 Copyright © 2013 CTB/McGraw-Hill LLC. TASC Test Design • Stimulus-based social studies item sets SOCIAL STUDIES: Which of these organizations was formed to prevent a common threat? A. NATO B. OPEC C. EU D. WTO Answer: A DOK: 2 30 Copyright © 2013 CTB/McGraw-Hill LLC. Testing Preparation 31 Test Administration Staffing • State or Area Administrator (GED® Test Administrator) – Responsible for the secure and legally defensible operation and administration of the TASC throughout the state or designated area – Sets the policy for staffing requirements • Test Coordinator (GED® Chief Examiner) – Responsible for supporting the State or Area Administrator in the conduct of secure and legally defensible TASC administration – Carries out the instructions provided in the Test Coordinators’ Manual • Examiner (GED® Examiner/Proctor) – Under the direction of the Test Coordinator – Responsible for carrying out the instructions provided in the Examiner’s Manual including work during testing associated with the actual standardized and accommodated administration of the tests – 1 Examiner per 20 test takers is required 32 Copyright © 2013 CTB/McGraw-Hill LLC. Staffing Qualifications • All testing center staff should be trained in the administration of secure, standardized tests in general and in the administration of the TASC in particular • Must be a distinct firewall between TASC administration and TASC instruction and preparation • Qualifications of the Test Coordinator include: – – – – – Bachelor’s degree or equivalent business experience is preferred Prior experience proctoring and administering tests Strong communication and customer service skills Ability to lift up to 20 lbs. on occasion Experience with MS Office Suite, Windows applications, Apple OS applications, Internet and email – Strong proficiency in English language 33 Copyright © 2013 CTB/McGraw-Hill LLC. Physical Layout of Testing Room • Examinees should have sufficient space to allow for a private and secure testing environment • Testing room should be outfitted with comfortable seating • There should be sufficient tabletop space to allow the examinee to work with scratch paper • Tables/desks should be arranged such that staff can easily pass between them 34 Testing Room Preparation • Testing center should be a clean, well lit, quiet area that is free from distractions such as bells or telephones. It should also: – Have easy access to restrooms and water fountains – Provide adequate space for the examiner to be able to monitor and view the examinees at all times – Be arranged such that the needs of examinees with testing accommodations and partial testers can be met 35 Copyright © 2013 CTB/McGraw-Hill LLC. Testing Room Preparation • Remove or cover all classroom visual aids such as wall posters or other items in the testing area that might provide answers to test questions • Use a “Do Not Disturb” sign on the door of the testing room • On the board or flip chart, etc. which is fully accessible to all examinees indicate starting and stopping times for each subtest when applicable • Announce to the examinees the amount of time remaining for each subtest (e.g. 30 minutes, 15, 10, etc….) • Ensure that a clock is in the room and is visible to all examinees 36 Copyright © 2013 CTB/McGraw-Hill LLC. Test Administration 37 Executed Test Center Agreement • Approval by the State: – NYSED will identify and approve the Test Center and each of its respective Addendum Sites, if any, for administration of TASC and will notify CTB in writing • Acceptance by CTB: – CTB will provide acceptance of Test Center prior to the first TASC test administration by the Test Center providing the Test Center can: • (i) provide secured testing services for TASC and comply with all terms and conditions of the Agreement; • (ii) provide adequate and qualified staff that will comply with the Test Coordinator’s Manual and the Test Examiner’s Manual; • (iii) is geographically located within the State and meets all site requirements; • (iv) has or will be able to meet all training requirements Copyright © 2013 CTB/McGraw-Hill LLC. Materials Ordering Process 1. NYSED orders test materials − − 2. CTB fulfills and ships order to test site − − 3. Includes test books, calculators, Examiner’s Manual, answer sheets, GIS (Group Information Sheet) and TSL (Test Site List) sheets Additional materials may be ordered through CTB Customer Service at (888) 282-0589 Test Coordinator inventories and securely stores received materials and fills out appropriate inventory sheets − − − 4. Test sites will be responsible for providing quantities to NYSED who will place the order with CTB Alternate forms may be ordered through NYSED If a discrepancy is found, the Test Coordinator notifies CTB and the State Administrator The Security Checklist (inventory sheet) is included with the shipment Test Coordinators must send Part 3 of the Security Checklist back to CTB/McGraw-Hill within 24 hours to confirm that all serial numbered materials have been received Test Site tests examinees using the defined processes as outlined by the Test Coordinator Manual and Examiner Manual 39 Copyright © 2013 CTB/McGraw-Hill LLC. Standard Testing Procedures 40 Examinee Eligibility • Individuals are eligible to take the TASC if they: – Are not enrolled in regular high school AND – Have not already received a high school equivalency diploma OR – Have not received a high school diploma recognized by NYS • In order to take the test the examinee is required to: – Be at least 19 years of age OR be at least 16 years of age and meet all eligibility requirements as outlined in Commissioner’s Regulations 100.7 – Be a New York State resident for at least 30 days – Have a valid, current, government-issued ID with a recent photo such as a driver’s license, non-driver’s license ID, passport or U.S. Military ID 41 Copyright © 2013 CTB/McGraw-Hill LLC. Plan Your Testing Schedule • Read and be thoroughly familiar with the Examiner’s Manual and requirements prior to testing • Plan test administration accordingly for examinees requiring accommodations • Allow sufficient time for examinee to ﬁll in the demographic information and complete the scheduled test(s) • Schedule breaks, which are indicated in the speciﬁc directions for each content area 42 Copyright © 2013 CTB/McGraw-Hill LLC. Sample Reading Question Copyright © 2013 CTB/McGraw-Hill LLC. Key Elements of Research Design • Spring/Summer 2013 Field Test – Item analysis used for preliminary forms construction – Items that do not demonstrate good measurement properties were removed from the pool for operational form development and/or revised for Fall field test • Fall 2013 Research – Item analysis, scaling, bias studies, operational form construction – Comparability of computer-based and paper-based tests – Comparability of Spanish and English tests • Standard setting – Pass scores will be set using a variety of methods including identifying the scale locations at which we would expect approximately 60% of high school students in the nation to pass all 5 TASC tests. – Current pass rates are not expected to change substantially 44 Copyright © 2013 CTB/McGraw-Hill LLC. National Acceptance of TASC • State Issues the final Credential • US Department of Education – OVAE – HEP/CAMP – Financial Aid • • • • • • US Chamber of Commerce US Department of Labor National Association of Workforce Boards Job Corps Leadership Conference Correctional Education Association 45 Communication • TASC Website – www.tasctest.com • Sample questions • Overview chart of content coverage • additional information for educators and students • Social Media • Facebook.com/TheTASCTest • Twitter.com/TheTASCTest • TheTASCTest.Wordpress.com/ • Training – Regional Trainings – Webinars Copyright © 2013 CTB/McGraw-Hill LLC. Availability of Materials • Collaborating with divisions in McGraw-Hill to produce TASC and Common Core materials – The Official Guide to the TASC – available in December – Common Core Basics and Achieve • Providing support to a variety of publishers • Readiness assessment for state use • Additional information will be posted on our website as it becomes available Copyright © 2013 CTB/McGraw-Hill LLC. Questions/Comments? Mike Johnson National Adult Education Manager [email protected] 630-995-6712 Copyright © 2013 CTB/McGraw-Hill LLC.