Testing Accommodations Update

Report
Testing Accommodations
Updates
Exceptional Children Conference
November 1, 2011
Presented by: Carrie Perkis
Division of Accountability Services
Accommodation:
• Changes in the way a student accesses
learning/testing
• Construct does not change;
assignment/content does not change
• Gives students equal access to learning
without "watering down" the content
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Accommodations
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Modifications
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Accommodations Differ from
Modifications in that:
Modifications change the construct through
altering language load, content complexity,
and/or cognitive complexity.
Some examples of modifications:
• Reduced assignments
• Simplified reading passages
• Reduced response choices
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Instructional Accommodations
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*Routine Use*
Testing Accommodations
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Statewide Assessments
• End-of-Grade Tests
– 3-8 Mathematics
– 3-8 Reading
– 5 & 8 Science
• End-of-Course Tests
• Algebra I
• English I
• Biology
• PLAN – Grade 10
• ACT – Grade 11
• WorkKeys – Grade 12
Alternate Assessments:
• NCEXTEND2 for 3-8
• NCEXTEND1 for grades
3-8, 10, 11
Language Proficiency:
• W-APT
• ACCESS for ELLs
2011-12 Field Tests
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Alternate Assessments
• NCEXTEND2 and NCEXTEND1 available for:
– 3-8 Reading
– 3-8 Mathematics
– 5 & 8 Science
• NCEXTEND1 also available for:
– Grade 10 Math, Reading, Science
– Grade 11
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Updated Testing Accommodations
Policy Document
Testing Students with
Disabilities publication
(August 2011)
Testing Students with
Disabilities Website:
www.ncpublicschools.org/
accountability/policies/tswd/
Testing Accommodations
Web Site:
www.ncpublicschools.org/
accountability/policies/accom/
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What Types of Testing
Accommodations are
Available for Students with
Disabilities?
• Special Print Versions
• Assistive Technology (AT) Devices
and Special Arrangements
• Special Test Environments
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Special Print Versions
• Braille Edition
• Large Print Edition
• One Test Item Per Page Edition
Special Test Environments
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Hospital/Home Testing
Multiple Testing Sessions
Scheduled Extended Time
Testing in a Separate Room
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Assistive Technology Devices and
Special Arrangements
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Braille Writer/Slate and Stylus (Braille Paper)
Cranmer Abacus
Magnification Devices
Student Marks Answers in Test Book
Student Reads Test Aloud to Self
AT Devices
Dictation to a Scribe
Keyboarding Devices
Interpreter/Transliterator Signs/Cues Test
Test Administrator Reads Test Aloud (In English)
Computer Reads Test Aloud – Student Controlled
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NCEXTEND1-only
Accommodations
• Responds with Use of Augmentative
Communication Device, Picture Board, etc.
• Writes with Use of Augmentative
Communication Device, Picture Board, etc.
• Adaptations to NCDPI-Provided Manipulatives
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What has Changed in the August
2011 TSWD?
• Some of the major changes are….
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NCEXTEND1 Accommodations
• Added NCEXTEND1 accommodations
chart
• Added information on accommodations
and adaptations to manipulatives that was
previously only available in the Test
Administrator’s Manual
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Student Marks Answers in
Test Book
• ALL students may write in
their test booklet –
no accommodation needed!
• Students with MIB must not be given an
answer sheet, must circle answers in book
• Students with MIB do not transfer their
answers from booklet to answer sheet
• May be tested in regular setting
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Dictation to a Scribe
• For both paper-and-pencil and online, two
test administrators must be present
– One fills role of test administrator
– One fills role of scribe
• A separate proctor is not required
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Scheduled Extended Time
• Clarification: Extended time is to be provided
in addition to maximum testing time
– Most tests have maximum testing time of 240
minutes
– NCEXTEND2 has an estimated testing time,
but no maximum time
– NCEXTEND1 has no maximum testing time
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What About Online Testing?
• Large font and foreground/background
options available to all students
– Not ‘accommodations’ – universal design
– Must be selected in NC Education before
testing day
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Online Testing (cont’d)
• Interpreter/Transliterator Signs/Cues Test
– May use second computer monitor
• Dictation to a Scribe
– Scribe can record responses directly on
computer or on piece of paper
– If recorded online, test administrator and scribe
to sign statement of validation
• Test administrators complete Accommodations
Provided screen after testing
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Computer Reads Test Aloud –
Student Controlled
• Operational EOC online tests (not English I)
and online field tests
• Must be selected in student interface
questions (SIQ) before testing
• Separate room (one-on-one) required
unless headphones are used
• Student clicks on speaker icon next to text
to activate read aloud option
• Consider bandwidth when scheduling
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Computer Reads Test Aloud –
Student Controlled (cont’d)
• Limitation: only item stems and answer
choices read by computer
• For online tests, student may have the test
read aloud by:
– Test Administrator Reads Test Aloud
– Computer Reads Test Aloud – Student
Controlled
– Combination of the two methods
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Accommodations Data
Collection
• NC WISE
• CECAS
• LEA-approved third-party application
• All accommodations per plan type must be
entered into one system across the LEA
(e.g., IEPs in CECAS, Section 504 Plans
in NC WISE)
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Accommodations Data
Collection Schedule
Date
Purpose of Data Collection
September 1
Desk monitoring of accommodations
October 3
Pre-population of fall EOC test orders
November 1
Confirmation of fall EOC test orders
December 1
Desk monitoring of accommodations
FDF
Discrepancy reporting for fall EOC testing
January 2
Desk monitoring of accommodations
February 1
Desk monitoring of accommodations
Pre-population of spring EOC, EOG, NCEXTEND2, NCEXTEND1 orders
March 1
March 13
Discrepancy reporting for Writing Assessment at Grade 10
Discrepancy reporting for NCEXTEND1 testing; confirmation of spring
April 2
EOC, EOG, NCEXTEND2, NCEXTEND1 test orders
May 1
Desk monitoring of accommodations
FDS
Discrepancy reporting for spring EOC, EOG, NCEXTEND2 testing
June 1
Desk monitoring of accommodations
July 2
Desk monitoring of accommodations
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Accommodations Data
Collection Purposes
• Special Print Version ordering (e.g., Braille,
Large Print, One Test Item per Page)
• Accommodations reports
• NCDPI monitoring
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DPI Accommodations Monitoring
• On-site monitoring 2009-10 and 2010-11
• 10 LEAs and 12 schools
• Outcomes:
– Increased collaboration
– Accommodations systems and training
– Increased accuracy in documentation
– Continued need for focus on accommodations
decisions
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Review of Accommodations
Used During Testing Forms
Available at:
http://www.ncpublicschools
.org/accountability/policies/
accom
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Review of Accommodations
Used During Testing Forms
• Two versions of form:
• Standard
• NCEXTEND1
• One form per state test, per administration
• Documentation of accommodations required,
provided, and used
• Used for future accommodations decisions
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DPI Accommodations Monitoring
• 2011-12: 3rd year of on-site monitoring
• Visits in January to monitor fall EOCs
• Visits in May/June to monitor spring EOCs,
EOGs, NCEXTEND2
• NCEXTEND1 audits in March
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The ACT & Accommodations
• ACT Initial Test Date: March 6, 2012
• ACT Makeup Test Date: March 20, 2012
• ACT Accommodations Testing Window:
– March 6–20, 2012
– ACT-Approved and State-Allowed
Accommodations
Resources available from ACT at:
http://www.act.org/aap/northcarolina/
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The ACT & Accommodations
• ACT accommodations policy based on
American Disabilities Act (ADA), not on
Individuals with Disabilities Education Act
(IDEA)
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The ACT & Accommodations
• ACT-Approved Accommodations
– Result in college-reportable ACT score
– Request and accompanying documentation
must be submitted to ACT for approval
– Deadline for Application for ACT-Approved
Test Accommodations requests:
December 16, 2011
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The ACT & Accommodations
• State-Allowed Accommodations
– Result in scores that are not collegereportable
– Scores used for state accountability
– Local decision as to which accommodations
to provide
– State-Allowed Accommodations Requests
for materials must be placed through online
ordering system by: February 24, 2012
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PLAN/WorkKeys &
Accommodations
• All accommodations determined locally
• No request to ACT required
• Should be supported by IEP
documentation
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ACT and IEP Documentation
• IEPs do not need to be amended this year
(2011-12) to include accommodations for
ACT/PLAN/WorkKeys
• IEP form will be updated for 2012-13 to
include these assessments
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ACT and Alternate Assessments
• Grade 11 NCEXTEND1 assessment being
developed as alternate for the ACT
– 15 items
– Testing window: February 27 – March 30,
2012
• Grade 10 NCEXTEND1 serves as
alternate for PLAN
• No alternate assessment for WorkKeys
since not administered to all 12th graders
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The ACT & Accommodations
• Resources:
– http://www.act.org/aap/northcarolina/
• Policy documents
• Forms
• Accommodations crosswalk
– http://www.ncpublicschools.org/accountability/
• ACT Webinar recording and PowerPoint
– FAQ and Accommodations Memo from
NCDPI
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Questions?
Comments?
Concerns?
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Contact Information
Carrie Perkis
NCDPI Division of Accountability
Testing Policy & Operations
[email protected]
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