Preparing for the STAAR Alternate 2 Assessment

Report
STAAR Alternate 2
Preparing for the STAAR Alternate 2 Assessment
2015
Overview
STAAR Alternate 2 Assessment
Participation Counts
Materials
Texas Assessment Management
System Tasks
Test Results
Resources
Contact Info
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STAAR Alternate 2 Assessment
• STAAR Alternate 2 Overview
• Updates
• Important Dates
• Eligibility and Participation Requirements
• Subjects Assessed
• Test Design
• Accommodations Information
• Who can Administer STAAR Alternate 2?
• Test Administrator Responsibilities
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STAAR Alternate 2 Overview
STAAR Alternate 2 is:
• an assessment based on alternate academic standards
designed for students with significant cognitive disabilities
receiving special education services.
• a standardized assessment (redesigned based on state legislation)
administered individually to each eligible student.
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Updates
• State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR®)
Alternate 2 will now be a paper-based assessment and individual
student responses will be transcribed into the TestNav online form.
• Participation counts must be entered during the window
(Sept. 22 – Oct. 24).
• Districts will need to submit their own student data files. Pearson
will not load previous year STAAR Alternate 2 students.
• The End-of-Course (EOC) Code field (CSV location AI) is
mandatory for STAAR Alternate 2 grades 9–12.
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Updates (continued)
• The Alternate Assessment Assistant and Alternate Assessment
Teacher roles will no longer have any permissions associated
with them beginning December 2014.
• Alternate Assessment Teachers no longer have to be assigned to
students in the assessment management system.
• Test sessions must be created and students added to test
sessions.
• Student responses will be transcribed into TestNav.
• The STAAR Alternate 2 assessment window is shorter.
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Important Dates
STAAR Alternate 2 Important Dates
9/22/2014 – 10/24/2014
11/5/2014 – 2/27/2015
Participation counts window
 SDU submission window
 Registration available
12/29/2014 - 03/27/2015
Additional order window
1/9/2015
1/19/2015
Test session creation
1/23/2015
Materials due in district
2/2/2015
2/9/2015 – 2/20/2015
3/6/2015
5/20/2015
6/5/2015
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Materials list posted online
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Proctor caching available
STAAR Alternate 2 Assessment
Return nonscorable materials
Grades 3 – 8 reports due in district
EOC reports due in district
Eligibility and Participation Requirements
The admissions review and dismissal (ARD) committee determines
whether a student with a significant cognitive disability is eligible to
take STAAR Alternate 2 based on specific criteria.
Please review the Educator Guide for STAAR A and STAAR Alternate 2
for additional information on eligibility and participation requirements.
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Subjects Assessed
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Test Design
Six clusters comprise a test form resulting in 24 scripted questions
per test.
The test materials will include a test administrator booklet and a
student booklet.
The test administrator booklet contains scripted questions and
guidelines for how the test will be administered.
A student booklet contains stimulus images and text needed for the
student to select answers.
This design allows for standardization of the assessment and
eliminates the need for teachers to prepare tasks or materials.
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Accommodations Information
The accommodations
must:
• maintain the integrity
of the assessment,
• avoid leading to or
providing the student
with a direct answer,
• be used routinely in
instruction,
• reflect the student’s
learning styles, and
• allow a student to
respond using a mode
that is appropriate for
the student.
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Who Can Administer STAAR Alternate 2?
The STAAR Alternate 2 test administrator
• should be the student’s teacher for the subject being
tested, and
• must have a high level of familiarity with the student
so that testing accommodations can be prepared
appropriately and the student’s typical response
modes can be understood.
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Test Administrator Oath
The STAAR Alternate 2 test administrator must initial and sign the
test administrator oath following training on test security and
general testing procedures and before handling secure test
materials.
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Paraprofessionals
Certified and noncertified paraprofessionals who may serve as test
administrators or test administrator assistants are:
• currently employed by the district, and
• routinely work with students in the classroom.
Paraprofessionals must be supervised by a certified professional on
the same campus throughout the test administration.
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Test Administrator Responsibilities
Include:
• maintaining security of test materials while in their possession,
• preparing test materials for each administration,
• implementing the test administration processes and procedures
stated in the manuals,
• monitoring and maintaining test security,
• viewing secure test materials,
• reporting any suspected violation of test security to the campus
coordinator,
• transcribing student responses into TestNav (can also be done by
other designated individuals), and
• preparing test materials for return to the campus coordinator at
the conclusion of test administrations.
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Test Administrator Assistants
The test administrator assistant can provide assistance including:
• preparing allowable accommodations,
• manipulating materials during the testing session,
• translating or signing information for the student, and
• managing student behavior.
All test administrator assistants:
• must be trained in test security and administration procedures
prior to the assessment, and
• must sign the test administrator’s oath of test security and
confidentiality.
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Participation Counts
Participation counts must be entered in the Texas Assessment
Management System, delivered through PearsonAccess, beginning
September 22, 2014, and submitted no later than 11:00 PM (CT) on
October 24, 2014.
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Materials
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Materials list posted online by: 1/9/2015
Due in district by: 1/23/2015
Additional Order window: 12/29/2014 - 03/27/2015
Return secure nonscorable materials to Pearson by: 3/6/2015
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Materials (continued)
Return all nonscorable materials:
• test booklets grouped by grade for grades 3–8
• test booklets grouped by course for EOC assessments
• STAAR Alternate 2 test administrator manuals
• photocopies of secure test materials, if used
Pack STAAR Alternate 2 materials either by campus or by district. If
you are packing by campus, be sure that all the materials for a
single campus are grouped together and packed in the box before
adding materials from another campus.
Do not mix STAAR Alternate 2 materials with STAAR or TELPAS
materials in the same shipment.
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Texas Assessment Management System Tasks
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Enter or Upload Student Data
Create Test Sessions
Print Student Authorizations
Transcribe Student Responses into TestNav
Enter Score Codes
Verify Accommodation Categories
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Enter or Upload Student Data
There are two options for entering student data to the Assessment
Management System. Districts may
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upload student data using a file created locally, and/or
enter student data manually.
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Create Test Sessions
In order to transcribe scoring information into TestNav, students must
be assigned to test sessions.
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Test sessions are electronic groupings of students that are specific
to each grade, subject, course and test form (five forms in most
grades).
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Campus testing coordinators should create test sessions at least
one to two weeks before testing.
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After sessions have been created, students can be added
individually or by group.
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Print Student Authorizations
Student authorizations may be printed after students have been
placed into a test session.
The student authorizations contain the URL that will be entered into a
browser to access TestNav and the unique username and test code
needed to log in to transcribe scoring information for an assessment.
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Transcribe Student Responses into TestNav
After student authorizations have been printed, student responses can
be added into TestNav.
The test administrator will log in to TestNav using the student’s
authorization ticket and transcribe student responses.
A student’s transcribed performance information is automatically
scored when the Final Submit button is clicked at the end of the test.
It is not necessary to make a selection in the Score Code menu for
performance data to be scored.
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Enter Score Codes
If a student does not complete the test, one of the following score
codes must be selected when marking the student’s test complete.
A = Absent
Student is absent throughout the testing window. A student should not
be marked absent if the student was absent on the testing days but
also fits one of the score designations below.
M = Medical Exception
Student does not participate in the STAAR Alternate 2 assessment on
the basis of the student’s medical condition, as determined by the ARD
committee and documented in the student’s IEP. A decision not to
assess a student based on a medical exception should be rare.
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Enter Score Codes
N = No Authentic Academic Response
Student does not participate in the STAAR Alternate 2 assessment on
the basis of the student’s disability, as determined by the ARD
committee and documented in the student’s IEP. A decision not to
assess a student based on the student’s disability should be rare.
O = Other Student Not to Be Scored
Student experiences a test administration irregularity or illness during
testing and cannot complete the assessment.
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Verify Accommodation Categories
Additionally, test administrators or other campus personnel will
complete the accommodations information for each assessment after
the student performance data has been transcribed.
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Test Results
Score reports will include the individual performance level ratings of
students, scale scores, and number of questions answered correctly
within each reporting category for each of the assessed grades and
content areas.
Score reports are due in district:
• 5/20/2015 (Grades 3 – 8)
• 6/5/2015
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(EOC)
Resources
www.texasassessment.com/resources
• Educator Guide for STAAR A and STAAR Alternate 2
• User’s Guide for the Texas Assessment Management System
• 2015 District and Campus Coordinator Manual
• STAAR Alternate 2 Test Administrator Manuals
• STAAR Alternate 2 Sample Items
• STAAR Alternate 2 Administration Participation Collection (broadcast
e-mail)
• STAAR Alternate 2 Medical Exception Eligibility Requirements
• STAAR Alternate 2 No Authentic Academic Response Eligibility
Requirements
Texas Education Agency:
http://www.tea.state.tx.us/student.assessment/special-ed/staaralt/
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Support
Texas Education Agency (TEA)
Phone: (512) 463-9536
Email: [email protected]
Pearson’s Austin Operations Center
Phone: (800) 627-0225
Email: [email protected]

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