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1 News U Can Use from Exceptional Education Leadership Meeting – October, 2005

2 Today’s Topics AssessmentAssessment 45 Day Reminder45 Day Reminder Job-Alike InformationJob-Alike Information EEMS InformationEEMS Information Ask A QuestionAsk A Question

3 Assessment Topics AIMS & GraduationAIMS & Graduation AccommodationsAccommodations BenchmarksBenchmarks Alternate AssessmentAlternate Assessment

4 Assessment: AIMS & Graduation ALL High School students who have not yet passed the AIMS in any of the content areas MUST take the assessment with appropriate accommodations as specified on their IEP EVERY time it is offered.ALL High School students who have not yet passed the AIMS in any of the content areas MUST take the assessment with appropriate accommodations as specified on their IEP EVERY time it is offered.

5 Assessment: AIMS & Graduation All students take State and District assessments at grade level unless the student qualifies for alternate assessments.All students take State and District assessments at grade level unless the student qualifies for alternate assessments. These are students with significant cognitive disabilities (SCD) who qualify for alternate assessments based on their IEP, SPED Attachment C – Alternate Assessment Eligibility Critieria.These are students with significant cognitive disabilities (SCD) who qualify for alternate assessments based on their IEP, SPED Attachment C – Alternate Assessment Eligibility Critieria.

6 Assessment: AIMS & Graduation Therefore, no student is exempt from taking the test!Therefore, no student is exempt from taking the test! Grade level or alternate!Grade level or alternate! This is consistent with Federal guidelines, ADE guidelines, and TUSD Governing Board Policy (IKF, revised ) under Graduation Requirements/Exceptions – “All exceptional education students must take the AIMS test or the alternative assessment to the AIMS”.This is consistent with Federal guidelines, ADE guidelines, and TUSD Governing Board Policy (IKF, revised ) under Graduation Requirements/Exceptions – “All exceptional education students must take the AIMS test or the alternative assessment to the AIMS”.

7 Assessment: AIMS & Graduation Furthermore, students must participate in academic remediation programs that are available to them.Furthermore, students must participate in academic remediation programs that are available to them.

8 Assessment: AIMS & Graduation from Joanne Phillips, Deputy Associate Superintendent, Exceptional Student Services, ADE “We have been working with the Attorney General's office to wade through the new statutes passed by the Legislature this past session regarding the need to pass the AIMS for graduation. As you probably know, there were 2 laws passed, one exempting sp. education students under certain conditions, and the other created an alternative pathway for graduation. What fun! As one might suspect, the language in both laws is fairly muddy and will take SBOE rules to actually interpret and operationalize the statutesso they make sense (key approach!). I presented to the SBOE executive director that we create a focus group of stakeholders and ADE staff to draft language for the new rules ASAP; he agreed. Soooo, I haven't forgotten you, but we have gotten sidetracked by what should be a better plan. Once we have the rules, we will know content of graduation requirements so as to have some consistency, the goal all along. Look for a session at Directors Institute as a first run at explaining all this and to get some initial input form the field. Thank you for your continued patience. Please share this information with the rest of the southern AZ group. to be met or will require an addendum to change.”

9 Assessment: AIMS & Graduation Previous SummaryPrevious Summary School districts do not have clear guidelines at this time!School districts do not have clear guidelines at this time! ADE is working with Attorney General’s OfficeADE is working with Attorney General’s Office 2 new laws – language is muddy2 new laws – language is muddy ADE working with State Board of Education (SBOE) to interpret and operationalize the laws.ADE working with State Board of Education (SBOE) to interpret and operationalize the laws.

10 Assessment: AIMS & Graduation Because the state has not provided clarification to dateBecause the state has not provided clarification to date do not write IEP addendums at this timedo not write IEP addendums at this time until the Exceptional Ed. Department gets clarification from the state.until the Exceptional Ed. Department gets clarification from the state.

11 Assessment: AIMS & Graduation It is also recommended that IEP teams DO NOT mark that the student will approach or meet the standard.It is also recommended that IEP teams DO NOT mark that the student will approach or meet the standard. If it is determined by the State Board of Education (SBOE) that this is not a requirement, then those IEPs will have put further restrictions on the student that will either need to be met or will require an addendum to change.If it is determined by the State Board of Education (SBOE) that this is not a requirement, then those IEPs will have put further restrictions on the student that will either need to be met or will require an addendum to change.

12 Assessment: AIMS & Graduation Information will be forthcoming.Information will be forthcoming. The Exceptional Education Department is:The Exceptional Education Department is: attending the State Director’s Institute where additional guidance is anticipatedattending the State Director’s Institute where additional guidance is anticipated working closely with Accountability and Researchworking closely with Accountability and Research working with a coalition of surrounding districtsworking with a coalition of surrounding districts Waiting for ADE and SBOE to provide guidelines.Waiting for ADE and SBOE to provide guidelines.

13 Assessment: Accommodations 2 Types of Accommodations2 Types of Accommodations Standard Accommodations minor change from 04-05Standard Accommodations minor change from Available to students with IEPs, 504 plans, or LEP/FEP students (2 or fewer years)Available to students with IEPs, 504 plans, or LEP/FEP students (2 or fewer years) Alternate Accommodations minor changes from (formerly known as Non-Standard)Alternate Accommodations minor changes from (formerly known as Non-Standard) Available only to students with IEPsAvailable only to students with IEPs Please refer to the attached Accommodations Charts for specific information.Please refer to the attached Accommodations Charts for specific information.

14 Assessment: Accommodations ADE guidelines are clearADE guidelines are clear If accommodations are needed in routine instruction, students need them for assessments.If accommodations are needed in routine instruction, students need them for assessments. If accommodations are not needed in routine instruction, students do not need them for assessments.If accommodations are not needed in routine instruction, students do not need them for assessments. “When students need accommodations in how they learn or demonstrate learning, they are likely to need accommodations in how they are assessed. Conversely, if students do not need accommodations in how they learn or demonstrate learning, they will not need accommodations in how they are assessed.”* *Testing Accommodations: Guidelines for , ADE, August 2005

15 Assessment: Accommodations Accommodations apply to ALL State and District assessments, including Benchmarks.Accommodations apply to ALL State and District assessments, including Benchmarks. During assessment, all accommodations identified in an IEP or 504 plan must be made available. *During assessment, all accommodations identified in an IEP or 504 plan must be made available. * However, students may choose not to use the accommodation(s).*However, students may choose not to use the accommodation(s).* If a student refuses an accommodation, the circumstances should be documented and placed in the student’s cum file.If a student refuses an accommodation, the circumstances should be documented and placed in the student’s cum file. *Testing Accommodations: Guidelines for , ADE, August 2005

16 Assessment: TUSD Benchmarks (formerly Quarterly Assessments) Students on IEPs take the Benchmarks on grade level just as they do on all district & state assessments.Students on IEPs take the Benchmarks on grade level just as they do on all district & state assessments. The ONLY exception to this are the students who qualify for alternate assessments based upon their IEP, SPED Attachment C – Alternate Assessment Eligibility Criteria.The ONLY exception to this are the students who qualify for alternate assessments based upon their IEP, SPED Attachment C – Alternate Assessment Eligibility Criteria. Accommodations need to be provided and consistent with the student’s routine instruction and IEP.Accommodations need to be provided and consistent with the student’s routine instruction and IEP. Please have accommodation materials, such as number charts and calculators, ready prior to the assessment.Please have accommodation materials, such as number charts and calculators, ready prior to the assessment. If a student refuses an accommodation, remember to document the circumstances!If a student refuses an accommodation, remember to document the circumstances!

17 Assessment: Need-to-Know & Remember Students with alternate accommodationsStudents with alternate accommodations do not count for AZ Learns (Arizona Accountability System)do not count for AZ Learns (Arizona Accountability System) do count for 95% tested and for AYPdo count for 95% tested and for AYP The Fall Administration of AIMS HS plays no role in AYP calculations, but student results are included in AZ Learns calculations.The Fall Administration of AIMS HS plays no role in AYP calculations, but student results are included in AZ Learns calculations. To qualify for AIMS Augmentation, students must participate in ALL HS Testing.To qualify for AIMS Augmentation, students must participate in ALL HS Testing.

18 Assessment: Alternate Assessments Alternate AssessmentsAlternate Assessments AIMS-A & ASATAIMS-A & ASAT Level I – Functional and Kindergarten standards (students in grades K-12)Level I – Functional and Kindergarten standards (students in grades K-12) Level II – 1 st through 3 rd grade standards (students in grades 6-12)Level II – 1 st through 3 rd grade standards (students in grades 6-12) They are intended for a very small number of students with significant cognitive disabilities (SCD) – less than 1% of the TUSD population.They are intended for a very small number of students with significant cognitive disabilities (SCD) – less than 1% of the TUSD population. IEP teams must determine eligibility each year using TUSD SPED Attachment C.IEP teams must determine eligibility each year using TUSD SPED Attachment C.

19 Assessment: Alternate Assessments The Alternate Assessment process involves yearlong instruction and data collection.The Alternate Assessment process involves yearlong instruction and data collection. Level I and Level II activities should be occurring throughout the ENTIRE year for identified students!Level I and Level II activities should be occurring throughout the ENTIRE year for identified students!

20 Assessment: Alternate Assessments Alternate Assessment data is submitted online to the Arizona Department of Education (ADE) when the system opens (anticipated in November).Alternate Assessment data is submitted online to the Arizona Department of Education (ADE) when the system opens (anticipated in November). We need to know who the teachers are that have students who qualify in order to get them a login and password!We need to know who the teachers are that have students who qualify in order to get them a login and password! Please ask your teachers to register at /TUSD/TUSD_Teacher_Identification.htmPlease ask your teachers to register at /TUSD/TUSD_Teacher_Identification.htm /TUSD/TUSD_Teacher_Identification.htm /TUSD/TUSD_Teacher_Identification.htm TUSD training will become available in November.TUSD training will become available in November.

21 45 Day Reminder Contact your Psychologist (or Program Specialist) immediately if your staff has not received the training for the 45 Day New Student Screening Process!Contact your Psychologist (or Program Specialist) immediately if your staff has not received the training for the 45 Day New Student Screening Process! The ExEd Dept will contact them also.The ExEd Dept will contact them also. Remember to have everyone sign in!Remember to have everyone sign in! ADE needs the sign-in sheets!ADE needs the sign-in sheets! If we are found out of compliance again, the District loses $$$$$.If we are found out of compliance again, the District loses $$$$$.

22 ExEd Job –Alike Update For Special Ed. TeachersFor Special Ed. Teachers Monthly team meetings with Program Specialists at school sites.Monthly team meetings with Program Specialists at school sites. Professional Learning Community forums offered during the school year. (This is a work in progress.)Professional Learning Community forums offered during the school year. (This is a work in progress.)

23 EEMS Information EEMS = Exceptional Education Management System which is a combined electronic IEP/Service Capture SystemEEMS = Exceptional Education Management System which is a combined electronic IEP/Service Capture System The Service Capture will extract our billable services for Medicaid.The Service Capture will extract our billable services for Medicaid. We want to hear from Principals!We want to hear from Principals!

24 If you haven’t told us how you feel yet, please do so! you haven’t told us how you feel yet, please do so! Are youAre you Gung Ho!Gung Ho! Heck No!Heck No! In Between, orIn Between, or I Don’t Know!I Don’t Know! EEMS Information Based on the data submitted by September 9, 2005 – Pueblo High School has been chosen as the 1 st site to be trained in late October. This web site will remain open through October to continue collecting information.

25 EEMS Information ExEd Teacher AssistantsExEd Teacher Assistants If they have not done so, please submit account requests to TTS to get login access for TUSD .If they have not done so, please submit account requests to TTS to get login access for TUSD . The first few schools will continue to assist us in fine tuning the system.The first few schools will continue to assist us in fine tuning the system. We will start slow to go fast.We will start slow to go fast. More information coming in November!More information coming in November!

26 Ask-A-Question Submit ?s online to the Exceptional Education Department at htmSubmit ?s online to the Exceptional Education Department at htm htm htm Every Friday, Program Specialists will answer your question.Every Friday, Program Specialists will answer your question. Answers will be posted within 2 weeks of every Friday on the FAQs pages at will be posted within 2 weeks of every Friday on the FAQs pages at

27 Thank You We appreciate your time and attention today.


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