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1 EOC Tests — Program Webinar 1 Please Sign In 1.Click on the Notes tab in the Participant Application Window 2.Type in your name and district. 3.Send note to Dana Maxie (Host) *If the Note tab is not visible to you, send an with the requested information to immediately following the Webinar. We will begin at 1:00 p.m. CT October 29, 2010

2 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. End-of-Course Tests Program Webinar

3 EOC Tests — Program Webinar Welcome and Introductions Upcoming Meetings 3 DateTimeMeeting January 25, 2011DTC Pretest Workshop (Face to Face) Location 1: Rapides Parish School Board Office District Technology Meeting – Technology related topics will be discussed immediately after lunch. January 26, 2011DTC Pretest Workshop (Face to Face) Location 2: Instructional Resource Center, EBR School Board Office District Technology Meeting – Technology related topics will be discussed immediately after lunch.

4 EOC Tests — Program Webinar Upcoming Meetings (Continued) 4 DateTimeMeeting April 26, – 3 p.m.EOC Tests — Program Webinar

5 Today’s objectives To update participants on EOC assessment and curriculum policies To provide participants with important information for successfully administering the EOC Tests in an online environment. 5

6 Assessment Policies 6

7 End-of-Course (EOC) Tests End-of-Course (EOC) testing is a recommendation of the High School Redesign Commission and is an increasingly common practice in many other states. End-of-Course tests help ensure consistent and rigorous instruction and expectations throughout the state. EOC tests are gradually replacing 9 th grade iLEAP, 10 th grade GEE, and 11 th grade GEE.

8 Implementation Schedule

9 9 i LEAP and GEE Phase Out In , 9 th grade iLEAP will be discontinued. In , 10 th grade GEE will be discontinued (except for retesters). In , 11 th grade GEE will be discontinued (except for retesters).

10 Implementation Schedule

11 11 EOCs in High School Accountability In , the Baseline SPS for high school accountability will be based on iLEAP and GEE ( and LAA 1 & LAA 2 ). In order to have an “apples to apples” comparison in , a “transition” baseline SPS consisting of EOCs will be created. The Growth SPS, used for Growth Labels, will include the same EOC subjects as the “transition” baseline.

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13 Assessment Policies For questions contact: –Scott Norton, Ph.D., Assistant Superintendent –Office of Student and School Performance 13

14 Curriculum and Instruction Policies 14

15 Curriculum and Instruction Policies For incoming freshmen in and beyond, students must meet the assessment requirements below to earn a standard diploma. a.Students must pass three End-of-Course Tests in the following categories: –i.English II or English III; –ii.Algebra I or Geometry; –iii.Biology or American History 15

16 Curriculum and Instruction Policies b.Students enrolled in a course for which there is an EOC test must take the EOC test. i.The EOC test score shall count a percentage of the student’s final grade for the course. ii.The percentage shall be between 15% and 30% inclusive, and shall be determined by the LEA. 16

17 Curriculum and Instruction Policies iii.The grades assigned for the EOC test achievement levels shall be as follows iv.The DOE will provide conversion charts for various grading scales used by LEAs 17 EOC Achievement LevelGrade ExcellentA GoodB FairC Needs ImprovementD or F

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19 Curriculum and Instruction Policies For questions contact: –Nancy Beben, Division Director –Division of Curriculum Standards – 19

20 Assessment Administration 20

21 Assessment Administration First EOC Cohort, Bulletin 118, §1821 First-time ninth graders in 2010−2011 and all first-time ninth graders thereafter, must score fair or above on English II or English III, Algebra I or Geometry, and Biology or American History EOC Transfer Rules, Bulletin 118, §1829 EOC Emergency Plan, Bulletin 118, §315, B 21

22 Assessment Administration In 2010−2011, which tests do the following students take? ▪ First-time ninth graders in 2010−2011 and thereafter (first cohort of EOC) ▪ Repeating ninth graders in 2010−2011 (final cohort of GEE) ▪ PreGED (Skills Option) Program ▪ Tenth graders ▪ Eleventh graders ▪ Twelfth graders 22

23 Assessment Administration In 2010−2011, which EOC tests do students whose IEP has LAA 2 marked as the state assessment take? Backup and Future Plans ▪ LAA 2 (grade 10) English Language Arts and Mathematics ▪ LAA 2 (grade 11) Science and Social Studies 23

24 Assessment Administration Testing Irregularities Accommodations (Tests Read Aloud, Large Print, Communication Assistance); reports (Students Assigned Accommodations and Students Requiring Accommodations) Test Security Contact Information Leslie Lightbourne,

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26 Assessment Administration For questions, contact: –Bernadette Morris, Ph.D., Section Supervisor –Assessment Administration 26

27 Technology Updates 27

28 Tips for Planning Ahead Review the Technology Guidelines and Testing Manuals Ensure that each school is assigned a technology point of contact Form a team to ensure district technology coordinators and network administrators work with each school Determine how many students are testing at each school and assess bandwidth needs 28

29 Tips for Planning Ahead Ensure that proxy servers and firewalls allow access to EOC servers Ensure that pages from are not cached by district/school servers 29

30 Preparing Computers for Testing Make sure the secure browser is downloaded to lab/classroom computers – This is the same version of the browser that was used last May (version for windows and for Macs) Run the compatibility script on lab/classroom computers – Checks to ensure java scripting is enabled – Checks for the Flash Player and the SVG Viewer 30

31 Preparing Computers for Testing If images are used to prepare student computers, ensure that the image contains all required EOC settings and software components 31

32 2010 – 2011 EOC Tests System Updates Multi-race and ethnicity now required for students – Ethnicity and race fields are required when manually entering students or uploading students using CSV files Potential EOC retesters will be preloaded to schools – 6 th, 7 th or 8 th grade students that failed the Algebra I EOC test in the last two years 32

33 2010 – 2011 EOC Tests System Updates Student Testing Interface Changes – Tools and resources have been moved to a toolbar at the top of the screen – Undo/redo button was added for constructed-response and essay test questions – Enhancements have been made to flag server connection errors 33

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35 Technology Updates For questions contact: –Becky Clifton, Technology Coordinator –Pacific Metrics Corporation 35

36 Network Considerations 36

37 Tips for Indentifying Local Network Issues Ping EOC servers to determine application availability Complete traceroute to determine possible failure points Validate that district or school-level content filtering systems allow EOC test content to be transmitted Monitor router, firewall, and content filtering statistics 37

38 Recommendations for Saturated Networks Validate that provisioned bandwidth can be reached Provision additional, short-term bandwidth Reduce the use of non-essential applications Stagger testing throughout testing day and across testing window, if possible 38

39 Network Considerations For questions contact: –Bill Mistretta, Director of Technology Services –Pacific Metrics Corporation 39

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41 Thank you for attending! Send comments to: –Dana Maxie, Educational Technology Consultant –(225)


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