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1 OFFICE OF COLLEGE AND CAREER READINESS Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education Updated January 2015 End-of-Course Assessments Training for District and School Test Coordinators Fall 2014/Spring 2015

2 End-of-Course DTC/STC Training Audio Problems? If you are not able to hear audio, please do the following:  Check to see if your speakers are on, plugged in, and the volume is turned up (not muted)  If you still can’t hear the audio, please contact your District or School Information Technology Coordinator (DITC or SITC) for help 2

3  The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, or disability in its programs and activities. Inquiries related to Department programs and to the location of services, activities, and facilities that are accessible by persons with disabilities may be directed to the Jefferson State Office Building, Office of the General Counsel, Coordinator – Civil Rights Compliance (Title VI/Title IX/504/ADA/Age Act), 6 th Floor, 205 Jefferson Street, P.O. Box 480, Jefferson City, MO ; telephone number or TTY ; 3 End-of-Course DTC/STC Training Non-Discrimination

4 4 End-of-Course DTC/STC Training Who Receives Training?  District Test Coordinators  School Test Coordinators  Test Examiners, including general classroom teachers, special education teachers, translators, proctors, and other district personnel helping with test administration will view a separate training  District and School Technology Coordinators

5 5 End-of-Course DTC/STC Training Resources Recorded Training and Resources are provided  This pre-recorded training, accompanying print-ready PowerPoint slides and other training resources are available on the DESE website at: recorded recorded  The Questar training is located in iTester under the Help tab.

6 End-of-Course DTC/STC Training Overview – What hasn’t changed  Online administration unless paper/pencil, Braille, or Large Print accommodation specified in student’s IEP  Administration, scoring, and reporting provided by EOC vendor, Questar  Requires secure browser download for all students (available at  Students can test on a desktop, laptop, iPad or Android tablet, or Chromebook device  Three testing windows available  Students should test when they have completed the associated course content 6

7 End-of-Course DTC/STC Training Overview – What’s new in Fall 2014-Spring 2015  Suite of available EOC Assessments includes:  Algebra I  Algebra II  Geometry  English I  English II  Biology  Physical Science  American History  U.S. Government 7

8 End-of-Course DTC/STC Training Overview – What’s new in Fall 2014-Spring 2015 (cont.)  Accountability  Algebra I, English II, Biology, and U.S. Government required for high school accountability purposes  Algebra II required for accelerated students completing Algebra I EOC prior to high school  Questions about accountability?  Missouri School Improvement Program – or 8

9 End-of-Course DTC/STC Training Overview – What’s new in Fall 2014-Spring 2015 (cont.)  Non-Required EOC Assessments  Districts may purchase EOC assessments that are not required for accountability purposes for local use.  Testing windows and report turnaround are the same for all EOCs, whether being administered for accountability purposes or for local use.  Districts will enroll students in all EOCs, whether being administered for accountability purposes or for local use, through the precode process.  Questar will invoice districts for all EOCs administered for local use. 9

10 End-of-Course DTC/STC Training Overview – What’s new in Fall 2014-Spring 2015 (cont.)  Assessment Cost for Districts  Cost of a Paper/Pencil Edition not required by a student’s IEP is $15  Cost of an accommodated test form (paper/pencil PDF, Braille, or Large Print) for assessments not required for accountability purposes is $15 per student 10 EOCs Required for Accountability Purposes Algebra I$1.80 English II$1.80 Biology$1.80 U.S. GovernmentFree EOCs Not Required for Accountability Purposes English I$3.84 Algebra II, Geometry, American History, Physical Science $1.88

11 End-of-Course DTC/STC Training Overview – What’s new in Fall 2014-Spring 2015 (cont.)  Updated English language arts and Mathematics assessments  English I, English II, Algebra I, Algebra II, and Geometry EOC assessments aligned to Missouri Learning Standards  Missouri Learning Standards: career-readiness/curriculum/missouri-learning-standardshttp://dese.mo.gov/college- career-readiness/curriculum/missouri-learning-standards  EOC Blueprints: career-readiness/assessment/end-coursehttp://dese.mo.gov/college- career-readiness/assessment/end-course  New English I/II Writing Prompt Rubrics: readiness/curriculum/english-language-arts/resources readiness/curriculum/english-language-arts/resources  New Algebra I PE Rubric 11

12 End-of-Course DTC/STC Training Overview – What’s new in Fall 2014-Spring 2015 (cont.)  Online Pre-Tests  Full online forms of all EOCs available through Questar’s iTester system  No charge to districts  Accessible any time  24-hour score turnaround for selected response items (raw scores only)  Local scoring of performance events and writing prompts  TAM Supplement with information about accessing and administering pre-tests, a brief training webinar, PDFs of all test forms, and scoring materials for PEs and WPs are posted in iTester 12

13 End-of-Course DTC/STC Training Overview – What’s new in Fall 2014-Spring 2015 (cont.)  New Accommodations Procedures  Universal Tools, Designated Supports, and Accommodations  Updated codes: readiness/assessment/end-coursehttp://dese.mo.gov/college-career- readiness/assessment/end-course  Things to note:  With the exception of ELA reading passages, all items may be read to a student by a trained reader as a designated support. Read aloud of ELA reading passages requires an IEP or 504 plan  There are no accommodations that result in a LOSS 13

14 End-of-Course DTC/STC Training Overview – What’s new in Fall 2014-Spring 2015 (cont.)  Braille/Large Print and Paper Pencil Test Administration Procedures  All transcription completed locally  See Appendices D-F of the TAM for specific procedures related to transcribing 14

15 15 End-of-Course DTC/STC Training The Test Administration Manual (TAM)  Step-by-Step Instructions for:  Preparing for testing  Handling special circumstances  Enrolling students  Accessing and working within iTester  Administering assessments online  Administering accommodated test forms (Braille/Large Print, Paper/Pencil Editions)  Accessing and distributing test results  Available on the DESE webpage at career-readiness/assessment/end-course and in iTester underhttp://dese.mo.gov/college- career-readiness/assessment/end-course the Help tab

16 End-of-Course DTC/STC Training Preparing for Testing  Inform parents/guardians  Identify students for testing  Students should test when they complete appropriate course content  All students (including, but not limited to Missouri Option students, homebound students, and students in out-of-district placement) must complete required EOC assessments  Exceptions – Accountability Data –  EOC History Report (http://mcds.dese.mo.gov/Pages/default.aspx)http://mcds.dese.mo.gov/Pages/default.aspx 16

17 End-of-Course DTC/STC Training Preparing for Testing -- Scheduling  Schedule tests  7-business day content window for the district  Content windows may overlap, but all testing must be completed within the statewide testing window  After the 7-business day content window ends, iTester LOCKS and students may no longer log into iTester in that content area  Questar will reopen a window only on a limited basis 17

18 End-of-Course DTC/STC Training Preparing for Testing -- Scheduling ContentTime Suggestions English IISession I: 90 – 110 min / Session II: 90 – 110 min Algebra ISession I: 90 – 110 min / Session II: min BiologySession I: 55 – 60 min / Session II: min English ISession I: 90 – 110 min / Session II: 90 – 110 min Algebra II90 – 110 min Geometry90 – 110 min American History60 – 80 min Government60 – 80 min Physical Science60 – 80 min 18

19 End-of-Course DTC/STC Training Preparing for Testing – Enroll students  Enroll students to test using the precode process  Students who are enrolled in pretests through iTester must still be precoded for the operational assessments 19 Testing WindowPrecode File Due to DESEStudents can begin testing October 6, 2014-January 23, 2015 (Fall) September 19, 2014October 6, 2014 November 7, 2014November 24, 2014 February 23, 2014-May 22, 2015 (Spring) January 30, 2015February 23, 2015 March 6, 2015March 23, 2015 April 3, 2015April 27, 2015

20 End-of-Course DTC/STC Training Preparing for Testing – iTester System  iTester Admin and iTester Student  iTester supports Windows, MAC, and Linux operating systems, as well as iPad and Android tablet devices and Chromebooks  All devices must have current iTester Student client 20

21 End-of-Course DTC/STC Training Preparing for Testing – Tutorials  Tutorials are available in iTester Student for students to practice using the tools within the system.  Login information in the TAM 21

22 End-of-Course DTC/STC Training Test Administration – iTester Admin  Questar provides DTCs with login information  iTester Admin generates Test Examiner login information  A Text Examiner’s name remains in iTester until the end of the statewide window  Test Examiners reload into iTester with each statewide window according to the precode file  DTCs and STCs can resend or reset Test Examiners’ passwords  DTCs may contact Questar to request removal of an inactive Test Examiner 22

23 End-of-Course DTC/STC Training Test Administration – Status Codes Only two status codes are found in iTester  Absent: Use the absent status code for a student who will never take the assessment prior to graduation  Teacher Invalidation: This code is only used when a student is caught cheating  See specific instructions in the TAM regarding DESE notification in the event of Teacher Invalidation 23

24 End-of-Course DTC/STC Training Test Administration – Designated Supports and Accommodations  All Designated Supports and Accommodations must be marked in iTester Admin under the Test Sessions tab  Exception – Braille and Large Print must be marked on the Student Demographics page  All Accommodations must be documented in the student’s IEP or 504 plan 24

25 End-of-Course DTC/STC Training Test Administration -- Braille/Large Print Editions Order Large Print and Braille through Questar’s Missouri Customer Service  (800)  Administer Braille and Large Print assessments according to instructions in the TAM  Check – A012 for Braille and A021 for Large Print  Students’ responses to Braille and Large Print assessments must be transcribed into iTester at the district  Return Braille and Large Print testing materials to Questar 25

26 End-of-Course DTC/STC Training Test Administration -- Paper/Pencil Edition In order to take Paper/Pencil editions, students must meet one of these criteria:  The student has an IEP stating that a computer may not be used for testing (mark accommodation code A102)  The student is testing out-of-district  The student is a homebound student who cannot test at school A Paper/Pencil edition is downloadable as a PDF  Download a test for each qualifying student  Each test has a unique security barcode located on every page 26

27 End-of-Course DTC/STC Training Test Administration -- Paper/Pencil Edition (Cont.)  Transcribe all Paper/Pencil editions immediately after test administration and ship all Paper/Pencil editions to Questar within 24 hours of the end of the district’s content window using Questar provided shipping labels 27

28 End-of-Course DTC/STC Training Test Administration – Test Book Accountability Form  Report all Braille, Large Print, and Paper/Pencil assessments to Questar using the Test Book Accountability Form  The DTC Test Book Accountability Form is available at readiness/assessment/end-course/general- resourceshttp://dese.mo.gov/college-career- readiness/assessment/end-course/general- resources  See the TAM for instructions for handling contaminated test books 28

29 End-of-Course DTC/STC Training Test Administration – Test Security  Test security is of the utmost importance  Remember, districts are required to have a local test security policy in place  Students should not have access to cell phones or other electronic devices in the testing room  If cell phones or other electronic devices are allowed in the testing room, they must be collected and stored in a central location  In the computer lab, ensure adequate distance between student work spaces  Ensure that tablets are properly prepared  Ensure that Braille/Large Print and Paper/Pencil edition testing materials are kept secure 29

30 End-of-Course DTC/STC Training Test Administration – iTester Student Students test in iTester Student  Tests download to a student’s workstation  In the event of a lost connection, do NOT turn off the student’s device  Contact Questar Missouri Customer Service 30

31 End-of-Course DTC/STC Training Test Administration – Permitted Tools What tools can be used during testing?  Some Universal Tools and the Mathematics Reference Sheet are provided in iTester  Hard copies of the Mathematics Reference Sheet may be printed from the iTester Help tab  Calculators that meet the guidelines  The English I and English II performance events allow for scratch paper, English dictionary, and/or a thesaurus  Unlabeled grid or graph paper for the mathematics assessments 31

32 End-of-Course DTC/STC Training Test Administration -- Calculator Policy During testing, calculators:  Are not needed or required, and are not provided, endorsed, or recommended by DESE  Cannot have Internet connectivity or connect to anyone inside or outside of the classroom during testing  Cannot contain stored equations or functions at the time of testing  Can only be used where specified in the TAM 32

33 End-of-Course DTC/STC Training Test Administration -- Disruptions During Testing A student may need to move during testing because of disruption or illness  Procedures are in the TAM  The student must be escorted and not allowed to converse with other students 33

34 End-of-Course DTC/STC Training Following Testing – EOC Score Reports District will receive raw scores and official Individual Student Results Reports (ISRs)  5 business days after the district’s content window closes, the DTC will be able to:  Download a list of all students’ raw scores  Download and print the Individual Student Results  Student Score Labels after all testing is complete  15 days to notify parents/guardians that scores are available 34

35 End-of-Course DTC/STC Training Following Testing -- Guide To Interpreting Results Review the Guide to Interpreting Results (GIR)  The GIR is on the DESE website  Use reports available through the Missouri Comprehensive Data System (MCDS) Portal  For questions about score results, reports, and appeals, please contact Accountability Data at

36 36 Who should the district contact with questions?  First – Questar’s Missouri Customer Service:  (800)   Second – DESE Assessment:  (573)  LEA Guide to the Missouri Assessment Program (under the Resources Tab) End-of-Course DTC/STC Training Contact Information and Resources

37 End-of-Course DTC/STC Training Thank you Thank you for attending this training  Good luck with End-of-Course Assessments 37


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