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2 Agenda What is ReadiStep™? The College Readiness Pathway Basics
Coordinating the ReadiStep Program Before the Test On Test Day After the Test

3 What is ReadiStep™

4 What is ReadiStep™? Flexible middle grades assessment that provides early feedback Measures skills students need to be on track for college success Provides tools to address skill gaps and improve curriculum Supports transition to high school and high school course planning Offers tools for early college and career exploration Notes: The College Board’s proven college readiness approach puts the right tools and the right information into the hands of educators, providing insightful, grade-appropriate benchmarks and feedback from middle school through high school…. ReadiStep plays a critical role in identifying the skills students need to develop as they transition to high school. It also helps educators make early interventions at critical points in a student’s school career.

5 ReadiStep and The College Readiness Pathway
The First Step ReadiStep and The College Readiness Pathway

6 A Pathway to Performance
College and Career Readiness Expectations for All Students Three integrated assessments – one powerful tool The College Board’s College and Career Readiness Pathway is a series of integrated diagnostic assessments that measures college and career readiness from the eighth through the 12th grades Talking Points: The foundation of the College Readiness Pathway, three integrated assessments, provides an effective measure of growth/ progress over time, provides diagnostic information, and ultimately a college entrance credential ReadiStep provides early feedback in the middle grades – a baseline for understanding where students are PSAT qualifies students for National Merit, prepares them for the SAT, promotes college planning and opens access to AP – through the AP Potential diagnostic tool – an opportunity to continue to build on the impressive growth in AP over the past five years. And the SAT is the ultimate measure of college and career readiness, a respected college entrance credential and access to scholarship dollars Intervening Early Identifying Opportunity Providing College Access

7 ReadiStep: The First Step
Offers feedback as students transition into high school Designed to work with PSAT/NMSQT and SAT to Measure a progression of skills Support skill interventions from middle school through high school Consistent content and format, and reporting Same content areas: reading, writing and mathematics Same skill categories at a grade-appropriate level Aligned to Common Core, state standards and NAEP standards Progression of benchmarks at each level

8 ReadiStep Assessment About the Test

9 ReadiStep Assessment Basics
Content: Three multiple-choice sections: reading, writing and math No essay or student-produced response questions Administration: Easy-to-administer paper-and-pencil test Given in school, during the school day Test window: Oct. 16–30, 2013 Section Timing Number of Questions Critical Reading 40 Minutes 45 Questions Writing Skills 50 Questions Mathematics (20 calculator, 20 non-calculator) 36 Questions (18 calculator, 18 non-calculator) Total 120 Minutes 131 Questions

10 Skill Categories Measured
Critical Reading Determining the Meaning of Words Author’s Craft Reasoning & Inference Organization & Ideas Mathematics Content Skills Number & Operations Algebra & Functions Geometry & Measurement Data, Statistics & Probability Writing Grammatical Relationships between Words Words & Phrases Used to Modify or Compare Phrases & Clauses Correctly Formed Sentences Relationships of Sentences & Paragraphs Process Skills Problem Solving Representation Reasoning Connections Communication

11 2013-14 Dates and Deadlines Activity Date Order Deadline Sept. 13
Bulk Registration Access Sent for Early Orders August Bulk Registration Submission Deadline Sept. 20 Anticipated Test Material Delivery Date Oct. 11 Test Dates Oct. 16–30 (Domestic) Oct. 16–23 (International) Postmark Date for All Return Materials Nov.1 (Domestic) Oct. 25 (International) Score Reports Arrive Dec. 9 Summary of Answers and Skills (SOAS) Reports Arrive January

12 ReadiStep Implementation
Before the Test ReadiStep Implementation

13 Know Your ReadiStep School Code
The ReadiStep School Code is a 6-digit number used to identify your institution. Returning ReadiStep customers may have a copy of this code on hand from previous administrations. The order form at includes a school code lookup feature. The ReadiStep School Code is required for ordering. If your institution is not listed in the lookup, contact us at to receive a ReadiStep Code. New code requests may take up to 3 business days to process. Note: ReadiStep codes are different from the school codes used for PSAT/NMSQT and SAT

14 Ordering Test Materials
Order Online at One district coordinator can order on behalf of all schools (recommended) or each school can place its own order When you select your ReadiStep school code, data will auto-populate in the identification fields on the order form. You may then alter the fields, as necessary. confirmations will be sent when orders are received

15 Using Accommodations Review the ReadiStep Guide to Nonstandard Test Formats Available at Order nonstandard test materials with standard materials Accommodations do not need to be approved by the College Board. Orders containing 5 or more of any nonstandard test format will require a nonstandard administration roster, sent via . Nonstandard test materials available ReadiStep™ Test Booklet (Braille Format) ReadiStep™ Test Booklet (Large-Type Format) Reader’s Script for the ReadiStep™ Assessment Reader’s Script for the ReadiStep™ Assessment (Audio Format)

16 Submitting Bulk Registration Files
Prepare data file Review instructions available at Format data file before Sept. 20. Submit data file After order is fully processed, the billing contact listed on the order receives a bulk registration access code. If the billing contact will not be submitting the data file, he or she should forward this to the appropriate person. Apply labels Pre-ID labels delivered with test materials. See the Supervisor’s Manual for instructions on applying labels.

17 Informing Staff, Students & Parents
Select and train testing staff One testing assistant is needed in each testing room. Testing assistants may be teachers or members of the administrative, secretarial or clerical staff. Ensure that staff review the Supervisor’s Manual prior to test day. Notify staff, students, and parents about ReadiStep Flyers, presentations, and other support materials are available at Inform students that this is a timed test. Remind students to bring a calculator on test day.

18 Receiving Test Materials
Receiving materials Test materials should be opened and checked within 24 hours of receipt. Check that boxes contain all materials listed on the Packing List. Packaging materials Return all test materials to the cartons, reseal the cartons and sign your name across the top of each carton. Storing materials Store cartons in a secure area to only authorized persons have access.

19 Setting Up the Testing Rooms
Classroom arrangement All students must face the same direction. All chairs must be placed directly behind those in the preceding row. There should be unimpeded access to every student for effective monitoring. There should be a large wall clock that is clearly visible to all students.

20 ReadiStep Implementation
On Test Day ReadiStep Implementation

21 Testing Procedures Admission to the testing room
Seat students to ensure they work independently. You should be able to monitor all students from any location in the room. Students should not leave testing room without permission. Distribution of test materials Hand a test book to each student, one at a time, along each row. Have students write their name on the test book cover. Distribute an answer sheet to each student. Timing of the assessment Allow 20 minutes for students to complete registration information. Adhere to the 40-minute timing for each test section.

22 Testing Procedures Calculators
For the math calculator section, students who have large or raised displays should be seated separately from other test-takers. Ensure that only test books, answer sheets, pencils and erasers are on students’ desks during the test. Any other items are prohibited

23 After the Test Collecting and counting answer sheets
Collect answer sheets from each student individually. Do not have them passed to you. Make sure students do not put their answer sheets inside the test books. Count answer sheets and verify that you have one for each student. Collecting and counting test books After accounting for the answer sheets, collect the test books from students individually in the same order in which you distributed them. Count used test books and verify that you have one for each student. Protecting test materials after the test When all test materials have been accounted for, place them where they will not be accessible to the students. Keep test books in secure storage until score reports arrive in December.

24 Returning Materials for Scoring
Complete the Supervisor’s Report Form. Return materials no later than two days after the administration. Follow return instructions in the Supervisor’s Manual. Use the original shipping boxes and the prepaid UPS labels provided. Arrange for package pickup with UPS.

25 Reports and tools After the Test

26 Student Score Report Scores Score ranges National percentiles
Student answer, correct answer and level of difficulty for each question

27 School Summary Report Participation by grade Performance by grade Comparisons to district and nation Benchmark (8th grade only)

28 Student Data File Electronic Student Data Recommended Uses
Excel-ready .csv file provided on CD Provided to each school and district Has detailed demographic and performance information for each student Includes fields provided through bulk registration/pre-ID process Recommended Uses Add ReadiStep data to existing databases of student information. Sort and filter data to conduct analyses for different sub-groups. Add columns for teacher name and provide each teacher with data for his or her students.

29 Skills Insight Helps students, parents and educators gain insight into student skills Details the link between scores and skills Sample questions illustrating each skill Suggestions for improvement Versions for educators and students/parents

30 MyRoad: Exploring Colleges and Careers
Free Access for ReadiStep Takers Online tool lets students: Take a personality quiz Understand their strengths and interests Plan for high school and college Learn about majors and careers that fit their interests Explore colleges by location, majors, costs

31 Summary of Answers and Skills (SOAS)
Aggregate skill- and question-level feedback Helps identify specific areas to focus improvement efforts Comparisons to nation, state, and comparable group Same format as PSAT/NMSQT SOAS reports Provided to schools and districts testing 5+ students per grade

32 For More Information, Contact Us
877-79READI ( ) 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. ET, Monday – Friday Phone: Fax: Web:


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