Presentation on theme: "EPAS What do we already know?. SENATE BILL 130 Beginning in the 2007-08 school year, all Kentucky public-school students are required to take the Educational."— Presentation transcript:
SENATE BILL 130 Beginning in the 2007-08 school year, all Kentucky public-school students are required to take the Educational Planning and Assessment System (EPAS) tests from ACT: EXPLORE for 8 th grade PLAN for 10 th grade ACT for 11 th grade WorkKeys may be taken once by any student in grades 10, 11 or 12
Key Points to Remember All 11 th grade public students are required to take the test All 11 th grade public students are required to take the test Approximately 50,000 juniors in Kentucky will take the ACT Approximately 50,000 juniors in Kentucky will take the ACT
Dates at a Glance September 17-28: EXPLORE and PLAN November 26-30: Fall WorkKeys February 25 – 29: Winter WorkKeys March 11: Primary ACT State Test March 25: Make-up ACT State Test
Who may take WorkKeys? Each student shall be entitled to one state-funded WorkKeys administration of all three tests (Reading for Information, Locating Information, Applied Mathematics) once during grades 10, 11 or 12.
Decisions, Decisions… Which grade(s) will we test? Which students will we test in those particular grades? Approximately how many students in our district will be taking WorkKeys this year? Will we use one testing window or both? Are you making a decision that is best for students?
Student Scores ACT scores will be recorded on each student’s high school transcript ACT scores will be recorded on each student’s high school transcript ACT shall provide an individual report for each student ACT shall provide an individual report for each student
Uses of EXPLORE, PLAN, and ACT Scores PLAN and The ACT will each count as 2.5% of the high school’s accountability index; EXPLORE is not currently part of the accountability index Individual student data for all three tests will be incorporated into the ILP
Uses of EXPLORE, PLAN, and ACT Scores Scores may be used to help students select course options School profile reports will provide data to support school improvement planning in curriculum, instruction, and professional development
Part I: Academic Achievement Part IIIPart II 12
Part II Part III Early Indicators of College Readiness ACT’s EPAS ™ (Educational Planning and Assessment System) provides aligned, achievement-based assessments at three key points as students move from grade eight through the transition to postsecondary education: EXPLORE ® for 8th and 9th graders PLAN ® for 10th graders The ACT ® for 11th and 12th graders EPAS supports efforts to encourage more rigorous college-preparatory course taking and promote career planning. EPAS provides longitudinal tracking of the college readiness of students and cohorts. The following results pertain to all 8th- and 10th-grade students in Kentucky who participated in EXPLORE and/or PLAN during the academic year 2006–07. Part I Kentucky — Class of 2007 15
ACT College Readiness Benchmark Scores Through collaborative research with postsecondary institutions nationwide, ACT has established the following College Readiness Benchmark Scores: A benchmark score is the minimum score needed on an ACT subject area test to indicate a 50% chance of obtaining a B or higher or about a 75% chance of obtaining a C or higher in the corresponding credit-bearing college courses. Part II: Measuring College Readiness College Readiness Benchmark Score EnglishEnglish Composition18 Math Algebra 22 ReadingSocial Sciences21 ScienceBiology24 ACT Subject Area Test College Course(s) Part IIIPart I 16
Using EXPLORE and PLAN ACT research shows that students who attend schools that use EXPLORE and PLAN for educational planning and counseling are more likely to attain higher scores on PLAN and the ACT than students who attend schools that do not use EXPLORE and PLAN. The students whose results are reported in Part III of this report may or may not be comparable to the subset of Kentucky students who took EXPLORE in 8th grade and then took PLAN in 10th grade and the ACT in 11th or 12th grade. For more information about EXPLORE, PLAN, and the ACT, go to www.act.org. 17
EXPLORE Part III: Early Indicators of College Readiness Part IIPart I 18
Part III: Early Indicators of College Readiness PLAN Part IIPart I 19
What will assist us as we move forward with the EPAS assessments?
Best Practice: Using the Data Individual student scores School/district scores Middle and high school alignment Additional sources of data
Best Practice: Use Existing Programs ILP Advising Programs Intervention Strategies Professional Development Opportunities
Best Practice: Curriculum College Readiness Standards Practice questions as part of daily instruction as well as formative and summative assessments Modeling Literacy, Literacy, Literacy! Test-taking strategies for all assessments
ACT/KDE Professional Development Spring 2007 Workshops KET Telecast- August 2007 DAC Summer Meeting 2007 TAC Telecast – October 2007 December 2007 Training Spring 2008 Workshops Train the Trainer KAFSAA/ACT Workshops
KDE Website ACT, Inc. Section for each test Links to ACT sites, KET Documents & forms Reports Plans for expansion
ACT Website Act.org Information about each test Videos Sample tests Curriculum review sheets
Crockpot vs. Microwave Class of 2008 report will not contain this year’s junior class. Class of 2009 report WILL contain data from this year’s junior class State composite will drop, and then…
To Facilitate the Process… Carry message and share consistent guidance to all stakeholders. Share feedback with KDE. Take the tests! Help us incorporate these tests as part of a comprehensive curriculum, instruction, and assessment program.