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College and Career Readiness Assessments (CCRA) Review of Implementation Year and Moving Forward District Test Coordinator Training February 26-27, 2015.

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1 College and Career Readiness Assessments (CCRA) Review of Implementation Year and Moving Forward District Test Coordinator Training February 26-27, 2015

2 Today’s Agenda 1.ACT CCRA Campaign Intro 2.Score Reporting Overview 3.Invoicing Process for 2 nd Assessment 4.Overview: Applying for Waivers 5.Review of Implementation Year 6.Thinking Ahead: Selecting Testing Dates

3 The Campaign affords states the opportunity to recognize – across the education and workforce continuum – exemplary college and career readiness efforts in four categories: 1.Student Readiness (High School Senior) 2.College and Career Transition (High School) 3.Career Preparedness (Community College) 4.Workplace Success (Employer) *all high school student nominees will receive a scholarship from ACT toward attendance at the postsecondary institution of their choice State Public Recognition Event: TBD National Gala: June 9 th in Washington, D.C. Visit ACT’s website for more info:

4 Score Reporting Overview EED has put together a master score reporting guide for all CCRA assessments by test type and recipient. This guide will help districts and schools know what they and their students should be receiving from each test vendor. The guide is posted on EED’s webpage at:

5 Invoicing Process for 2 nd Assessment Invoicing process for WorkKeys for districts who have: A.seniors who wish to retake WorkKeys (ex. took as a junior last year as required) and the district will pay for the 2 nd assessment; or B.seniors whose district requires WorkKeys and wish to either take WorkKeys again or take the ACT or SAT (and use their one EED-paid assessment). EED will pay for the more expensive test. The WorkKeys P/P Makeup Test Date (April 1 st ) and ACT In-School Makeup Test Date (March 31 st ) are available to these eligible seniors. Note: seniors who previously took either the ACT or SAT and are interested in testing again must register directly through the vendor and select a national test date of their choice.

6 Overview: Applying for Waivers General Requirements: Students may be eligible for a waiver from participation in the college and career readiness assessments (4 AAC ). A student may submit an application to the local governing board requesting a waiver. Guidelines for applying: A. Arriving late into the Alaska Public School System – student arrived in the state after the completion of all scheduled administrations in the student’s year of intended graduation B. Rare and Unusual Circumstance – death of a parent, serious and sudden illness or injury, disability, or a district or system error Guidelines, waivers, and appeal forms are available on EED’s webpage at

7 Review of Implementation Year For each assessment… What went well? What did not go well? Suggestions… 1.Communication/outreach with students and parents 2.Registration of students 3.Late registration process/options 4.Accommodations (ACT-Approved and State-Allowed) 5.Test staff training 6.Initial and makeup test administration 7.Vendor experience 8.Overall experience

8 Thinking Ahead: Selecting Testing Dates SAT School Day:Nat. Test Day: *anticipated OCT 14 (Wed)OCT 3 MAR 2 (Wed)NOV 7 APR 15 (Fri) DEC 5 JAN 23 School Day Makeup:MAR 5 (redesigned SAT) (date pending)MAY 7 JUN 4

9 Thinking Ahead: Selecting Testing Dates ACT In-School:Nat. Test Day: *anticipated SEPT 29 SEPT 12 MAR 1 OCT 24 MAR 15 DEC 12 APR 19 FEB 6 (all Tuesdays)APR 9 JUN 11 In-School Makeup: (dates pending)

10 Thinking Ahead: Selecting Testing Dates WorkKeys Paper/Pencil:Internet: SEPT 30*Flexibility in window selection MAR 2 MAR 16NOV – FEB (this year) APR 20AUG/SEPT – DEC (past years) (all Wednesdays) P/P Makeup: (dates pending)

11 ACT/WorkKeys Pre-ID File Necessary for: ACT In-School WorkKeys Paper/Pencil Spreadsheets ed to EED’s CCRA Program Coordinator Lack of consistency in formatting Subject to data-entry errors CSV file uploaded into the State Report Manager (SRM) Consistency District familiarity with the SRM Validation against Alaska Student Information System (ASIS)

12 Final Thoughts & Comments Upcoming Reminder: Tuesday, March 3 rd is ACT In-School Wednesday, March 4 th is WorkKeys P/P


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