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1 2015 Assessment Overview [Districts may customize all slides and the background theme]

2 Presentation Overview Overview of Assessments CMT/CAPT Science Test Administration Smarter Balanced Assessments Special Populations

3 Connecticut Summative Assessments School Year State AssessmentGrade(s)Testing Window Total Testing Time per Student Delivery Method CMT/CAPT Science5, 8 and 10March 2 – minutes - Grade 5 70 minutes - Grade 8 50 minutes each (2 sessions) - Grade 10 Paper/pencil delivery except for students requiring accommodations through MIST.* CMT/CAPT Science Skills Checklist 5, 8 and 10 Upload Dates: March 2 – 27 Not Applicable Completed through the MI Web Portal. NCSC/Connecticut Alternate Assessment (CTAA) 3 – 8 and 11 March 30 – May 15 Time will vary by student. Online Smarter Balanced ELA/Literacy & Math 3 – 8 March 17 – June 12 Approximately 6 – 6.5 hours** Online Smarter Balanced ELA/Literacy & Math 11April 27 – June 12 Approximately 7 – 7.5 hours** Online

4 TEST SECURITY

5 Test Security Breaches of test security include, but are not limited to: – analyzing/copying test items – coaching students – giving students answers, and/or changing students’ answers – Allowing students access to digital, electronic, or manual devices (except approved accommodations) – Unauthorized log-in to the TDS Cell phone use by students is prohibited in testing rooms

6 STATE POLICY REGARDING PARTICIPATION

7 CGS 10-14n (b) (1) For the school year commencing July 1, 2013, and each school year thereafter, each student enrolled in grades three to eight, inclusive, and grade ten or eleven in any public school shall, annually, take a mastery examination in reading, writing and mathematics. (2) For the school year commencing July 1, 2013, and each school year thereafter, each student enrolled in grade five, eight, ten or eleven in any public school shall, annually, in March or April, take a state-wide mastery examination in science.

8 Participation Calculations CMT/CAPT Science – Test Booklet is submitted with answers or with the Left Blank bubble filled in Smarter Balanced – The student logs into both the CAT and PT for each content area – The student is identified as EL Exempt for ELA/Literacy CMT/CAPT Science – Test booklet is submitted with no answers completed Smarter Balanced – The student does not log into both the CAT and PT Non Participant Participant

9 CMT/CAPT SCIENCE 2015 ADMINISTRATION

10 Grades 5, 8, and 10 Testing Window: March 2 – 27, 2015 Accommodations delivered via the Measurement Incorporated Secure Testing (MIST) System MIST account usernames and passwords are available on the Measurement Incorporated Web Portal. MIST Student Rosters are available on the MIST Proctor Site. Test irregularities require a phone call to CSDE CMT and CAPT Science: (860) CMT/CAPT Science

11 CMT /CAPT Science Testing Times TestTesting TimeDirections TimeTotal Time CMT Grade 565 Minutes10 minutes75 minutes CMT Grade 870 minutes10 minutes80 minutes CAPT Grade 10Session 1: 50 minutes Session 2: 50 minutes 15 minutes 5 minutes* 65 minutes 55 minutes * Allow 15 minutes for directions if administered on separate days.

12 CMT/CAPT Science Test materials are posted on the Student Assessment page of the CSDE Web site: Test Coordinator Manuals Test Examiner Manuals Student/Parent Brochures Online Training Module

13 CMT/CAPT Science Supplemental (Pilot) Testing: At grades 5, 8 and 10 Districts have been notified of schools selected to participate Paper & Pencil (required): March 2-27 Online (optional): March 9-April 10 Testing Time = 60 minutes (plus minutes for directions)

14 Smarter Balanced Test Administration

15 What is Smarter Balanced? A.A buttery spread that helps lower your cholesterol? B.A new testing company? C.A state-governed project based at a research university?

16 Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments Estimated Testing Times Test TypeGradesCAT Perf. Task OnlyTotal Classroom ActivityTotal English Language Arts 3-51:302:003:30:304: :302:003:30:304:00 112:00 4:00:304:30 Mathematics 3-51:301:002:30:303: :001:003:00:303:30 112:001:303:30:304:00 COMBINED 3-53:00 6:001:007: :303:006:301:007:30 114:003:307:301:008:30 Times are estimates of test length for most students. Smarter Balanced assessments are designed as untimed tests; some students may need and should be afforded more time than shown in this table.

17 ELA Timing and Sequencing ELACAT ItemsClassroom ActivityPerformance Task (PT) Number and Duration of Sessions Recommendations:  No fewer than two sessions (recommended) and no more than six sessions (rare/extreme).  Session durations range from 40–60 minutes. Recommendations:  Administer in one session  Approximate session duration: 30 minutes  Should occur one to three days prior to PT  Should NOT occur on the same day as the ELA PT The PT is presented in two parts. Recommendations:  Administer in two sessions corresponding to Parts 1 and 2 of the PT.  Session durations range from 60–120 minutes. Breaks within Sessions Breaks can be provided during the test sessions using the software’s pause feature. If the test is paused for more than 20 minutes, the student will not be able to go back to items on the previous screens. NA The PT is presented in two parts. Students can take breaks within Parts 1 and 2; however, once a student moves to Part 2, he or she will not be able to review or revise items in Part 1.  Recommendation: Students complete Part 1 in one test session and Part 2 the next school day. Total Duration Once a student has started the CAT items, they will be available for 45 days. Recommendation: Student completes this portion within five days of starting. NA Once a student has started the PT, it will be available for 10 days.  Recommendation: Student completes each part of the PT within one day.

18 Mathematics Timing and Sequencing Mathematics CAT ItemsClassroom ActivityPerformance Task (PT) Number and Duration of Sessions Recommendations:  Administered in two sessions.  Session durations range from 40–60 minutes. Most students will complete the CAT items in two sessions of 60 minutes or less or one long session of more than 60 minutes. Recommendations:  Administered in one session  Approximate session duration: 30 minutes  Should occur as close to the PT as is feasible, and no more than three days prior to the PT  MAY occur on the same day as the PT Recommendations:  Administered in one session.  Session duration ranges from 40–120 minutes. Breaks within Sessions Breaks can be provided during the test sessions using the software’s pause feature. If the test is paused for more than 20 minutes, the student will not be able to go back to items on the previous screens. NA Students can take breaks during PT test sessions. Mathematics PT items are presented on a single screen. Following a break, the student will have access to the same items. Total DurationOnce a student has started the CAT items, they will be available for 45 days.  Recommendation: Student completes this portion within five days of starting it. NA Once a student has started the PT, it will be available for 10 days.  Recommendation: Student completes the PT in one day.

19 Scheduling Test Sessions Recommended order of administration for each content area: Note: The ELA PT has two parts: Part 1 – Research Part 2 – Full write CAT Classroom Activity Performance Task

20 Classroom Activity Recommended to be administered no more than 3 days before the PT Approximately 30 minutes Designed to “level the playing field” to ensure that all students understand the context of the task Administered in a classroom setting Topics and scripted classroom activities available for download in TIDE. Users can only download classroom activities that were assigned to their school Students should proceed with testing if the CA was inadvertently not provided (this is not submitted in the Appeals system)

21 Smarter Balanced Practice and Training Tests Similar in format and structure to the Smarter Balanced assessments Grades 3–8 and 11 Approximately 30 items per grade level test in each content area ELA Mathematics 1 performance task per content area Scoring guides and classroom activities Practice Tests Training Tests Provide students with an opportunity to quickly become familiar with the software and interface features that will be used in the Smarter Balanced assessments Three assessments by grade band, 3-5, 6-8 and HS Approximately total items per grade band 6 in ELA 8-9 in mathematics No performance tasks

22 Smarter Balanced Response Types MC with one correct response MC with multiple correct responses Two Part multiple-choice Matching Tables Yes/No or True/False Tables Fill-in Tables Select or order text or graphics Complex drag and drop Graphing Equation or numeric response Short Text Long Essay Smarter Balanced Response Types MC with one correct response MC with multiple correct responses Two Part multiple-choice Matching Tables Yes/No or True/False Tables Fill-in Tables Select or order text or graphics Complex drag and drop Graphing Equation or numeric response Short Text Long Essay Constructed Response Selected Response Response Types

23 Smarter Balanced Practice and Training Tests Available Embedded Universal Tools, Designated Supports, and Accommodations All universal tools All designated supports, including: – Color contrast – Masking – Streamlining – Text-to-speech items – Translated test directions: Spanish – Translations (glossary): Spanish, Arabic, Cantonese, Filipino, Korean, Mandarin, Punjabi, Russian, Ukrainian, Vietnamese – English Glossary – Stacked Translation: Spanish All accommodations, including: – American Sign Language for all math items and ELA listening stimuli and items – Braille – Text-to-speech for reading passages in grades 6–high school – Closed Captioning Students who require the use of assistive technology should test the usability of the devise using the Training Test.

24 Improprieties, Irregularities, and Breaches

25 Unusual circumstance that has a low impact on the individual or group of students who are testing Low risk of potentially affecting student performance on the test, test security, or test validity Can be corrected and contained at the local level TA documents impropriety in Test Security Incident Log and submits to SC/DC immediately. SC/DC takes corrective action, usually does not require an appeal Test Security Chart ImproprietyIrregularity Unusual circumstance that impacts an individual or group of students who are testing May potentially affect student performance on the test, test security or test validity TA documents irregularity in Test Security Incident Log and submits to SC/DC immediately SC/DC submits the incident in the Appeals system within 24 hours, if it requires a reset, reopen, restore, grace period extension, or invalidation Breach Event that that poses a threat to the validity of the test Examples include the release of secure materials May result in a Consortium decision to remove the test question(s) from the available secure bank TA reports breach to the SC/DC immediately The DC must contact the CSDE by phone immediately at (860)

26 Appeal Types Appeal TypeDescription Reset a Test Removes the test, and scores, from the system Enables student to start a new test Reopen a Test Allows for a test that has already been submitted in error, or has expired to be re-opened Grace Period Extension Granted if a test session is unexpectedly interrupted Allows access to all previous responses Restore a Test That Has Been Reset Return a test from the Reset status to its prior status Only allowed on tests that have been reset A test can be restored if it was reset in error Invalidate a Test Eliminates the test Student does not receive a score Note: The Appeals system can also be used to address incidents that are not security related such as re-opening an assessment for a student who becomes ill and is unable to resume testing because the test expired.

27 Interim Assessments Available beginning January 27 Interim Assessment Blocks (IAB) Interim Comprehensive Assessments (ICA) Requires upload of school users to TIDE Requires setting of designated supports and accommodations for students in TIDE Educators must be trained Students should be provided opportunity to take Practice/Training Tests CSDE recommends use of IAB only for school year

28 AIR Systems Overview Copyright © 2014 American Institutes for Research. All rights reserved.

29 Portal Secure Browser Test Information Distribution Engine (TIDE) Test Delivery System (TDS) Online Reporting System (ORS) Overview 29

30 Portal – 30

31 User Pages 31

32 32 Resources

33 Important Dates CSDE Assessment Guidelines Modules: - What is a CAT? - Performance Task - Accessibility and Accommodations - Embedded Universal Tools - Student Interface - TA interface - Technology Overview Systems Requirements for Online Testing Resources Available Now 33

34 Resources Coming Soon 34 Practice and Training Tests Test Administrator and Test Coordinator Manual User Guides TIDE Test Administration ORS Teacher Hand Scoring System Modules Test Administration Overview ORS Teacher Hand Scoring System

35 What is the Secure Browser? 35 The secure browser is designed to ensure test security by prohibiting students from accessing any other programs or websites during testing.

36 Download the latest secure browser from the portal. The field test secure browser will not work. Before taking a test, all applications must be closed. The iPad app will be updated by the end of January in order to support iOS8. Secure Browser Information 36

37 Secure Browser Download 37

38 Accessing AIR Systems 38

39 Activating TIDE Account 39

40 TIDE Overview 40

41 TIDE Navigation 41

42 User Roles 42 TaskDADCSCTETA Viewing and Editing Student Settings Manage Rosters Adding User Accounts Create Appeals Downloading and Installing Voice Packs

43 Roles and Usernames 43

44 Manage Users 44

45 Add Users 45

46 Student Information 46

47 Retrieve Students 47

48 View Retrieved Students 48

49 Add Student Settings 49

50 Appeals 50

51 Types of Appeals 51 Appeal TypeDescription Reset a Test Removes the test, and scores associated with the test, from the system Enables student to start a new test Requested due to accommodations not being set properly Reopen a Test Allows for a test that has already been submitted or has expired to be re- opened Grace Period Extension Extends the grace period if a test session is unexpectedly interrupted Gives access to all previous answers Restore a Test That Has Been Reset Return a test from the Reset status to its prior status Only allowed on tests that have been reset A test can be restored if it was reset in error Invalidate a Test Eliminates the test Student loses that test and does not receive a score Requested due to test security incidences

52 Creating Appeals 52

53 Searching Appeals 53

54 Viewing Appeals 54

55 Testing Tickets 55

56 Rosters 56

57 Voice Pack 57

58 Test Delivery System Overview 58  Two interfaces: Student Test Administrator  Two sites Operational – Interim – Summative Practice/Training Test

59 Student Interface 59

60 Student Test Selection 60

61 Student Interface 61

62 End of Segment 62

63 End of Test 63

64 Test Administrator Interface 64

65 TA Interface: Overview 65

66 TA Interface 66

67 Student Entry 67

68 Save and Edit Details 68

69 Monitoring Student Progress 69

70 Pausing and Stopping Sessions 70

71 ORS Interface: Welcome Page 71

72 Which students have not yet tested? Which students have started but not yet completed their test? Which students need to finish tests that are going to expire soon? Which students have paused tests? Test Management Center: Plan and Manage Testing 72

73 SPECIAL POPULATIONS

74 Special Population Web sites Resources- Website LinksDescription Accommodations Data Entry Web site Accommodations Data Entry Web site Connecticut State Department of Education website for data collection of accommodations/supports:  Smarter Balanced Assessments  CMT/CAPT Science  Connecticut Alternate Assessments (CTAA)/ NCSC  CMT/CAPT Skills Checklist Science CTAA and CMT/CAPT Skills Checklists Science Eligibility & Learner Characteristics Inventory (LCI)CTAA and CMT/CAPT Skills Checklists Science Eligibility & Learner Characteristics Inventory (LCI) Special Education; Section 504, English Language Learners (EL) Website remains open throughout testing Measurement Incorporated Web Portal Measurement Incorporated Web Portal:  District Test Coordinator information  Enter completed CMT/CAPT Skills Checklist Science (March 2-27,2015)  Look up teachers trained to administer the CTAA/NCSC and CMT/CAPT Skills Checklist Science MIST Practice Site This site allows students to take an online CMT/CAPT Science practice test using the Measurement Incorporated Secure Test (MIST) system. These practice tests are available to provide students with a first-hand look at the online testing interface before the live test administration in March. Students will also have the opportunity to practice using the available online tools as well as learn how to navigate through the test. No feedback or results will be provided CSDE Required Training for Connecticut Alternate Assessments All teachers responsible for administering the alternate assessments, including those teachers with current Skills Checklist Administration certifications, must participate in one of two types of CSDE training. The CTAA/NCSC is replacing the CMT/CAPT Skills Checklist in English language arts and Mathematics for the 2015 administration.

75 Special Population Resources Resources- Documents LinksDescription Assessment Guidelines Edition This document is intended to provide guidance for Connecticut school district personnel who must make decisions about testing special student populations on Smarter Balanced, CMT/ CAPT Science, Connecticut Alternate Assessments and CMT/CAPT Skills Checklist Science. Accessibility Chart with Definitions This document provides an overall description of the Smarter Balanced universal tools, designated supports, and accommodations for the field test. Clicking on any of the feature will provide the definition Test Supports/Accommodations Form This form is intended for Special Education, 504 and EL students taking the Smarter Balanced Test and CMT/CAPT Science to indicate designated supports, and accommodations. This submitted Accommodations Data Entry Web site.Accommodations Data Entry Web site Usability, Accessibility, & Accommodations Presentation PowerPoint presentation on the usability features available to students who will be taking the Smarter Balanced Assessments. This includes a deeper understanding of the tools, designated supports and accommodations available to a variety of students.

76 Universal ToolsUniversal Tools: Available to ALL students Embedded Breaks Calculator Digital Notepad English Dictionary English Glossary English Thesaurus Expanded Passages Global Notes Highlighter Keyboard Navigation Mark for Review Math Tools Spell-Check Strikethrough Writing Tools Zoom Non-Embedded Breaks English Dictionary Scratch Paper Thesaurus Designated Supports: Available to ANY student with a need determined by educators Embedded *Audio Translation Glossaries (new) Color Contrast Masking Text-to-Speech *Translations-Math (Glossary) *Translations-Math (Glossary) *Translations-Math (Stacked) Turn off any universal accessibility tool Non-Embedded *Bilingual Dictionary Color Contrast Color Overlay Magnification Noise Buffering (new) ~Read Aloud Separate Setting Translation-Math (Glossary) Translation Test Directions Accommodations: Available to students with an IEP or 504 Plan Embedded American Sign Language (Video) American Sign Language Braille Closed Captioning Streamline View Text-to-Speech (ELA-reading Passages) grades 6-11 Non-Embedded Abacus Alternate Response Options Calculator- grades 6-11 Multiplication Table-grades 4-11 # Print on Demand ~ # Read Aloud- (ELA-reading Passages) grades 6-11 ~ # Read Aloud- (ELA-reading Passages) grades 6-11 ~ # Scribe Speech-to-Text *EL-ONLY # Requires Petition for Approval of Special Documented Accommodations ~ Requires Trained Educator

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81 Alternate Assessment Websites & Resources ResourcesLinksDescription National Center And State Collaborative (NCSC) Website This website provides information and resources about the National Center and State Collaborative (NCSC). NCSC is the consortium Connecticut worked with to develop the Connecticut Alternate Assessment for English language arts and math for our students with significant cognitive disabilities. NCSC Wiki The National Center and State Collaborative (NCSC) shared goal of the is to ensure that students with the most significant cognitive disabilities achieve increasingly higher academic outcomes and leave high school ready for post-secondary options. This wiki and the materials hosted here help educators accomplish the NCSC goals by supporting instruction aligned to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). Measurement Incorporated Web Portal Measurement Incorporated Web Portal/CMT Skills Checklist Science and CAPT Skills Checklist Science:  District Test Coordinator creates usernames and passwords for eligible teachers administering the CMT/CAPT Skills Checklist Science and may Look up teachers trained to administer the CTAA/NCSC and CMT/CAPT Skills Checklist Science  Trained teachers enter CMT/CAPT Skills Checklist Science data collected throughout the year during upload window from March 2-27, 2015 (Coming Soon) Connecticut Alternate Assessment (CTAA) /NCSC Portal DTCs will manage trained test administrator access and student records Trained Test Administrators will access student tests and enter student responses vis the test portal More information will be shared in future Assessment Newsletters

82 Comparison of CMT/CAPT Skills Checklist to CTAA

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84 CTAA Designed for Students with SCD Reading items, passages and response options to students Emphasis on Communicative Competence Test Design Includes – Decreasing Complexity Tier 4 to 1 – Increasing Support Tier 4 to 1 – Tiers 2, 3, and 4 aligned to the Focal Knowledge Skills and Abilities (FKSA) – Tier 1 is aligned to Essential Understanding (EU)

85 CTAA Format Online 1: 1 testing Math English language arts – Reading – Writing Selected Response Constructed Response Open Response

86 Accommodations for CTAA Accommodations needed are indicated on page 9 of the IEP and the specific accommodations will be entered on the CTAA/NCSC portal at the time of testing in accordance with the Directions for Test Administration Assistive Technology for Presentation and/or Response Braille Paper Version of Item Sign Language Scribe Read Aloud (assessment feature)


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