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2 2 Agenda What is ReadiStep? The College Readiness Pathway ReadiStep Assessment Basics Before Test Day: How to Prepare for the Administration On Test Day: Administration Procedures Score Reporting


4 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

5 5 THE FIRST STEP ReadiStep and The College Readiness Pathway

6 6 A Pathway to Performance College and Career Readiness Expectations for All Students Three integrated assessments – one powerful tool The College Boards 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 Intervening Early Identifying Opportunity Providing College Access

7 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


9 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. 17–31, 2012

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

11 11 Passage Based (70%) Jacques-Yves Cousteau ( ) was an ecologist who studied all forms of marine life. His ship was named the Calypso. Nature can be savage, but also kind. Cousteau witnessed this many times. In The Living Sea, Cousteau wrote about a great orca, or killer whale, who thought the Calypso was a threat. The whale tried to lead the vessel away from its family for an entire afternoon. In another incident, a 20- ton sperm whale suddenly crossed Calypsos bow (the front part of the ship) and was injured. Its companions surrounded it, placed their shoulders under it, and lifted its blowhole out of the water so it wouldnt drown. Listening through sonar equipment, Cousteau heard the whales cries for assistance. He then saw other whales appear in groups of two and four to accompany the wounded whale and its helpers to safety. Sentence Completion (30%) Keisha did not want to, so she waited until her teacher and the principal were finished with their private conversation before entering the classroom. (A) refrain (B) cooperate (C) loiter (D) intrude Critical Reading

12 12 Writing Skills Improving Sentences (56%) Most of Costa Rica's coffee is grown in the Central Valley coffee region, where the climate, altitude, and soil type combining to create the optimal conditions for coffee production. (A) combining to create (B) combining for creating (C) combine and creating (D) combine to create Identifying Sentence Errors (33%) Because we asked for extra time well in advance, Mr. Wiley gave Colleen and I three more days to finish our science project. No error (A) (D) (C) (B) Improving Paragraphs (11%) (1) I visit the zoo in my city as often as I can. (2) I like to learn about the different behaviors and environments of the animals. (3) My sister also likes the zoo. (4) I especially like to watch the zookeepers feed and care for the animals. (5) They work hard to keep the animals healthy and make them comfortable. (6) When I am older, I plan to do it. (7) I may get to realize my dream sooner than I thought. (8) My science teacher told me that the zoo has a special program for students interested in learning more about the zoo. (9) Students can apply to be volunteers during the summer. (10) They get to help the zookeepers with their daily tasks. (11) I want my application to show that I am a dedicated worker, so I have to make sure that I do well in all my classes at school. (12) My science teacher said that she will write a letter of recommendation for me. (13) She said doing well in science and being a student volunteer are the first steps to becoming a real zookeeper.

13 13 Mathematics Number and Operations (35%) The price of a desktop computer was decreased from $600 to $450. The decrease was what percent of the original price? (A)25% (B)30% (C)33 ¹/ 3 % (D)45% Geometry and Measurement (25%) Point C is the center of a circle with radius 8. The figure above shows one- quarter of this circle. What is the perimeter of the figure? (A)8 + 2 (B)8 + 4 (C)16+ 2 (D)16+4 C Data, Statistics, and Probability (15%) At a grocery store, 6 people bought a total of 90 items. Which of the following can be calculated from this information? (A)The average number of items bought per person (B)The median number of items bought per person (C)The greatest number of items bought by one person (D)The least number of items bought by one person Algebra (25%) If x is negative, which of the following expressions must be positive? (A)12x + 40 (B)12x – 40 (C)-12x + 40 (D)-12x – 40

14 Dates and Deadlines

15 15 BEFORE THE TEST ReadiStep Implementation

16 16 Ordering Materials Order online at –One district coordinator can order on behalf of all schools (recommended) or each school can place its own order. Entering ReadiStep School Codes –Online order form includes school code lookup feature. –If a school does not have a code, one will be generated after the order is submitted. –Note: ReadiStep codes are different from the school codes used for PSAT/NMSQT and SAT.

17 17 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) –Readers Script for the ReadiStep Assessment –Readers Script for the ReadiStep Assessment (Audio Format)

18 18 Submitting Bulk Registration Files Prepare data file –Review instructions available at –Format data file before Sept. 21. 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 Supervisors Manual for instructions on applying labels.

19 19 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 Supervisors 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.

20 20 Receiving Test Materials Receiving materials –Test materials should be opened and checked within 24 hours of receipt. –Check that cartons contain all materials listed on the Shipping Notice. Checking materials –Check the serial numbers on the test books against those on the School 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.

21 21 ON TEST DAY ReadiStep Implementation

22 22 Setting Up the Testing Room 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. Calculators –For the math calculator section, students who have large or raised displays should be seated separately from other test-takers.

23 23 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.

24 24 Items Prohibited on Test Day Ensure that only test books, answer sheets, pencils and erasers are on students desks during the test Prohibited items –Telephones or cell phones –MP3 players –Beepers/pagers –Watch alarms (including those with flashing lights or alarm sounds) –Personal digital/electronic recording or photographic devices –Dictionaries (including electronic) –Books or pamphlets –Papers of any kind

25 25 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.

26 26 Returning Materials for Scoring Complete the Supervisors Report Form. Return materials no later than two days after the administration. Follow return instructions in the Supervisors Manual. Use the original shipping boxes and the prepaid UPS labels provided. Arrange for package pickup with UPS.

27 27 REPORTS AND TOOLS After the Test

28 28 ReadiStep Reports and Tools

29 29 Student Score Report Scores Score ranges National percentiles Student answer, correct answer and level of difficulty for each question

30 30 School Summary Report Participation by grade Performance by grade Comparisons to district and nation Benchmark (8 th grade only)

31 31 Student Data File Electronic Student Data –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.

32 32 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

33 33 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

34 34 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 25+ students per grade

35 35 For More Information, Contact Us Phone: READI ( ) 8:30 a.m to 8 p.m. ET, Monday – Friday Fax: Web:

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