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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 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.

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

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 are three integrated assessments provide an effective measure of growth/ progress over time, provides diagnostic information, and ultimately a college entrance credential ReadiStep provides early feedback in the 8th grade – a baseline for understanding where students are PSAT qualifies students for National Merit, 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 About the Test ReadiStep Assessment

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 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 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 Critical Reading Passage Based (70%) Sentence Completion (30%)
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 Calypso’s 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 wouldn’t 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 In the Critical Reading test, students demonstrate their skills in the comprehension of words, sentences, and the components of text in addition to the understanding of the meaning and purposes of texts. Sentence completion items require students to determine a single word that is missing from a sentence, based on their understanding of context, vocabulary, the parts of speech, and sentence structure. Passage-based items ask students to read and comprehend an extended passage consisting of a single paragraph or multiple paragraphs.

12 Writing Skills 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 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 (A) (B) (C) (D) 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. The Writing Skills test includes three types of items. All three are intended to test students’ knowledge of grammar while drafting, evaluating, and revising texts. In each of the item types, students are presented with different versions of a sentence or paragraph and are asked to determine which version expresses the intended idea clearly, logically, and precisely. Improving Sentences items present a single sentence that is underlined in part or in its entirety. Students are asked to identify the correct use of the underlined words or phrases. Identifying Sentence Errors items present a sentence that either contains a single error or no error at all. Students are asked to identify the errors (or absence of errors) within these sentences.   Improving Paragraphs items present a passage of about 150 to 250 words, some parts of which may need to be rewritten, and items related to this passage.  Some of these items ask about particular sentences or parts of sentences, while others ask the student to consider the organization and development of the passage.

13 Mathematics Geometry and Measurement (25%) 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? 25% 30% 33 ¹/3% 45% C 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? 8 + 2 8 + 4 16+ 2 16+4 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? The average number of items bought per person The median number of items bought per person The greatest number of items bought by one person The least number of items bought by one person Algebra (25%) Every item on the ReadiStep Mathematics test uses a four-choice, multiple-choice format to measure mathematical reasoning ability. There are no free-response items. The items were carefully developed to provide a broad sampling of appropriate mathematical tasks and to represent Number and Operations, Algebra, Geometry, and Measurement, and Data, Statistics, and Probability. The test is divided into two parts; students are allowed to use a calculator on the first part, but not on the second. If x is negative, which of the following expressions must be positive? 12x + 40 12x – 40 -12x + 40 -12x – 40

14 2012-13 Dates and Deadlines Activity Date
Order Deadline for Customers Using Bulk Registration Sept. 14 Deadline for All Other Orders, Order Changes and Order Cancellations Sept. 21 Bulk Registration Submission Deadline Anticipated Test Material Delivery Date Oct. 12 Test Dates Oct. 17–31 (Domestic) Oct. 17–24 (International) Score Reports Arrive Dec. 12 Summary of Answers and Skills (SOAS) Reports Arrive January

15 ReadiStep Implementation
Before the Test

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 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)

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 Supervisor’s Manual for instructions on applying labels.

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 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.

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 ReadiStep Implementation
On Test Day

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 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 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 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 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.

27 After the Test Reports and tools

28 ReadiStep Reports and Tools
Delivery Date Score Report Shipment: Student Score Report (two copies per student) School Summary Report Student Data File CD Using ReadiStep Results and Skills Insight Dec. 12 MyRoad™ (access code located on student report) Summary of Answers and Skills (SOAS) Reports January

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

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

31 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.

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

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