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1 MEAP-Access OEAA / OSE-EIS Webcast March 9, 2011

2 MEAP-Access Alternate Assessment based on Modified Achievement Standards Available fall 2011

3 Dan Evans – OEAA Assessment Administration and Reporting Eleanor White, Ph.D. – OSE-EIS Director Linda Howley - OEAA Assessment Consultant for Students with Disabilities Our Presenters are…

4 Topics –Assessment background –What you can do now –IEP Basics –Selecting Students for participation –Assessment basics and how it differs –Accommodations and Accountability –Questions

5 MEAP-Access Michigan special educators must assist IEP Teams in making assessment decisions for a group of students who may have difficulty learning grade level content in the same timeframe as their peers. For some students, the MEAP, even with accommodations is inappropriately difficult For some students, the MEAP, even with accommodations is inappropriately difficult For others, the alternate assessment (MI-Access) does not provide an appropriate level of challenge For others, the alternate assessment (MI-Access) does not provide an appropriate level of challenge MEAP-Access may be the most appropriate for a student MEAP-Access may be the most appropriate for a student

6 Assessment Type of Assessment Based On MEAP/MMEGeneralGLCEs/HSCEs MEAP/MME with Accommodations GeneralGLCEs/HSCEs MEAP-AccessAA-MASGLCEs Functional Independence AA-AAS Extended GLCEs Supported Independence AA-AAS Extended GLCEs ParticipationAA-AAS Assessment Continuum

7 Background In April of 2007, the U.S. Department of Education issued regulations describing Alternative Assessments based on Modified Achievement Standards (AA-MAS). Under NCLB and IDEA this is referred to as the 2% Regulation.

8 Background The 2% regulation permits Michigan to use the General Assessment (MEAP) to develop an Alternate Assessment based with modified achievement standards (AA-MAS).

9 Administered Winter 2009 Administered Winter 2009 Results were promising Results were promising SBE approved operational test March 2009 SBE approved operational test March 2009 Background - Pilot

10 Background - Operational This was the first step toward improving access to grade-level assessments in Reading/Writing and Mathematics for student with disabilities in grades 3-8 who are currently receiving grade-level instruction. MEAP-Access was first administered Fall 2009 during the MEAP cycle.

11 Approximately 9,000 students (Selected by IEP Teams) Approximately 9,000 students (Selected by IEP Teams) Results were unreliable Results were unreliable Unable to conduct Standard Setting session on the results Unable to conduct Standard Setting session on the results SBE approved a one year delay to develop a revised assessment SBE approved a one year delay to develop a revised assessment Operational again Fall 2011 Operational again Fall 2011 Background - Operational

12 Eleanor White, Ph.D. Director Office of Special Education and Early Intervention Services What you can do now!

13 More options than before to ensure that students have the opportunity to demonstrate what they know More options than before to ensure that students have the opportunity to demonstrate what they know Make sure you include MEAP-Access into any state assessment discussion for students who are being taught on grade level standards Make sure you include MEAP-Access into any state assessment discussion for students who are being taught on grade level standards Statewide guidelines available to assist in this decision Statewide guidelines available to assist in this decision New Opportunity

14 Students assessed with this test are counted in AYP calculations Students assessed with this test are counted in AYP calculations This alternate assessment may not be option if it is under utilized in fall 2011 This alternate assessment may not be option if it is under utilized in fall 2011 The AA-MAS (MEAP-Access) is an option for states The AA-MAS (MEAP-Access) is an option for states If it is under utilized MEAP-Access will be eliminated due to budget cuts If it is under utilized MEAP-Access will be eliminated due to budget cuts A few things to keep in mind

15 This assessment, like MI-Access, is to be utilized when IEP Teams determine that the MEAP (even with accommodations) is not appropriate for a student with an IEP. IEP Basics

16 Prior assessment choices for these students has been: Regular assessment – MEAP and MEAP with accommodationsRegular assessment – MEAP and MEAP with accommodations Alternate Assessment based on Alternate Achievement Standards – MI-AccessAlternate Assessment based on Alternate Achievement Standards – MI-Access IEP Basics

17 Neither of these options proved to be the best assessment of what these students know and can do. IEP Basics

18 IEPs Basics State assessment decisions are made at the IEP Team Meeting State assessment decisions are made at the IEP Team Meeting If an IEP has been completed for a student you can consider using an amendment to change the state assessment or accommodations If an IEP has been completed for a student you can consider using an amendment to change the state assessment or accommodations

19 A student must have a current IEP A student must have a current IEP 504 students are not eligible 504 students are not eligible Participation in MEAP-Access is determined annually by IEP team Participation in MEAP-Access is determined annually by IEP team Selecting Students for MEAP-Access

20 IEP must include goals that are based on Michigans grade-level content standards for the grade in which the student is enrolled IEP must include goals that are based on Michigans grade-level content standards for the grade in which the student is enrolled IEP goals should be attainable within the year covered by the IEP IEP goals should be attainable within the year covered by the IEP Selecting Students for MEAP-Access

21 There must be objective evidence demonstrating students disability precludes them from achieving the grade-level standards at the same level of rigor as their peers. There must be objective evidence demonstrating students disability precludes them from achieving the grade-level standards at the same level of rigor as their peers. Students must have access to and instruction in grade-level content for the grade in which they are enrolled Students must have access to and instruction in grade-level content for the grade in which they are enrolled Selecting Students for MEAP-Access

22 Decision to participate in MEAP-Access must NOT be based on: –Students disability category –Ethnicity –Economic background Selecting Students for MEAP-Access

23 Eligibility Criteria 1. Requires a Standards Based IEP 2. Access to grade level instruction 3. Students disability precludes them from achieving the grade-level standards 4. Students lack of progress over time 5. IEP Team is reasonably certain that the student will not achieve grade-level standards

24 Participation and Provisions IEP Model Form

25 Dan Evans Administration and Reporting Analyst Office of Educational Assessment and Accountability Assessment Basics

26 Scheduled for Fall 2011 Grades 3-8 only Grades 3-8 only Reading and Mathematics Reading and Mathematics Writing (grades 4 and 7) Writing (grades 4 and 7) Assessment will be administered during the MEAP assessment window (October) Assessment will be administered during the MEAP assessment window (October) MEAP-Access Basics

27 Operational Assessment Components MEAP-Access has: Fewer Items Fewer Items Fewer Answer Choices (3 vs 4) Fewer Answer Choices (3 vs 4) Less complex formats Less complex formats Based on MEAP-Access modification guidelines developed with input from multiple educators Based on MEAP-Access modification guidelines developed with input from multiple educators

28 How MEAP-Access Differs from MEAP and MI-Access? MEAP: Is a general assessment for students in grades 3-9 Is a general assessment for students in grades 3-9 Assessment is based on Grade Level Content Expectations (GLCEs) Assessment is based on Grade Level Content Expectations (GLCEs)

29 How MEAP-Access Differs from MEAP and MI-Access? MI-Access Is an alternate assessment for students with disabilities in grades 3-8 and 11 Is an alternate assessment for students with disabilities in grades 3-8 and 11 Assessment based on Extended Grade Level Content Expectations (EGLCEs) Assessment based on Extended Grade Level Content Expectations (EGLCEs)

30 How MEAP-Access Differs from MEAP and MI-Access? MEAP-Access Is an alternate assessment for students in grades 3-8 Is an alternate assessment for students in grades 3-8 Assessment based on GLCEs Assessment based on GLCEs Reading/Writing and Mathematics are the content areas assessed Reading/Writing and Mathematics are the content areas assessed

31 Operational Assessment Assessment Options IEP Teams have the flexibility between content areas to have students participate in MEAP MEAP-Access or MI-Access (FI only)

32 MEAP-Access was developed with the help of OEAA, OSE-EIS, Michigan educators and other stakeholders including information from: Pilot testing Pilot testing Cognitive Lab Study Cognitive Lab Study Assessment Plan Writing Team Assessment Plan Writing Team Committee Review for content and bias Committee Review for content and bias Embedded item testing Embedded item testing MEAP-Access Redevelopment

33 Examples of Changes Made Reading Reading –Commissioned passages that could be modified –Simplified language and vocabulary –Introduction of Word Study questions –Passage introductions to engage readers –Paragraph/Line numbering for passages and questions –Segmenting of passages with questions to eliminate page turns

34 Examples of Changes Made Math Math –Questions created with less reading load –Use of simplified vocabulary when appropriate –Inclusion of less complex numbers when appropriate –Fewer multiple step problems –Items placed in contexts familiar to students –Sentences in questions written on separate lines –Hints and formula boxes included when applicable

35 Accommodations and Accountability Linda Howley Assessment Consultant for Students with Disabilities Office of Educational Assessment & Accountability

36 Decision Making Flowchart

37 Accommodations All decisions about which accommodations a student needs must: be made by the IEP Team be made by the IEP Team be documented in the students IEP be documented in the students IEP reflect what the student routinely uses or responds to during instruction reflect what the student routinely uses or responds to during instruction

38 Accommodations All accommodations currently available for MEAP assessments are also available for the MEAP-Access. All accommodations currently available for MEAP assessments are also available for the MEAP-Access. The accommodations summary table is available on the webpage. The accommodations summary table is available on the webpage. Statewide Assessment Selection Guidelines for participation on webpage. Statewide Assessment Selection Guidelines for participation on webpage.

39 Assessment Accommodation Summary Table

40 Accountability When students with disabilities are part of the accountability system, educators expectations for these students also are more likely to increase.

41 MEAP-Access and Accountability State Accreditation (school report cards) uses results from MME MME MEAP MEAP MEAP-Access MEAP-Access MI-Access MI-Access

42 Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) uses results from MME MME MEAP MEAP MEAP-Access MEAP-Access MI-Access MI-Access MEAP-Access and Accountability

43 MEAP-Access and AYP Counts toward 95% participation requirement Counts toward 95% participation requirement May count up to 2% of students across the district who score at the Proficient level for AYP May count up to 2% of students across the district who score at the Proficient level for AYP

44 2% Cap This is the maximum amount of proficient MEAP-Access scores that can be used to calculate AYP NOTE There is NO cap on the number of students participating in MEAP-Access assessments There is NO cap on the number of students participating in MEAP-Access assessments

45 1% Cap Refers to the proficiency cap for MI-Access There is also NO cap on the number of students participating in MI-Access assessments. There is also NO cap on the number of students participating in MI-Access assessments.

46 Resources and Guidelines Statewide Assessment Selection Guidelines Michigan Online Professional Learning System (MOPLS)

47 MOPLS

48 Submitting Questions Fax: Fax: View any time at: View any time at: Webpage Webpage

49 Thank You! Fall MEAP-Access webcast will be scheduled and announced for September 2011 Fall MEAP-Access webcast will be scheduled and announced for September 2011 FAQ sheet is available on MEAP-Access webpage FAQ sheet is available on MEAP-Access webpage Archived Event on webpage Archived Event on webpage DVD copies for $10 plus $4 shipping DVD copies for $10 plus $4 shipping Brenda Hose at or Brenda Hose at or


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