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NEW JERSEY ASSESSMENT OF SKILLS & KNOWLEDGE (NJ ASK) - STANDARD SETTING FOR GRADES 3-4, MATHEMATICS AND LANGUAGE ARTS LITERACY Willa Spicer, Deputy Commissioner.

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1 NEW JERSEY ASSESSMENT OF SKILLS & KNOWLEDGE (NJ ASK) - STANDARD SETTING FOR GRADES 3-4, MATHEMATICS AND LANGUAGE ARTS LITERACY Willa Spicer, Deputy Commissioner Timothy Peters, Director, Office of State Assessments July 15, 2009 New Jersey Department of Education

2 2 OVERVIEW New Jersey set challenging new achievement standards for grades 5 through 8 in 2008; These standards were part of a larger initiative to raise expectations at all grade levels so that students are better prepared for college and careers; The department seeks to address achievement gaps by identifying students in need of instructional support early in their academic careers, when they are best able to profit from that support;

3 3 OVERVIEW, cont. The NJ ASK tests in grades 3 and 4 were redesigned in 2008-2009 to increase the rigor and variety of the test questions and to increase the total number of possible points; As with the changes to the NJ ASK 5-8 test designs last year, these changes reflect a desire for more information about student achievement and for more challenging content;

4 4 OVERVIEW, cont. This raising of expectations for student achievement is consistent with the departments wider focus on preparing NJ students for the demands of the 21 st century world in which they will be competing; As we stated last year at this time, raising the bar for student achievement will challenge many of our old assumptions about student and school performance; More students will start out in the partially proficient category - this is common in the first year of any testing program;

5 5 OVERVIEW, cont. Raising the bar will motivate us all to focus on student learning before students approach graduation, before they are in danger of not graduating, before it is too late to address their needs; We are asking the State Board to adopt these new standards today, by resolution.

6 6 Setting Standards: The Process Combines use of expert judges (NJ teachers) with quantitative methods of measurement science; Iterative, deliberative process over several days (June 23-26, 2009); Culminates in recommendations by teacher panels to department senior staff, which may adjust them to assure articulation across grade levels and compatibility with state policy goals.

7 7 Setting Standards: The Process Teacher panelists take the actual tests and score the results; Teachers review and discuss performance level descriptors (PLDs), previously developed by separate panels of NJ teachers and DOE content specialists; Panelists use the Bookmark procedure 3 rounds Use of ordered item booklets – easiest to most difficult items Discussion between rounds Consideration of impact data before final round

8 8 Setting Standards: Panelists 65 NJ Educators Ethnically Diverse Included Bilingual or Multilingual Panelists All Regions; all DFGs

9 9 Validation NJDOE senior staff review panel recommendations Comparisons to previous years Cross-grade adjustments Final cut scores established and submitted to State Board

10 LAL Cut Scores & Percent Correct ProficientAdvanced Total Points Raw Score % Correct Raw Score % Correct 2008 LAL 3 1640287040 LAL 4 1944307043 2009 LAL 3 2550367250 LAL 4 3254457659

11 LAL Percent Proficient N Part. Prof. Adv. Prof. Prof. or Above 2009 Prof. or Above 2008 English LAL 331,6513757 66386.0 English LAL 430,104 365776482.6 Spanish LAL 3573 7524125N/A Spanish LAL 4602 83170 N/A All LAL 332,224 385666286.0 All LAL 430,706 375676382.6

12 LAL Percent Proficient or Above by Race Grade 3 Grade 4 Asian 200977.680.3 200894.892.5 African American 200938.939.2 200873.766.9 Hispanic 200950.449.0 200877.572.9 White 200972.273.3 200891.689.2

13 LAL Percent Proficient or Above by Status Grade 3Grade 4 LEP 200930.132.6 200859.852.5 Special Education 200935.935.1 200861.554.9 Economically Disadvantaged 200942.543.7 200874.268.6

14 Math Cut Scores & Percent Correct ProficientAdvanced Proficient Total Points Raw Score % Correct Raw Score % Correct 2008 Math 3 14.04225.57733 Math 4 18.04231.57343 2009 Math 3 2652 408050 Math 4 25 50 397850

15 Math Percent Proficient N Part. Prof. Adv. Prof. Prof. or Above 2009 Prof. or Above 2008 Math 331,870 2543327586.7 Math 431,541 2646287484.8

16 Math Percent Proficient or Above by Race Grade 3Grade 4 Asian 200991.089.0 200895.594.7 African American 200950.750.6 200871.768.0 Hispanic 200966.563.7 200878.975.7 White 200983.981.9 200893.191.6

17 Math Percent Proficient or Above by Status Grade 3Grade 4 LEP 200953.650.0 200865.356.7 Special Education 200959.155.3 200872.565.4 Economically Disadvantaged 200958.257.8 200875.471.8

18 18 Questions? THANK YOU!


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