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  • Your Trainers’ Contact Information:
  • Antonio Saldana – ELL Assessment Specialist – asaldana@esc17.net
  • Vicki Berrier – Special Education Assessment Specialist – vberrier@esc17.net
  • Ty Duncan – TAKS Coordinator - tduncan@esc17.net
  • Available at: http://www5.esc13.net/assessment/index.html
  • Assessment Bingo
  • Agenda: January 2009
  • Changes and Important Pages in the DCCM
  • Accommodations and Assessment of SPED Students
  • Assessment of English Language Learners and TELPAS
  • Lunch
  • Online Testing Overview
  • Test Materials and Shipping Update
  • Test Security
  • Reporting Systems Update
  • Accountability
  • Closing and Evaluation
  • Please Note: The range of experience in this room is vast. Please remember we will tell you things today that you already know. Your patience is appreciated.
  • Please Note: This Training Does NOT Take the Place of Reading the Appropriate Manuals.
  • Changes and Important Pages in the DCCM
  • What’s new about the 2009
  • District and Campus Coordinator Manual?
    • Telephone Assistance/Reference Sources
    • Guide to the 2009 Coordinator Manual
    • Calendar of Events
    • TELPAS
    • LAT Appendix
  • What’s new about other manuals?
    • TAKS General Test Administrator Manual
    • http://www.tea.state.tx.us/student.assessment/resources/guides/test_admin/2009/TAKS_General_TAM_2009.pdf
      • TAKS program general information
      • TAKS test administration calendar
      • Test security and confidentiality
      • Test administrator responsibilities
      • Appendices
    • Nine grade-specific Test Administration Directions
    • 2009 District and Campus Coordinator Manual Supplement
      • Guides and training tools for online testing
      • Policies and processes specific to online testing
      • Information for planning the world geography EOC field test
      • Program-specific information for testing coordinators
  • Policy changes for 2009
  • Two test administrator oaths, one following general training and one following administration-specific training and test administration
  • Extension of honor statement to students taking TAKS-M in grades 9-11
  • Extension of SSI to students taking TAKS-M reading in grades 3, 5, and 8, and TAKS-M mathematics in grades 5 and 8
  • Reading test questions and answer choices aloud no longer required for TAKS-M reading tests; ARD committees may determine a need for this accommodation
  • Policy changes for 2009, continued
  • Changes to TAKS-Alt assessment
    • reducing number of required essence statements from 6 to 4
    • standardizing assessment tasks with accompanying pre-determined criteria
    • Keeping observation documentation locally
    • Automating online scoring
    • Shortening assessment window (January 5 – April 10, 2009)
  • Policy changes for 2009, continued
  • TELPAS
    • Extension of assessment window from 4 to 5 weeks
    • Administered almost exclusively online; student information will be transmitted through an online process
    • TELPAS Manual for Raters and Test Administrators replaces former separate TELPAS reading test administrator manual and TELPAS rater manual
    • Paper test booklets and answer documents will not be shipped automatically; district coordinators will order these through a special orders process
  • Policy changes for 2009, continued
  • LAT administrations of TAKS-M reading/ELA will occur at the time of other LAT reading/ELA administrations in late April
  • Changes to answer documents
    • The labels for the bubbles to indicate English or Spanish in the TEST TAKEN INFO field have been changed from “E” and “S” to “EN” and “SP” for TAKS grades 3-6 answer documents
    • Additional bubble added to the LAT INFO field of TAKS and TAKS-M answer document for rare situation in which approved linguistic accommodations were available but none used (Note: This bubble should NOT be marked if a student uses any of the approved accommodations.)
  • Policy changes for 2009, continued
  • Beginning in 2009, district and campus personnel may submit Accommodation Request Forms using an online process
  • Distribution schedules for TAKS and TAKS-M manuals have been modified. TAKS General Test Administrator Manual will be sent in separate shipment in early January. Grade-specific TAKS Test Administration Directions and TAKS-M Test Administrator Manuals will be sent in nonsecure shipment for first spring testing administration for each respective grade level
  • No stand-alone field-test administrations for TAKS or Spanish-version TAKS or TAKS-M

2009 District and Campus

  • Useful documents on Student Assessment Website
  • 2009 District and Campus
  • Coordinator Manual
  • 2009 District and Campus
  • Coordinator Supplement
  • General Test Administration Manual and
  • Test Administration Directions
  • 2008-2009 Test Security Supplement
  • 2008-2009 Accommodations Manual
  • 2008-2009 ARD Manual
  • LPAC Manual
  • TAKS-M, LAT and TELPAS test administrator manuals
  • DBA instructions
  • Online Accommodation Request Form
  • Alternate Test Date Request Form
  • Online Incident Report Form
  • Corrective Action Plan template
  • Locally Determined Disciplinary Actions Form
  • FAQs
  • Special Education Assessments
  • TAKS-Modified
  • TAKS–M
  • alternate assessment based on modified academic achievement standards
  • designed only for students receiving special education services who meet participation requirements
  • ***Handout —Partcipation Requirements Comparison Chart
  • covers the same grade-level content as TAKS, but TAKS–M tests have been changed in format (larger font, fewer items per page, etc.) and test design (fewer answer choices, simpler vocabulary and sentence structure, etc.)
  • any student who meets participation requirements for TAKS-M may take this assessment; only two percent of the tested population can count as proficient for AYP calculations. 
  • TEA Flowcharts for Assessment
  • and Graduation
  • Flowchart A
  • Guidelines for ARD Committees Regarding Testing
  • Requirements for Students Entering Grade 9 in
  • 2008-2009 (and thereafter)
  • **Those students entering 9th grade this year
  • Flowchart B
  • Guidelines for ARD Committees Regarding Testing
  • Requirements for Students Entering Grade 10,
  • 11, or 12 in 2008-2009
  • **Current 10, 11, 12 Graders
  • www.tea.state.tx.us/student.assessment/resources/grad/index.html
  • ESC Contact: Debra Gafford
  • Accommodations
  • Key Changes to the
  • Accommodations Manual
  • Reorganization and Addition of New Appendices
    • Appendix A --Participation requirements for certain state
    • assessments —TAKS-M, TAKS-Alt, LAT, and TELPAS
    • Appendix B --Eligibility criteria for specific accommodations
    • **Specific requirements concerning eligibility and decision -
    • making authority for the dyslexia bundled accommodations.
    • Appendix C --Teacher tools (7) that districts have the option of
    • using if needed
    • Appendix D --Expanded information about the accommodation
    • request process
    • Appendix E --General instructions for administering Braille and
    • large-print tests
    • Appendix F --List of supplemental aids allowed for TAKS (Accommodated)
    • without the submission and approval of Accommodation
    • Request Form 
  • New Accommodations Policy Changes and Clarifications
    • Policies changed and clarified as part of ongoing efforts to improve access to state assessments for all students
    • Implemented with the spring 2009 administrations
    • Should result in a significant reduction of Accommodation Request Form submissions 
  • Key Changes to Accommodation Policy
  • 2008-2009 Accommodation Chart
  • **Located on Region 17 website under Student Support Services, Access
  • to the General Curriculum—Educational Resources
  • Large Print Materials (Presentation)
  • **Accommodation Chart- page 1
  • No changes to policy
  • Separate eligibility page has been deleted and information has been included in the ‘Accommodations by Category’ chart
  • Accommodation Request Form is not required if a student has a visual impairment and routinely uses large-print materials in the classroom 
  • Reading Aloud Questions and Answers on TAKS-M Reading (Presentation)
  • **Accommodation Chart- page 3
  • An accommodation beginning this year and no longer a required part of test administration
  • Applies to Grades 3-9 Reading and the reading section of Grades 10 and 11 ELA
  • Not necessary to convene a special ARD committee meeting to address this accommodation, but at next scheduled meeting ARD committees must determine whether this accommodation is necessary for all test questions and answer choices or only as needed per student request
  • Accommodation Request Form is not required
  • Other Methods of Response (Response)
  • **Accommodation Chart—pages 5 and 6
  • Clarifying language included to explain role of scribe during
  • different administrations
  • Written composition
    • Open-ended reading responses
    • Computation and notes 
  • Spelling Assistance (Response)
  • **Accommodation Chart—page 7
  • This accommodation not allowed on revising and editing
  • This accommodation applies only to written composition (4 & 7 writing, 10 & 11 ELA) and open-ended reading responses (9 reading)
  • TAKS (Accommodated) and TAKS-M
  • Grade 4: word lists (a list of frequently misspelled words) allowed
  • per ARD committee decision and no Accommodation Request
  • Form is required
  • Grades 7, 9, 10, 11: various types of spelling assistance allowed per ARD committee decision and no Accommodation Request Form required 
  • Calculation Devices (Response)
  • **Accommodation Chart— page 7 and 8
  • Specific conditions must be met
    • Disability affecting math calculation, not reasoning
    • or
    • Disability affecting physical reproduction of numbers
  • TAKS (Accommodated)
  • Accommodation Request Form required for grades 3-6 mathematics and 5 science
  • ARD committee decision and no Accommodation Request Form required for grades 7-8
  • TAKS-M
  • ARD committee decision and no Accommodation Request Form required for 3-8 
  • Extended Time -2 days to test (Timing and Scheduling)
  • **Accommodation Chart—page 11
  • Clarification to policy only and approved only for small number of
  • students in unique situations
  • Accommodation Request Form required for all students taking any assessment
  • Prior to submitting an Accommodation Request Form, schools should consider other, less restrictive accommodations (e.g., individual or small-group administration, frequent breaks, dividing test into short sections, use of a scribe, oral administration if eligible) as well as the assessment the student is taking (i.e., format changes, fewer items)
  • If a student is approved for two-day testing, specific procedures must be followed in order to maintain test security and confidentiality 
  • Manipulatives (Response)
  • **Accommodation Chart—page 9
  • Assists students with visualizing abstract concepts
  • Must serve as a tool; manipulatives cannot provide direct answers to
  • the TEKS being tested
  • TAKS (Accommodated)
  • Manipulates approved for TAKS (Accommodated) without the
  • submission of an ARF: non-labeled geometric figures, coins,
  • clocks with gears, base-tens blocks, non-labeled fraction
  • pieces, and various types of counters such as beans blocks,
  • etc.
  • * Accommodation Request Forms required for all grades if the aid
  • is not listed in the manual.
  • TAKS-M
  • ARD committee decision and no Accommodation Request Form required for all grades 
  • Supplemental Aids (Response)
  • **Accommodation Chart—pages 8 and 9
  • Student must be able to understand content but need
  • assistance recalling some of it
  • Must be a tool that a student must learn how to use
  • Not a source of direct answers
  • Must routinely be used in instruction
  • Must be documented in student’s IEP
  • Must be effective and appropriate
  • **Handout from Appendix F- Use of Supplemental Aids
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