Assessment Updates October 2019


– [Christy] Hi. This is Christy McCreary with the State Department of Education’s
Office of Assessments. Today, I’m going to share
with you some updates to the Oklahoma School Testing Program. Today, I will give you a brief overview of the Oklahoma School Testing Program, updates to our grades three through eight and grade 11 assessments,
programmatic updates, and some data review takeaways. First of all, I’d like to
share with you our ESSA goals that are directly tied to assessment. Per our ESSA plan, we are
required to assess at least 95% of Oklahoma students each year and only 1% may take alternate tests. States may assess more than
what is federally required. Here in Oklahoma, the
only test we administer beyond the federal minimum is US history. Other goals include adopting
challenging academic standards, which we did with the
Oklahoma academic standards and assessing math and ELA each year for grades three through eight and once in grades nine
through 12 and assessing science once in grades three through five, once in grades six through nine, and once in grades 10 through 12. On your screen is a chart that shows which subjects are assessed
at each grade level. There have been no
changes since last year. Here’s the testing calendar
for the 2019-2020 school year. As you can see, the
testing window for grades three through eight has shifted. It now starts on April 20th
and for online testing, that ends on May 15th. All paper tests must be
completed by May 1st. The window for grade 11 tests
remain similar to last year, with science and US history running from April 1st through the 24th, ACT running from April 7th through 9th and 14th through 16th, and SAT running from April 14th to 16th. I would like to draw your attention to grade three at the top. You will notice that grade
three math is online this year while grade three ELA is still on paper. As you schedule your tests, we would like you to be aware
of a few important dates. The writing section for
grades five and eight must be completed by May 8th
to receive preliminary results. All paper-based tests will need
to be completed by May 1st. Also, grade three ELA must
be completed by April 24th in order to receive preliminary
RSA results by May 20th. The WIDA test window occurs from January 13th through March 27th. Students who are marked as EL are required to take one of the WIDA assessments and will be automatically uploaded to the WIDA AMS system on November 26th. There have been some changes
to NAEP this year as well. For long-term trends,
students will take paper-based assessments of math and reading. These tests are age-based. The window for testing 13 year olds is October 14th through December 20th, for nine year olds, it is
January 6th through March 13th, and the window for testing 17 year olds is March 16th through May 22nd. This chart shows the age
ranges, E-filing windows, assessment windows,
and assessment details. For districts selected to participate, NAEP testing will take
approximately 90 minutes and the target sample
size is approximately 50 students per school. Now, let’s look at some updates for grades three through eight. The parent portal is a tool that is currently available to parents. On the right side of your screen is a list of resources we have developed for the parent portal. Between July 25th and September 25th, 13,374 individual users logged in. That sounds like a lot until you remember that we test approximately
50,000 students per grade at six grade levels, so approximately 300,000 students are loaded in the parent portal. We would appreciate your help in sharing the message to parents that
this tool is available. The ELA test for grades
three, four, six, and seven contain short constructed-response items. Last year, these questions were
field tested, but this year, they are operational and will
count towards student scores. The writing prompt for
grades five and eight could be to any of the three
modes in the standards. Exemplars for all three
modes as well as rubrics are available on our website. For math, cluster items will
be operational for all grades. Grades four through eight will have technology-enhanced items. These items are operational
for grades six through eight and field tested for grades four and five. Formula reference sheets are available for grades six through eight and the calculator policy has not changed. The online readiness tool
for grades three through five has been available since mid-September. It is meant to familiarize students with the testing platform,
not to predict performance. It contains a small sampling of the types of questions students
will see on the test and students will be able to practice with the tools and accommodations that are available on the test. We also have available the updated test and item specifications. There are additional sample questions and each question includes
the standard being assessed, the DOK level and explanation,
and distractor rationales. We also have a site capacity tool that is designed to provide
technology coordinators with a quantitative picture of device and bandwidth capacity. Now, let’s go over some
updates to the CCRA program. The Oklahoma State Department of Education is required to go through peer
review for our assessments. We must submit evidence
to the United States Department of Education
to ensure that our tests meet the guidelines and
requirements set forth in ESSA. We submitted peer review
for ACT in December and received feedback in early June. Although we received substantially meets, three requirements were addressed. First, we must collect evidence
of stakeholder feedback from all districts who
intend to choose ACT and their locally selected option. Districts must also collect
signed information consent forms from parents before
students can participate in the non-test portion of the SAT or ACT. In addition, we can no
longer offer non-college reportable scores as this
was seen as an equity issue. The assessments remain
the same as last year with math and ELA tested
through either the SAT or ACT, the science test consists
of 50% physical science and 50% life science, and the
US history test is 50% civics and 50% US history. This test is now operational. The Oklahoma State Department of Education is providing the SAT with
Essay for eligible 11th graders as part of the state’s
college- and career-readiness accountability assessment. It is expected that all
students will test digitally. Only students who have an accommodation requiring a paper-pencil
test can test on paper. Each student must complete
all sections of the test in one day unless the
student has been approved for accommodations that extend
testing time beyond a day. All students taking the
test on the same day have to test at the same time. Schools will take the
digital SAT school day with Essay in April. This slide shows a high-level timeline of tasks and events
that you will encounter leading up to test day. Actual dates will differ by test date. A more detailed timeline
of important dates will be outlined on the
digital testing portal closer to the administration. This slide shows the training, resources, and support that is available to districts using the SAT as their state assessment. Here’s the calendar for
districts administering the ACT as their state assessment. As you can see, the online
testing window is open from April 7th through
9th and 14th through 16th. One update that ACT has made is the ProctorCaching is no longer required. It is highly recommend, but
it is no longer required. Other updates include a wording change. Rather than ACT approved accommodations, you will now see ACT
authorized accommodations. ACT has added six additional languages and two additional options
have been added for gender. Now, let’s take a moment to
discuss graduation guidance. For students graduating in 2020, students must satisfy the
local school district’s graduation policy concerning assessment. Per state and federal law, school districts are
required to administer the state and federally
required assessments to all students. If you have seniors who are
missing one or more assessments, you will receive an email
notifying you of this and you’re expected to manually upload those students for testing. At a minimum, schools must transcript OPIs for the ELA composite, math,
science, and US history. Participation can be
recorded for US history if an OPI is not available. Now, let’s go over some
updates to the testing program. Precode will be pulled on January 17th. This means that the Wave will pull student information
into the Cognia portal. In order to ensure that
information is pulled correctly, please ensure that you have received and certified all STNs, student names, birth dates, EL, IEP and
504 status, and grade. Additional training on precode will be provided by the STE in December. The grade the student is in during precode will determine what grade
level tests they will take. If the student changes grades
during the testing window, the grade the student
was in during precode determines what grade
level tests they will take. Students who are enrolled in
grade 11 when precode is taken will be expected to take
all 11th grade assessments. If you have seniors
who require assessment, you may add them manually
to the vendor’s portal. If a student transfers districts and is enrolled in the wrong grade,
do not exit and re-enroll. Simply correct it in your local
student information system. The demographic overlay report will be submitted soon after the
testing window closes. Be sure the information in your student information system is correct. There have been minor revisions to the IEP/504 accommodations manual. It has been updated to
add more information concerning the kiosk accessibility mode. A paper testing checklist has been added to help determine when paper
testing is appropriate. In addition, we have updated the chart for SAT and ACT accommodations. There have been a few changes to the EL accommodations manual as well. There are Spanish PSTGs that
are available electronically. The EL8 accommodation has been updated to reflect grade three
math text-to-speech. EL10 has been updated so that districts can order Spanish audio files to use with English paper tests if you have a Spanish speaking student
who does not read Spanish. In addition, we have Spanish
translated test forms for computer-based math and science tests. These must be requested from Cognia. Again, Spanish recordings may be used with English paper tests. We have some test
administrator/test proctor changes. First, the modules are required
and no longer optional. These can be used in conjunction with district delivered training, but the modules and
certificates are required for all test administrators
and all test proctors. The test administrator module
includes test proctor training so all of your test administrators will automatically be trained as proctors and will not require additional training. We also have adjusted
the test proctor ratios. For paper testing, you
must have one test proctor for up to 35 students. However, for computer testing, you can have one test proctor
for up to 50 students. Now let’s look at some of the
results of the 2019 tests. The state summary results
are available on our website. Each year, we conduct
what we call data review. We look at student performance
on individual questions and we focus on questions that most of our students across
the state get wrong. We review these questions
and their test data closely to determine if there’s something wrong with the question or if it indicates an instructional issue. Based on data review from
the last three years, we have collected some
takeaways to share with you. For grade three, we have
noticed that on questions tied to ELA Standard Three, students struggle with
discerning essential details. Student performance on items
tied to ELA Standard Five indicate weaknesses in grammar, especially subject-verb agreement. Student performance on
the short constructed response questions show that students could answer the questions, but struggled with
supporting their answers with text evidence. For grade four, students
struggled with ELA Standard Two, specifically on comparing and
contrasting details and they, like their third grade counterparts, struggled with supporting their answers on the short constructed
response questions. Students in fifth grade struggle with estimation and measurement. Student performance on items aligned to physical science
standards one through three indicate a possible need for professional development in that area. On the writing prompt, we
noticed students struggled with incorporating text evidence
from both passages. Students often wrote to a different mode than what was explicitly
stated in the prompt and students seemed to struggle with comprehending the accompanying passages. Students in grade six, like in grade five, struggled with geometry
and measurement standards, specifically with estimation
and measurement of objects. They struggled with data and probability, specifically on justifying the most appropriate measure of central tendency and with box-and-whisker plots. Like students in grades three and four, sixth graders struggled with supporting their answers with text
evidence on the ELA short constructed response questions. Seventh graders, like their
counterparts in lower grades, also struggled supporting
answers with text evidence on the ELA short
constructed response items. Eighth graders struggled
with physical science 2-1, force arrow diagrams and practical applications of Newton’s
Law and life science, 1-7, use of chemical equations. On the writing prompts,
eighth graders struggled with the exact same things fifth
graders struggled with, incorporating evidence from both passages, writing to the mode the prompt asks for, and comprehending the passages. For 11th grade, students
seemed to struggle with items aligned to the
physical science standards. If you have not had an opportunity to review the interim
assessment alignment study, I encourage you to do so. It sheds some light on how well aligned these assessments are to the
Oklahoma academic standards and to the depth of knowledge alignment that is on the test and
item specifications. Each February, we hold
required assessment training for district test coordinators. Please mark your calendar. Here’s contact information
for the Office of Assessments. In addition, on October 15th, we emailed district test
coordinators a survey to help us collect performance
metrics for our office. If you have not yet completed the survey, please take a moment
to provide us feedback on how we’re doing and how
we could better serve you. Thank you for your time.

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