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Minnesota Assessment Update

2011 Assessments 2011 Mathematics assessments in grades 3-8 aligned to2007 Minnesota Academic Standards– Inaugural administration The MCA-Modified allows more students receivingSpecial Education services to demonstrate what theyknow and can do 2011 Reading and Science assessments continue to bealigned to 2003 Minnesota Academic Standards Results electronically available Monday, September 12 Paper reports arrive in districts no later than Friday,October 142

Minnesota 2011-2012 Assessments Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments (MCA)– Mathematics MCA-III Grades 3-8 {paper and online} Online window opens February 6– Mathematics MCA-II Grade11 {paper}– Reading MCA-II Grades 3-8 and 10 {paper}– Science MCA-III Grades 5, 8, and HS {online} Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments-Modified(MCA-M)– Mathematics Grades 5-8 {online}– Mathematics Grade 11 {paper}– Reading Grades 5-8 and 10 {paper} Minnesota Test of Academic Skills (MTAS) forstudents with Special Needs Graduation-Required Assessment for Diploma(GRAD) ACCESS for ELLs3

Minnesota 2011-2012 Assessments Reading online field test February 6 – March 2 Aligned to 2010 MN Academic Standards Allows for Reading to have the sameadministration options in 2013-2014 as Mathin 2012-2013 Science Standard Setting summer 20124

Resource Tools Item Samplers Status Learning Point Navigator New MDE Web Data Tools5

How can you become involved? Unique professionaldevelopment opportunityat no cost to districts Teachers learn how testsare built Teachers learn thestandards intimately Teachers see studentperformance across thestate6

MDE Contact Information Jennifer Dugan– Director, Research and Assessment– (651) 582-8654– jennifer.dugan@state.mn.us7

MDE Contact Information Math Assessment Specialists– Margarita Alvarez (651) 582-8634 margarita.alvarez@state.mn.us– Rosemary Heinitz (651) 582-8836 rosemary.heinitz@state.mn.us ELA Assessment Specialists– Alice Golden (651) 582-8470 alice.golden@state.mn.us– Angie Norburg (651) 582-8758 angela.m.norburg@state.mn.us Science Assessment Specialists– Dawn Cameron (651) 582-8551 dawn.cameron@state.mn.us– Jim Wood (651) 582-8541 Jim.wood@state.mn.us8

Minnesota Assessment UpdateMathematics Specifics

2011-2012 Administration-Online Longer test window to allow for morescheduling choices (February 6 – May 18) Adaptive Up to three administrations per student Ability for students to start and stop the testduring the test window Preliminary results by student availableimmediately10

2011-2012 Administration-Online Contains technology-enhanced items Audio available to all students On-demand – controlled by the student An accommodated audio option is availableonline Vast majority of students’ audio needsshould be met Can listen to a specific selection of word(s)11

2011-2012 Administration-Online Students must use online calculator Grades 3-6 have a basic calculator available Grade 7 has a scientific calculator available Grade 8 has a scientific calculator available(with graphing option) Calculator icon available for all items in acalculator section Calculator icon will not be available for anyitems in a non-calculator section Stand-alone calculator will be available atthe beginning of October through MNAssessment Portal (through AIR)12

2011-2012 Administration-Online Scratch paper is allowed– Encourage students to write out theirwork/process/thoughts– Can use formula sheet and grid paper Make sure to properly dispose of these securematerials13

2011-2012 Administration-PaperPaper Testing window will be April 16 – May 4, 2012 Accommodated script and CD will continue tobe available14

Test Specifications Directly from Academic Standards MCA-III and Modified Combined Continue to work on the adaptive test design15

MCA-III Support Materials Formula Sheets– Grades 5-8– On MDE website Tutorial for Online Testing– Gives information on online tools,procedures for navigating through the test,etc.– Currently working on Samplers– Online and paper versions– Teacher guides included in paper PDF– Currently working on16

Item Sampler Selection Process Familiarize students with the overall testingexperience Do not predict performance on MCA-III Allow students to experience full range ofbenchmarks17

MCA-II Grade 11 Administration Grade 11 MCA aligned to 2003 AcademicStandards Grade 11 MCA-II will be operational throughSpring 2013 administration Will continue to have GRAD embedded Paper administration High School 2011 results released May 2418

Math GRAD Census administration in 11th grade embeddedin MCA-II GRAD questions are not identified on test If a student does not pass the math GRAD,retake opportunities via computer are availableevery 6 weeks after receiving score report Includes benchmarks assessed on the MCA-IIplus additional Essential Learning (GRAD)benchmarks– Also from Academic Standards in grade 8 GRAD scale is 15 to 85 with a passing scoreof 50 (Standard Setting has occurred)19

How the Mathematics MCA-II & GRADWork Together (2011 and beyond)MCA-II First AdministrationNCLBEssentialCommonGRAD Only GRAD & MCA-IIItems (15)Items (25)GRADMCA-IIField TestMCA-II OnlyItems (30)Field TestItems (15)GRAD RetestsEssentialCommonGRAD Only GRAD & MCA-IIItems (15)Items (25)GRAD20

GRAD and Special Circumstances Special Education Students––––Individual Passing Score on GRADIndividual Passing Score on MCA-ModifiedMTASIndividual Passing Score on MTAS EL– GRAD Retests– 4-year temporary exemption Students transferring from another state– Reciprocity Home School and Dual Enrollment– If receiving a MN HS Diploma must pass GRAD21

High School Resources Test Specifications (MCA and GRAD) Item Sampler (MCA PDF)– CRs eliminated Tutorial (GRAD)Item Sampler (GRAD)Released items in Perspective {until February}Formula SheetRemediation Guidance (GRAD)Diploma Administration ManualReciprocity Guidelines for High School GraduationReading and Mathematics GRAD Retest: ChecklistTest Preparation Suggestions for Teachers andParents: GRAD22

Minnesota Assessment UpdateReading Specifics

High School Resources Test Specifications (MCA and GRAD) Item Sampler (MCA PDF)– CRs eliminated Tutorial (GRAD)Item Sampler (GRAD)Released items in Perspective {until February}Remediation Guidance (GRAD)Diploma Administration ManualReciprocity Guidelines for High School GraduationReading and Mathematics GRAD Retest: ChecklistTest Preparation Suggestions for Teachers andParents: GRAD24

Reading MCA-III Plans Computer-adaptive tests (CAT) Technology-based items (computer scored) assesshigher-order thinking skills Flexible assessment window allows for convenientadministration during the school year Computer-scored exams provide usable informationduring the school year Computer-adaptive assessment provides more preciseinformation about students’ knowledge and skills25

2012 Field Test Reading MCA-III Field Test to assess online item typesand to increase item bank (response requestedby Friday, September 23) Aligned to 2010 Academic Standards– Increased rigor– Text Sets– Lexiles Online Administration– MC– Technology-enhanced (TE) On-grade level field test26

2013 Spring Administration(Current plans) One administration per student Longer online test window to allow for morescheduling choices Testing Window should be at least as longas spring 2011 Math (April and May) Ability for students to start and pause the testduring the test window Spring 2013 results available afterperformance levels are established27

Background for MCA-III 2010 ELA standards revisions– 2010 Minnesota K-12 English Language Arts (ELA)Standards Committee was established– Uses the Common Core State Standards for EnglishLanguage Arts & Literacy in History/Social Studies,Science and Technical Subjects as a base– The committee recommended additional standards thataddress state statutory requirements and best practicesin the field of English Language Arts. Reading MCA-III Test Specifications (draft)available on website28

Minnesota Assessment UpdateScience Specifics

What’s Old – Science MCA-III Computer-based assessment (securebrowser) Test items in scenario format Uses technology-enhanced items toassess both content and process skills Grades 5 and 8 and once in high school(year of biology course)30

What’s New – Science MCA-III Item SamplersReporting dataTest DesignTest Specifications and cognitive levelsConstructed Response Items31

Science MCA-III Test SpecificationsPoint DistributionAdditionalVocabulary32

MCA-III Science Simulations33

Minnesota Assessment UpdateFeedback

Give us Feedback How have you used the supportmaterials that are currently available forassessment preparation?35

Share Your Needs What additional materials do youanticipate you will need to prepare foronline testing?36

Share Your Wishes Are there additional things you cansuggest?37

Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments (MCA) – Mathematics MCA-III Grades 3-8 {paper and online} Online window opens February 6 – Mathematics MCA-II Grade11 {paper} – Reading MCA-II Grades 3-8 and 10 {paper} – Science MCA-III Grades 5, 8, and HS {online} Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments-Modified (MCA-M)

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