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February 22

PLEASE READ ISIP and ISAT Assessment Updates Please Read

Fall 2021 Istation Enhancements

Beginning in fall 2021, the IStation application will move to the web

  • Web Assembly, or Wasm
  • Allow Chromebook users to access Istation through a URL
  • Improve Istation’s capabilities

Power Path

  • New user experience
  • Simplified Menu
  • Visit the IUG to watch an informational video and learn more

Reminders

A quick reminder that in October 2019, the Idaho State Board of Education approved the rule to require science ISAT administration at the following grades:

  • Elementary ISAT Science: Grade 5
  • Middle School ISAT Science: Grade 8 NEW
  • High School ISAT Science: Grade 11 NEW

The biology and chemistry end-of-course assessment have been replaced with the grade 11 science ISAT.

No make-up testing (from SY19-20) will take place for the science ISAT. Therefore, only this school year’s fifth, eight, and eleventh graders are required to take the science ISAT.

Plans for Spring 2021

The spring 2021 science ISATs will be an independent science field test.

Student participation in this independent field is an important step in the development of the assessment, therefore all grade 5, grade 8 and grade 11 students will be required to participate.

No paper/pencil form will be available for the science ISAT in spring 2021.No individual student reports (ISRs) or scores will be reported from the spring 2021 administration.

For the spring 2021 science ISAT, the SDE is enabling remote testing for students who cannot test in person. While the expectation is that most students will continue to test in person, districts will be able to apply to enable the remote option for students if needed.

If your district has applied to participate in remote testing, or plans to do so in the future, we wanted to let you know that the window for remote testing may be delayed as we continue to work through last minute technical challenges to ensure a valid and secure test experience. This delay would only apply to students participating in the remote assessment. In-person testing would not be affected. We will provide additional information as soon as it is available. In the meantime, we recommend that districts schedule any remote assessments for later in the window.

Interim and Sample Tests

Interim Tests

The science interim testing window closes on Wednesday, March 10, 2021.

After 3/10/21, the interims will only be accessible through the Assessment Viewing Application (AVA).

  • Science Interim Blueprints are on the ISAT Portal
  • Science Interim Answer Keys are in TIDE under that General Resources tab

o   Remember that all interim test material should be securely handled.

Accessibility Features and the Science IFT

We are using the Smarter Balanced Usability, Accessibility, and Accommodations Guidelines (UAAG) as the standard for accessibility features on the ISAT Science this spring.  However, there are three accommodations that will not be available this spring because the ISAT Science is an independent field test (IFT):  paper test forms, printed braille test forms, and refreshable braille.  However, the expectation is that students who use these accommodations will participate in the ISAT Science IFT.

ISAT Science Accessibility for Braille Learners

Braille learners will access the ISAT Science IFT using the text-to-speech, read-aloud, and/or scribe accommodations. There are some items on the ISAT Science with graphics that do not include audio descriptions because an audio description would give the student the answer.  For this spring 2021 IFT administration only, the teacher or test proctor may describe any graphics that do not have audio descriptions, hence the need for the read-aloud accommodation. Describing graphics without audio descriptions is considered a non-standard or special accommodation that requires permission.  See the article entitled Requests for Non-Standard Accommodations in the ISAT Section of this Newsletter for more information about requesting this special accommodation.  When explaining why a student needs the describing graphics without audio descriptions special accommodation, simply state that braille tests forms are not available for the ISAT Science ITF.  Braille learners will also need to take their ISAT Science IFT in-person because the read-aloud accommodation cannot be provided during a remote test administration.

Teachers will need to work with test coordinators to code the text-to-speech, read-aloud, and/or scribe test accommodations in TIDE for braille learners taking the ISAT IFT.  IEP teams will need to ensure that the text-to-speech, read-aloud, and/or scribe accommodations are documented in the student’s IEP.  IEP teams can use the written notice to document that Braille is not available for ISAT Science IFT this year.  Parents should clearly understand how their braille learner will be accommodated on the ISAT science IFT.  Please contact Karren Streagle at streagle@sde.idaho.gov or 208-332-6824 if you have questions or need assistance.

If you have questions, please contact ISAT Science Coordinator, Kevin Chandler at kchandler@sde.idaho.gov or 208-332-6988.

Spring 2021 Summative Testing

Required Summative Testing

·         Grades 3 – 8 and 10 (grades 9 and 11 optional) for ELA/L & Mathematics

·         No make-up testing for last year

·         At this time, U.S. Dept. of Education has not waived the requirement for summative testing

Remote Administration

For the spring 2021 ELA/L and Mathematics ISAT, the SDE is enabling remote testing for students who cannot test in person.

While the expectation is that most students will continue to test in school, districts will be able to apply to enable the remote option for students if needed.

If your district has applied to participate in remote testing, or plans to do so in the future, we wanted to let you know that the window for remote testing may be delayed as we continue to work through last minute technical challenges to ensure a valid and secure test experience. This delay would only apply to students participating in the remote assessment. In-person testing would not be affected. We will provide additional information as soon as it is available. In the meantime, we recommend that districts schedule any remote assessments for later in the window.

Summative Testing Window

The spring 2021 ELA/L and Mathematics ISAT summative in-person test window has been extended.

  • Summative In-Person Test Window: Monday, March 15 – Friday, May 28, 2021
  • Summative Paper/Pencil Test Window: Monday, April 5 – Friday, May 21, 2021

For remote testing, we wanted to let you know that the window for remote testing may be delayed as we continue to work through last minute technical challenges to ensure a valid and secure test experience. This delay would only apply to students participating in the remote assessment. In-person testing would not be affected.

Summative Test – Adjusted Form

The spring 2021 ELA/L and Mathematics ISAT summative tests will consist of an Adjusted Form. These adjusted forms will still have a CAT portion, and a PT portion. However, the SDE is estimating that the average student will take about 30-40 fewer minutes on the CAT portion of the adjusted form.

  • These adjusted forms will be used in all required ISAT grades.
  • Time estimates to complete the adjusted forms (by grade) will be included in an FAQ and will be included in an SY20-21 TAM.
  • Blueprints for the adjusted forms will also be published.
  • A student will still receive an Individual Student Report (ISR) what has an overall scale score. However, only groups of students will receive Claim level performance data from the Adjusted Form.

Applying for Remote Administration

School Districts (LEAs) will apply for the ability to remotely administer summative tests. Again, the expectation is that most students will test in school. Applications must be submitted on or before March 1st, 2021.

Remote Administration Resources

The SDE is working very closely with our testing vendor Cambium Assessment, Inc. (CAI) to develop several resources to support and train districts on remote administration. These resources will be published on the ISAT Portal. Under the “Resources” tab, is the “Remote Administration” folder. Here are a few of the resources we are working on:

  • FAQ
  • Videos for Parents & Students
  • Training PowerPoints
  • Quick Guides
  • Infographics
  • Checklist

Preparing for Summative Testing

Districts should work in TIDE (Test Information Distribution Engine) to prepare for spring 2021 testing

  • Assign staff User Roles (use CAI User Role Chart)
  • Upload students
  • Create rosters (groups) of students for Reporting
  • User Guide and Quick Guides on ISAT Portal

Staff should complete the TA (test administrator) certification course

  • Required for administration of in-person interim or summative ISAT’s
  • Takes ~30 minutes

(NEW) A separate Remote Administration TA Certification Course (NEW) will also be required. This Remote Administration TA Certification Course (NEW) will be published in the coming weeks.

  • Required for remote administration of summative ISAT’s
  • Takes ~45 minutes

(NEW) TIDE will be updated SOON to document two important aspects of remote summative testing:

  • Remote TA Certification Course
  • Parental Consent for A/V Monitoring

Test administrators that will be administering remote test sessions will need to take and pass the Remote TA Certification Course, prior to administering the remote test session. TIDE will be updated to document that additional TA Certification.

Idaho SDE will approve districts for remote administration capabilities. DAs/ DCs will work with school personnel that were approved for remote administration. School personnel will send the Parent Confidentiality and Video Agreement (on the ISAT Portal) to the parents/guardians to read, sign and return. This agreement will document the parents’/guardians’ agreement to have their child participate in remote administration and the use of the webcam during remote administration. School personnel will keep these signed agreements on file at the school.

School personnel will also document Parental Consent for A/V Monitoring in a new TIDE attribute.

Smarter Balanced Information

Idaho Homepage

Direct links to all the Smarter Balance Tools designed to support instruction and assessment. Check out these tools and them visit the Idaho ISAT portal to learn more about how they support assessment and instruction in Idaho.

Interim Assessment Resources

The English Language Arts/ Literacy and Mathematics ICAs, SICAs, IABs, and FIABs are now available for the SY20-21.

  • The ELA/L and Math interim testing window closes on Wednesday, March 10, 2021.
  • After 3/10/21, the interims will only be accessible through the Assessment Viewing Application (AVA).
  • ELA/ and Math interim answer keys are in TIDE under that General Resources tab

o   Remember that all interim test material should be securely handled.

o   2020-2021 Test Administrator User Guide is available on the ISAT Portal.

o   2020-2021 AVA User Guide is also available on the ISAT Portal.

Nuts & Bolts of Interim Assessments

Five vignettes covering a wide range of topics concerning the interim assessment have been published. Check out these vignettes for more information on how to use the interim assessments.

  1. Organizing Principles of Interim Assessments
  2. What is on the Interims
  3. Administering the Interims
  4. Using Interim Data
  5. Resources for Instruction

Practice & Training Tests

ELA/L and Math Practice & Training Tests are available via the ISAT Portal.

These practice and training tests can be accessed as many times as needed by a Guest User (educator, principal, student, parent, grandparent, guardian) to become more familiar with the Test Delivery System, and to learn about the types of items that will appear on the ELA and Math ISATs.

Answer keys are also available on the ISAT Portal.

Remote Testing Accommodations

Most IEP testing accommodations will be available to students testing remotely.  However, we have received some emails from the field with concerns that some IEP testing accommodations will not work during a remote test administration.  Messaging from the State Department of Education regarding remote administration of ISATs has always recognized that there are some accommodations that cannot be administered remotely.  We identified early on that the print-on-demand, read-aloud, and scribe testing accommodations would require in-person testing.  It will be up to the school to work with parents to make mutually agreeable arrangements to administer the ISATs in-person to students needing the print-on-demand, read-aloud, and/or scribe accommodations.

Requests for Non-Standard Accommodations

There are rare occasions when a student may need a non-standard or special accommodation on a state-wide assessment.  A non-standard or special accommodation is a testing accommodation that is not usually allowed or is different from the accommodations allowed on the state-wide assessment.  The use of any non-standard or special accommodations must be pre-approved by State Department of Education staff.

The link to the Non-Standard Accommodation Request Form is under the Accessibility and Accommodations Resource on the ISAT Portal.  When you click the Non-Standard Accommodation Request Form hyperlink, the form opens in a new window and is called the Special Accommodations Request Form, as illustrated in the image below.

Most of the form is self-explanatory.   Be prepared to answer the following questions:

  • How does the requested special accommodation appear on the student’s program/plan?
  • Describe the accommodation requested in detail.
  • How does the student use this accommodation during classroom instruction?
  • Why is this special accommodation needed?

The form is submitted to and reviewed by staff in the Assessment & Accountability and Special Education Departments.   We must ensure that the requested non-standard or special accommodation does not change the construct of the test or give a student an unfair advantage.  For example, we will likely not approve the use of the read-aloud accommodation for passages on ISAT ELA/Literacy assessment because this test assesses reading comprehension, except under very unusual circumstances.  Below is an image of an alternate multiplication chart that was approved for use on the grade 5 ISAT Math assessment a few years ago.

Please contact Karren Streagle at kstreagle@sde.idaho.gov or 208-332-6824 if y

 

Teresa Jones
Director of Elementary Programs
Twin Falls School District

208-733-6900

 

Happy teaching!


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Posted February 22, 2021 by Ready Aim Shoot in category Assessment

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