Recently, it was pointed out to me that this post would benefit from a few clarifications, these are now included in blue. Some lines originally posted have been deleted, not because they are inaccurate, but because their positioning within the post contributed to topical confusion.
The following information comes from postings on The Learning Connection:
Indiana teachers and students will have an opportunity to participate in the NCSC alternate assessment item tryout this spring through pilot testing.
The registration window for the NCSC Phase 1 Pilot has been extended until February 7, 2014.
The items will be presented to students online through the NCSC comprehensive assessment system, and test examiners will work one-on-one with students to administer the assessment based on individual student needs. It is important to note that the NCSC AA-AAS is a student-response assessment.
The NCSC pilot tests, as well as the operational assessment, are designed to be administered in approximately 11⁄2 to 2 hours. The Mathematics and English Language Arts pilot tests will occur this spring—Mathematics in March, and English Language Arts in April. Participation in the pilot testing provides a unique opportunity for both teachers and students to become familiar with alternate assessment based on college- and career-ready standards. More importantly, teachers can observe the level of student engagement and the nature of student responses during the pilot test. (Note: The number of teacher and student participants is locally determined.)
As NCSC will utilize matrix sampling during the pilot administration, each student will participate in only a portion of the pilot items, and individual student score reports will not be available. High-level, skill-based data will be shared following the pilot.
Indicating Interest: Administrators, if any of your teachers are interested in participating in the NCSC alternate assessment pilot test this spring, please complete the survey at:
Your input is very important!
You and your students can help make this a better assessment by being a part of the pilot testing. Only students currently taking the ISTAR test will be qualify to participate in the NCSC Phase 1 Pilot. Students currently tested through the IMAST test would not qualify.
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