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WKCE-CRT DECEMBER 2004 PILOT TESTING PRIMER October 5, 2004 PILOT TESTING CONTACT: Kate Nardi @ (608) 267-3164 or firstname.lastname@example.org Background: DPI began notifying districts about December Pilot testing in May 2004. Materials indicating pilot assignments and district sign-off were sent to District Assessment Coordinators (DACs) and District Administrators. Since May, however, a school year has ended and another begun and personnel has changed in many instances. Thus, we’ve noticed some confusion. We hope that this information will help you understand the process and procedures to accomplish this round of pilot testing. Pilot Test Material Shipping Window: Pilot test materials will be shipped to districts between November 12 and 22nd. At this point, you will be checking materials for sufficient quantities and calling CTB if you do not have enough materials. Testing Dates: The Pilot testing window is December 6-10, 2004. Note that testing may begin after test materials are received, but must be completed by the closing of the test window, December 10, 2004. Which Schools/Grades/Content Areas Will Our District Be Pilot Testing? Final confirmations of schools, grades and content areas for which your district will be piloting will be mailed to DACs over the next several weeks. If the district assignments do not match your records or you have questions, please call Kate Nardi at (608) 267-3164 to discuss and/or reconcile. WSAS Data Collection - Pre-ID Labels: If your district is participating in the December 2004 Pilot in addition to the WKCE assessment at 4, 8 and 10, you need to prepare pre-ID labels for both assessments. WKCE The deadline for submitting WKCE Pre-ID labels was September 24. Please contact Phil Cranley @ (608)266-9798 as soon as possible if you have not submitted the WKCE Pre-ID labels. Without Pre-ID labels, test administrators will have to bubble in student information. Some disks that have been sent to CTB are corrupt. For those that are corrupt, CTB will be requesting new disks. Again, it is extremely important to check with Phil Cranley before sending disks to CTB to confirm that your disks are formatted correctly and working properly. Pilot Test Pre-ID Labels The deadline for receipt of Pilot test Pre-ID labels is October 15. Your Pilot test Pre-ID label disks need to be at CTB on the 15th NOT postmarked on the 15th. Please be sure to enclose with disks the verification forms that were provided and label the disk(s) 2004 PILOT TEST with the grade levels that will be piloted. If you forget to enclose your verification form with your disk, please fax it ASAP to (831) 393-7068. ATTN: William Cranston or Robin Hughes, with a brief explanation such as “we sent in our data disk for the field test, grades 3, 5, 7 but forgot the verification form. Here it is." At some point in the future, when our new state individual student identification system (ISIS) is in place, we will not have to depend on districts to provide this Pre-ID information in the format and the timeframe it is being collected now. We will deliver the Pre-ID labels to public school districts using the ISIS system. Calculator Use and Students with IEPs/Section 504 plans: DPI is encouraging the participation of students with IEPs as student data from all cohort groups is important. Without this data, the state cannot realize an accurate picture of student performance across the board. The use of calculators in Mathematics Session 1 and Session 4 Part A is not allowed for any student, as those sections of the test measure computation skills. Only students whose IEP or Section 504 plan allows for the accommodation of calculator usage may use the calculator for other sessions of the Mathematics test. The accommodated students must be tested in separate rooms so as not to give the appearance of having an advantage. Please contact Sandy Berndt @ (608) 266-1785 if you have questions regarding allowable accommodations as they relate to the administration of the Pilot (or otherwise). Keep in mind that IEPs or other plans will need to be updated to reflect additional testing requirements under No Child Left Behind (NCLB). Large scale assessment in grades 3-8 and 10 begins in November 2005. WSAS Alternate Assessment: Students who would not normally take standardized assessments are not required to participate in the Pilot test. Alternate assessments generally apply to two groups of students: (1) students with more severe disabilities where the local IEP team determines that the students are not able to demonstrate at least some of the knowledge and skills; and, (2) students whose first language is not English and whose academic English skills are at a beginning level. Absentee Policy: Every attempt should be made to administer make-up tests to absentees and to students who missed one or more scheduled sessions. More information on this topic will become available in the Directions for Test Administration available soon on the OEA website. Test Administration Times: Pilot test administration times for both Reading and Mathematics are housed on the OEA website. http://www.dpi.state.wi.us/dpi/oea/wkce-crt.html Directions for Test Administration: The Directions for Test Administration for all grades (3-8 and 10) will be available soon on the OEA website http://www.dpi.state.wi.us/dpi/oea/wkce- crt.html. Periodically check the web. We hope that these documents will answer many of the questions you have (and we have received) about the pilot. If you are subscribing to the OEA list serve you will see notice when these documents become available. If you wish to subscribe to the list serve go to www.dpi.state.wi.us/dpi/oea/wsas_reg.html. We sincerely thank you for your willingness to participate in the December 2004 Pilot. Pilots are necessary to the test development and design process/industry. Without pilots, we cannot be sure that tests are built properly in terms of scope, coherence and developmental appropriateness. Furthermore, student participation at this stage allows for refinement to enhance the quality of the test instruments. In addition, student pilot data is used in the process to set cut scores (e.g. proficient, advanced) and also as a component in determining Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP).
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