ELA Update TEKS and TAKS

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					Update on Alternate Assessments
Texas Education Agency Student Assessment Division TETN Event #25772 October 26, 2007 1pm – 3pm

Purpose
To address frequently asked questions that have arisen from the TAKS-M field test and the posting of the Revised ARD Manual and Accommodations Manual.

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TAKS-M: General Information
Question: Is TAKS-M available in large print, Braille, Spanish, and LAT? Answer: Yes, TAKS–M field tests and operational tests for the spring 2008 administration will be available in large print, Braille, and LAT.
(Note: There is not a separate LAT TAKS-M form; use the existing TAKS-M form for a LAT administration for students who are both eligible for TAKS-M and LEP exempt.)

TAKS–M will not be available in Spanish.
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Make-Up Testing
Question: Will make-up testing be available for TAKS-M assessments? Answer: Yes, make-up testing will be available for students who were absent for the TAKS-M administration.  Make-up testing is available in the same grades and subjects as TAKS.
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There will not be a separate form for the TAKS-M makeup test. Districts will use the same form for the primary administration and the make-up administration. Information on make-up testing procedures and dates can be found in the 2008 District and Campus Coordinator Manual.

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TAKS-M: Reading/ELA
Question: The instructions for administering the reading test were difficult to follow. Can TEA address this problem for the spring administration? Answer: Yes, test Administrator Manuals for the spring are currently being developed, and we will look at ways to improve directions. We would appreciate any “realistic” suggestions for improving the instructions.

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TAKS-M: Reading/ELA
Question: While administering the reading test, students were ready to move on at different times which was difficult. Can TEA address this problem for the spring administration? Answer: Not specifically, but districts may want to consider the pace at which individual students within a grade level read/work and group accordingly. Again, suggestions are appreciated.
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TAKS-M: Reading/ELA
Question: In reading, can the test administrator repeat sentences, words, or derivatives (roots) of words from the pre-reading text when the student asks for assistance while reading the passage? Answer: Yes, anything in the pre-reading text may be repeated as many times as necessary at the request of the student.

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TAKS-M: General Information
Question: What do we do if the student refuses to test? Answer: First, inform the district coordinator and have school personnel who are familiar with the student encourage the student to take the test. If the student still refuses to take the test, inform the parent or guardian to see if he/she is willing to encourage the child to take the test. Finally, if the student still will not take the test, use score code “S” on the student’s answer document. Documentation of these events should be kept 8 locally.

Exit Level Retest Opportunities
Question: For students served by special education who are exit level retesters, what assessment options does the ARD committee have in the spring? Answer: TAKS (Accommodated) and the TAKS-M field test are not retest options during the primary spring administration. They are only for 11th grade students taking an exit level assessment for the first time. If a student is graduating by IEP, the ARD committee can reconvene to set the graduation requirement based on coursework rather than passing a state assessment.

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Graduation Requirements
Question: What are the graduation implications for special education students taking TAKS (Accommodated) or TAKS-M? Answer: Student Assessment is currently working with multiple divisions at TEA on new rules and guidance. Commissioner’s Rules are expected in November. Commissioner’s Rules are the first step and will be followed by guidance from the agency. Please stay tuned – we know this is critical information.
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Manuals
Question: Will training be required for the Revised ARD Manual and the Accommodations Manual? If so, who needs to be trained and by when? Answer: Although training is not currently mandated by the agency, it is strongly encouraged. We are looking at changing the policies to potentially require training again beginning in 2008-2009. If that happens, training and materials will be provided.
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Manuals
Question: Will a training PowerPoint be available for the Revised ARD Manual and the Accommodations Manual? Answer: Yes. The PowerPoint for each manual will be posted to the TEA website. The ARD Manual PowerPoint has been sent to the webmaster for posting. The Accommodations Manual PowerPoint will follow in the coming weeks.

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Manuals
Question: Will printed versions of the Accommodations Manual and the Revised ARD Manual be shipped to districts? Answer: Printed versions of the Accommodations Manual will arrive in districts with the DCCM the 1st week of December. Updates to the online version of the Accommodations Manual have been posted to the Student Assessment website. The Revised ARD Manual continues to be available online only; No printed versions will be sent to districts.
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ARD Assessment Decisions
Question: I have a student that I think should take TAKS-Alt but he/she frequently completes paperpencil tasks in class. Should this student take TAKS-M? Answer: The ARD committee should review the student’s access to the grade-level curriculum. If the student is accessing prerequisite skills, he/she could be eligible to take TAKS–Alt. The intent of the “paper-and-pencil” participation requirement is not to exclude students who can write, but rather to help ARD committees identify students for whom academic progress is not 14 evaluated primarily through paper-and-pencil tasks.

ARD Assessment Decisions
Question: Can the ARD committee change the assessment that the student will be administered between field test and operational test administrations? From year to year? Answer: Yes, when reviewing a student’s participation in state assessments, ARD committees have the opportunity to evaluate changes to instruction and/or access to the curriculum. The ARD committee may recommend a different assessment due to these changes.

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ARD Assessment Decisions
Question: I was told that a student could not take TAKS-M / TAKS-Alt because the school had exceeded their 2% / 1% cap. Is this information correct?
Answer: The ARD committee decision regarding a student’s participation in state assessment may not be based on the recommended % cap. The decision should be based solely on which assessment is most appropriate for that student as determined by the ARD committee.
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ARD Assessment Decisions
Question: Can a student take TAKS-M in one subject area and another assessment in a different subject area? Answer: Yes. The ARD committee should review each subject individually to identify the most appropriate assessment(s) for the student. However, a student who meets eligibility for TAKS–Alt must be administered that assessment for all tested subjects in his/her grade level.

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ARD Assessment Decisions
Question: What does it mean to have a standardsbased IEP?
Answer: Standards-based IEPs require that ARD committees incorporate state standards, TEKS, in student IEPs. The IEP will tie individual student needs to the TEKS in order to allow the student to access and show progress in the general education curriculum.

The IDEA Coordination Division of TEA is working on providing guidance to districts regarding standards-based IEPs. More information will be coming soon.
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Accommodations
Question: How does TEA determine if a calculator is allowed on TAKS (Accommodated) and/or TAKS-M math and science tests? Answer: All submitted requests will be considered individually for students with a disability that affects math. TAKS (Accommodated)
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grades 3-6-not allowed grades 7-8-allowed with the submission and approval of an Accommodation Request

Form

TAKS-M
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allowed at grades 3-6 with the submission and approval of an Accommodation Request Form all other grades-allowed

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Accommodations
Question: What type of spelling assistance is allowed on TAKS (Accommodated) and/or TAKS-M writing tests? Answer: Types of assistance include word processors with spell check or word prediction, electronic dictionaries, pocket spellchecker, etc. TAKS (Accommodated)
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TAKS-M
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grade 4 - not allowed grade 7 - allowed with the submission and approval of an Accommodation Request Form

grade 4 -allowed with the submission and approval of an Accommodation Request Form all other grades - allowed 20

Accommodations
Question: I was told that a student was not able to use an accommodation in the classroom since it is not allowed on a state assessment. Is this correct?

Answer: No. The ARD committee can consider any accommodation that will allow improved access to learning.

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Accommodations
Question: If a student does not routinely use an accommodation in the classroom, can this student use it on a state assessment? Answer: No, a student must routinely use an accommodation in the classroom in order to use it on a state assessment.

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Upcoming TETNs: Update on Alternate Assessments
 November  January

26, 2007 from 1-3, #30021

18, 2008 from 1-3, # 30022 25, 2008 from 1-3, #30023

 February  April  May

4, 2008 from 1-3, #30024 19, 2008 from 1-3, #30025
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CONTACT INFORMATION
Texas Education Agency Student Assessment Division Alternate Assessments Team 512-463-9536 Alternate.assessments@tea.state.tx.us Or Test.accommodations@tea.state.tx.us
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