CAPT Overview of the Third Generation by wulinqing


									Connecticut Academic
  Performance Test
          Spotlight on Assessment
          University of Connecticut
          Neag School of Education
          March 28, 2008
Connecticut Academic Performance Test

The purposes of the CAPT are to:
 establish high performance standards for all high school
  sophomores on a comprehensive range of important skills
  and knowledge;
 emphasize the application and integration of skills and
  knowledge in realistic contexts;
 promote better instruction and curriculum by providing
  information on students, school, and district strengths and
  weaknesses; and
 provide an expanded measure of accountability for CT’s
  educational system at the high school level.
Connecticut Academic Performance Test

Generation of the test – time period when the skills and
knowledge assessed by the test and the test design are
consistent across years.

First Generation: 1995 – 2000

Second Generation: 2001 – 2006

Third Generation: 2007 - ?
CAPT: Third Generation

   Reading Across the Disciplines
     – Response to Literature
     – Reading for Information
   Writing Across the Disciplines
     – Interdisciplinary Writing, Session 1 and 2
     – Editing & Revising
   Mathematics
   Science
CAPT: Third Generation

Response to Literature
 Students read a published short story and respond to four
  open-ended questions.
 Four dimensions assessed: forming an initial understanding,
  developing any interpretation, making connections, and
  taking a critical stance.
 Four questions scored holistically on a 1 to 6 scale. Two
  readers score each response for a total of 2 – 12 points.
 Administration time: 70 minutes.
CAPT: Third Generation

Reading for Information
 Students read three non-fiction articles and respond to a
  total of 6 open-ended (2 points each) and 12 multiple-
  choice questions ( 1 point each).
 The test measures how well students interpret or explain
  each article and evaluate the way the authors wrote the
 Administration time: 45 minutes.
CAPT: Third Generation

Interdisciplinary Writing, Session 1 and 2
 Students read two non-fiction articles on a contemporary issue
   and write a persuasive essay.
 The test measures how well students take a clear and
   persuasive position on the issue and use information from the
   articles to support their position.
 Each essay scored on a scale of 1 to 6. Two readers score
   each essay for a total of 2 – 12.
 Administration time: 65 minutes for each session.
CAPT: Third Generation

Editing & Revising
 Students read three passages and answer a total of 18
  multiple-choice questions.
 The test assesses a student’s ability to correct common
  errors in organization, word choice, syntax, capitalization,
  punctuation, usage, and spelling.
 Administration time: 25 minutes.
CAPT: Third Generation

 Test assesses a student’s ability to compute and estimate,
  solve problems, and communicate their understanding
  across four content standards:
   – Algebraic Reasoning
   – Numerical and Proportional Reasoning
   – Geometry and Measurement
   – Working with Data: Probability and Statistics
 Test includes 8 open-ended and 24 grid-in items.
 Administration time:150 minutes.
CAPT: Third Generation

CAPT Mathematics               OE Item     Grid Item    Total
Content Strand               ( 3 Points)   (1 Point)   Points
Algebraic Reasoning              2            6         12

Numerical and Proportional       2            6         12
Geometry and                     2            6         12
Probability and Statistics       2            6         12

Totals                           8            24        48
CAPT: Third Generation

 Test assesses students’ understanding of important scientific
   concepts and their application to realistic problems.
 Five Content Strands:
    –   Energy Transformations
    –   Chemical Structures and Properties
    –   Global Interdependence
    –   Cell Chemistry and Biotechnology
    –   Genetics, Evolution and Biodiversity
   Test includes 5 open-ended and 60 multiple-choice items.
   Administration Time: 100 minutes
CAPT: Third Generation
                           Conceptual         Scientific Inquiry,
                          Understanding    Literacy, & Numeracy
CAPT Science
                            MC Items      MC Items       OE Items      Total
Content Strands             ( 1Point)     ( 1 Point)    ( 3 Points)   Points
Energy Transformations         8              4              1         15

Chemical Structures and        8              4              1         15
Global Interdependence         8              4              1         15

Cell Chemistry and             8              4              1         15
Genetics, Evolution, &         8              4              1         15
Totals                         40            20             15         75
CAPT: Third Generation

SCORE                                 Reading   Writing
RANGES        Mathematics   Science    A.T.D.   A.T.D.
Level 5:       290-400      295-400   283-400   286-400
Level 4:       260-289      265-294   251-282   250-285
Level 3:       221-259      215-264   205-250   210-249
Level 2:       191-220      290-214   174-204   182-209
Level 1:       100-190      100-189   100-173   100-181
Below Basic
CAPT: Third Generation

Who must take the test?
 All grade 10 students must take the CAPT.
 Students who are English language learners in their first
  year in a U.S. school may be exempted from Reading and
  Writing (must take the Mathematics and Science tests).
 Accommodations are available for special education and
  504 students.
CAPT: Third Generation

Who scores the test?
 The CAPT testing contractor scores the test using trained
  readers – various sites throughout the country.
 All scoring criteria and training materials are developed
  by Connecticut advisory committees/state department
CAPT: Third Generation

Are any alternate assessments available?
 Students with significant cognitive impairment are assessed
  through the CAPT Skills Checklist.
 Coming Soon – a modified assessment for certain low-
  ability special education students.
CAPT: Third Generation

What reports are issued from the test?
 Each student receives an individual student report, labels,
  and Certificate of Mastery (if they reach the Goal level or
 Various school and district reports are also generated.
CAPT: Third Generation


 •   State by District/School Report
 •   Performance Level Summary Report
 •   Overall Summary Report
 •   Sub-Group Report
 •   Participation Rate Report
 •   Skills Checklist Report
CAPT: Third Generation

What additional CAPT resources are available?
Go to
 Teacher Handbooks
 Released Items
 Program Overview
 Interpretive Guide
CAPT Study:
Predictor of Success in College

First Steps” An Evaluation of the Success of CT Students Beyond
   High School (Coelen and Berger, 2006)

Major Findings:
 CAPT scores were more consistent than SATs in predicting
  academic success in college.
 The higher the CAPT score, the more likely the student would:
   –   go to college
   –   avoid remediation
   –   get a higher grade point average
   –   graduate from college
Raised Bill No. 411 (February, 2008)

The Board of Governors of Higher Education shall establish a program to
provide scholarships for attendance at public institutions of higher education
for students who perform on the tenth grade state-wide mastery examination
pursuant to section 10-14n of the 2008 supplement to the general statues and
in high school. Under the program, each student who (1) scores in the top
twenty-five percent of students in such student’s school district on all of the
components of such mastery examination, as determined by the Commissioner
of Education, and (2) had at least a “B” average in high school shall receive a
scholarship in the amount that equals the sum of the tuition and fees charged
by the public institution of higher education at which the student is accepted
and enrolls. (to be effective July 1, 2008)
CAPT and No Child Left Behind

   CAPT is used as the high school assessment for Adequate Yearly
    Progress under NCLB.
   NCLB Goal – all students proficient in Math and Reading by 2014.
   Each district and school is expected to make adequate yearly
    progress toward meeting state standards. Progress is measured for
    all students by sorting test results for students who are economically
    disadvantaged, from racial or ethnic minority groups, have
    disabilities, or have limited English proficiency.
   If the district or school continually fails to make adequate progress
    toward the standards, then they will be held accountable.
CAPT and No Child Left Behind

AYP Status for 2007
   • Of 805 elementary and middle schools, 265 did not make AYP – an
      improvement over last year’s 290.

    • Of Connecticut’s 182 public high schools, 50 did not make AYP – 10
       more than last year.

    • Of the state’s 171 school districts, 32 did not make AYP – the same
       as in 2006.

See 2007 No Child Left Behind press release for further information.

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