August 1, 2007
ILLINOIS ALTERNATE ASSESSMENT
FALL 2007 PILOT
Illinois State Board of Education – Student
Many thanks to all the teachers and coordinators who
worked hard to make the Illinois Alternate Assessment
(IAA) writing assessment a success. We appreciate the
time and effort you all put into this assessment. We
are now ready to move away totally from the portfolio
to the new test for Reading, Mathematics and Science.
The following are key points that will be needed in the
Fall 2007 Pilot.
New Type of Test: The IAA is now a performance-based
assessment in which teachers administer 6 tasks per content
area to students at a specific point during the year.
Teachers score students based on a new four-point rubric
and a sampling of teachers throughout the state will
have their scores validated by Independent Panelists.
The portfolio assessment will no longer be used to assess
students taking the IAA. Pearson Educational Measurement
(PEM) is the contractor for the new test.
IAA Reading, Mathematics & Science Fall Pilot --
September 17 – 28, 2007: All students (except those
in private facilities) who take the IAA will participate
in the Fall 2007 Pilot for Reading, Mathematics and Science.
A pilot requires all students taking the IAA to participate
in subjects and grades as appropriate.
Private Facilities: For the Fall 2007 Pilot ONLY IAA
students placed in private facilities will not participate
because there will not be adequate time for home schools/districts
to delivery materials to private facilities, allow teachers
to administer the test, pick up the materials and have
them ready for the FedEx pick-up on Oct. 4. This
will be the final pilot administration for the new IAA
test & the
only time private facilities will not participate in
Materials Arrive in District: Materials will arrive
in districts by Sept. 4 for the Fall 2007 Pilot. Pearson
Educational Measurement will ship the materials directly
to schools/districts/cooperatives based on 2007 IAA students
counts submitted to ISBE's Student Information System
(SIS) and CPS. Coordinators are not required to place
initial orders through Pearson's Assessment Network,
but additional orders can be placed once the initial
order is received. More information will follow on additional
Testing a Grade Level Up: In an effort to ensure that
students taking the Fall 2007 Pilot have received sufficient
instruction in the grade level content, the IAA will
be administered to students at one grade level higher
than the student population that will be tested in the
spring 2008 for IAA.
Assessment Objectives: The Fall 2007 Pilot addresses
content standards and priority objectives at grades 3-8 & 11,
but the pilot will be administered at grades 4-9 & 12. Accordingly, Illinois educators and IAA Coordinators,
grades 3-9, 11 & 12, are encouraged to participate
in the Fall 2007 Regional Trainings (see below).
2008 IAA Spring Operational: The IAA Reading, Mathematics, & Science
operational assessment which counts for AYP purposes
will be administered on March 10 – April 11, 2008,
to students at grade level (i.e., grades 3-8 & 11). In addition, IAA Writing also will be administered March
10 -April 11 at grades 5, 6, 8 and 11.
Mandatory Online Scoring: The Fall 2007 Pilot will require
teachers to submit student scores through an online scoring
process. Teachers will not submit answer documents to
Pearson. ISBE and Pearson will offer training for the
online scoring as part of the Fall 2007 Training. Online
scoring was offered for the 2007 Writing test and some
teachers and IAA Coordinators are already familiar with
Fall 2007 Training: IAA trainings for teachers and IAA
Coordinators will be held Aug. 28-Sept. 7. Around August
1, the training schedule will be e-mailed to IAA Coordinators,
Special Ed Directors, those on the Student Assessment
list serve and posted on the IAA Web site at: www.isbe.net/assessment.iaa.htm.
Pearson will handle the registration, which will be available
on Pearson's Assessment Network at www.pearsonaccess.com/il/ This year we are asking schools and districts to send
the IAA Coordinator and one or two lead teachers to take
the training back to others at the school and district. ISBE will post a new training video on the IAA Web site
in late mid-August.
Teacher Resource Guide: A Teacher Resource Guide (TRG)
is posted on the IAA Web site. The guide provides examples
of materials educators may access for the Fall 2007 Pilot
Test administration. The guide is organized by grade
level and contains suggested bibliographic references,
materials lists, and illustrations for use with the reading,
mathematics, and science. Also included in this guide
are appendices containing the IAA Framework Priority
Objectives and IAA sample tasks.
The materials teachers use to administer the IAA Fall
2007 Pilot Test, including those referenced in this document,
may be adapted or modified to accommodate individual
student needs and modes of communication in preparation
for this assessment. This includes enlarging the illustrations,
changing background colors, providing manipulatives and
actual objects, or using other methods to provide accommodations.
Fall 2007 Pilot Implementation Manual, Rubric & Framework
Priorities: The Implementation Manual for the Fall 2007
Pilot is now posted on the IAA Web site for your convenience
along with the scoring rubric and Framework Priorities
for reading, mathematics, science and writing.
IAA 2007-2008 TEST SCHEDULE
- September 17-28, 2007: Field pilot new IAA in reading,
math and science statewide in appropriate grades.
2008 Test Administration Window
Districts can move the three-week IAA test window
to one week earlier or one week later. To do this,
were required to submit a Test Window Modification
Form to ISBE by Dec. 1, 2007, and have permission
allowing for a modified test window. A modification
form is posted on IAA Web site.
IAA 2008 TEST ADMINISTRATION WINDOW
|IAA Early **
||10-Mar-2008 through 28-Mar-2008
||17-Mar-2008 through 4-Apr-2008
||24-Mar-2008 through 11-Apr-2008
ISBE IAA Web site www.isbe.net/assessment/iaa.htm
For questions, contact Marilyn Leveque, IAA Coordinator
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Illinois State Board of Education
100 North First Street
Springfield, IL 62777