Online Testing: Arizona

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  • 1. Online Assessment in Arizona Roberta Alley Deputy Associate Superintendent
  • 2. Why is Arizona looking at online?
    • Quicker return of results
    • Uniform assistive technology provided to students
    • Student engagement
    • Moving into the 21 st Century
    • Governor, Superintendent of Public Instruction, Legislators, and the State Board want an online assessment
  • 3. Online Assessments
    • AIMS A (Alternate Assessment for 1%)
    • Formative Assessment
    • Field testing of Grade 8 Science
  • 4. Technology in our Schools
    • Capacity issues
    • Instructional use VARIES widely
    • Benchmark Assessments using an online model are being used in some districts at some grade levels
    • 14 Virtual Schools
      • 7 District Programs and 7 Charter Schools
      • Instructional models vary from distant learning to computer labs
      • State assessment is paper and pencil at a location determined by school
  • 5. Alternate Assessment (AIMS A)
    • For several years data from teacher rater tools have been submitted online.
    • The data was collected over several months and was an evaluation of a students performance on given task(s) using a rating scale.
  • 6. AIMS A
    • This year the assessment tool has changed.
    • Students take a multiple choice component online.
    • Teachers continue to collect performance data overtime on specific task(s).
  • 7.  
  • 8. What Worked and What Didn’t
    • Students with Significant Cognitive Disabilities were successful using the online assessments.
    • Results were collected quickly.
    • Assistive technology was available to all students.
    • Boardmaker is the graphic software used for AIMS A.
    • Central server problems
    • School computer readiness
    • Bandwidth during busy times of the day
    • Some students struggle with sizing of graphics and the way some of the text appeared.
  • 9. Formative Assessment
    • The online item bank contains over 5000 items that align with Standard.
    • Teacher can develop online formative assessments.
    • Located on a secure teacher site (IDEAL)
    • Online Professional Development on Formative Assessment
  • 10. What Worked and What Didn’t
    • Educators like the items that are linked to the standard.
    • They love our “Stop Gap” mini quizzes so and it is hard to discontinue them.
    • Site opened prior to the site being “teacher friendly”
    • Continues changes to the tool (for improvement) frustrates teachers
  • 11. Online Field Testing of Grade 8 Science
    • Spring of 2007
    • Pearson conducted the online testing.
    • CTB/McGraw-Hill provided the paper/pencil assessment.
    • Comparability study was completed by Pearson.
    • First operational science assessment (Spring 2008) is paper/pencil assessment.
    • Online model will be consider an for the operational assessments in Grade 4, 8, and HS with new contract.
  • 12. What Worked and What Didn’t
    • Students liked the experience.
    • Student performance on the field tested items on both forms were very similar.
    • Technology issues will and did occur.
    • Schools didn’t like the disruption of instruction.
    • Some schools did not have a computer lab.
    • Test Window must be expanded for online.
  • 13. What’s Next?
    • Expansion of Online Formative Assessment Tool
    • Survey of schools capacity
    • Cost estimates for technology in schools
    • Cost of moving assessment to online
    • ADP Algebra II Exam
    • Grade 9 NRT
    • Science in Grades 4, 8, and High School
    • 2% modified assessments
    • AIMS High School
    • AIMS 3-8
  • 14. Everyone loves the concept of online testing. The reality of online testing is not always loved.