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Online Testing: Arizona


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Online Testing: Arizona

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