2 A NEW Assessment System Georgia Milestones: Georgia Milestones Assessment System Georgia Milestones will consist of both end of grade (EOG) and end of course (EOC) measures.
3 Georgia Milestones Comprehensive single program an assessment system not series of tests (e.g., CRCT; EOCT; WA) formative assessment tools to complement summative* Coherent consistent expectations and rigor to position Georgia students to compete with peers nationally and internationally consistent signal about student preparedness for the next level, be it the next grade, course, or college/career consistent signal about student achievement both within system (across grades and courses) and with external measures (NAEP; PSAT; SAT; ACT) Consolidate combine reading, language arts, and writing into a single measure to align to the standards *Coming this Fall 2014: Georgia Formative Online Assessment Resource (GOFAR) within the SLDS.
4 Coherency Consistency Achievement of Georgia Students in Reading 2013 NAEP Grade 4: 34% at/above proficient CRCT Grade 4: 93% met/exceeded Achievement of Georgia Students in Mathematics 2013 NAEP Grade 4: 39% at/above proficient CRCT Grade 4: 84% met/exceeded Achievement of Georgia Students in Science 2011 (NAEP) / 2013 (CRCT) NAEP Grade 8: 30% at/above proficient CRCT Grade 8: 74% met/exceeded (67% in 2011)
5 Coherency Consistency Achievement of Georgia Students in Reading 2013 NAEP Grade 8: 32% at/above proficient CRCT Grade 8: 97% met/exceeded 9 th Grade Literature EOCT: 86% met/exceeded American Literature EOCT: 91% met/exceeded SAT Class of 2013: 43% college ready benchmark* ACT Class of 2013: 43% college ready benchmark** 2012 PSAT sophomores: 40% on track to be CCR *SAT data represent 71% of Class of 2013 **ACT data represent 51% of Class of 2013
6 Coherency Consistency Achievement of Georgia Students in Mathematics 2013 NAEP Grade 8: 29% at/above proficient CRCT Grade 8: 83% met/exceeded Coordinate Algebra EOCT: 37% met/exceeded SAT Class of 2013: 42% college ready benchmark* ACT Class of 2013: 38% college ready benchmark** 2012 PSAT sophomores: 37% on track to be CCR *SAT data represent 71% of Class of 2013 **ACT data represent 51% of Class of 2013
7 Georgia Milestones Guiding principles stipulate that Georgia Milestones: be sufficiently rigorous to ensure Georgia students are well positioned to compete with other students across the United States and internationally; be intentionally designed across grade levels to send a clear signal of student progress/growth and preparedness for the next level, be it the next grade level, course, or college or career; be accessible to all students, including those with disabilities or limited English proficiency, at all achievement levels; support and inform educator effectiveness initiatives, ensuring items and forms are appropriately sensitive to quality instructional practices; and accelerate the transition to online administration, allowing over time for the inclusion of innovative technology-enhanced items.
8 Grades 3 8 Georgia Milestones End of Grade (EOG) in language arts, mathematics, science, social studies High School End of Course (EOC) in 9 th Grade Literature & Composition, American Literature & Composition, Coordinate Algebra, Analytic Geometry, Physical Science, Biology, US History, and Economics
9 Features include: Georgia Milestones inclusion of constructed-response items in ELA and mathematics, in addition to selected-response items inclusion of a writing component (in response to text) at every grade level and course within the ELA assessment; inclusion of norm-referenced items in every grade and content area to complement the criterion-referenced information and to provide a national comparison; and transition to online administration over time, with online administration considered the primary mode of administration and paper-pencil back-up until transition is completed. Addition of technology-enhanced items beginning in
10 Georgia Milestones Blended: Criterion-Referenced and Norm-Referenced Georgia Milestones will provide: criterion-referenced performance information in the form of four performance levels, depicting students mastery of state standards norm-referenced performance information in the form of national percentiles, depicting how students achievement compares to peers nationally Note: To provide norm-referenced information, some norm-referenced items may not align to Georgia s content standards. Only aligned NRT items will contribute to proficiency designations.
11 Georgia Milestones The Georgia Milestones EOG will be designed to: provide a valid measure of student achievement of the state content standards across the full achievement continuum; provide a clear signal of the student s preparedness for the next educational level; allow for detection of the progress made by each student over the course of the academic year; be suitable for use in promotion and retention decisions at grades 3 (reading), 5 (reading and mathematics) and 8 (reading and mathematics) support and inform educator effectiveness measures; and inform state and federal accountability at the school, district, and state levels.
12 Georgia Milestones The Georgia Milestones EOC will be designed to: provide a valid measure of student achievement of the state content standards across the full achievement continuum; serve as the final exam for the course, contributing 20% to the student s final course grade; provide a clear signal of the student s preparedness for the next course and ultimately post-secondary endeavors (college and careers); allow for detection of the progress made by each student over the course of the academic year; support and inform educator effectiveness measures; and inform state and federal accountability at the school, district, and state levels. Additional uses of the EOC include: (1) certifying proficiency prior to awarding credit for students enrolling from nonaccredited schools, home study programs, or other nontraditional educational centers; and (2) demonstrating competency prior to taking the course and earning course credit (i.e., test-out ).
13 Georgia Milestones English Language Arts [CC Georgia Performance Standards] will require close analytic reading to construct meaning, make inferences, draw conclusions, compare and contrast ideas, themes, etc., as well as synthesize ideas and concepts across multiple texts will require students to develop informative/explanatory responses or narratives, produce opinions/arguments citing evidence from text(s) and using standard language conventions, etc. Mathematics [CC Georgia Performance Standards] will require demonstration of conceptual understanding, procedural skills and fluency, problem solving, modeling, and mathematical reasoning
14 Georgia Milestones Science [Georgia Performance Standards] will require understanding of the core concepts, ideas, and practices of science to explain scientific phenomena with content and Characteristics of Science/Nature of Science standards serving as co-requisites Social Studies [Georgia Performance Standards] will require understanding of the past and its influence on the present and future including the interconnectedness of history, culture, geography, economics, and government/civics
15 Item Types Georgia Milestones Selected-Response [aka, multiple-choice] all content areas evidence-based selected response in ELA Constructed-Response ELA and mathematics Extended-Response ELA and mathematics Constructed response is a general term for assessment items that require the student to generate a response as opposed to selecting a response. Extended-response items require more elaborate answers and explanations of reasoning. They allow for multiple correct answers and/or varying methods of arriving at the correct answer. Writing prompts and performance tasks are examples of extended-response items.
16 Transition to Online Georgia Milestones Online administration will be the primary mode of administration for Georgia Milestones, with paper/pencil serving as back-up transition will occur over time Technology requirements are being finalized and will be posted ASAP Administration procedures will be developed Online practice center will be available for students System Test Coordinators and IT Directors will need to work collaboratively to implement Georgia Milestones.
17 Transition to Online Georgia Milestones Year 1: minimum of 30% online Year 3: minimum of 80% online Year 5: minimum of 100% online Paper/pencil versions will be available for the small number of students who cannot interact with computer due to their disability. Braille forms will be available.
18 Our Assessment Landscape is Changing Assessment development is a process, not an event as such, some components and/or resources may need to be rolled- out in stages Georgia is transitioning from a set of long-standing, mature programs districts, schools, students, parents, and the public are familiar with these programs and know what to expect This transition provides Georgia with an opportunity however, as with any change, there will be periods of uncertainty and discomfort
19 Logistics Georgia Milestones There are many logistics to work through GaDOE will work with districts to implement Preliminary Logistics SY testing windows will remain as posted Districts should plan on having 9 days to administer the EOG in spring 2015; general parameters for EOC should remain the same
20 Resources to Move Us Forward
21 Resources Available NOW Content standards frameworks, formative lessons, PARCC evidence statements Sample items formative items/benchmarks via Georgia OAS GOFAR; released items via PARCC, SBAC, other states (KY, NY), NAEP parent s guide to Georgia s new assessment developed by the National PTA [ ] CRCT Readiness Indicators Lexiles Focus on teaching and learning eliciting evidence of student learning during instruction and adjusting as needed.
22 Formative Assessment Initiatives Bringing a Balanced Assessment Focus to the Classroom 1600 new items loaded 1100 new science & social studies items to be loaded Formative Item Bank Benchmark Assessments Assessment Literacy Professional Learning Formative Instructional Practices: FIP Foundations & FIP in Action 24 benchmark assessments Don t forget the NAEP Item Tool consisting of high quality, released NAEP items!
23 Benchmark Assessments Implementation Schedule Available Spring 2014 Available Fall 2014 ELA Grades 1, 2, 3, 6, 7, 8, and 10 Mathematics Grades 1, 2, 3, and Coordinate Algebra U.S. History ELA Grades 4, 5, 9, and 11 Mathematics Grades 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, Analytic Geometry, and Advanced Algebra Biology
24 FIP Foundational Learning Modules FIP tightly aligns to and directly supports TKES and LKES! 1. Introduction to Formative Instructional Practices 2. Clear Learning Targets 3. Collecting and Documenting Evidence of Student Learning 4. Analyzing Evidence and Providing Effective Feedback 5. Student Ownership of Learning: Peer Feedback, Self-Assessment, and More 6. Leading Formative Instructional Practices (for district and/or school leaders) 7. Coaching Formative Instructional Practices (for instructional coaches and/or teacher leaders) FIP in Action modules available soon
25 Resources Available SOON Sample items specific to Georgia Milestones Ancillary support resources, such as Content Descriptions (test blueprints) Student Study Guides Technology Specifications Accommodations Guidelines Assessment for Learning Modules [types of items to elicit evidence of student learning] Informational videos [parents & public / educators] Focus on teaching and learning eliciting evidence of student learning during instruction and adjusting as needed.
26 Georgia Milestones In closing, some reminders: New program new development [not redevelopment] Georgia educators will be involved in test design and development Georgia Milestones replaces the CRCT, EOCT, and Writing Assessments in grades 3, 5, and 8 writing, in response to text, will be assessed as part of the ELA assessment in each grade and course the Georgia High School Writing Test (GHSWT) will be administered and remains a diploma requirement
27 Georgia Milestones In closing, some reminders: CRCT-M (2%) will not continue GAA (1%) will continue Local scanning will not be continued [constructedresponse items require hand scoring] Scores will be delayed in year 1 due to technical work and standard setting [implications to be worked through] Growth (SGP) will continue IMPORTANT: Remember that TKES and LKES utilize growth, not achievement.
28 Georgia Milestones Georgia Milestones represents a significant change and importantly an opportunity for our state. This opportunity allows us to recalibrate, as a state, and refocus on teaching and learning as a primary emphasis with assessment and accountability serving a supporting role. Assessment will work with districts to ensure successful implementation.
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