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Title: The MCAS Performance Appeals Process Using Students Grades to Determine Whether They Have Met the St


1
The MCAS Performance Appeals Process Using
Students Grades to Determine Whether They Have
Met the States High School Graduation
Standard Jeffrey Nellhaus Deputy
Commissioner Massachusetts Department of
Education MD Task force on Comparable Testing
Methods April 22, 2005
2
Performance Appeal Process
The MCAS Performance Appeals Process is designed
to provide students, who have repeatedly not
demonstrated a passing score on the grade 10 MCAS
tests required for graduation, an opportunity to
demonstrate through other measures that they
possess the skills and knowledge required to meet
the standard.
3
Who is Eligible?
  • Any student who has
  • Taken the grade 10 MCAS in the subject of the
    appeal (ELA or Math) at least 3 times.
  • With the exception of students with disabilities,
    scored at least 216 on at least 1 attempt (220 is
    passing).
  • Maintained at least a 95 attendance during the
    year before and the year of the appeal.
  • Satisfactorily participated in tutoring and other
    academic support services made available by the
    school.

4
What Evidence is Reviewed to Determine Whether
the Student Has Met the Standard?
  • Grades (GPA) of the student for subject-area
    courses taken in grades 10, 11, and, if
    available, grade 12.
  • Grades (GPA) and MCAS scores of other students in
    the students school who took the same sequence
    of courses as the student (appellant).
  • Sign-off from a teacher attesting to the fact
    that based on classroom performance, appears to
    have met the standard.
  • A portfolio of student work in cases where a
    comparison group is not available.

5
Determining Students Who Took the Same Sequence
of Courses
  • List all students who were enrolled in the
    appellants 10th grade course (e.g. standard
    geometry)
  • List all student who were enrolled in the
    appellants 11th grade course (e.g., standard
    algebra II)
  • Identify students common to the grade 10 and
    grade 11 lists

6
Performance Appeals Worksheet
7
An Example Where Students GPA is Below Median of
Comparison Group, but the Appeal is Granted
8
An Example Where Students GPA is Below Median of
Comparison Group, and the Appeal is not Granted
9
Example Where There Are Too Few Students in the
Comparison Group to Make a Determination
10
PORTFOLIO
Definition An organized collection of
independently-produced student work, created
and collected over a period of time.
11
What Student Work Must Be Included in an Appeals
Portfolio?
  • ELA
  • 5 writing samples (compositions), including
    drafts and revisions by student
  • No quizzes, worksheets, short answers
  • Math
  • All 5 strands documented
  • 3 learning standards per strand
  • Evidence of thinking/problem-solving

12
Submission of Appeals Required Forms and Documents
  • Appeals must be submitted by the Superintendent,
    but can be initiated by anyone
  • MCAS Performance Appeal Form
  • separate forms must be filed for each subject in
    which a student is requesting an appeal
  • Comparison group (cohort) Worksheet
  • Supporting materials
  • Portfolio when there are few or no other students
    in the comparison group)

13
Review Process
  • Superintendent files a Performance Appeal with
    the Commissioner of Education
  • Performance Appeals Board reviews submission and
    makes a recommendation to the Commissioner
  • Based upon the Boards recommendation, the
    Commissioner makes final determination about
    whether the appeal should be granted, denied, or
    referred back to the Board for further
    consideration
  • If the appeal is granted, student is deemed to
    have met the standard in the subject of the
    appeal
  • If the appeal is denied, superintendent may ask
    for reconsideration within 21 days
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