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Title: Alternative High School Assessment (AHSA) Technical Assistance Office of Assessments New Jersey Department of Education http://www.nj.gov/education/assessment/ Fall 2012


1
Alternative High School Assessment
(AHSA)Technical Assistance Office of
Assessments New Jersey Department of
Educationhttp//www.nj.gov/education/assessment/
Fall 2012
2
What is new?
  • PATs will be available online one week prior to
    testing window.
  • More information regarding the AHSA appeal
    process for the 2012-13 school year will be
    forthcoming.
  • Answer documents for the third administration
    will be available for pick up from county offices
    only.

3
What is the Alternative High School Assessment
(AHSA)?
  • The Alternative High School Assessment (AHSA) is
    a students alternative means of meeting the
    state graduation assessment requirement through
    one or more of the following
  • demonstrating proficiency on the AHSA PATs,
  • matching or exceeding the Just Proficient Mean or
    Cluster Points, and/or
  • having an AHSA appeal approved.

4
Who is eligible for the AHSA?
  • Any enrolled student who is expected to graduate
    in June 2013 or Summer 2013, even if he/she does
    not have any state assessment scores (HSPA,
    HSPT11, HSPT9, or MBS).
  • Any adult high school student whose adult high
    school closed in Summer 2010.

5
Who is not eligible for the AHSA?
  • Non-enrolled students
  • Students exempt from taking the HSPA, e.g.,
    students taking the APA
  • Students exempt from passing one or both HSPA
    content areas

6
When is the AHSA administered?
  • FIRST TESTING WINDOW -
  • JANUARY 14 THROUGH FEBRUARY 1, 2013
  • On January 7, 2013, AHSA PATs can be downloaded
    from Measurement Incorporated (MI) AHSA website.
  • During the week of January 7, 2013, MI will ship
    answer documents and a duplicate set of October
    2012 HSPA ID Bar-Code labels to districts.
    Answer document quantities will be based on HSPA
    retest population.

7
When is the AHSA administration? (cont.)
  • Transfer students and re-test students who are
    new to the district will not have HSPA ID
    BAR-CODE labels. The answer documents for these
    students must be hand-gridded. However, re-test
    students must use the previously assigned HSPA ID
    numbers which were generated when students first
    took the HSPA.
  • On March 15, 2013, AHSA Scores will be reported
    on MIs AHSA website.
  • (Cont.)

8
When is AHSA Administered?
  • SECOND TESTING WINDOW - MARCH 21 THROUGH APRIL
    12, 2013
  • On March 18, 2013, AHSA PATs can be downloaded
    from MIs AHSA website.
  • During the week of March 18, 2013, MI will ship
    answer documents and a duplicate set of October
    2012 HSPA ID Bar-Code labels for each HSPA retest
    student who already has a HSPA ID to districts.
  • On May 24, 2013, AHSA Scores will be reported on
    MIs AHSA website.
  • (Cont.)

9
When is AHSA Administered?
  • THIRD TESTING WINDOW - JUNE 17 THROUGH JUNE 28,
    2013
  • On June 10, 2013, AHSA PATs can be downloaded
    from MIs AHSA website.
  • During the week of June 10, 2013, MI will ship to
    the county offices of education AHSA answer
    documents for the districts to pick up. No HSPA
    ID Bar-Code labels will be available so the
    answer documents for these students must be
    hand-gridded.
  • On August 2, 2013, AHSA Scores will be reported
    on MIs AHSA website.

10
AHSA Content
  • AHSA assesses Language Arts Literacy (LAL) and
    Mathematics content.
  • Language Arts Literacy has two clusters Writing
    and Reading
  • Writing prompts are persuasive
  • Reading passages may be narrative or persuasive
  • Mathematics has four clusters or standards
  • Standard 1- Number and Numerical Operations
  • Standard 2- Geometry and Measurement
  • Standard 3- Patterns and Algebra, and
  • Standard 4- Data Analysis, Probability and
    Discrete Mathematics

11
What are AHSA PATs?
  • AHSA test items are called Performance Assessment
    Tasks (PATs).
  • PATs are open-ended items with multiple parts.
  • A Reading PAT usually has three separate and
    distinct open ended parts while a Math PAT
    typically has four to five open ended parts.
  • The assessment vendor, Measurement, Inc., scores
    student responses holistically and a passing
    score is based on the responses to all the parts
    of the PAT.
  • Each window will have six LAL PATs and ten Math
    PATs. The PATs differ from one administration
    window to the next.

12
AHSA Administration
  • Within the designated testing window, a local
    district makes the decision about how, when, and
    where AHSA PATs are administered as long as the
    location is secure and the staff are licensed
    professional employees of the district.
  • Per diem employees and those holding substitute
    credentials are not permitted to handle or
    administer the secure AHSA test materials.

13
Selecting AHSA PATs
  • Of the six AHSA LAL PATs, the student can take up
    to four LAL PATs in a testing window and must
    successfully complete two Reading PATs and one
    Writing PAT by the end of the testing year.
  • The three Reading PATs can be all narrative, all
    persuasive, or a combination of narrative and
    persuasive.

14
Selecting AHSA PATs (cont.)
  • Of the ten AHSA Math PATs, a student can take up
    to five mathematics PATs in a testing window and
    must successfully complete one in each
    mathematics cluster (standard) by the end of the
    testing year. There are
  • Two PATs for Standard 1 Number and Numerical
    Operations
  • Two PATs for Standard 2 Geometry and
    Measurement
  • Three PATs for Standard 3 Patterns and Algebra
  • Three PATs for Standard 4 Data Analysis,
    Probability and Discrete Mathematics

15
How Do I Decide Which AHSA PATS The Student Needs
To Take?
  • Review each students entire testing history
  • For the student who was administered the HSPA for
    the first time in March 2012 and repeated the
    HSPA in October 2012, (just as you did for the
    March 2012 All Sections Rosters Cycle I
    Reports) review the October HSPA 2012 All
    Sections Rosters which will be posted on MIs
    HSPA website on Dec. 18, 2012, and the October
    HSPA 2012 Cycle I Reports posted on MIs HSPA
    website on Dec. 28, 2012.

16
How Do I Decide Which AHSA PATS The Student Needs
To Take?(cont.)
  • If the student passed the HSPA section(s) in
    October 2012, that he/she failed in March 2012,
    the student has met his/her state assessment
    requirement and does not take the AHSA.

17
HSPA ALL SECTIONS ROSTER (All names and data are
fictional.)
18
Using Just Proficient Means OR Cluster Means To
Decide Which AHSA PATS The Student Needs
  • If the student did not pass the HSPA section(s)
    in October 2012 that he/she failed in March 2012,
    the student must take the AHSA.
  • To determine which AHSA LAL cluster and/or Math
    cluster or standard the student needs, review the
    October HSPA 2012 Cycle I Reports (2012 HSPA
    Student Roster Mathematics and/or HSPA Student
    Roster Language Arts Literacy) posted on MIs
    HSPA website on Dec. 28, 2012.
  • Remember to look at the March 2012 Cycle I
    Reports (HSPA STUDENT ROSTER MATHEMATICS and/or
    HSPA STUDENT ROSTER LANGUAGE ARTS) .

19
Using Just Proficient Means OR Cluster Means To
Decide Which AHSA PATS The Student Needs (cont.)
  • Second block of columns on the HSPA Student
    Roster Mathematics and/or HSPA Student Roster
    Language Arts Literacy, titled Cluster Points has
    the numbers that will indicate which AHSA PATs
    student needs and in which Math cluster and/or
    LAL cluster or standard.

20
Math
  • On the 2012 HSPA Student Roster Mathematics, the
    numbers just above the bold solid line are the
    state cluster points (Just Proficient Means) for
    that HSPA Administration. For AHSA, use only the
    first four columns.
  • If a students cluster score matches or exceeds
    the state cluster points, the student does not
    take the AHSA PATs in that Math cluster or
    standard.

21
HSPA STUDENT ROSTER MATHEMATICS (All names and
data are fictional.)
22
Language Arts Literacy
  • On the 2012 HSPA Student Roster Language Arts
    Literacy the numbers just above the bold solid
    line are the state cluster points (Just
    Proficient Means) for that HSPA Administration.
    For AHSA, only use the first (Writing) and fourth
    (Reading) columns.
  • If a students cluster score matches or exceeds
    the state cluster mean, the student does not take
    the AHSA PATs in that LAL cluster.

23
HSPA STUDENT ROSTER LANGUAGE ARTS LITERACY
(All names and data are fictional.)
24
Using Just Proficient Means OR Cluster Points To
Decide Which AHSA PATS The Student Needs
  • If a student has taken the HSPA and AHSA multiple
    times, review all of the students Cycle I
    Reports (HSPA Student Roster- Mathematics and/or
    HSPA Student Roster- Language Arts Literacy)
    and HSPA Individual Student Report (ISR) as well
    as AHSA e-reports to determine which AHSA LAL
    cluster and/or Math cluster or standard the
    student needs to take.
  • Once the student passes a LAL cluster or Math
    cluster (standard) by matching or exceeding the
    Just Proficient Means or Cluster Points, that
    cluster or standard is passed forever.

25
Using Just Proficient Means OR Cluster Points To
Decide Which AHSA PATS The Student Needs (cont.)
  • If a student has no HSPA scores, then the student
    should take the maximum AHSA PATs permitted in
    each of the LAL clusters and Math clusters
    (standards).
  • In each testing window, a maximum of four LAL
    PATs and five Math PATs may be administered.

26
HSPA INDIVIDUAL STUDENT REPORT (ISR)(All names
and data are fictional.)
27
Choosing AHSA PATs for the second administration
  • First AHSA testing scores will be available on
    March 15, 2013, after the March 2013 HSPA and
    make-up administrations.
  • After reviewing AHSA scores from the first
    window, repeat the steps outlined previously to
    determine if a student still needs to pass some
    clusters during the second AHSA testing window.
  • Maximize students opportunity to pass in this
    window by giving the student all available PATs
    in a LAL clusters or Math clusters that he/she
    still needs to pass within allowable limits,
    i.e., maximum of four LAL PATs and a maximum of
    five Mathematics PATs.

28
AHSA APPEALSMay 27, 2013 through Wednesday,
June 12, 2013
  • The second AHSA administration Scores will be
    posted on MIs website on May 24, 2013, and the
    2013 March HSPA All Sections Roster will be
    posted May 17, 2013. AHSA appeals for students
    not yet demonstrating proficiency on the Language
    Arts Literacy (LAL) or Mathematics state
    assessments may be submitted from Monday, May 27,
    2013 through Wednesday, June 12, 2013.
  • These appeals should be for students who can
    demonstrate proficiency through two graded work
    samples as well as performance on the HSPA/AHSA
    assessments. It is important to note that work
    samples must clearly demonstrate a level of
    proficiency at a minimum equal to that required
    by the High School Proficiency Assessment (HSPA)
    and/or AHSA.
  • The 2013 March HSPA Cycle I Reports will be
    posted May 31, 2013.
  • AHSA Appeals results are e-mailed on a rolling
    basis and schools will be notified before their
    graduation ceremonies.

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Choosing AHSA PATS For The Third Administration
  • The Third AHSA testing window is only for
    students who are expected to graduate in summer
    of 2013 and still have clusters (LAL and/or Math)
    to pass.
  • Review the students entire HSPA and AHSA testing
    history to determine if the student still needs
    to pass some clusters.
  • Maximize the students opportunity to pass in
    this window by giving the student all available
    PATs in LAL clusters and/or Math clusters that
    he/she still needs to pass within allowable
    limits, i.e., maximum of four LAL PATs and a
    maximum of five Mathematics PATs.

30
AHSA Test Security
  • AHSA District Test Coordinators are responsible
    for maintaining the security of the AHSA test
    materials which include all the PATs, reading
    passages and writing prompts. The AHSA Test
    Materials may not be shared between districts,
    with commissions, state agencies, private schools
    for the disabled or regional day schools.
  • Security breaches may have financial consequences
    for the district, professional consequences for
    staff and disciplinary consequences for students.

31
AHSA Test Security (cont.)
  • After sending the used answer documents to MI,
    the AHSA District Test Coordinator has one week
    following each testing window to
  • Shred all copies of AHSA test materials, unused
    Answer Documents, and unused HSPA ID Bar Code
    labels.
  • Sign in to the Test Material Return Form on MIs
    AHSA webpage and check the box to verify that
    he/she has destroyed all secure AHSA test
    materials.
  • Obtain an Appendix G from each staff member who
    handled the AHSA test materials to verify that
    he/she has turned over all paper copies and has
    not saved the AHSA test materials on stand alone
    or network computers.

32
Returning Materials to MI
  • As soon as youve completed all testing in any
    given AHSA testing window, immediately return ALL
    used answer folders to MI via FedEx overnight.
  • BE SURE that you are returning an answer folder
    for each and every student you tested. DO NOT
    return PATs or any other testing materials to MI
    with the answer folders to be scored.
  • MI scores ONLY responses in English and Spanish.
    If students responded in other languages, their
    responses MUST BE TRANSLATED TO ENGLISH prior to
    being returned to MI for scoring.
  • Once youve shipped your return, login to the
    Test Material Return Form on MIs AHSA website to
    register your return shipment. This is very
    important in the event of a lost shipment!!!
  • On the Test Material Return Form, check the box
    to verify you have shredded all secure testing
    materials (PATs).

33
Translated AHSA PATs
  • English Language Learners (ELLs) who take the
    AHSA in English and respond in English do not
    need a MAC II score to graduate.
  • English Language Learners (ELLs) who take the
    AHSA in their native language or respond in their
    native language must score a 530 on the MAC II
    test. The use of the MAC II score of 530 serves
    as proof of a student's adequate English
    fluency. The MAC II test is also an approved
    NJDOE test to gauge students English
    proficiency. (ACCESS is not acceptable for the
    AHSA.)
  • MAC II score can be gridded on the answer
    document or emailed to faye.ball_at_doe.state.nj.us.
  • MAC II can be administered repeatedly.
  • There are state translations in Spanish,
    Gujarati, HaitianCreole and Portuguese.

34
Translated AHSA PATs (cont.)
  • Other languages may be translated within the
    testing window. The translation may be done by
    certificated world language teachers, by
    certificated ESL teachers, by certificated
    bilingual teachers, by faculty from four-year
    colleges and universities or community colleges,
    or community members with four-year college
    degrees who are not related to the student.
  • The security of the AHSA PATs must be maintained
    at all times during the translation process.
    After testing, you must mail your locally
    translated version to Dr. Faye Ball, New Jersey
    Department of Education, P. O. Box 500, 100
    Riverview Plaza, Trenton, NJ 08625-0500
  • If you need assistance, please contact the
    Bilingual/ESL Office at 609-292-8777 or
    lep_at_doe.state.nj.us

35
Special Education(SE) Students
  • SE students exempt from taking the HSPA are not
    placed in the AHSA process. These students
    usually take the APA.
  • SE students exempt from passing one or both HSPA
    content areas, do not take the AHSA in those HSPA
    content areas that they are exempt from passing.
  • SE students who do not pass one or both HSPA
    content areas and have not been exempt from
    passing, are eligible for the AHSA process.
  • IEP team may exempt SE students from repeat HSPA
    testing.

36
Special Education(SE) Students (cont.)
  • Out of District Placement
  • It is the responsibility of the out-of-district
    placement facility to verify status as a testing
    center by contacting MIs help desk at
    1-800-572-1049 or ithelp_at_measinc.com.
  • If not a testing center, contact Dr. Peggy
    McDonald, director, Office of Special Education
    Programs at 609- 633-6833 or peggy.mcdonald_at_doe.
    state.nj.us for instructions about how to become
    an approved testing site.

37
AHSA (SRA) practice materials
  • The only available Practice Materials for AHSA
    are old HSPT11 SRA tasks and the 2002-2003 HSPA
    SRA PATs. All other years (2003-04 through
    2010-11) are SECURE test materials.
  • Hard copies of these practice materials were
    available from your county offices of education.
  • On the SRA website, we have added the PowerPoint
    presentation from the SRA Mathematics Scoring
    Open-Ended Items workshop.

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AHSA 2013-2014 TEST SCHEDULE
  • AHSA Testing Windows
  • January 13 February 7, 2014
  • March 24 April 11, 2014
  • June 16 - 27, 2014
  • Scores Reported Online
  • March 21, 2014
  • May 23, 2014
  • August 1, 2014
  •   
  • AHSA APPEAL CYCLE
  • Monday, May 26 Through Wednesday, June 11, 2014
  •  

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Related Websites
  • Assessment Homepage
  • www.nj.gov/education/assessment/
  • NJDOE SRA page
  • http//www.nj.gov/education/assessment/hs/index.s
    htmlsra
  • Measurement Inc. NJ Assessments
  • https//www.measinc.com/NJ/
  • (choose HSPA or AHSA as needed)

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NJDOE Program Coordinators
  • Orlando Vadel 609-341-3456 ASK 3-8
  • Veronica Orsi 609-292-8739 HSPA
  • Diane Kubinski 609-292-3226 NJBCT
  • Elizabeth Celentano 609-984-0107 APA
  • ___________________________________________
  • Measurement Inc. HSPA/NJBCT/AHSA Helpline
  • (800) 572-1049 or ithelp_at_measinc.com

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NJDOE Contacts
  • OFFICE OF ASSESSMENTS
  • Jeffrey Hauger, Director
  • (609) 984-6311
  • jeffrey.hauger_at_doe.state.nj.us
  • Faye Alease Frieson Ball, AHSA Coordinator
  • (609) 984-1970
  • faye.ball_at_doe.state.nj.us
  • Timothy Giordano, Mathematics Coordinator for
    AHSA, HSPA and NJASK 3-5
  • (609) 633-8015
  • timothy.giordano_at_doe.state.nj.us
  • OFFICE OF LANGUAGE ARTS LITERACY
  • Mary Jane Kurabinski, Director
  • (609) 633-1726
  • mary-jane.kurabinski_at_doe.state.nj.us
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