- Alaska’s current statewide assessment for grades 3-10 is the Standards Based Assessment, or SBA. This fixed-form assessment is aligned to the state’s Grade Level Expectations. It was designed for accountability under No Child Left Behind, including determinations of adequate yearly progress of schools and districts. The information was primarily used to determine if schools and districts were meeting state and federal requirements for improvements in student proficiency. Alaska will administer the SBA for reading, writing, and mathematics in spring 2014 while preparing for the implementation of the new computer-based assessment in spring 2015.
- The Alaska Department of Education & Early Development (EED) will provide tools and support as districts and schools transition to computer- based assessment and computer-enhanced learning. Our students deserve the opportunity to be competitive in the global, technology-based economy. EED will work with districts to assess their technological readiness, determine courses of action to fill any gaps, and provide ongoing tools and supports as districts implement the Alaska standards and assessments.
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- The purpose of the Alternate Assessment is to provide an opportunity for students with significant cognitive disabilities (SWSCD) to have access to, participate in, and make progress in the general education curriculum in compliance with state and federal law. It is expected that only a small number (less than two percent) of all students will participate in an alternate assessment in spring 2014. Alaska’s alternate assessments cover the content areas of reading, writing, and mathematics for students in grades 3 through 10, and science for students in grades 4, 8, and 10.
- Alaska recently joined the Dynamic Learning Maps Consortium (DLM) whose dedication is ensuring that all students have the best possible testing experience and designing new Alternate Assessments in English Language Arts and Mathematics for students with severe cognitive disabilities. Full implementation scheduled for spring 2015.
- Dynamic Learning Maps Consortium (DLM)
- Dynamic Learning Maps (DLM) Essential Elements are specific statements of knowledge and skills linked to the grade-level expectations identified in the Alaska Standards for English Language Arts and Mathematics. The purpose of the Alaska – DLM Essential Elements is to build a bridge from the content in the Alaska Standards to academic expectations for students with the most significant cognitive disabilities.
- Alaska – DLM Essential Elements
- Effective September 2014, students eligible for the Alternate Assessment must take the Alternate in English Language Arts, Mathematics, and Science.
- Participation Guidelines for the Alaska – DLM Alternate Assessment – pdf
- As a member of the WIDA Consortium, Alaska administers the WIDA ACCESS for ELLs assessment to annually assess the progress and proficiency levels of identified limited English proficient (LEP) students in grades kindergarten through 12. Alaska will administer the ACCESS for ELLs assessment in spring 2014 and spring 2015
- Alaska recently joined the Assessment Services Supporting ELs through Technology Systems Consortium (ASSETS) and will be field testing in selected districts in spring 2014. Full implementation scheduled for spring 2016.
What is ASSETS?
The ASSETS Consortium, funded by a U.S. Department of Education Enhanced Assessment Grant, is a four-year partner project with WIDA and the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, to create a next generation, technology-based assessment system for English language learners.
Who is involved?
ASSETS members include 27 of the 31 WIDA states.
What are the benefits to Alaska?
Alaska would have a voice when voting on issues and policy-making decisions. Participation in subcommittees and item review are just a few activities in which Alaska would have opportunities to provide feedback.
- Data Recognition Corporation (DRC) will host an online pilot spring 2014 from March 10 – 21 that provides school districts with the opportunity to expose students to computerized testing. The pilot is available in mathematics for grades 3 – 8 and will include items aligned to the Alaska Mathematics Standards in both content and rigor.
- The DRC online pilot will be an opportunity for all Alaska schools and districts to utilize local cashing servers (LCS) and test their technology systems prior to the new summative assessment in spring 2015.
- Alaska Online Item Pilot, Spring 2014 – pptx
- Frequently Asked Questions - pdf
- District Test Coordinator Responsibility Comparison - pdf
- eDirect (requires district secure log in)
- The following resource documents will be available via eDirect to school districts on January 27, 2014:
- Technology User Guide
- eDirect User Guide
- Online Directions for Administration
- Questions regarding the pilot can be directed to the Alaska Project Team at DRC:
- Phone – 1.800.339.6390
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