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ARMT

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Melissa Ellison

on 28 April 2010

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STANDARDIZED TEST
~ Alabama READing and MATH Test The official name of the test:
Alabama Reading and Mathematics Test or ARMT What is the test measuring? The ARMT is used to measure Alabama students' mastery of content standards for Reading and Mathematics in the Alabama Course of Study. The purpose of the ARMT created by the state of Alabama:
~To measure the performance of individual students and groups. ~To highlight both the strengths and weaknesses of individual students and groups. ~ To provide research for students and school's performance. ~To measure 100% of the reading content standards for Grades 3 through 8. The ARMT is a criterion-referenced test. The Alabama State Department of Education developed the ARMT. The Dept. of Edu. developed the test to measure students' mastery of standards from the Alabama Course of Study for each grade level. The ARMT contains items from the Stanford Achievement Test that align with Alabama state content standards in mathematics and reading. The ARMT includes newly developed items to cover all of Alabama's content standards 3 Types of reading strategies that students are tested on. Literary/Recreational
~passages of reading that will contain examples from magazines, articles, poetry, novels, and short stories. Reading that is usually done out of pleasure. Informational/Textual:
~passages of reading that will contain examples of charts/graphs, lab manuals, textbooks, encyclopedias, periodicals, and essays. This type of reading is done to gain information. Functional:
~ passages of reading that will contain examples of maps, directions, menus, schedules, and instructions. Reading that is usually done in everyday life. How the ARMT is administered? ~The ARMT usually takes about two days (including one make-up day for students) to administer both the Math and Reading portion. ~The ARMT time range is from 50-90 minutes in length. The state mandates the testing time for the test. ~Testing will be at the beginning of the school day; around thirty minutes from the beginning of the school day. ~ The ARMT is typically given after the students return from Spring Break. ~Classroom teachers and special education teachers administer the ARMT. The school will provide teachers with in-service about testing policies and administration training. There are two item types on the reading portion of the ARMT. They are multiple-choice and open-ended items. These items are used to assess the reading performance of a student. References
~ A+ Education Partnership. (2010). Achievement. Retrieved on April, 19 2010 from http://www.aplusala.org/primer/pdfs/2
achievement9-20.pdf

~Alabama Reading and Math Test. Retrieved on April 21, 2010 from http://www.shelbyk12.al.us/instruction/guidance_and_testing/
state_assessment_program.htm

~Alabama Reading and Mathematics Test. Retrieved on April 21, 2010 from http://brighted.funeducation.com/Prepare/State Tests/index.asp?usertype=&state=Alabama.

~Harcourt Assessment Incorportated. (2005). Alabama reading and mathematics test Item specifications for reading. Retrieved on April, 19 2010 from ftp://ftp/alsed.edu/documents/91/ARMT%20Reading%20Item
%Specifications%20for%20Grade%203.pdf

~Madison County Schools. (2010). Alabama reading and mathematics test (armt). Retrieved on April,19 2010 from https://www.madison.k12.al.us/DEPARTMENTS/INSTRUCTION/STUDENTASSESSMENT/Pages/ARMT.aspx

How is the ARMT scored?
~Multiple-choice items have a one-point value.
~Open-ended items have a three-point value. What typesof Scores are reported?
Performance is reported in the following achievement levels: ~Level 1: Does not meet academic content standards ~Level 2: Partially meets academic content standards. ~Level 3: Meets academic content standards
(proficient or grade-level performance) ~Levle 4: Exceeds academic content standards
How are the scores interpreted? The results from the ARMT are used in assessing schools from grades 3-8 for accountablility for No Child Left Behind Legislation. How do you explain the scores to a parent/guardian? The student report that has been sent home to parents lists the content standards that are covered on the reading portion of the test. These content standards are selected from the Standard 10, as well as others pulled from the Alabama COS. The report provides detail to parents on how many total points were possible for each content standard, how many points that student earned for each standard, and the percent correct. Detail is also provided on the points possible and earned for each content standard from multiple choice items and open-ended items. Students are placed at a level of achievement based on the scaled score. These levels range from Level 1-Level 4. If a student scores below level 3, parents should meet with teachers to discuss what can be done to help the student meet standards. How do the school systems use the test scores? The ARMT scores are used for Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP). AYP is an accountability measure for all schools that meet one of the requirements for the No Child Left Behind Act. The percent of students who score at level 3 or above on the ARMT must be equal to or better than the state required annual measurable objectives. These scores, along with scores form other standardized tests, determine the placement category the school is placed under. These categories are clear, caution, and alert. Once a school is placed under alert, the school has 3 years to meet target improvement goals and demonstrate that the school is working hard to meet the state standards.
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