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AzMERIT, AELAS, & ADE Updates

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Introductions
Agenda
9:00 ADE Updates:
Health and Nutrition
Early Childhood
SEI 4-Hour Model
Certification
10:15 Refreshments
10:30 ADE Updates:
Accountability
AzMERIT
11:30 Lunch
12:30 Q & A
1:00 AELAS Update
4:00 Closing
Health and Nutrition
Early Childhood Education
Building School Readiness in Arizona
SEI 4-hour Model
Optional Refinements
AzMERIT
ADE, AzMERIT, AELAS Updates
January, 2015
School Readiness Definition

KDI Task Force & Report

KDI-EAG Collaboration

Virginia G. Piper Foundation Professional Development Project

Arizona's Comprehensive Plan
Arizona’s young children will demonstrate school readiness through the Essential Domains of:

Language and literacy development
Cognition and general knowledge (including early math and science)
Approaches to learning (curiosity, initiative, persistence, creativity, problem-solving, confidence)
Physical well-being and motor development
Social and emotional development

School Readiness Definition
Secondary/Departmentalized
Provide an option for SEI English Teacher(s) and /or ELL Coordinators to reduce, up to 2 hours, the time required within the SEI Models for ELLs who:

Demonstrate overall proficiency at the

intermediate level
on the Arizona English Language Learner Assessment (AZELLA),
and
Are in at least their
2nd year of English language development
(ELD) instruction.

For those ELL students for which the SEI English teacher(s) and /or ELL Coordinator have determined that flexibility is appropriate, the SEI English teacher(s) shall recommend course selection based on individual student data that includes AZELLA and at least one other form of data which could include the state assessment, local formative assessment, student work or course grades.

Certification
Accountability
www.azed.gov/educator-certification/
House Keeping:
Restrooms
Cell Phones
Index Cards
Hungry Kids Can't Learn
93% of schools in AZ that offer the National School Breakfast Program, also offer the School Breakfast Program
According to a new survey of public school teachers released by Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign, childhood hunger remains a serious obstacle to learning
.
Participation in the School Breakfast Program is 50% less than the lunch program
OPPORTUNITY!

Encourage participation in the School Breakfast Program!
Find out if your school has or can implement Breakfast in the classroom!

Healthy Eating & Academic Achievement
Research Summary
Participation in School Breakfast Program =
increased
academic grades,
reduced
absenteeism,
improved
cognitive performance
Skipping Breakfast =
decreased
cognitive performance
Lack of adequate consumption of specific foods =
lower
grades
Deficits in specific nutrients =
lower
grades,
increased
absenteeism and tardies
Insufficient food intake =
lower
grades,
repeating
a grade,
inability
to focus
Breakfast in the Classroom
ADE Staff are available to assist with the implementation of Breakfast in the Classroom Programs

http://www.azed.gov/health-nutrition/nslp/school-breakfast-program/

www.azed.gov/health-nutrition/
www.azed.gov/early-childhood/
www.azed.gov/english-language-learners/

Special Education effective
1/1/2016
Mild – moderate
Severe – profound
Early Childhood grade range from 0-5 to birth to age 8 or grade 3
Secondary Certificate from 7-12 to 6-12 effective
12/8/2014
STEM requires legislative change

State Board of Education Rule Changes
Proposed
Statute Changes

STEM certificate from 7-12 to 6-12
SEI endorsement time alignment from one year to three years
Reciprocity: Align time frame for out-of-state teacher deficiencies (exams and SEI) to three years instead of one year

State Board of Education Rule Changes

SEI
Consolidate SEI training to a single, updated 45-hour course
Educators can meet full SEI requirement by passing a state approved SEI exam as an option
ESL/Bilingual
Educators can meet second language requirement of ESL and Bilingual Endorsements by passing a state approved foreign language exam
Early Childhood
Adopt a provisional Early Childhood Endorsement
Make permanent the three years early childhood teaching option
Reciprocity
Align time frame for out-of-state administrators to three years instead of one year for exams, SEI, required coursework
Accountability helps to ensure:

Students are learning what they should be learning
Teachers are teaching what they should be teaching
Schools are providing appropriate supports to students and teachers.

http://www.azed.gov/accountability/
http://www.azed.gov/assessment/azmerit/
The vendor for AzMERIT is AIR
A nonprofit organization
37 years experience in K-12 educational assessments
Experienced with Computer based and paper-based formats
AzMERIT is a unique Arizona test that measures Arizona standards
Arizona educators serve a significant role in test development

American Institutes for Research
A.I.R.
The Assessment
How is AzMERIT similar to AIMS?

Fixed form test
AZ specific blueprint
AZ approved test content
AZ specific scoring
AZ specific reporting
Extensive AZ educator involvement

How is AzMERIT different from AIMS?

AzMERIT is aligned to the current standards.
AzMERIT is a computer-based assessment with a greater variety of test items types.
High school testing is now end-of-course testing.
AzMERIT results will identify if students are on track to be college and career ready upon graduation from high school.
AzMERIT results will be comparable to statewide test results in many other states.

End-of-Course (EOC) Testing
EOC Testing Plan
Will be offered in spring, summer, and fall
Results may be included in course grade
Passing EOC test is not required for high school graduation
Advantages of EOC testing
More information about student readiness for college and career upon graduation
Measures a broader range of high school content
Taken when enrolled in course regardless of student’s grade

Scoring and Comparability
Scoring
The number of score levels of AzMERIT is under discussion.

We expect AzMERIT to have at least two passing score levels.
A passing score on AzMERIT will mean a student is on track for college or career upon graduation.
Higher expectations than AIMS
Reports will identify students’ areas of strength and weakness.

Comparability
AzMERIT results comparable to other states
Utah
Florida
Smarter Balanced Consortium
California
Nevada
Oregon
Washington
Idaho
Wisconsin
Connecticut and more

Who Takes AzMERIT?
Students in Grades 3 through high school will take AzMERIT
Including all English Language Learner students
Most student with disabilities
Alternate achievement tests
Offered to eligible students with significant cognitive disabilities.
Students in grades 3 -8
ELA
Math
At grade level
Students enrolled in high school level courses
ELA 9, ELA 10, ELA 11
Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II
Regardless of student’s grade

Opt Out?
http://www.azed.gov/assessment/files/2014/12/ag-letter-re-parent-request-to-opt-out-of-azmerit_december-2014.pdf

Alignment
Standards-Curriculum-Lessons-Assessment
Standards and Assessment: Working Together
Classroom Assessment
Two Options
Separate recommendations are made for first year ELLs and ELLs below the intermediate proficiency level and intermediate students that are in at least their second year.

First Year ELLs
and
all ELLs at or Below the Intermediate Proficiency Level
Allow elementary and self-contained middle schools flexibility to provide the following services to first year ELLs and all ELLs at or below the intermediate proficiency level:

ELD instruction using the English Language Proficiency (ELP) standards during two “
blocks
”, totaling
4
hours:
Block 1 - 120 minutes of integrated reading, oral English conversation and vocabulary
Block 2 - 120 minutes of integrated writing and grammar

Up to 30 minutes
of literacy intervention services with non-ELL students that may count towards the 4-hour requirement if those services meet the instructional needs of the ELL student.
Intermediate Level ELLs in at least their 2nd year
Allow elementary and self-contained middle schools flexibility to integrate required instructional domains and reduce,
up to 1 hour
, the time required within the SEI Models for ELLs who:

Demonstrate overall proficiency at the
intermediate level on AZELLA
, and

Are in at least their
2nd year of ELD instruction
.

For those ELLs for which flexibility is appropriate, ELD instruction using ELP standards may be delivered during two “
blocks
”, totaling
3
hours:
Block 1 - 90 minutes of integrated writing and grammar
Block 2 – 90 minutes of integrated reading, oral English conversation and vocabulary

Elementary
Preschool Development Grant
Communities identified by:

% Free/Reduced Lunch (80%)
% ELL (25%)
District within zip code at a letter grade of C or above
Letter of Agreement from community

Counties impacted:

Cochise
Maricopa
Pima
Santa Cruz
Yuma

$80 million paid over four years to develop new preschool slots in the identified high need communities.
Proposed
Long term substitutes can be extended from 120 – 180 days
Grade range from K-12 to PreK-12
SBE action item 1/26/2015
Effective immediately (2014-2015) if approved
Adopted
Proposed (cont.)
Accomplishments to Date
Established Testing Window for 2015
Spring 2015 – Computer-Based Test Window
March 30 – May 8*
*Writing must be completed by April 24
Spring 2015 – Paper-Based Test Window
April 13 – April 24

AzMERIT End-of-Course (EOC) Testing Guidance for Spring 2015 NEW

The Basics
a series of documents designed to inform educators, students, parents, and members of the public.

AzMERIT Modules
Part I: From AIMS to AzMERIT (PPT)
Part II: What is AzMERIT? (PPT)
Part III: Preparing for AzMERIT (PPT)

The Arizona Computer-Based Testing Readiness Report
System Requirements for AzMERIT
Computer-Based Inventory – Excel – October 2014
Arizona Computer-Based Testing Readiness Report User’s Guide – December 2014
Arizona Computer-Based Testing Readiness Report Training – October 2014
60% of Schools ready and 40% opted in.

AzMERIT Calculator Guidance Support Materials
Arizona’s Assessment Support Materials

AzMERIT Blueprints
ELA
Mathematics
Understanding the AzMERIT Blueprint and Test Structure

Depth of Knowledge (DOK) Resources
DOK Levels
DOK Question Stems
Hess’ Matrix—ELA
Hess’ Matrix—Math

District Test Coordinator Mandatory Training Scheduled (ADE, AzMERIT & AELAS Roadshow)

AzMERIT Testing Conditions, Tools and Accommodations Guidance for Spring 2015

AzMERIT Writing Rubrics and Writing Guides.

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