Alternate Assessment – Test Coordinators

The designated Alternate Assessment Test Coordinator is the responsible individual for assessing eligible students yearly in the grades and subjects listed below.
AIMS A
– Science (grades 4, 8, and 10 only)
NCSC
– ELA and Mathematics (grades 3-8 and 11th grade)

A mandatory Alternate Assessment training must be completed yearly (fall). The test coordinator must train on the testing procedures for staff (including administrators, teachers, and paraprofessionals) administering the Alternate Assessment. For additional information, please make your selection from the following tabs:

Overview

The State of Arizona has adopted the Arizona’s College and Career Ready Standards (AZCCRS) for ELA and Mathematics. As Arizona prepares to transition to a new alternate assessment, it is important that all teachers become knowledgeable about the Arizona College and Career Ready Standards. It is imperative that special educators are very familiar with the new format and shifts in the student standards so that they will be able to navigate through National Center and State Collaborative (NCSC) instructional supports.

Terminology

– Alternate Assessment based on Alternate Achievement Standards (AA-AAS)-this is a term that is used to describe an Alternate Assessment. Alternate Achievement Standards are not the same as Alternate Academic Standards.

– Alternate Achievement Standards-descriptors of how well a student may demonstrate proficiency via the alternate assessment.

– Alternate Academic Standards-standards developed for students with significant cognitive disabilities and were aligned to Arizona’s Academic Content Standards. [The previous Alternate Academic Standards for Reading and Mathematics are no longer applicable; they were removed and archived.]

Please contact us at (602) 542-8239 or at AssessingSWDs@azed.gov if you have any questions.

Science

AIMS A Grades 4, 8, and High School

Grade K-High School– We will continue to use Arizona Alternate Academic Standards for Science until further notice.

ELA and Mathematics

ELA and Mathematics – The State of Arizona has adopted the Arizona’s College and Career Ready Standards (AZCCRS) for ELA and Mathematics. As Arizona prepares to transition to a new alternate assessment, it is important that all teachers become knowledgeable about Arizona’s College and Career Ready Standards. It is imperative that special educators are very familiar with the new format and shifts in the standards so that they will be able to navigate through National Center and State Collaborative (NCSC) instructional supports.

IEP Teams

IEP Teams must remember to address assessment eligibility and accommodations for both alternate assessments, AIMS A (Science) and NCSC (Math and ELA).
NCSC (Math and ELA) assesses eligible students grades 3–8 and grade 11.
AIMS A (Science) assesses eligible students grades 4, 8, and 10 or second year of high school. Specific accommodations for both instruction and the assessments also should be considered in the student’s annual IEP. Information regarding NCSC accommodations and eligibility criteria can be located on the ADE NCSC webpage under General Information:

Testing Dates

AIMS A Science February 15 – March 31, 2016
This assessment will continue to be administered with multiple choice and performance tasks.
NCSC ELA and MathematicsSpring 2016 click here to access NCSC web page

Tests Updates

IMPORTANT School Year 2015-16 TEST COORDINATOR:

Information will be posted in the Fall-2015

Frequently monitor the following webpages:

  1. Alternate Assessment Test Coordinators (this web page)
  2. AIMS A web page
  3. NCSC web page

Tech Requirements

ELA and Mathematics (grades 3-8 and 11th grade)
NCSC : NCSC Technology Requirements


Science (grades 4, 8, and 10 only)
AIMS A : The multiple choice section of the AIMS A may be completed on desktops/laptops, or on white interactive boards, I-pads.


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Webinars & Videos

NCSC Mega Webinars
PowerPoint Presentation NCSC ELA Mega Webinar 1-27-14 Mathematics – NCSC Mega Webinar 12-17-12 PowerPoint Presentation


To view recorded webinars, install the Go To MeetingCodec at no charge.Recording: NCSC ELA Mega Webinar 1-27-14 Archived Recording (You will be prompted to enter your email address to view this recording.)


Performance Tasks Videos – The following Performance Tasks Script and Lessons in PDF format are available for you to download. Select the PDF link or the video link associated with each item.

Training

2015-16 Mandatory Alternate Assessment Test Coordinator Training
AIMS A Science
– November 2015 – Specific Dates TBD

NCSC – ELA and Mathematics
– March 2016 – Specific Dates TBD

Please contact us at (602) 542-8239 or at AssessingSWDs@azed.gov if you have any questions.

Forms, Manuals/Training Presentations & Test Samples

Forms
Alternate Assessment Eligibility Combined (NCSC/AIMS A)

The following forms will be available November 2015:

Training Manuals/PowerPoint Presentations

2016 AIMS A Science

    PowerPoint Presentation and Manuals will be available in November 2015

2015 AIMS A Test Coordinator Manual
2015 AIMS A Test Administration Directions

Test Samples
AIMS A Test Samples 2013

Newsletters

Tidbits Newsletters

2015:Tidbits JUNE 2015;Tidbits MAY 2015;Tidbits APRIL 2015;Tidbits MARCH 2015;Tidbits FEB 2015;Tidbits JAN 2015
2014:Tidbits DEC 2014; Tidbits NOV 2014; Tidbits OCT 2014; Tidbits SEPT 2014; Tidbits AUGUST 2014; JULY 2014; JUNE 2014; MAY 2014; MARCH-APRIL 2014; FEB 2014; JAN 2014

The Examiner assessment newsletter button

The Examiner is a quarterly newsletter for test coordinators. Please visit the Alternate Assessment pages.
(click on the button)

Contact Information

Please contact us by emailing the Alternate Assessment inbox
AssessingSWDs@azed.gov or at (602) 542-8239Audra Ahumada, Director of Alternate Assessment
Audra.Ahumada@azed.gov
(602) 542-4061
Cynthia Roller, Alternate Assessment Coordinator
Cynthia.Roller@azed.gov
(602) 542-3059
Patricia Reynolds,
Professional Development & State Assessment Specialist
Patricia.Reynolds@azed.gov
(602) 364-1296
Angeles Swasey, Program Project Specialist
Angeles.Swasey@azed.gov
(602) 542-8239


Physical Location
Arizona Department of Education
Exceptional Student Services/Assessment
Alternate Assessment
1535 West Jefferson StreetPhoenix, AZ 85007
(602) 542-8239

Email: AssessingSWDs@azed.gov