Alternate Assessment – NCSC

The National Center and State Collaborative (NCSC) is a project led by five centers and 24 states (13 core states and 11 Tier II states) to build an alternate assessment based on alternate achievement standards (AA-AAS) for students with the most significant cognitive disabilities. The goal of the NCSC project is to ensure that students with the most significant cognitive disabilities achieve increasingly higher academic outcomes and leave high school ready for post-secondary options .

Overview

The State of Arizona has adopted the College and Career Ready Standards 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. The instructional supports developed by the NCSC project can help teachers provide meaningful and accessible content to students with significant cognitive disabilities.

General Information

If you would like more information on the National Center and State Collaborative please see this site: NCSC Partners Webpage

NCSC Participation Guidance Arizona(NCSC Eligibility Criteria)
Coming Together (NCSC) March 2014

Alternate Assessment TEST COORDINATOR:
Click in this link to access the Alternate Assessment Test Coordinators web page

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 [The previous Alternate Academic Standards for Reading and Mathematics are no longer applicable; they were removed and archived.]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.

Instructional Supports and Resources

This webpage will be updated as new information is available. The transition to the new alternate assessment is moving right along! At this time the National Center and State Collaborative (NCSC) is requesting participation in the Pilot Test. From April through May 2014, NCSC will be administering a pilot assessment in English language arts and mathematics (the NCSC Phase 1 Pilot Test) to students with significant cognitive disabilities. The purpose of the NCSC Phase 1 Pilot Test is to (a) understand how the items are functioning, (b) investigate administration conditions, and (c) investigate the proposed item scoring processes and procedures. Data collected from the NCSC Phase 1 Pilot Test will be used to inform further assessment development. Phase 2 of the pilot test will be administered in fall 2014. The purpose of the NCSC Phase 2 Pilot Test is to try out adaptive test forms, along with investigation of administrative and scoring conditions.

Scripted PowerPoint schools can use before Transitioning to a New Alternate Assessment-for schools-
NCSC Wiki
This site hosts the National Center and State Collaborative Resources (NCSC) educators will need to accomplish these goals and deliver instruction aligned to the Arizona College and Career Ready Standards.

DOCUMENTS /RESOURCES
- National Center and State Collaborative (NCSC) Summary 2013

- College and Career Guidance Doc 8 21 13 Final

NCSC Instructional Resources & Supports (Binders)
ELA -
NCSC Instructional Resources for English Language Arts

Teacher binder for ELA – Click on the ELA link NCSC Instructional Resources for English Language Arts and copy the following pages: 130-144 (graduated Understanding/Instructional Families); 150-182 (Element Cards); and 545-572 (Instructional Resource Guide)

Mathematics -NCSC Instructional Resources for Mathematics
Teacher binder for Mathematics – Click on the Math link NCSC Instructional Resources for Mathematics, and copy the following pages: 19-43 (Instructional Resources Guide); 98-111 (Graduated Understandings/Instructional Families); and 116-147 (Element Cards)

For both ELA and Mathematics, print the Graduated Understandings/Instructional Families and Element Cards in color since color bands are used.


NCSC Instructional Resource Guide

Teachers/Test Administrators

ADE recommended roll-out of NCSC instructional supports:

NCSC Instructional Resource Guide provides explicitly scripted instructional strategies for teachers to use when working with students who do not have consistent response modes.

Graduated Understandings (Instructional Families-Core Content Connectors) has several views of the Core Content Connectors which identifies the most salient grade-level, core academic content aligned to the College and Career Ready Standards.

Element Cards can be used to support lesson planning providing scaffolds and supports for students.

LASSI / MASSI (Mathematics or Language Arts Activities for Scripted Systematic Instruction) provides explicitly scripted lesson plans including materials that can be cut out and used.

UDL Unit Lesson has examples for elementary, middle and high school of how teachers can differentiate a math lesson in the general education setting focusing on communication and universal design for learning/access.

Parents

These documents are provided for parents of students participating in the Alternate Assessment.

National Center and State Collaborative (NCSC)
- NCSC College and Career Readiness Summary 9-10-13

- NCSC Communicative Competence 9-10-13
- NCSC Diagram and explanation 9-10-13
- NCSC background 9-10-13
- NCSC AA-AAS FAQs 9-10-13

Technology & WEBINARS

NCSC Mega Webinars
PowerPoint Presentation NCSC ELA Mega Webinar 1-27-14
To view recorded webinars, install the Go To MeetingCodec at no charge.

Archived Recording: NCSC ELA Mega Webinar 1-27-14 Archived Recording (You will be prompted to enter your email address to view this recording.)

Mathematics – NCSC Mega Webinar 12-17-12 PowerPoint Presentation

-NCSC Technology Requirements

NCSC CoP (Communities of Practice)

NCSC Pilot

NCSC Training Module Course Overview

Arizona NCSC-Field Testing Dates

Phase 2 Pilot Test
October 20 through November 4, 2014

Phase 1 Pilot Test
April 14 through May 23, 2014

NCSC Pilot: Test Coordinators

NCSC Test Coordinators will need to complete training courses in the NCSC Learning Management System (LMS). The training course will be available beginning MARCH 26, 2014.

ADE will be entering all Test Administrators (TA)/Teachers into the LMS. TAs will receive an email from the NCSC LMS to login in.
You can share the NCSC Learning Management System PowerPoint with them as well. NCSC Learning Management System 3-18-14

NCSC Technology Requirements
Please encourage all of your TAs to complete training as soon as possible. The Pilot Test window will open April 14 and all training course must be completed.

Important Dates

Please check here frequently for information regarding dates and timelines.


Click in this link to access the Alternate Assessment Test Coordinators web page

Contact Information

Please contact Audra Ahumada, Director of Alternate Assessment by e-mailing the Alternate Assessment inbox
AssessingSWDs@azed.gov or at (602) 542-4061