Alternate Assessment – NCSC – CoP

NCSC Communities of Practice (CoP) were established to facilitate the dissemination of information and training on NCSC materials and procedures to teachers and other pertinent staff. Ideally, CoP members represent various school districts across the state (North, South, East and West). As the ADE Alternate Assessment department gets additional resources and information regarding NCSC and its implementation, they are distributed to CoP members along with training. The CoP members are then responsible for training teachers in their districts and disseminating or providing access to NCSC materials. CoPs are the ADE Alternate Assessment Department’s main source of information…Thus, the work of the CoPs is essential to help guide ADE’s development of supports and resources as we transition to the new assessments. Any and all in the Arizona teaching communities are encouraged to take part in the CoPs.

Webinar Call Dates

The topic for each Monday webinar call is repeated Thursday for the same week.

MST – Arizona time

Monday (4:00 pm)  Thursday (3:30 pm)

08-11                         08-14  August Video
09-08                        09-11
10-06                       10-09  October Video
11-10                       11-13

Monday (4:00 pm)  Thursday (3:30 pm)
01-12                           01-15
02-09                           02-12
04-13                           04-16
05-11                           05-14

Webinar Call Topics

January 2015: NCSC AA – AAS

  • Important Dates
  • Assessment Features
    -Student response check
    -Assessment features embedded
    -Allowable accommodations
    -Response format
    -Item complexities

August 2014: Getting Started

  • What worked/didn’t work with NCSC implementation
  • Obstacles (training time, dissemination, NCSC materials, technology, resources, etc.)
  • Questions with writing IEPs

September 2014: AZCCRS and the IEP

  • What needs to be included (goals, benchmark, testing)
  • Questions and answers regarding IEP and NCSC & AIMS A Science

October 2014: Student Communication
(Mary Keeney, and Ann Gortarez, ADE Assistive Technology, guests)

  • AZCCRS has standard for speaking and listening
  • Find mode of student response
  • Technology for communication
  • How to get the technology

November 2014: Non-fiction text

  • AZCCRS increased focus on non-fiction text
  • Ideas of bringing non-fiction text into classroom instruction
  • Using non-fiction text to make connections to science and social studies
  • Addressing vocabulary in the non-fiction texts

Archived Webinar Calls

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

To view the recording, click the link below:
View the Blackboard Collaborate recording August 11, 2014
Chat Summary 1/12/2015
Chat Summary 10/06/2014
Chat Summary 9/11/2014
Chat Summary 8/11/2014

Important Dates

August 2014:

Round up of NCSC Pilot 2 participants

8/18 – 9/8 NCSC Student Selector Application opens-students for Pilot 2 selected by Alternate Assessment Coordinator

September 2014:

9/29 NCSC Training Modules available for Alternate Assessment Test Coordinators and Test Administrators (teachers) – Pilot 2

October 2014:

10/14 – 11/04 NCSC Pilot 2 Test Window for ELA and Mathematics

Contact Information:
Please contact: Cynthia Roller, Alternate Assessment Coordinator,, 602-542-3059

NCSC Updates


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Contact Information

Cynthia Roller
Alternate Assessment Coordinator
(602) 542-3059

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