NCSC ELA and Mathematics (grades 3-8 and 11th grade) Spring 2015 click here to access NCSC web page
[/tab] [tab name="Eligibility"]AIMS A Science – (grades 4, 8, and 10 only) NCSC ELA and Mathematics (grades 3-8 and 11th grade)
AIMS A Current Eligibility:
1. Evidence of a significant cognitive disability in all areas.
2. Curricular Outcomes – has access to high quality instruction based on Alternate Academic Standards in all content areas tested and student IEP goals and objectives focused on enrolled grade alternate academic standards.
3. Intensity of Instruction – extremely difficult for student to acquire, maintain, generalize and apply academic skill across environments.
NCSC Alternate Assessment Eligibility:
1. The student has a significant cognitive disability – review of the student records indicates a disability or multiple disabilities that significantly impact intellectual functional and adaptive behavior.
2. The student is learning content linked to (derived from) the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) – goals and instruction listed in the IEP for this student are linked to the enrolled grade level CCSS and address knowledge and skills that are appropriate and challenging for this student.
3. The student requires extensive direct individualized instructional and substantial supports to achieve measurable gains in the grade and age appropriate curriculum – the student (a) requires intensive, repeated individualized instruction and support that is not of temporary or transient in nature and (b) uses substantially adapted materials and individualized methods in alternative ways to acquire, maintain, generalize, demonstrate, and transfer skills across multiple settings.
The NCSC Eligibility Criteria can be located on the ADE NCSC Webpage under General Information.
- 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 [The previous Alternate Academic Standards for Reading and Mathematics are no longer applicable; they were removed and archived.]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.
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IMPORTANT – School Year 2014-16 Test Coordinator:
Monitor frequently the following webpages:
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AIMS A Science (grades 4, 8, and 10 only) This assessment will continue to be administered with multiple choice and performance tasks.
NCSC ELA and Mathematics (grades 3-8 and 11th grade)
√ IMPORTANT Going forward into the 2014–2015 school year, 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.
Information regarding NCSC accommodations and eligibility criteria can be located on the ADE NCSC Webpage under General Information.
[tab name="Forms, Manuals & Test Samples"]Forms
- Tuitioned Student Flow Chart
- AIMS A Eligibility Form 2013-14
- 2014 AIMS A Test Security Agreement (signed by Test Coordinator)
- 2014 AIMS A Test Security Agreement (signed by each test administrator. This form is to be retained on file at the district/charter)
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The multiple choice section of the AIMS A may be completed on desktops/laptops, or on white interactive boards, I-pads.[/tab]
[tab name="Videos & Webinars"]Performance Tasks Videos - The following Performance Tasks Script and Lessons in PDF format are available for you to download. You MUST have an active account with IDEAL https://www.ideal.azed.gov/p/ in order to view the videos. Once you have access to IDEAL, sign in and the videos can be accessed through “Curriculum Resources” located on the left side menu. Then select AIMs for Educators, click “Go”; then under ”Resources” click AIMS A Performance Tasks Scoring Rubric Demonstration. *The 3rd video will not display unless you click “show score context” that will pop up at bottom of your screen.
- Performance Tasks Script and Lessons Demonstration 1 FINAL
- Performance Tasks Script and Lesson Demonstration 2 FINAL
- Performance Tasks Script and Lessons Demonstration 3 FINAL
- AIMS A Performance Task SCORING RUBRIC 1
[tab name="Newsletters"]Tidbits Newsletters 2014:JUNE 2014; MAY 2014; MARCH-APRIL 2014; FEB 2014; JAN 2014 2013:NOV-DEC 2013; OCT 2013; AUG-SEPT 2013; JUNE-JULY 2013
The Examiner is a quarterly newsletter for test coordinators. Please visit the AIMS A pages. (click on the button)
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|Technical Reports for AIMS A|
|· AZ Standard Setting FINAL Report 2009
· AIMS A 2009-2013 Scale Score Table
· AIMS A 2011 Tech Report
· AIMS A 2010 Tech Report
· AIMS A 2009 Tech Report
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Please contact us by emailing the Alternate Assessment inbox AssessingSWDs@azed.gov or at (602) 542-8239
Audra Ahumada Director of Alternate Assessment Audra.Ahumada@azed.gov (602) 542-4061
Cynthia Roller Alternate Assessment Coordinator Cynthia.Roller@azed.gov (602) 542-3059Patricia 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
Office LocationArizona Department of Education Exceptional Student Services/Assessment Alternate Assessment 1535 West Jefferson Street, Phoenix, AZ 85007 (602) 542-8239 Email: AssessingSWDs@azed.gov