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Assessment News March 27, 2015 /core/fileparse.php/3410/urlt/Assessment-News_0327151.pdf
  • Questions Asked by Schools Regarding Some Administration Procedures for the ELA/Literacy and Mathematics Assessments
  • When a Test Administrator (TA) is ready to set up a test session for an ELA or Mathematics Performance Task (PT), the titles of all available PTs can be viewed. How do we know which PT title is assigned to our school for each content area and grade?
  • The ELA and Mathematics Classroom Activities Assigned to the Tested Grades in Each School Have Been Posted in the TIDE System
  • Where is the script, i.e., directions for administration that a TA must read verbatim to students before they log in to a test session?
  • What is the role of a proctor and when is it recommended that a proctor be present in a testing room?
  • What are the rules for providing courtesy testing for home-schooled students on the campus of a public or public charter school?
  • Should students use the embedded "Global Notes" or "Digital Notepad" universal tool during the administration of the ELA PT?
  • Which school level staff members will find the PowerPoint for the March 24, 2015 Smarter Balanced Rubrics, Scoring, and Reporting Webinar that is currently posted in the "General Resources" folder on the Smarter Balanced Resources page at test-alohahsap.portal.airast.org useful based on their areas of responsibility?
  • What are the three different ways TAs can filter tests when creating a test session?
Assessment News March 6, 2015 /core/fileparse.php/3410/urlt/Assessment-News_030615.pdf
  • Delivery of Spring 2015 Summative Smarter Balanced Parent Information Booklets to Schools
  • The ELA and Mathematics Classroom Activities Assigned to the Tested Grades in Each School Have Been Posted in the TIDE System
  • Modifying Classroom Activities for Students Who Transfer from One to School to Another School (page 65)
  • Test Administrators Must Be Careful When Setting Up a Test Session for a Summative ELA or Mathematics Computer Adaptive Test (CAT) or Performance Task (PT) that Students Will Take
  • An Important Update Was Made to the Smarter Balanced Usability, Accessibility, and Accommodations Guidelines on the March 6, 2015
  • Important Information Update Regarding the Use of ChromeBooks for the Administration of the Summative Smarter Balanced Assessments
  • Alert Regarding a Company that Claims to be Aligned with the Smarter Balanced Assessments
Assessment News June 2, 2015 /core/fileparse.php/3410/urlt/Assessment-News_060215.pdf
  • Special Thank You to School, Complex Area, and State Level Staff Members
  • Smarter Balanced Assessments Administration Surveys
Assessment News May 22, 2015 /core/fileparse.php/3410/urlt/Assessment-News_052215.pdf
  • Reasons for Non-Participation
  • Important Reminders About Key Test Administration Requirements that Must Be Maintained During Make-Up Testing
  • Professional Development Opportunities for Building Educators' Smarter Balanced Assessment Literacy including Hand Scoring of the Interim Assessments (repeat)
  • Announcements from the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium
Assessment News May 15, 2015 /core/fileparse.php/3410/urlt/Assessment-News_051515.pdf
  • Smarter Balanced Assessments Administration Surveys
  • Professional Development Opportunities for Building Educators' Smarter Balanced Assessment Literacy including Hand Scoring of the Interim Assessments (repeat)
Assessment News May 8, 2015 /core/fileparse.php/3410/urlt/Assessment-News_050815.pdf
  • A series of two-day face-to-face professional development opportunities for Building Educator Assessment Literacy that will focus on Smarter Balanced performance tasks has been scheduled across the state during July 2015
  • Why Are HSA-Alt Students Included in Smarter Balanced Plan and Manage Testing Reports in the Online Reporting System (ORS)?
  • How Many Days Does It Take for Students' ELA or Mathematics Scores to Be Posted in the Online Reporting System After Their Tests Are Submitted for Scoring?
Assessment News May 1, 2015 /core/fileparse.php/3410/urlt/Assessment-News_050115.pdf
  • Users Can Now View the April 30, 2015 Online Reporting System Webinar PowerPoint and Audio
  • A Test Administrator Must Complete the Read Aloud or Scribe Protocol Training Before an Identified Student is Tested to Prevent the Invalidation of Scores
Assessment News April 30, 2015 /core/fileparse.php/3410/urlt/Assessment-News_0430151.pdf
  • URGENT: Procedure to Prevent Students from Using Cell Phones During Smarter Balanced, HSA Science, and End-of-Course Test Sessions

Assessment News April 24, 2015 /core/fileparse.php/3410/urlt/Assessment-News_042415.pdf
  • Important Reminder Regarding the Use of Electronic Devices by Students and Adults During Test Sessions for Any Statewide Student Assessment and the Related Consequences
  • The Online Reporting System (ORS) User Guide Has Been Updated to Include the Smarter Balanced Information
  • Thursday, April 30, 2015 Online Reporting System Webinar from 2:30 - 3:30 p.m. Hawaii Standard Time
Assessment News April 17, 2015 /core/fileparse.php/3410/urlt/Assessment-News_0417151.pdf
  • Summer 2015 Review Committees for the Hawaii State Science Assessments and End-of-Course Exams
  • Clarification Regarding the Button Options Displayed at the Top of the Screen for Part 1 and Part 2 of the ELA Performance Task (PT)
  • It is VERY IMPORTANT for Test Administrators to select the correct Summative Assessment CAT or PT Test to Be Administered to the Students in a Test Session
  • The ELA and Mathematics Classroom Activities Assigned to the Tested Grades in Each School Have Been Posted in the TIDE System
Assessment News April 10, 2015 /core/fileparse.php/3410/urlt/Assessment-News_0410152.pdf
  • Opportunity for School and Complex Area Staff Members to Participate in a Smarter Balanced Parent Reports Webinar on Wednesday, April 15 at 8:00 a.m. HST
  • Assessment Section Office Hour Webinar on Thursday, April 16 from 2:30 - 3:30 p.m. HST
  • Opportunity for Hawaii Public and Public Charter School Teachers to Participate in Scoring Students' Typed Answers for Identified Smarter Balanced Summative Assessment Items.
  • Important Information Regarding Apple's Release of the Updated iOS 8.3 Operating System for iPads
  • Reminder that Smarter Balanced Interim Assessment Items May Not Be Included in Online News Sources
  • Updated Information About How AlohaHSAP.org Users Can View the Interim Assessments Via the Assessment Viewing Application (AVA)
  • Clarification About When a Test Administrator May Use His/Her Cell Phone or Any Other Electronic Device During Test Sessions
  • Is it possible for some students in the same grade to have one more or one less item in the ELA or Mathematics Performance Task (PT) than other students?
  • Another Important Reminder Regarding the Administration of the Classroom Activity and the Performance Task
Assessment News April 3, 2015 /core/fileparse.php/3410/urlt/Assessment-News_0403153.pdf
  • Clarification Regarding When School Level Staff Members Should Call the Hawaii Statewide Assessment Program (HSAP) Help Desk, the Department's Customer Service Desk, or the Department's Assessment Section
  • Information in the Smarter Balanced Test Administration Manual Regarding the Use of Scratch Paper for the Computer Adaptive Test (CAT) and the Performance Task (PT) for Both Content Areas
  • Interim Comprehensive Assessments (ICA) and Interim Assessment Blocks (IAB) Are Now Available for Access by Staff Members Who Have TIDE Usernames and Passwords
  • Translated Parent Information Booklets and Parent Letters Are Now Posted on the Smarter Balanced Resources Page
  • Most Current Information Regarding the Department's Parent Opt-Out Guidelines
Assessment News March 20, 2015 /core/fileparse.php/3410/urlt/Assessment-News_032015.pdf
  • Assessment Section Office Hour Webinar on Smarter Balanced Rubrics, Scoring and Reporting on Tuesday, March 24 from 2:30 - 3:30 p.m.
  • March 12, 2015 Memo to All DOE Employees Regarding the Smarter Balanced Assessments
  • New Complex Area Information Technology Managers for Central District - North (Leilehua-Mililani-Waialua) and Kauai District Have Joined the Information Technology Managers Team
  • Procedure that School Test Coordinators Must Use to Have the Spanish Stacked Translation Embedded Designated Support Activated for a Student
  • Important Information Regarding Students' Completion of Part 1 and Part 2 of the ELA Performance Task (PT)
Assessment News March 13, 2015 /core/fileparse.php/3410/urlt/Assessment-News_0313151.pdf
  • Two Additional Interim Assessment Documents Have Been Posted at test-alohahsap.portal.airast.org
  • Two Additional Smarter Balanced Documents Have Been Posted at test-alohahsap.portal.airast.org
Assessment News February 27, 2015 /core/fileparse.php/3410/urlt/Assessment-News_022715.pdf
  • Important Guidelines for Use of iPads during Administration of Summative Assessments
  • Additional Interim Assessment Documents Have Been Posted on the Smarter Balanced Resources Page
  • Additional Appendices Have Been Added to the Test Administration Manual for the Summative Assessments on the Smarter Balanced Resources Page
  • Reminder About the Need for All Students to Use Headphones for the Listening Portion of Summative ELA/Literacy Assessment and for Some Students Who Require Text-to-Speech or Audio Glossaries
  • Clarification Regarding the Display or Non-Display of Some Designated Supports in the Test Information Distribution Engine (TIDE) System
  • Current Status of Two Accommodations in the Test Information Distribution (TIDE) System
Assessment News February 20, 2015 /core/fileparse.php/3410/urlt/Assessment-News_022015.pdf
  • New Video Recordings of January 2015 Smarter Balanced and other Statewide Assessments Trainings Conducted on Kauai, Hawaii, Maui, and Oahu
  • New Information for Public Charter School Staff Members about How to Access the Digital Library
  • New Apple Guidelines Regarding the Configuration of iOS Devices for the Interim Assessments and Summative Assessments
  • New Interim Assessment Information
  • New Summative Assessment Information
  • New Information About Where to Record Designated Supports for IDEA-Eligible and 504 Students
  • New Information about Audio Component of the Translations (Glossaries) Designated Support
  • New Information about Applying to Serve on an Algebra I or Algebra II Item Review Committee During Spring Break Week
Assessment News February 13, 2015 /core/fileparse.php/3410/urlt/Assessment-News_021315.pdf
  • Schools that are administering the Interim Assessments during the second semester will find the information provided useful.
  • Good News for School Level Staff Members Who Are Entering Students' Designated Supports in the TIDE System
  • Current Status of Four Embedded Designated Supports in the Test Information Distribution (TIDE) System
  • Current Status of Two Non-Embedded Accommodations in the Test Information Distribution (TIDE) System
  • Summative Smarter Balanced Parent Information Booklet and Parent Letters
Assessment News February 6, 2015 /core/fileparse.php/3410/urlt/Assessment-News_020615.pdf
  • Many schools have asked for clarification regarding the appropriate use of the Interim Comprehensive Assessments (ICAs) and Interim Assessment Blocks (IABs).
  • Schools have requested additional information about the most effective procedures which can be used with students during test sessions to ensure that they do not use electronic devices to capture images of secure test items for any statewide student assessment.
  • Assessment Section Office Hour
  • Some schools have heard that the Smarter Balanced Summative ELA and Mathematics Performance Tasks may be administered twice. Please see the correct information provided.
  • Schools are asking when they will receive the Parent Information Booklet for the Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments and when will the Parent Letters be posted on the Smarter Balanced Resources page at test-alohahsap.portal.airast.org.
Assessment News January 30, 2015 /core/fileparse.php/3410/urlt/Assessment-News_013015.pdf
  • Information recently posted under "Recent Announcements" on the Smarter Balanced homepage at test-alohahsap.portal.airast.org
  • Information for Families Regarding Hawaii Common Core and Smarter Balanced Assessments
Assessment News January 23, 2015 /core/fileparse.php/3410/urlt/Assessment-News_012315.pdf
  • Information recently posted under "Recent Announcements" on the Smarter Balanced homepage at test-alohahsap.portal.airast.org
  • Documents recently posted in the "General Information" section on the Smarter Balanced Resources page at test-alohahsap.portal.airast.org
  • Documents recently posted in the "User Guides" section on the Smarter Balanced Resources page at test-alohahsap.portal.airast.org
Assessment News January 16, 2015 /core/fileparse.php/3410/urlt/Assessment-News_011615.pdf
  • Additional Digital Library Information
  • English Language Arts/Literacy and Mathematics Blueprints
Assessment News January 9, 2015 /core/fileparse.php/3410/urlt/Assessment-News_010915.pdf
  • Technical Specifications Manual for Online Testing
  • Contact Information for Accessing and Navigating on the Smarter Balanced Digital Library Effective January 7, 2015
  • New Equation Response Editor Tool for Smarter Balanced Mathematics Assessment
  • Administering and Scoring the Interim Comprehensive Assessments for ELA/Literacy and Mathematics
Assessment News January 2, 2015 /core/fileparse.php/3410/urlt/Assessment-News_010215.pdf
  • Achievement Levels for Smarter Balanced ELA/Literacy and Mathematics Assessments
  • Achievement Level Descriptors and College Content-Readiness