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Contacts

Field Test Administration, Accommodations, Accessibility and other General Assessment Questions:

Judy Snow
Assessment Director
406.444.3656
jsnow@mt.gov

Yvonne Field
Assessment Specialist
406.444.0748
yfield@mt.gov

Ashley Makowski
Administrative Assistant
406.444.3511
amakowski@mt.gov

Technology Readiness Questions:
Christine Day, META/SBAC Project Director http://metasbac.weebly.com/contact.html

Upcoming & Important Dates

2013-2014 Statewide Assessment Schedule
December 4, 2013 –
January 29, 2014
ELP Assessment Window
January 15-17, 2014 State Assessment/Data Conference, Red Lion, Helena
February 17 –
March 25, 2014
CRT-Alternate, Grades 3-8 and 10, Reading and Math; Grades 4, 8, and 10, Science The first week of this window is intended for training and the preparation of materials.
March 3 -25, 2014 Grades 4, 8, and 10, CRT Science
April 23-May 7, 2014 ACT Plus Writing for Public School Students in Grade 11 Accommodated Testing Window
Wednesday, April 23, 2014: Initial test day
(NOTE: It moves from a Tuesday to a Wednesday in 2014)
May 7, 2014: Makeup test day
April 23-May 7, 2014 Accommodated testing window
March 18-May 14, 2014 Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium Summative Assesment Field Test
English Language Arts and Math, Grades 3-8 and 11

The Criterion-Referenced Test (CRT) is aligned to Montana content standards. The Criterion-Referenced Test-Alternate (CRT-ALT) is aligned to Alternative Achievement Standards (AAS). Students in grades 3-8 and 10 take the CRT or CRT-ALT in reading and math. Students in grades 4, 8, and 10 take the CRT in science. The data on test results and participation are available on the Montana Report Card site and the GEMS site.

2013-14 Updates

2013-14 Registration Windows
October 7 -
December 2, 2013
CRT-Alternate registration window for students enrolled in your school.
January 2-14, 2014 CRT-Alternate registration window for students enrolled AFTER December 2.
After January 15, 2014 To register for the CRT-Alternate for students enrolled after January 14, 2014, please contact Ashley Makowski, 406-444-3511, amakowski@mt.gov.
2014 Testing Windows
February 18, 2014 CRT-Alternate Test Window Open
March 3, 2014 CRT Science Test Window Open

New Test Coordinator Updates

Join us for an in-depth look at deadlines, tasks, and general information you may need to know as a new test coordinator. Yvonne and Ashley will also be available before and after each session for Q&A.

Test Coordinator Updates

This is a short, 30 minute webinar intended for seasoned test coordinators. Each webinar will have a quick run-down of deadlines and tasks due later that month.

Training

Spring 2013 Assessment Transitions

CRT Training Materials

CRT-Science and CRT-Alt Materials Training:
Powerpoint

CRT Test Administration Training:
Powerpoint | Handouts

CRT What’s New and Review:
Webinar | Powerpoint

CRT Test Administrator Training:
PowerPoint | Handouts

CRT Test Administration Training
Powerpoint

CRT and CRT-Alt Materials
Powerpoint

CRT-Alt Training Materials

CRT-Science and CRT-Alt Materials Training:
Powerpoint

CRT-Alt Test Administration Training:
Webinar | Powerpoint
Handouts

CRT-Alt Administration Individualizing Materials Training (spring 2013):
Powerpoint

CRT-Alt Administration Training
Powerpoint

CRT and CRT-Alt Materials
Powerpoint

CRT Tests

Upcoming & Important Dates

2012-13

March 3 - March 25 Double-Testing Waiver Granted
Grades 4, 8 and 10, Science

CRT Test Development

Performance & Achievement Descriptors by Grade:

 

Montana CRT Design:

 

Released Items

2012 Released Items by grade:

The CRT and CRT Alternate are aligned to the standards that are listed and linked below. In November 2011, the Montana Board of Public Education approved a new set of standards, the Montana Common Core Standards. The Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium assessment will be aligned to the Common Core Standards. The first assessment measuring those standards will be implemented in the spring of 2015

2012 CRT Math Vocabulary Lists

Grade MCCS Field Test Items CRT Items MCCS & CRT answers
3 Released Items Released Items Answer Key
4 Released Items Released Items Answer Key
5 Released Items Released Items Answer Key
6 Released Items Released Items Answer Key
7 Released Items Released Items Answer Key
8 Released Items Released Items Answer Key
10 Released Items Released Items Answer Key

 

2011 Released Items by grade:

The CRT and CRT Alternate are aligned to the standards that are listed and linked below. In November 2011, the Montana Board of Public Education approved a new set of standards, the Montana Common Core Standards. The Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium assessment will be aligned to the Common Core Standards. The first assessment measuring those standards will be implemented in the spring of 2015.

2011 CRT Math Vocabulary Lists

2007 Sample Items by Grade:

Science: Grade 4 | Grade 8 | Grade 10

2007 Released Items by Grade:

 

Grade Answer Keys Released Items
    Multiple Choice
Constructed Response
 3 Math Reading Math & Reading Math Reading
 4 Math Reading Math & Reading Math Reading
 5 Math Reading Math & Reading Math Reading
 6 Math Reading Math & Reading Math Reading
 7 Math Reading Math & Reading Math Reading
 8 Math Reading Math & Reading Math Reading
  * Reading Answer Key corrected and replaced July 31, 2007
10 Math Reading Math & Reading Math Reading
* Math Answer Key corrected and replaced July 31, 2007

2006 Math Reference Sheets by Grade:

Grades: 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 10

2006 Released Items by Grade:

Math Vocabulary for Grades 3-8 and 10

Grade Answer Keys Released Items
    Multiple Choice
Constructed Response
 3 Math Reading Math & Reading Math Reading
 4 Math Reading Math & Reading Math Reading
 5 Math Reading Math & Reading Math Reading
 6 Math Reading Math & Reading Math Reading
 7 Math Reading Math & Reading Math Reading
 8 Math Reading Math & Reading Math Reading
10 Math Reading Math & Reading Math Reading

 

2005 Sample Items by Grade:

Grade 3: Reading | Math

Grade 5: Reading | Math

Grade 6: Reading | Math

Grade 7: Reading | Math

2005 Released Items by Grade:

 

Grade Answer Keys Released Items
    Common Released Constructed Response
 4   Reading Math & Reading Math Reading
 8     Math & Reading Math Reading
10 Math   Math & Reading Math Reading

Accommodations

Standard

  • Available to IEP, LEP, 504, and other students for whom the standard accommodation is a regular part of the student instructional plan
  • May be used for one or more subjects

Nonstandard

  • Available to students with an IEP plan
  • May be used for one or more subjects
  • A nonstandard accommodation results in a novice score for reporting purposes. A student is not counted as having participated if a nonstandard accommodation is used.
  • The CRT-Alternate
    • Designed for students with significant cognitive disabilities
    • Must be used for all subjects
    • Must be included in a student's IEP plan
    • Guidelines for determining eligibility for participation are included in the CRT Test Administrators Manual and CRT-Alternate Test Administrators Manual.

 

Alignment

Two external alignment studies have been conducted of MontCAS, Phase 2, the Criterion-Referenced Test (CRT) and Montana content standards.

August 2002
The Northwest Regional Educational Laboratory ( NWREL) prepared an alignment study of the foundation of the Montana CRT and Montana content standards prior to the development of the Montana CRT.   The foundation of the Montana CRT is a bank of items from Measured Progress, the CRT testing company.   These items are named Progress Towards Standards (PTS).   The alignment study conducted by NWREL provided the information for augmenting the PTS items with items specifically developed in Montana by Montana educators. (need to link)

March 2005
The Northwest Regional Educational Laboratory (NWREL) prepared an alignment study of the 2005 Montana CRT and Montana content standards.  

 

CRT-Alternate Tests

Registration Windows for students eligible for the 2014 CRT-Alternate, including students who participated in the 2013 CRT-Alternate.e

October 7 -
December 2, 2013
CRT-Alternate registration window for students enrolled in your school.
January 2-14, 2014 CRT-Alternate registration window for students enrolled AFTER December 2.
After January 15, 2014 To register for the CRT-Alternate for students enrolled after January 14, 2014, please contact Ashley Makowski, 406-444-3511, amakowski@mt.gov.

Benchmarks

Science CRT-Alternate Beta Test Memo

Extended Benchmarks

Performance & Achievement Descriptors by Grade:

 

CRT-Alternate Technical Manuals & Reports

Test Results

Student Reports

September 2013

Printed individual student reports will be mailed from Measured Progress to Test Coordinators for distribution to parents/guardians. Systems can expect to receive them by September 13.

Sample student Reports

Grades: 4 | 8 | 10

Grades: 4 | 8 | 10

MARS Login

MARS is the online reporting tool for the CRT and CRT-Alternate. All summary reports will be on MARS. No printed summary reports will be mailed.

 MARS Website

MARS Webinars

Content Standards

The Spring 2010 and 2011 CRT and CRT-Alternate are aligned to the previous Reading and Math content standards.  Because item development for new standards takes two school years, the Reading and Math content standards that are online on the following link will be aligned to the Spring 2012 CRT and CRT-Alternate;  Montana Content Standards

Until then, the standards on this site are the previous standards and should be used with the Spring 2010 and 2011 released items and MARS data.

The current Science CRT and CRT-Alternate are aligned to the current Science standards.  They are included on this site for convenience; however, they are also at Montana Content Standards

Interpretation of Results

Interpretive Guides

 

CRT-OPI Reporting Center

The OPI Reporting Center replaces IRIS for reporting CRT data. To access the CRT Simple Search, select the OPI Reporting Center button below and then under the Assessment menu item, select CRT Simple Search. To access CRT Secure Search select the Log In button and enter your ID and password, as you did before with the IRIS Secure Search. After you log in, CRT Secure Search will appear under the Assessment menu item.

 OPI Reporting Center

NRT-IRIS

IRIS is being retired and has been replaced by the OPI Reporting Center.

IRIS will not have CRT data more recent than the 2008 - 2009 school year. You will still need to use IRIS to access NRT data from 2000 - 2001 to 2006 - 2007. You will need to select Assessment (NRT) then NRT Simple Search. The filter criteria fields take a moment to load, so please be patient!

 IRIS Reporting

Montana Content Standards
and Assessments

 

Alternate Assessment Hub...

NOTE: To find MCCS sequential planning resources, please visit Getting Started.

Curriculum Development Guide

The National Center and State Collaborative

Bright Ideas

NCSC: A New Alternate Assessment

Why: With the implementation of the Montana Common
Core Standards (MCCS) we have the need to create a new alternate assessment, based on alternate achievement standards that address the inclusion of Montana's students with the most significant cognitive disabilities in the MCCS.

What is NCSC? The National Center and State Collaborative (NCSC) is a project supported by a GSEG grant, led by five centers and 26 states, charged with building a new alternate assessment.

The Goal: To ensure that students with significant cognitive disabilities achieve increasingly higher academic outcomes and leave high school ready for post-secondary options.

A well designed summative assessment alone is insufficient.

NCSC Framework

A COMPREHENSIVE MODEL:

All partners share a commitment to the research - to - practice
focus of the project and the development of a comprehensive model of curriculum, instruction, assessment, and supportive professional development.

Key Ideas

ASSESSMENT DESIGN:

  • Assessment Triangle (Pellegrino, Chudowsky, & Glaser, 2001)
  • College - and career-readiness for SSCD
  • Evidence-centered design
  • Balancing standardization and flexibility (Gong & Marion, 2006)

CURRICULUM & INSTRUCTION:

The Timeline:

Timeline

  • Learning Progressions • Curricular modules
  • Big ideas/enduring understandings and
    prioritization of content
  • Alignment • Entry points

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT:

  • Communities of Practice
  • Scaling up use of CCSS-aligned academic curriculum
  • Communication by Kindergarten/Communication Triage
  • Technology and training
 

For More Information:Explore media, upcoming events, a blog, and to connect with the Community of Practice (CoP), or Contact Yvonne Field, Assessment Specialist, 406-444-0748

,

October NCSC Alternate Assessment Monthly Webinar: Assessment and Pilot Information
This is a recording of the October monthly webinar, where we covered information on the new alternate assessment system and the pilot opportunities that are taking place this coming February-April, 2014.

People

Judy Snow
Montana Office of Public Instruction
State Assessment Director
406.444.3656

Yvonne Field
Montana Office of Public Instruction
Assessment Specialist
406.444.0748

Chad Berg
Bozeman
Special Education Director
406.522.6054

Chris Bilant
Kalispell
Special Education Director
406.751.3408

Gail McGregor
University of Montana
Rural Institute on Disabilities
Research Professor
406.243.2348

Laurie Pipinich
Great Falls
Self Contained Assistant Coordinator
406.268.6497

Mandi Crable
Billings
Special Education Teacher
406.281.6213

Tessie-Rose Bailey
Montana State University Billings
Assistant Professor, Special Education
406.657.2310

Vaughn Kauffman
East Helena
Prickly Pear Coop Director
406.227.7322

 

 

Upcoming Events

March 7, 2014
Test Administration Manual Available
March 24, 2014 Test Administration Modules Available
March 24, 2014 Monthly Alternate Assessment Webinar
April 14-May 16, 2014 Pilot Test Window

 

 

SBAC Field Test Information

Smarter Field Test

Parent Information Letter Template

FAQs about the Smarter Balanced Field Test

SBAC Teacher and Administrator Feedback Survey- The Smarter Balanced Field Test is underway, and OPI would like feedback from classroom teachers and school administrators on your experience with administering the test. The 2014 field test is our opportunity to learn from you about how the process went, how well-prepared you and your district were to administer the test, and how your students responded to the online testing.

Tech Readiness
Click on Tech Readiness for Technology Questions and Technology Training Webinars

SBAC Adjusting the System Volume (Desktop)

Get Answers for TIDE

Schedule of Trainings

OPI Webinar: Smarter Q&A
Wednesday, March 26, 4 – 5 pm
Login Instructions: Click the button next to Enter as Guest, type your name in the text box that appears, click enter room.

Recording: OPI Assessment Webinar: Smarter Test Administration
Wednesday, March 19, 4pm – 5:30 pm

Montana Digital Professional Learning Network Digital Blasts
All Blasts are from 3:30-3:50 PM
Recorded versions of the Digital Blasts are at the following link: http://vimeo.com/mdpln

  • Monday, March 1O: TIDE System
  • Monday, March 17: Accommodations
  • Monday, March 24: Teacher Administration Interface
  • Monday, March 31: Question and Answer Panel Discussion
  • Monday, April 7: Submitting and Tracking Appeals

To attend by computer, go to:
URL: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6756983094634939137
Webinar ID: 149-730-611

To attend by phone, go to:
Toll: +1 (702) 489-0004
Access Code: 341-962-325
Audio PIN: Shown after joining the webinar

OPI

SMARTER Modules

SMARTER Module Audience
What is a Field Test? Students
Overview of Smarter Balanced Field Test
What is a CAT? Systems and teachers
How Computer Adaptive Testing (CAT) differs from paper-and-pencil tests. The video shows how the tests can be customized.
Let’s Talk Universal Tools Students and teachers
Types of tools designed to help students during the test administration
Technology Requirements for Online Testing Technology coordinators
Hardware requirements, software installation processes and system configurations necessary to ensure school systems are ready for online testing
Performance Tasks System and school coordinators, teachers, and administrators
Overview of what can be expected during the administration of the Performance Tasks
Student Interface for Online Testing students, IT personnel, system and school administrators
Overview on navigating and interacting with the screens
TIDE Training Data staff, Administrators, Technology Coordinators
Training on using TIDE to manage users and eligible students participating in the Field Test.
Accessibility & Accommodations Systems, teachers, and parents
Overview of various tools that are provided to accommodate student needs
Test Administrator Training Test administrators
Information related to preparing for the test, as well as information on general test administration and test security
Test Administrator Interface for Online Testing Test administrators
Presents an overview on how to navigate the Test Administrator Interface

 

 

Practice and Training

Get Answers for Practice and Training Tests

Understanding and Using the Practice and Training Tests Webinar PDF Guide

The Smarter Balanced practice test is designed to provide students with a grade-specific testing experience that is similar in format and structure to the Field Tests. An updated version of the practice test is now available and includes the following enhancements:

  • Streamlining, a new designated support added
  • Masking, a designated support added
  • American Sign Language videos (with human signers) added for all math and ELA listening Stimuli
  • Link to updated practice test: http://sbac.portal.airast.org/practice-test/

The training tests gives teachers and students the opportunity to experience most of the features, functionality and item types in the upcoming Smarter Balanced Field Test. The training test includes questions in both English language arts (ELA) and math.

  • OPI Quick Facts: Training Test and Text-to-Speech
  • Grade bands: 3-5; 6-8 and high school
  • Approximately 14-15 items per grade band in ELA and math combined
  • New item types, not previously included in practice tests, are featured
  • Does not include performance tasks
  • All universal tools, designated supports, and accommodations available in the Field Test (except ASL videos) will be added on February 10, 2014
  • Training Test
    Scroll down to two green boxes.
    The box on the left requires a password until TIDE passwords are assigned. Request temporary passwords from Smarter Help Desk 855-833-1969. smarterbalancedhelpdesk@ets.org The box on the right does not require a password

 

What is SBAC?

SMARTER Balanced Assessment Consortium
A Summary of Core Components

To help achieve the goal that all students leave high school ready for college and careers, the Office of Public Instruction joined the SMARTER Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC), a 31-state organization charged with developing an assessment system for the Montana Common Core Standards in English Language Arts, Literacy and Mathematics.

The SBAC system will:

  • Align with the Montana Common Core Standards;
  • Focus on supporting teachers' instructional practice and implementation of new standards;
  • Provide a comprehensive reporting system on classroom practices and student progress for teachers, administrators, students and parents;
  • Ensure every student is able to show what they know and can do to meet new standards; and
  • Offer classroom formative assessment processes and tools, as well as computer adaptive interim and summative assessments.

Formative Assessment Processes take place in the classroom to determine a student's learning needs, check for understanding and/or to provide evidence of progress toward learning goals.

Interim Assessments take place after a particular segment of learning such as a chapter or unit of study.

Summative Assessments are required, occur near the end of the school year, and the results are collected by the Office of Public Instruction to provide a comprehensive set of data on student achievement at the school, district and state levels.

 

 

 

In addition to the participation of limited English proficient (LEP) students in the statewide CRT assessment, an annual assessment of English language proficiency (ELP) for limited English proficient students is required.

Criteria for Identification of Limited English Proficiency & Definition of Proficient

Montana's English Language Learners:
Guidance for School Districts

2013-14 Updates

2013-14
June 30, 2013 Deadline for schools to update LEP status in AIM for students who have been reclassified as former LEP.
Mid October, 2013 (exact date TBD) Deadline for school LEP program data to be entered into AIM.
December 4, 2013-January 29, 2014 Assessment Window
Early April, 2014 (exact date TBD) Electronic Data is available and results reports are shipped to schools.

It is important for districts to review the results of the 2012-2013 ACCESS for ELLs® assessment and take them into consideration when updating the status of LEP students.

  • The results reports from the 2012-2013 ACCESS for ELLs® assessment were mailed to System Test Coordinators on 4/8/2013. LEP status must be updated in AIM no later than June 30, 2013.
  • The guidance document: Criteria for the Identification of Limited English Proficiency & Definition of Proficient along with the results reports and school assessments will guide you in making LEP status decisions.
  • Students who are not exited by the June 30th deadline must be tested in the 2013-2014 test window.

For more information on entering students in AIM the following link will take you to a useful cheat sheet: LEP students PDF.

  • LEP status must be updated by the Mid October date in order for testing materials to be accurately ordered.
  • Students who are identified in AIM on the October collection date will have testing materials ordered and must be tested during the 2013-2014 testing window.
  • Schools with new LEP students who enroll after the collection date will be able to order additional materials directly from MetriTech.

2013-14 Monthly Webinars

Monthly ELP Webinars are intended for test coordinators, educators who serve ELLs, and test administrators. Each month we will cover important tasks and an in depth topic.

World-Class Instruction Design and Assessment (WIDA) Consortium

The World-Class Instruction Design and Assessment (WIDA) Consortium is a coalition of state departments of education that acts in collaboration to research, design and implement a standards-based educational system that promotes equitable educational opportunities for students with Limited English Proficiency in pre-kindergarten through grade twelve.  As a member of WIDA, OPI will be a member of the governing board that makes decisions about test development and research to improve both the instruction and assessment of LEP students.  More information about WIDA is online at www.wida.us

Montana educators have access to:

  • W-APT, a placement test for determining appropriate initial placement of students with limited English Proficiency 
  • WIDA professional development opportunities scheduled through OPI
  • Research resources to inform state policy decisions
  • Member pricing on WIDA products, such as the resource guides
  • WIDA Help Desk
  • Serving on Consortium-wide committees, such as item review teams
  • On-line test administrator training

ACCESS for ELLs & ACCESS for ELLs Alternate

ACCESS for ELLs

ACCESS for ELLs Alternate

Manuals, Guides & Help
Participation Criteria Decision Tree

 

Professional Development

Powerpoint | Handouts

2013 Assessment Conference
This session explored the process of identifying, serving, assessing, and exiting Montana's English language learners. The session included an overview of the WIDA assessments including screening and progress monitoring tools. Attendees explored how the definition of proficiency coincides with the results reports from the WIDA's ACCESS for ELLs and other school level assessments.

Webinar | Handouts

This is a recording covering the content of the live webinar of 9.27.12 and 10.1.12. Topics covered include: English language learner acronyms; the ACCESS for ELLs time-line; accessing resources, W-APT testing materials, and trainings on the WIDA website; and using the ACCESS for ELLs score reports to determine LEP status.

 

Gear Up MontanaOn Wednesday, April 23, 2014, all Montana public school juniors will have the opportunity to take the ACT Plus Writing on a school day in their high schools. The test will be provided for these students without cost. The Montana GEAR UP (Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs) Program received a $28 million grant to fund the ACT-Plus Writing for the next 5 years.

 

Upcoming & Important Dates

2014 Testing
April 23, 2014 ACT Plus Writing Test
April 23 - May 7, 2014 ACT Plus Writing Accommodation Test
May 7, 2014 ACT Plus Writing Makeup Test

2013-14 Checklist of Dates

2013-14 ACT Staff Fall Meeting
2013-14 ACT Staff Fall Meeting PDF

Test Administration

2013 ACT Test Administration Training PowerPoints

Spring 2013 ACT Plus Writing Administration Brush Up
This webinar is required for all Montana public high schools participating in the ACT Plus Writing state testing in 2013. The webinar gives a reminder for important dates and deadlines and highlights common pitfalls that should be avoided during the administration of the ACT Plus Writing.

ACT Test Administration Training Printable Documents:
Test administration training and information for the 2013 Montana ACT Plus Writing is provided in PDF versions of Power Point slides. Each page includes a slide and the notes that explain the information on the slide. They are available in both color and black and white. The material is organized into three parts.

 

Accommodations

ACT-Allowed Accommodations

Application
Deadline: January 24, 2014

State-Allowed Accommodations

Application
Deadline: April 2, 2014

Resources

ACT PLUS WRITING

MontCAS Presents three prerecorded webinars and accompanying handouts and materials on writing on the ACT Plus writing. These webinars and materials may be used independently or in learning communities.

  1. Module 1-ACT Writing
    Handout: 2012-13 Module 1 ACT Writing
  2. Module 2- ACT Writing
    Handout: 2012-13 Module 2 ACT Writing
  3. Module 3 ACT Writing
    Handouts:
    2012-13 Module 3 ACT Writing
    Paper A
    Paper B
    Paper C
    Paper D
    Paper E
    Paper F
    Prompt for Today's Work
    Six Point Holistic Rubric

JUMP Newsletters

Welcome to JUMP, the OPI online assessment newsletter. JUMP is published several times during the year to announce important assessment and data events. It provides up-to-date information necessary for the administration of statewide assessments and the accompanying data

 

Upcoming & Important Dates

2013-2014 Statewide Assessment Schedule
December 4, 2013 –
January 29, 2014
ELP Assessment Window
January 15-17, 2014 State Assessment/Data Conference, Red Lion, Helena
February 17 –
March 25, 2014
CRT-Alternate, Grades 3-8 and 10, Reading and Math; Grades 4, 8, and 10, Science The first week of this window is intended for training and the preparation of materials.
March 3-25, 2014 CRT, Grades 3-8 and 10, Reading and Math
These dates are being held until approval of Superintendent Juneau's request to the US Department of Education to substitute the Smarter Balanced Field Test for the CRT in Reading and Math to avoid double testing. Details are available in the May JUMP Newsletter, page 5.
March 3 -25, 2014 Grades 4, 8, and 10, CRT Science
April 23-May 7, 2014 ACT Plus Writing for Public School Students in Grade 11
Wednesday, April 23, 2014: Initial test day
(NOTE: It moves from a Tuesday to a Wednesday in 2014)
May 7, 2014: Makeup test day
April 23-May 7, 2014 Accommodated testing window
TBA-Spring 2014 Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium Summative Assesment Field Test
English Language Arts and Math, Grades 3-8 and 11

 

2013 JUMP Newsletters

 

December
* Special Smarter Issue

Montana OPI

Montana OPI

2012 JUMP Newsletters

 

November

October
* Version 2

October

September
* Special ACT Edition

September
* Special Edition

Montana OPI

January
* Special Edition

January
Montana OPI

Montana OPI

Montana OPI

2011 JUMP Newsletters

 

Montana OPI

2010 JUMP Newsletters

2010 Index

Montana OPI

Montana OPI

OPI Assessment and Data Conference 2014

Learn to use data to better understand:

All Aboard!
  • each of your students
  • your entire class
  • your grade level
  • your school
  • your district

Intended Audience:

  • Curriculum Directors
  • Test Coordinators
  • Department/Grade Level Chairs
  • Teachers
  • Staff responsible for entering data into AIM

January 15-17, 2014: OPI Assessment and Data Conference

Red Lion Colonial Hotel, Helena, Montana

2014 Assessment & Data Conference Agenda

Thank you for your interest in the 2014 Assessment & Data Conference. Registration has been closed at this time as we have reached the Red Lion's capacity for accommodation. We are sorry for the inconvenience and hope you will join us next year in Billings. Resources from the webinar will be posted in the conference presentations tab by January 31 and additional trainings will be provided via webinar and online modules.

OPI staff who want to register for the conference, please contact Ashley Makowski at amakowski@mt.gov or 406.444.3511.

Please contact Ashley Makowski, Administrative Assistant, 406.444.3511 for more information or if you want to be a sponsor.

Registration and Lodging

Click here to register for the 2014 OPI Assessment & Data Conference.

Pre-Session Only: $25
General Session Only: $65
Conference Special (Pre-session and General Session): $75

Regular registration will be open until midnight on January 5. Late Registration will begin January 6 and will add a $10 charge.

Blocks of government rate guest rooms have been reserved for the conference at the following hotels. Unless otherwise noted, please make your reservations by January 1 and ask for rooms under OPI Assessment Conference:

Red Lion Colonial Hotel

2301 Colonial Drive, Conference Area
406.443.2100

Great Northern

835 Great Northern Blvd, Downtown
406.457.5500 or 800.829.4047
Reserve by 12/20

Hampton Inn Helena

725 Carter Dr, Walmart Area
406.443.5800 *Reserve by 12/27/13
Reserve your room online

Fairfield

2150 11th Ave, Conference Area
406.449.9944

Holiday Inn Express

3170 N Sanders St, Airport
406.442.7500

Wingate by Wyndham

2007 N Oakes St, Airport
406.449.3000

LaQuinta

406.449.4000
*Please ask for La Quinta Inn & Suites Helena and Group#: 573. Please also state the room type that you are requesting, arrival and departure dates as well as smoking preference by 1/3/2014. After this date the rooms will be released to make room for other guests and future reservations will be subject to rate and availability.

2014 Conference Presentations

Dr. Anna Baldwin

Anna Baldwin – 2014 Montana Teacher of the Year
Dr. Anna Baldwin is a high school English teacher and literacy coach at Arlee High School and has been teaching on the Flathead Indian Reservation for the past 15 years. She designed and teaches Native American Studies for the Montana Digital Academy and teaches English methods courses at the University of Montana as an adjunct instructor.

Culturally responsive teaching has been one of Baldwin's emphases, Indian Education for All in particular. In 2008 she co-authored the book Sherman Alexie in the Classroom with Dr. Heather Bruce and Christabel Umphrey. She focused her doctoral research on providers of professional development in Indian Education for All and has delivered over 40 presentations and workshops on IEFA- and English-related topics. She is the subject of the film Inside Anna's Classroom, an hour-long instructional DVD for teachers focusing on best practices and tribally specific material.

Dr. Baldwin is the recipient of several awards, including the Montana Association of Teachers of English Language Arts Distinguished Educator Award, and the Award for Excellence in Culturally Responsive Teaching from Teaching Tolerance. She is the 2014 Montana Teacher of the Year.

Dr. Anna Baldwin

Paul Andersen – 2011 Montana Teacher of the Year
Paul Andersen has been teaching science in Montana for the last twenty years. He spent the first half of his career teaching all the science classes at a small rural school in northern Montana. Paul is currently a science teacher at Bozeman High School.

Paul uses technology and guided inquiry to differentiate instruction for his students. He has created hundreds of science podcasts that have been viewed millions of times by students around the world. Paul was the 2011 Montana Teacher of the Year and he was a finalist for National Teacher of the Year. When he is not teaching Paul enjoys spending time with his family skiing and hiking in the mountains around Bozeman.

2014 Assessment Conference

2014 Assessment & Data Conference Agenda

Just the Ticket: Getting to your 2014 Field Test Destination
Presenters: Judy Snow, Dennis Parman, Dacia Hopfensperger
PowerPoint | Handouts

Learn the Bells and Whistles of Smarter Assessment Accessibility
Presenters: Judy Snow, Magda Chia
PowerPoint | Handouts

6-11 Mathematics Practice Test
Presenters: Jean Howard, Pat Baltzley, Yvonne Field
PowerPoint

K-5 Mathematics Practice Test
Presenters: Jean Howard, Pat Baltzley, Yvonne Field
PowerPoint

iPad Apps for Easy Formative Assessment
Presenter: Mark Kane
PowerPoint

On the Fast Track: Understanding the Smarter PracticeTest
Presenter: Yvonne Field
PowerPoint

Smarter Balanced Formative Assessment Process 101
Presenters: Pam Birkeland, Steve Connole, Dana Haring, Kate Peila, Becky Berg, Barbara Frank
PowerPoint | Handout 1 | Handout 2

CRT Science, CRT-Alt Materials, and Accommodations
Presenters: Judy Snow, Dan Verdick, Timothy Greenlaw
PowerPoint

CRT-Alt Administration: Individualizing Materials
Presenters: Timothy Greenlaw, Mandi Crable
Powerpoint

Connecting with the Common Core: Montana's New Alternate Assessment
Presenter: Yvonne Field
Powerpoint

ELP

English Language Proficiency Assessment
Presenter: Eric Meredith
Powerpoint

Montana's English Language Learners: Guidance for School Districts
Presenters: Yvonne Field, Christine Wagner-Jonsson
Powerpoint

Close Analytic Reading: A Powerful Toolkit for Today's Students
Presenters: John Nielson, Eileen Zombro
Powerpoint

Mathematics Instruction Promoting Success on Assessments
Presenters: Jean Howard, Pat Baltzley
Powerpoint

Mindsets for Motivation
Presenter: Anne Keith
Powerpoint

Powerful Tech Tools and Common Core Math
Presenter: Becky Berg
Powerpoint | Handouts

Preparing for Smarter Balanced Assessments and the Rigor of Montana Common Core Standards Depth of Knowledge Cognitive/ Rigor Matrix
Presenters: Pattie Harrison, John Nielson
Powerpoint

The Right Work: How teachers Collaborate and Plan for Teaching the Montana Common Core Standards
Presenters: Jessica Shourd, Shawna Kientz
Powerpoint

What You Didn't Learn in College about Raising Your School's State Test Scores in Math and Reading
Presenters: Janice Stranahan, Wendy Idhe, Betty Jo Henry, Darcy Herbstritt, Lisa Nagel, Holly Snyder
Powerpoint

Developing Number Sense: Foundational Stages of Mathematical Thinking
Presenter: Kathy Close
Powerpoint

Montana's Hidden Treasures
Presenter: Colet Bartow
Powerpoint

More than Making the Grade: Standards-Based Grading and Reporting
Presenter: Colet Bartow
Powerpoint

ACT

Full Steam Ahead: ACT Plus Writing and the Montana Common Core
Presenters: Dana Haring, Kris Gardner
Powerpoint

GEMS in Your School
Presenters: Denise Bond, Jamey Ereth
Using GEMS to Compare CRT Achievement to Graduation Rate | Compare District and School Level Enrollment Data Using GEMS

Staying on Course: Using the Montana early warning System to Better Support Students
Presenter: Eric Meredith
Powerpoint

2013 Assessment Conference

CRT Presentations

CRT What's New and Review:

CRT Test Administration Training:
Powerpoint | Handouts

CRT-Alternate Presentations

CRT Alternate Test Administration Training:

Spring 2013 CRT-Alt Administration Individualizing Materials Training
Powerpoint

Powerpoint | Handouts

This session explored the process of identifying, serving, assessing, and exiting Montana's English language learners. The session included an overview of the WIDA assessments including screening and progress monitoring tools. Attendees explored how the definition of proficiency coincides with the results reports from the WIDA's ACCESS for ELLs and other school level assessments.

 

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