Assessment

NECAP Test Security Alert
The Agency of Education strongly encourages principals to review guidelines governing electronic devices with test administrators, and to inform students that posting photos of NECAP tests may result in disciplinary action. Download the relevant section of the Test Administrator's Guide on page 7.
   
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This program coordinates the implementation and administration of all components of the Vermont Comprehensive Assessment System (CAS), including the development of alternate assessments, assessments that have been modified to accommodate the specific testing needs of students who have disabilities. The team also identifies, analyzes, and reports on outcomes and data measured by the CAS.

Established by the State Board of Education in 1996, the Vermont Comprehensive Assessment System (CAS) evaluates student performance in the state's schools, based on Vermont's Framework of Standards and Learning Opportunities,with the goal of improving teaching and learning. Statewide assessments include:

  • The New England Common Assessment Program (NECAP) which was administered each fall, ending in October, 2013. Mathematics, reading and writing assessments were administered in grades 3-8 and 11.
  • The NECAP science assessment are administered to all students in grades 4, 8 and 11 each May.

 

Schools also assess student performance in additional subject areas and at additional grade levels using portfolios (collections of student work), norm-referenced standardized tests, and locally developed assessments.

   
 

Ordering NECAP Tests for New Students in Braille or Large Print for the Spring NECAP Science Assessment in 2014
If a school has had new students transfer into their school, after the Fall NECAP Assessment, who will need a Braille or Large Print NECAP Science test booklet, please call Measured Progress at 1-877-632-7774 by March 17. This deadline is necessary to ensure that the appropriate quantities can be produced in time for the test shipments in late April.. The student’s grade, name, and state assigned student ID number are required to place an order. Orders for Braille tests must also indicate if a contracted or uncontracted version is needed. For more information: contact Mary Ann Minardo, NECAP Coordinator, at maryann.minardo@state.vt.us or (802) 479-1309.

   
 

Vermont School Science Results Memo (2013)
This memo is from Measured Progress and was sent to all schools who gave the NECAP Science Assessment in grades 4, 8 and 11 last May.

   
 

2013 NECAP Test Administration Window for Reading, Writing & Mathematics
All Vermont students in grades 3 through 8 and 11, including publicly funded students attending private independent schools, should participate unless a student qualifies for alternate assessment or an exemption for medical reasons, family emergency or personal crisis. Each school is responsible for creating its own testing schedule but should consider religious holidays and/or local events that may impact students' ability to participate. Schools should plan make-up test sessions toward the end of the administration window for students who miss testing for any reason.

Administration Window: October 1-23, 2013
Materials Ready for UPS Pickup: October 24, 2013 at 8:00 a.m.

   
   
LINKS TO CURRENTLY AVAILABLE INFORMATION
   
 

Participation in Statewide Assessments
Questions have been raised regarding the authority of parents to opt-out of statewide assessments on behalf of their children, and the authority of schools to condone such action or to enact policy allowing individual or school-wide non-participation in statewide assessments. This document is provided for the purpose of assisting school administrators and school boards in responding to such questions.

   
 

NECAP Online Writing
The VT Agency of Education along with Measured Progress are announcing some key dates for the VT schools who have participated in the Online Writing Test for grade 8 and 11 the past two years and those schools who took the Pilot Writing Test online this past spring

  • VT/RI/NH Training Webinar: on August 22, 2013 (9:00-11:00)
  • Principal passwords sent via email: August 26, 2013
  • Practice testing window: September 3-27, 2013

Additional Resources:

   
 

SMARTER Balanced Assessment Consortium
As a member of the SMARTER Balanced Assessment Consortium, Vermont has joined with 27 other states to develop the next generation of educational tests for English Language Arts/Literacy and Mathematics. SMARTER Balanced will be fully aligned with the Common Core State Standards, use state of the art Computer Adaptive Testing and accessibility technologies, and will provide a continuum of summative, interim and formative tools that can be used for a variety of educational purposes.

   
 

NECAP Principal/Test Coordinator & Administrator Manuals
These documents outline all of the steps to be followed before, during and after test administration. Understanding of and compliance with each of these steps is vital for a successful NECAP Science assessment.

Test Administrator Manuals:

   
   
  Assessment Data Results Information
View links to various student, school, supervisory unions/districts, state, and national assessment results information (e.g., NECAP, NSRE, VT-PASS, SAT, AP and the Nation's Report Card [NAEP]).
   
  Grade Expectations for Vermont's Framework of Standards and Learning Opportunities 
This series of documents provides grade level expectations in mathematics, reading and writing and grade cluster expectations for other contents areas. Grade level expectations are more specific statements of the Vermont standards that form the basis for the New England Common Assessment Program in mathematics and reading grades 3 through 8 and writing in grades 5 and 8. Grade cluster expectations provide guidance for local assessment. Links to GE materials may also be accessed on the individual curriculum content pages.
   
  Other Data Resources:  
   
 
   
  No Child Left Behind Act (NCLBA) Resources:
   
 
   
   
WEBINARS
   
 

NECAP Webinars
These archived NECAP webinars enable principals, coordinators and teachers to access and view the presentations at a time that is convenient for them. The following are available online:

Questions?

Michael Hock at michael.hock@state.vt.us or (802) 479-1288

Page Last Updated on April 14, 2014