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The Iowa Alternate Assessment (IAA) promotes fair measurement of student knowledge on the Iowa Core Content Standards and Benchmarks. The Iowa Alternate Assessment is for students with the most significant cognitive disabilities whose academic performance is appropriately judged against alternate achievement standards. The Iowa Alternate Assessment measures student performance in Reading, Mathematics, and for some students, Science. The Iowa Alternate Assessment process involves:

  • Providing information about student characteristics
  • Teaching students academic content throughout the school year
  • Reporting student performance and having evidence of performance on academic skills,
  • Collaborating with building administrators about the alternate assessment process and students' performance on the assessment
  • Reporting results to parents in ways that describe what students are doing and how students have improved overtime<
  • Providing information to the Iowa Department of Education on the efficiency and effectiveness of the alternate assessment process.

Content areas and grades are:

  • Reading Grades 3-8, 10, and 11
  • Math, Grades 3-8, 10, and 11
  • Science-grades 5, 8, and 11

 

Legal Requirements

The Alternate Assessment is a part of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act Legislation and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.

 

Continuous Improvement of the Assessment Process

The Iowa Department of Education evaluates the Alternate Assessment process annually. Since inception in 2001, several enhancements have been made, most recently in 2011. Since 2011, the Department added a multiple reporting period which allowed growth to be measured, standardized the number of items teachers are required to instruct, assess, and report out on for scoring, and instituted a Fall Audit Visit and Evidence Audit.

The Department continues to:

  • Increase the involvement of district assessment personnel in the IAA process to ensure the integrity, reliability, and validity of the assessment and to support teachers in using the IAA data to improve instruction.
  • Work with the Dynamic Learning Maps Alternate Assessment Consortium in the development and determination of Iowa's Next Generation Alternate Assessment.

The Department is committed to an assessment process that is good for students, efficient, and meaningful for teachers and parents.

Iowa Alternate Assessment Online Teacher Training is Required by All Teachers who Administer the Iowa Alternate Assessment

This training was developed as a result of IAA Evidence Audit trend data and the recommendation of the Significant Disabilities State Leadership Team. Analysis of trend data indicate teacher training is required in the following areas:

  • IAA policy and requirements
  • How to administer the IAA
  • How to collect progress monitoring data
  • How to provide instructional opportunity
  • How to access or understand identified Department of Education Training Resources (e.g. supporting materials located on the Department of Education IAA webpage)
    • See training details below in Timeline for the IAA Process Section of this webpage

This training is also open for administrators and other school personnel who support the educational programming of student with significant disabilities.

 

Iowa Alternate Assessment Process

Step 1: Department sends Security Access Codes for new users to the IAA Online System to District IAA Coordinators

  • District IAA Coordinators sends Access Codes to new teachers to the IAA Online System
  • District IAA Coordinators ensure building administrators have a registered account in the IAA Online system

Step 2: District IAA Coordinators Review District/Building IAA Roster & IMS

  • Ensure accurate student participation in the Iowa Alternate Assessment

Step 3:Teachers complete required IAA training

Step 4: Teachers enter student profile activities into the IAA online system

  • Ongoing Student Data Verification
  • Teachers manually update student activities throughout the year (add & remove students from rosters/enter in student performance data)

Step 5: Teachers enter student performance data into the IAA Online System for each reporting period

Step 6: IAA Online System generates student reports

Step 7: Adequate Yearly Progress determinations

 

Timeline for the IAA Process

Assessment Window

September 1, 2013 to April 4, 2014 - Teach and gather evidence on 15 items per content area assessed in the Iowa Alternate Assessment

 

Beginning of the Year Timeline & Activities

District IAA Coordinator

August 15, 2013--August 30, 2013

 

Teachers

August 15, 2013 - September 30, 2013

New this year, Iowa Alternate Assessment Online Teacher Training is Required by All Teachers who Administer the Iowa Alternate Assessment

  • Complete IAA Online Training
    1. Go to http://training.aeapdonline.org
    2. Login (or register as a new user).
    3. Select the course catalog from the menu in the upper left
    4. Select the Iowa Alternate Assessment Training from the menu and click on the register button
    5. Verify district information and begin the training.
  • View the IAA Tutorials located on the homepage of the IAA online system
  • Teachers update or register for new accounts in the IAA online system
  • Teachers print off IAA Rating Scales located on the DE IAA webpage for each content area assessed
  • Determine Mastered items on the Rating Scales for each student on the Mastery Checklist
  • Select 15 items in each content area to report progress on
  • Complete Student Profile Activities

The IAA Online Training is also open for administrators and other school personnel who support the educational programming of student with significant disabilities. Contact Emily Thatcher at emily.thatcher@iowa.gov for technical assistance with this training.

 

Assessment Reporting Periods:

  • September 1- November 15: 1st Report
  • November 16 - January 30: 2nd Report
  • February 1 - April 30: 3rd Report

Exclusions

The reporting process is three times a year. Expectation is that teachers report on all 15 items per content area rating scales assessed. Prompted or a performance score is reported on each item for each reporting period. Any item left blank will result in exclusion for that student in performance and participation. Exclusions may be appealed through the Department.

Summative Scoring

The third and final reporting period generates the summative score which determine levels of proficiency for AYP. Depending on the performance level of the student, individual rating scale scores are converted into points (1-3). Prompted performance results in one point. All other performance is rated in percent accurate and converted to a 3 point scale to generate a summative score which will determine levels of proficiency.

 

AEA Significant Disabilities Coordinators

 

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Master FAQ 2013-2014

 

Supporting Documents

Administrator

Administrator Walk Through

 

Parent

IAA Parent Brochure

IAA Parent Brochure in Spanish

IAA Parent Guide FAQ 2013-2014

Sample Rating Scale for Parents 2013

 

IEP Team

Participation Criteria for IEP Teams

 

IAA Rating Scales

Reading Rating Scales

Reading 3-5 Rating Scale 2013-2014

Reading 6-8 Rating Scale 2013-2014

Reading 10-11 Rating Scale 2013-2014

 

Math Rating Scales

Math 3-5 Rating Scale 2013-2014

Math 6-8 Rating Scale 2013-2014

Math 10-11 Rating Scale 2013-2014

 

Science Rating Scales

Science 5 Rating Scale 2013-2014

Science 8 Rating Scale 2013-2014

Science 11 Rating Scale 2013-2014

 

Glossary of Terms

IAA Glossary Of Terms 2013-2014


Cut Scores

IAA Cut Scores by Content Area 2013-2014 - This file provides a summary of the cut scores by content area.

Math Performance Level Descriptors & Cut Scores 2013-2014

Reading Performance Level Descriptors & Cut Scores 2013-2014

Science Performance Level Descriptors & Cut Scores 2013-2014

 

Technical Specifications

Iowa Alternate Assessment 1% Technical Manual - Summarizes guiding principles, test development, administration/scoring/reporting, reliability, and validity of the alternate assessment. Data are summarized from 2006-Fall 2009.

Iowa Alternate Assessment 1% Item Statistics - This document summarizes item responses used in the Iowa Alternate Assessment Bias Review.

Iowa Alternate Assessment 1% Technical Manual for Science - A technical manual was developed for Science Peer Review that summarizes technical data for the 1% Alternate Assessment in Science at Grades 5, 8, and 11.

Printed from the Iowa Department of Education website on April 16, 2014 at 6:19am.