We have heard from many teachers that Acuity has not lived up to its previous standards with the new College Readiness Assessments that are aligned to CCSS. Central Office continues to investigate any issues that are presented by principals and teachers and to work with principals to make testing as convenient as possible.
Most recently we investigated the instances in which teachers shared that students had more questions on test than appeared in the student response section that teachers view online.
There were two reasons that this could have happened: Scenario 1
Teachers printed the ONLINE AND PAPER version of the session 1 test, but students were assigned the ONLINE ONLY version of session 1.
In this instance, there are more questions on paper copies of session 1 then scores that could be entered in manual scoring. An example is a student who had 40 questions and the teacher could only see 35 responses in manual scoring, with nowhere to enter the CR items. What Happened?
All students were assigned the ONLINE ONLY version for session 1, and there is no printable test for the online only version. Therefore the district did not provide any paper copies for session 1. If teachers chose to print copies of session 1, and they accidentally printed the ONLINE AND PAPER version, then the students would have had the multiple choice items from the online version and the CR items (found only in the online/paper version) to complete. However, the teacher would have nowhere to enter the scores for the CR items, because students were not assigned the online and paper version of the session 1 test.Regarding student scores
If the students took the multiple choice questions online, the student reports will be valid and aligned to standards; the teacher could not enter the scores for CR items because this is not applicable in the online only version which was assigned.Scenario 2
: Field test items were randomly included in some of the assessments. In this scenario, no paper copies were printed, but (some) students still might have completed more questions than the responses that appeared in the teacher view of Acuity. What happened?
As Acuity has included Field Test items on the new assessments, they are not including the student responses as part of the body of evidence to guide instruction. Acuity is gathering the data to these items in a behind the scenes data table that they can use to analyze the validity and reliability of new items.Regarding student scores
Student scores are not affected by the field test items and do not impact reports about standards.
In order to provide ongoing support to schools, Central Office will hold focus groups so that teachers can provide feedback regarding Acuity. Additionally, we will train an assessment cohort of teacher leaders across the district so that each building can have a person to contact regarding assessment questions/concerns. Please let Michell Ansley know if you might be interested in this role that would be compensated through extra duty pay.