Connecticut Alternate Assessment System
English Language Arts & Mathematics
Skills Checklist Science
Connecticut's Alternate Assessment System for student with significant cognitive disabilities is composed of:
Connecticut Mastery Test (CMT) Skills Checklist Science for Grades 5 and 8;
Connecticut Academic Performance Test (CAPT) Skills Checklist Science for Grade 10; and
Connecticut Alternate Assessment (CTAA) for English language arts and Mathematics for Grades 3-8 and 11.
Alternate Assessment Administration Resources
Connecticut Alternate Assessment
The Connecticut Alternate Assessment (CTAA) is an assessment of English language arts/literacy and mathematics aligned to the Connecticut Core Standards for eligible students with significant cognitive disabilities in Grades 3-8 and 11. It is a secure test accessed via an online presentation of items during the testing window. Teachers administering any alternate assessment must be trained by the Connecticut State Department of Education to administer the assessment to each student individually.
CTAA Test Administration Manual
This manual provides information for the Teacher Test Administrator and District/School Coordinator regarding policies and procedures for the 2016 Connecticut Alternate Assessment in mathematics and English language arts/literacy.
CTAA Assessing Students Who are Blind, Deaf, or Deaf-Blind: Additional Guidance for Test Administration
This additional guidance is provided for the CTAA Teacher Test Administrator and includes (1) tasks to complete before, during, and after the assessment; (2) strategies, with definitions and examples that may be used by the TE as appropriate for individual students to enhance access to the CTAA; and (3) appendices with information for accessing the Open-Response Foundational Reading Items in Grades 3 and 4 and additional resources.
Assessing Students Who are Blind, Deaf, or Deaf-Blind: Additional Guidance for Test Administration must be used in conjunction with the Directions for Test Administration and the Test Administration Manual. This document is intended for use with students who are Blind, Deaf, or Deaf–Blind.
2015 NCSC Writing Scoring Rubrics
The 2015 NCSC Writing Scoring Rubrics for the constructed-response items are assigned a score for each of the three individual writing prompt traits: Organization, Idea Development and Conventions. For the 2014-2015 school year, the constructed-response writing score is not included in the student’s overall English language arts score. Information about the writing assessment is available in the Connecticut’s NCSC 2015 Guide for Score Report Interpretation.
NCSC Performance Level Descriptors
The NCSC developed Performance Level Descriptors (PLDs) for mathematics and English language arts (ELA) for grades 3-8 and 11 through an iterative process involving multiple stakeholder groups. The NCSC partnership developed grade-level PLDs to summarize the knowledge, skills, and abilities prioritized for the NCSC Assessment that students need to attain at each level of achievement (Level 1- Level 4). Each performance level is understood to include the knowledge, skills, and abilities of the preceding performance levels. Information about the performance level descriptors is available in the Connecticut’s NCSC 2015 Guide for Score Report Interpretation.
CMT and CAPT Skills Checklist Science
The CMT Skills Checklist Science is designed for students with significant cognitive disabilities in Grades 5 and 8. The CAPT Skills Checklist Science is designed for Grade 10 students with significant cognitive disabilities. The Skills Checklist Science is a working document that trained teachers complete throughout the school year. The document is used to assist in planning instruction, monitoring student growth, and progress and documenting achievement on grade level science content. Teachers rate students on grade-level academic skills and submit results for state/federal reporting purposes during the CMT/CAPT testing window.
CMT and CAPT Skills Checklist Science Performance Level Descriptors
Alternate Assessment Results
- 2015 NCSC Results
- CMT/CAPT Skills Checklist Science Assessment Data
CMT and CAPT Skills Checklist Science results can be accessed on www.ctreports.com. This Web site provides educators, parents and the general public with student performance results on science at the school, district and state levels.
Telephone: 860-713-6860 or 860-713-6890
Content Last Modified on 4/1/2016 12:08:48 PM