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new york state grade 4 elementary-level science test manual for administrators and teachers 2004 written test performance test form a the university of the state of new york the state education department albany ny 12234 www.nysed.gov

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the university of the state of new york regents of the university robert m bennett chancellor b.a m.s adelaide l sanford vice chancellor b.a m.a p.d diane o neill mcgivern b.s.n m.a ph.d saul b cohen b.a m.a ph.d james c dawson a.a b.a m.s ph.d robert m johnson b.s j.d anthony s bottar b.a j.d merryl h tisch b.a m.a geraldine d chapey b.a m.a ed.d arnold b gardner b.a ll.b harry phillips 3rd b.a m.s.f.s joseph e bowman jr b.a m.l.s m.a m.ed ed.d lorraine a cortÉs-vÁzquez b.a m.p.a judith o rubin a.b james r tallon jr b.a m.a milton l cofield b.s m.b.a ph.d president of the university and commissioner of education richard p mills chief operating officer theresa e savo deputy commissioner for elementary middle secondary and continuing education james a kadamus assistant commissioner for standards assessment and reporting david abrams tonawanda hollis staten island new rochelle peru huntington north syracuse new york belle harbor buffalo hartsdale albany bronx new york binghamton rochester the state education department does not discriminate on the basis of age color religion creed disability marital status veteran status national origin race gender genetic predisposition or carrier status or sexual orientation in its educational programs services and activities portions of this publication can be made available in a variety of formats including braille large print or audiotape upon request inquiries concerning this policy of nondiscrimination should be directed to the department s office for diversity ethics and access room 530 education building albany ny 12234 ii

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contents general features of the grade 4 elementary-level science test 1 information for school administrators 2 general information 2 test forms 2 administration schedule 2 students to be tested 2 testing accommodations 3 security of the tests 5 return of tests and scoring materials to the department 5 administration of the tests 6 scoring the tests 6 determining need for academic intervention services 7 recording test scores and storing student answer papers 7 review of answer papers by students and parents 8 reporting student scores to the department 8 department contacts 8 general test administration procedures 9 test materials 9 special considerations for assuring optimal student performance 9 test administration time 10 preparations for testing 10 administering and scoring the written test 12 detailed directions for administering the written test 12 scoring the written test 14 rating the written test part ii 16 organizing the rating process 16 administering and rating the performance test 18 preparation 18 diagram of typical classroom setup 20 preparing each station 21 station 1 measuring objects and liquids 21 station 2 electrical and magnetic testing 23 station 3 ball and ramp 25 detailed directions for administering the performance test 28 rating the performance test 32 organizing the rating process 32 iii

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appendix i materials needed to administer the performance test form a 33 appendix ii comparison of possible performance test sites 35 appendix iii test administrator s record sheet 37 appendix iv station 3 ball and ramp place mat 39 appendix v class record sheet 43 appendix vi deputy and proctor certificate examination storage certificate 49 appendix vii instructions for nonpublic schools 55 appendix viii approved suppliers for elementary-level science performance test kits 57 iv

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general features of the grade 4 elementary-level science test the regulations of the commissioner of education provide that an elementary-level science test is to be administered in grade 4 to serve as a basis for determining students need for academic intervention services in science the grade 4 elementary-level science test is designed to measure the content and skills contained in the elementary-level science core curriculum grades k­4 the core curriculum is based on the new york state learning standards for mathematics science and technology elementary level the grade 4 elementary-level science test consists of two required components a written test and a performance test the written test consists of multiple-choice and open-ended questions and requires about one hour to administer the performance test form a consists of hands-on tasks set up at three stations and requires about 75 minutes to administer the department establishes a state-designated level of performance to help schools identify students who must receive academic intervention services all students who earn a final score on this test in levels 1 or 2 must be provided such services which must commence in the semester immediately following the administration of the test see page 7 the first section of this manual contains information of special interest to administrators subsequent sections contain directions for administering and scoring the written and performance tests 1

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information for school administrators general information all persons in charge of the administration of the grade 4 elementary-level science test should be familiar with the information in this manual additional information concerning this test may be found on the department s web site at http www.emsc.nysed.gov/osa/elintsci.html schools may submit questions concerning the administration of the grade 4 elementarylevel science test via e-mail to the office of state assessment at emscassessinfo@mail.nysed.gov test forms written test the written test has two parts part i contains multiple-choice questions and part ii contains open-ended questions the test is not timed most students will complete the written test in approximately 45­60 minutes of working time in addition the test administrator will need approximately 15 minutes to give directions to students the department will provide a new form of the written test each year the department also provides a machine-scorable answer sheet for part i it is hand scorable and machine scorable on ncs equipment schools may also use a locally developed answer sheet answers to part ii of the test are to be written in the test booklet performance test form a the performance test consists of tasks at three stations each station requires 15 minutes of testing time for a total testing time of 45 minutes plus the time needed to provide instructions to students and for students to move between stations allot at least 75 minutes for administration of the performance test the performance test is hand scorable only answers to the performance test are to be written in the test booklet administration schedule the grade 4 elementary-level science test must be administered during the month of may specific dates when the test is administered are a local decision the written test and performance test should be administered on separate days students who are absent on the administration dates must be tested when they return to school during may results for all students must be included on the reports submitted to the department see page 8 students to be tested the grade 4 elementary-level science test must be administered to all public school students this test is part of the state s accountability system under the no child left behind act nclb the failure of a public school to administer this test and/or to report the test results to the department can have an impact on the school s accountability status nonpublic schools are strongly encouraged to administer state assessments the rules specified on the next two pages apply to students in public and participating nonpublic schools 2

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general education students the grade 4 elementary-level science test must be administered to all students enrolled in grade 4 in all public schools and in all participating nonpublic schools students who are repeating grade 4 are required to take the test again limited-english-proficient lep students all lep students are required to participate in the grade 4 elementary-level science test lep students may take the test either in an alternative language or in english whichever would be better for the student lep students may also use both an english and an alternative language edition of the test simultaneously alternative language editions of the test are provided in chinese haitian creole and spanish information about administering these translated editions is included on page 9 under test materials the test may be translated orally into other languages for those lep students whose first language is one for which a written translation is not available from the department schools are permitted to offer lep students specific testing accommodations when taking this test see page 4­5 students with disabilities the committee on special education cse must decide for each student with a disability on a case-by-case basis and document on the student s individualized education program iep whether the student will be participating in the grade 4 elementary-level science test or will not be participating in this assessment because the student will be participating in the new york state alternate assessment nysaa for students with severe disabilities or in a locally selected assessment the criteria that the cse must use to determine a student s eligibility to participate in nysaa are available at the web site http unix33.nysed.gov:9280/specialed/alterassessment/identnysaa.htm information on the eligibility criteria for students with disabilities to participate in a locally selected assessment is available in the memorandum entitled supplemental guidelines for participation of students with disabilities in state assessments locally selected assessments this memorandum is available at the web site http unix32.nysed.gov:9280/specialed/publications/policy/participate.htm when determining which students will be participating in this test be sure to consider those students with disabilities who attend programs operated by the board of cooperative educational services boces as well as any other programs located outside the school testing accommodations students who incur disabilities shortly before test administration principals may modify testing procedures for general education students who incur an injury e.g a broken arm or experience the onset of a short or long-term disability e.g epilepsy acquired or diagnosed within 30 days prior to the administration of state assessments in such cases when sufficient time is not available for the development of an iep or a section 504 accommodation plan 504 plan principals may authorize certain accommodations that will not significantly change the skills being tested these accommodations are limited to · extending the time limit for a test · administering the test in a special location · recording the student s answers in any manner · reading the test to a student only for a student whose vision is impaired 3

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eligibility for such accommodations is based on the principal s professional discretion but the principal may confer with members of the committee on special education cse or with other school personnel in making such a determination pursuant to section 100.3 of the regulations of the commissioner of education building principals are responsible for administering state assessments and for maintaining the integrity of test content and programs in accordance with directions and procedures established by the commissioner of education prior permission need not be obtained from the department to authorize testing accommodations for general education students however a full report concerning each authorization must be sent to the office of state assessment further if the student is expected to continue to need testing accommodations the principal must immediately make the appropriate referral for the development of an iep or section 504 accommodation plan students with disabilities all students with disabilities must be provided full access to the grade 4 elementary-level science test to the extent that such testing is consistent with their individual needs students identified by the committee on special education cse of the district as having a disability should be allowed to use the testing accommodations specified in their iep students who have been declassified may continue to be provided testing accommodations if recommended by the local cse at the time of declassification and in the student s declassification iep plan all necessary arrangements for implementing testing accommodations well in advance of the test date the principal is responsible for insuring that students are provided with the testing accommodations specified in their iep or 504 accommodation plan the department s office of vocational and educational services for individuals with disabilities vesid provides more information on testing accommodations for students with disabilities on its web site ftp unix2.nysed.gov/pub/education.dept.pubs/vesid/oses/test.access.mod/testacce.txt you may contact that office via e-mail to vesidspe@mail.nysed.gov if you have questions on this topic for which you are unable to find answers on the web site limited-english-proficient lep students schools may provide the following testing accommodations to limited-english-proficient students · time extension schools may extend the test time for lep students principals may use any reasonable extensions such as time and a half the required testing time plus one-half of that amount of time in accordance with their best judgment about the needs of the lep students principals should consult with each student s classroom teacher in making these determinations separate location schools are encouraged to provide optimum testing environment and facilities for lep students they may administer state tests to lep students individually or in small groups in a separate location bilingual dictionaries and glossaries lep students may use bilingual dictionaries and glossaries when taking this examination the bilingual dictionaries and glossaries may provide only direct translations of words bilingual dictionaries or glossaries that provide definitions or explanations are not permitted · · 4

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· simultaneous use of english and alternative language editions for this examination lep students may use both an english and an alternative language edition of the test simultaneously however they should be carefully instructed to record all of their responses in only one of the two editions the alternative language edition used by the student should be so indicated on the student s answer document oral translation for lower incidence languages schools may provide lep students with an oral translation of this examination when there is no translated edition provided by the department all translations must be oral direct translations of the english editions written translations are not allowed no clarifications or explanations may be provided translators should receive copies of the english edition of the tests one-hour prior to administration the department s office of bilingual education and the bilingual education technical assistance centers betacs can assist schools in locating suitable translators writing responses in the native language lep students making use of alternative language editions or of oral translations of this examination may write their responses to the open-ended questions in their native language scoring the tests is the responsibility of the school however the department s office of bilingual education and the betacs can assist schools in locating persons who can translate the students responses into english to facilitate scoring of the answer papers · · security of the tests all written test booklets both used and unused all scoring keys and rating guides and all student answer sheets must be held secure from the date the school receives its shipment of examination materials through the end of may while schools may score the student answer papers before the end of this period caution raters not to discuss the test content and scoring rubrics except during scoring sessions once the may test administration period has ended the written test materials are no longer considered secure all performance test materials must be held secure except during the actual administration and scoring of the performance test the same performance test form a will be administered for several years all performance test materials except student answer booklets are to be returned to the department return of tests and scoring materials to the department written test since the department will provide a new form of the written test each year schools do not have to return written test materials to the department after the may test administration period has ended and the test has been scored schools may use the written test as part of the instructional program public schools must keep student answer papers for the written test on file in the school for one year copies of this manual and the rating guide for the written test should be kept on file at the school with the students answer papers for reference nonpublic schools are encouraged to make photocopies of the completed student answer sheets as they must send the original answer sheets to the department s office of information and reporting services see appendix vii for the full mailing address and further instructions for nonpublic schools performance test principals are required to ensure that the school returns to the department performance test materials as indicated in the chart on the next page 5

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return to the state education department s test distribution unit all unused performance test answer booklets including regular large-type braille and alternative language editions all used and unused performance test rating guides retain in the school do not return to the department performance test answer booklets used by students copies of this test administration manual completed deputy and proctor certificate completed examination storage certificate use the return label enclosed with the shipment of test materials to return the performance test materials by the end of june to test distribution unit new york state education department cultural education center room 167 empire state plaza albany new york 12230 note new york city public schools should follow the procedures for the return of performance test materials provided to them by the new york city department of education examination certificates deputy and proctor certificates and examination storage certificates must be completed and signed by all of the appropriate parties following the administration and scoring of the performance test and again following the administration and scoring of the written test both sets of signed certificates should be retained in the school s files for one year copies of these certificates can be found in appendix vi administration of the tests if the grade 4 elementary-level science test is to provide an accurate measure of student achievement both students and teachers should be properly prepared for its administration this manual provides recommendations for preparing students to take the tests school personnel who administer the written and performance tests must be familiar with the test materials and the directions for administration provided in this manual scoring the tests it is the school s responsibility to make the necessary arrangements for the scoring of all test materials the answer sheet provided by the department for part i of the written test may be either hand scored or machine scored the department provides a scoring key for hand scoring the answer sheet schools may also use a locally developed answer sheet many schools receive answer sheets developed by their regional information center when hand scoring answer sheets provided to the school by a source other than the department check to be sure that the squares on the scoring key overlay denoting the correct answers for the multiple-choice questions are completely aligned with the circles on the answer sheet for those choices if there is not complete alignment hand scoring must be done using only the list of correct answers printed on the scoring key overlay only equipment that can score ncs test materials can be used to machine score the answer sheet provided 6

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by the department the answer sheet contains fields for recording scores for the questions in part ii of the written test and in the performance test part ii of the written test must be hand scored detailed scoring directions are provided in the rating guide for the written test suggestions for organizing the rating process for the written test are provided on pages 16 and 17 the test booklets for the performance test can be hand scored only all teachers who score the student responses should be thoroughly familiar with the scoring procedures detailed directions for scoring the performance test are provided in the rating guide for the performance test suggestions for organizing the rating process for the performance test are provided on page 32 note because all performance test rating guides must be returned to the department by the end of june all rating must be completed by that time the rating guide for the written test provides a conversion chart for determining each student s final score based on the raw scores on the written and performance tests this final score will fall into one of several performance levels note the final score corresponding to the raw scores in the conversion chart will change with each year s form of the test for this reason it is crucial that for each test year teachers use only the conversion chart provided in the rating guide for that year to determine the student s final score copies of the written test rating guides should be kept on file at the school for reference a class record sheet is provided in appendix v schools that compile their students scores by hand may use this form to record the scores of each class on the written test and the performance test these data can then be developed into a score distribution for local use a form for that purpose is also provided in appendix v determining the need for academic intervention services section 100.2ee i of the regulations of the commissioner of education requires schools to provide academic intervention services to students who score below the state-designated performance level on the grade 4 elementary-level science test all students who achieve a final score below 65 levels 1 or 2 must receive academic intervention services these services must commence in the semester immediately following the administration of the test additional information concerning academic intervention services may be found on the department s web site at http www.emsc.nysed.gov/docs/aisqaweb.pdf recording test scores and storing student answer papers the department does not keep records of individual student scores on the tests therefore the school must maintain complete and accurate records a student s score and the date of administration must be entered on the student s permanent record all schools must keep their students performance test answer booklets on file in the school for at least one year since the performance test booklets remain secure they must be stored in a secure location in addition public schools must keep their students written test answer sheets on file for the same period nonpublic schools must send their students original scannable written test answer sheets to the department along with the class record sheet in appendix v nonpublic schools are advised to make copies of their students written test answer sheets before sending them to the 7

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department this provides a record of the students written test answers for the school s use and protects the student data should a package get lost in the mail nonpublic schools should refer to appendix vii for additional information review of answer papers by students and parents students and parents/guardians of students who have taken the grade 4 elementary-level science test have the right to review student answer papers after the scores have been recorded as described in the preceding paragraph answer papers should be reviewed in the presence of the principal or the principal s designee to ensure that no changes are made on the answer papers as they are being reviewed reporting student scores to the department public school data must be reported through leap for more information about reporting results public school administrators should review the leap manual found at www.emsc.nysed.gov/irts or contact their leap coordinator their local regional information center ric or large city school district scanning center nonpublic schools report scores directly to the department for more information nonpublic school administrators should refer to appendix vii in this manual or contact the office of information and reporting services at 518-474-7965 department contacts different department staff are responsible for various aspects of the test direct questions to one of the persons or offices listed below content/curriculum/scoring ann crotty office of curriculum instruction and instructional technology 518-474-5922 acrotty@mail.nysed.gov david moore test administration unit 518-474-5099 dmoore@mail.nysed.gov judy pinsonnault test development unit 518-474-5900 jpinsonn@mail.nysed.gov dawn thompson information and reporting services 518-474-7965 dthompso@mail.nysed.gov special education policy unit vesidspe@mail.nysed.gov office of school improvement 518-474-5923 mflanaga@mail.nysed.gov administration test development reporting results to sed accommodations for students with disabilities academic intervention services 8

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general test administration procedures test materials the test materials provided by the department for administering the grade 4 elementarylevel science test include for the written test · test booklets · separate answer sheets for part i hand scorable and machine scorable on ncs scoring equipment · scoring key for the separate answer sheet printed on translucent paper · directions for administering and scoring the written test pages 12­17 of this manual · rating guide for the written test part ii for the performance test form a · test booklets · station diagrams 10 copies of each station diagram and one test administrator s record sheet · directions for administering and rating the performance test pages 18­32 of this manual · test administrator s record sheet appendix iii of this manual · rating guide for the performance test form a the written test booklet and the test booklet and station diagrams for the performance test form a are available in large-type and braille editions alternative language editions of both the written test and the performance test are available in chinese haitian creole and spanish these are direct translations of the english editions the directions to students on the alternative language test materials are the same as those on the english editions the department does not provide separate directions for administering the alternative language editions of the tests teachers who speak the language should be able to administer the alternative language editions by using a copy of the test materials in the appropriate language and the directions provided in this manual if a teacher who does not speak the language administers the tests the directions on the test materials should enable students to complete the tests by themselves the test materials to be provided by the school include pencils for both the written and performance tests and the station materials for the performance test for machine processing of the separate answer sheets for the written test the answer sheet includes several grids containing spaces for recording special codes the school must develop uniform written instructions about the completion of these grids and provide them to everyone who will be administering the test such instructions should be based on careful consideration of the types of student and score information the school needs as well as on the processing requirements of the scoring center that the school is using special considerations for assuring optimal student performance the person in charge of administering the grade 4 elementary-level science test should review and become thoroughly familiar with the directions for administering both components see orientation of test administrators on page 11 9

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students should not be given help in interpreting the test questions and statements they should be advised to answer the questions according to their best judgment however the test administrator should give students all the assistance required in the mechanics of taking the test such as filling out the headings of the answer sheets filling out the test booklet covers and recording the answers the test administrator should also replace or repair any faulty equipment during the administration of the performance test test administration time written test the written test is not timed students should be given as much time as they need to complete it as a general rule students will need 45­60 minutes of working time to complete the written test some students will need more time and provision should be made to accommodate these students in addition the test administrator will need approximately 15 minutes to give directions to students performance test form a the performance test will take approximately 75 minutes to administer fieldtesting has determined that almost all students will complete the tasks at the three stations in this amount of time note the written and performance tests should be administered on different days preparations for testing arrangements for administering the tests should interfere as little as possible with the normal school routine the written test may be administered in the students regular classroom or classes may be merged into larger groups at the convenience of the school the performance test need only be set up in one location for buildings with more than one class of grade 4 students classes should cycle through the testing area one at a time 1 security of test materials the sealed packages of secure test booklets may not be opened until the test administration date and then just early enough to permit the distribution of booklets prior to the scheduled starting time 2 selecting the testing rooms suggestions for selecting an appropriate testing site for the performance test are in the section of this manual entitled administering and rating the performance test on pages 18­19 and in appendix ii 3 orientation of students inform the students about the tests a few days before the administration date emphasize the fact that no special preparation or study is necessary on their part make the announcements in such a way as to increase the students interest in the tests and at the same time not cause them to become overly anxious and tense help students become familiar with the general types of questions on the tests and the procedures they should follow in recording their answers 4 notification of parents inform parents/guardians of the dates of testing and the purpose of the tests ask them to encourage students to do their best and to ensure that students are well rested on the dates of testing 10

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5 students absent on the test day plan to administer the test at a later date in may to all students who were absent when the test was initially given do not involve these students in any classroom discussions about the test prior to the time they take it 6 orientation of test administrators everyone who will be administering the tests should become familiar with the detailed directions for administering the tests which are provided in this manual schedule an orientation prior to the testing dates to enable test administrators to become adequately prepared the orientation should include direct hands-on experience with the performance test if the test administrators have not had previous experience with that component your regional boces or large-city central office may provide assistance for conducting such orientation sessions note regarding test security allow access to the performance test materials only to those who are scheduled to administer the performance test conduct the orientation or rate the test these materials must remain under strict security conditions at all times 7 assembling the test materials assemble all test materials at least one day before the test administration except for the test booklets for the written test and the performance test the scoring keys and the rating guides 11

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