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The National Center and State Collaborative (NCSC) is a project led by five centers and 24 states to build an alternate assessment based on alternate achievement standards (AA-AAS) for students with the most significant cognitive disabilities. The goal of the NCSC project is to ensure that students with the most significant cognitive disabilities achieve increasingly higher academic outcomes and leave high school ready for post-secondary options. More

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NCSC Multi-Phase Field Test Activities Continue! Test Administration Manual now publicly available.
On October 20, we began the second phase of the NCSC large-scale pilot testing of our summative assessment. Pilot 2 is part of the NCSC comprehensive approach to field testing of our system and items. Pilot 2 specifically is designed to help us refine our test forms prior to our operational test in Spring 2015. Thank you so much to all the practitioners who have been willing to partner on our development thus far! Now that we have begun Pilot 2, we are posting the Pilot 2 Test Administration Manual (TAM) for public access.

We anticipate that there will be a few revisions to the TAM prior to operational testing next spring, but given the intensive work that has been completed for our multi-phase field testing, the TAM represents a good overview of our procedures for test administration. You may view or download the NCSC Pilot 2 TAM here:

Test Administration Manual for Pilot 2 (PDF)

Pilot 2 is one part of the comprehensive NCSC approach to field testing.  Our comprehensive approach to field testing has also included a set of research studies, including student interaction studies where we worked directly with teachers and students in trying out our platform and our items, action research designs where we partnered with teachers to understand accessibility options for students with the most complex needs, survey research to learn what was working and what needed improvement to our platform and items, as well as a two-phase large-scale pilot test. The first phase of the two-part pilot, Pilot 1, was conducted last spring, and resulted in item statistics for our entire item bank, culminating in item data review and revisions. This fall and winter we look forward to finalizing our NCSC assessment operational forms based on results of Pilot 2, in continued partnership with state and local practitioners. This field testing approach builds on our evidence-centered design (ECD) item development process, also done in close collaboration with practitioners. Thanks again to all who have been such important partners to our work!

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