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Connecticut Alternate Science Field Test: Test Administration Manual /core/fileparse.php/51/urlt/CTAS_FieldTest_Test-Administration-Manual_2017-18.pdf
The purpose of this Test Administration Manual (TAM) is to guide Teachers Administering the Alternate (TEAs) and District/School Test Coordinators (DC/SC) to prepare for and administer the 2018 Connecticut Alternate Science Assessment (CTAS) Field Test to eligible students with significant cognitive disabilities who were determined by a Planning and Placement Team (PPT) to meet the criteria for an alternate assessment.
CSDE Assessment Guidelines /core/fileparse.php/51/urlt/2017-18_Assessment_Guidelines_LIVE_.pdf
Updated January 29, 2018
This document is intended to provide guidance for Connecticut school district personnel who must make decisions about testing special student populations for the following assessments: Smarter Balanced, Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) Field Test, Connecticut Alternate Assessment (CTAA) in English language arts (ELA) and mathematics, and the Connecticut Alternate Science Field Test.
This document provides information regarding the Connecticut Alternate Science Assessment (CTAS) Early Stopping Rule (ESR) as described in the Connecticut Alternate Science Assessment (CTAS) Field Test: Test Administration Manual. The ESR is intended for very few students who are not able to demonstrate an observable response in any way to the first Activity in the first Performance Task in the first District-Assigned Storyline (either Storyline 1 or Storyline 2, depending on District Assignment of Form 1 or Form 2). Students who do not demonstrate an observable response to this first activity are, therefore, not able to participate fully in the CTAS.
Learner Characteristics Inventory (LCI) /core/fileparse.php/51/urlt/LCI.pdf

This inventory will be used by  Connecticut Teachers Administering the Alternate (TEA) to describe the population of students who are assessed with the Connecticut Alternate Assessment (CTAA) and the Alternate Science. These students comprise less than 1% of the total tested student population and are students with the most significant cognitive disabilities. The LCI is required to support the determination of the appropriate assessment at the  Planning and Placement Team (PPT) and must be submitted in the Data Entry Interface (DEI) in order to register a student for participation in either Alternate Assessment (CTAA and Alternate Science).

Student Response Check (SRC) for Paper Administration /core/fileparse.php/51/urlt/StudentResponseCheck_PaperForm.pdf

This paper form may be used for the CTAA or CTAS.  The SRC is a task that the Teacher Administering the Alternate (TEA) use to evaluate the student’s ability to demonstrate an observable response prior to beginning the CTAA or CTAS. This content-neutral task provides an opportunity for the TEA to observe and confirm the student’s mode of response. The online SRC is available for the CTAA only and may be accessed via the Test Delivery System (TDS) Student Interface.

How to Access the Data Entry Interface (DEI) /core/fileparse.php/51/urlt/CT_Accessing-DEI_Brochure.pdf
This brochure describes how to access the Data Entry Interface (DEI). The DEI must be used to submit the Connecticut Alternate Assessment (CTAA) & Alternate Science Learner Characteristics Inventory (LCI). The submission of the LCI is required to confirm student eligibility prior to the administration of any alternate assessment. Please note that the DEI may be used to access and submit the LCI beginning November 21, 2017.
Sample Parent Letter for Districts /core/fileparse.php/51/urlt/Sample-Parent-Letter-for-Districts_Alternate-Assessments.docx

This letter is a sample letter that districts may use as a template to communicate with the parents of students taking the new CTAS Field Test, as well as the CTAA.

Students in PSIS who attend Out-of-State Facilities or In-State Non-Approved Facilities /core/fileparse.php/51/urlt/Students-in-PSIS-who-attend-Out-of-State-Facilities-or-In-State-Non-Approved-Facilities.pdf
This guidance is intended for District Administrators with students in PSIS who attend Out-of-State Facilities or who are in In-State Non-Approved Facilities. Connecticut public school districts are responsible to test students in the Public School Information System (PSIS) who are enrolled in out-of-state facilities or are enrolled in state non-approved schools. This document includes information on how to administer the Connecticut Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) Field Test, Connecticut Alternate Science Field Test, Smarter Balanced assessment, and the Connecticut Alternate Assessment (CTAA). It is also required that districts test these students in Grade 11 who are enrolled in out-of-state or in-state non-approved programs with the Connecticut SAT School Day assessment.