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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.
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.

This guidance provides information for the Connecticut Alternate Assessment (CTAA) Early Stopping Rule (ESR) as described in the CTAA Test Administration Manual. The ESR is intended for very few students who are not able to demonstrate an observable response in any way to CTAA test items and therefore, are not able to participate fully in the CTAA.

The CTAA ESR is initiated by the trained teacher who is administering the CTAA and is confirmed by the Connecticut State Department of Education (CSDE).
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.
CTAA Test Administration Manual /core/fileparse.php/51/urlt/CTAA_Test-Administration-Manual_2017-18.pdf

This manual provides information for the Teacher Administering the Alternate Assessment (TEA) and the District/School Test Coordinator (DC/SC) regarding policies and procedures for the 2018 Connecticut Alternate Assessment (CTAA) for English language arts (ELA) and mathematics to eligible students with significant cognitive disabilities in their school or district.

CTAA System User Guide /core/fileparse.php/51/urlt/CTAA_System_User_Guide_2017-18.pdf
This system user guide is designed to help Teachers Administering the Alternate (TEAs) navigate the Test Delivery System for the Connecticut Alternate Assessment (CTAA), including the Student Interface and the Test Administration Interface. The user guide also includes instructions for accessing the Directions for Test Administration (DTA), which are required for administration of the CTAA.
CTAA Assessing Students Who Are Blind, Deaf, or Deaf-Blind: Additional Guidance for Test Administration /core/fileparse.php/51/urlt/CTAA-Assessing-Students-Who-Are-Blind-Deaf-DeafBlind.pdf
This document provides additional guidance for administering the Connecticut Alternate Assessment (CTAA) in English language arts and mathematics to students who are blind, deaf, or deaf-blind. This document is intended to be used in conjunction with the required secure CTAA Directions for Test Administration (DTA).
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.

Accessing Participation Reports /core/fileparse.php/51/urlt/CT_Accessing-Participation-Reports_Brochure.pdf
This document provides instructions for how to extract participation reports from TIDE for the Connecticut Alternate Assessment (CTAA) & Alternate Science Learner Characteristics Inventory (LCI). The submission of the LCI is required in order to confirm student eligibility prior to the administration of any alternate assessment. Accessing and reviewing the LCI participation reports can assist Teachers Administering the Alternate (TEA) to track the LCI submissions to ensure that eligible students are registered for either alternate assessment.
How to Access and Download the CTAA Secure Testing Materials /core/fileparse.php/51/urlt/CTAA_Secure_Testing_Materials_Brochure_2017-2018.pdf

This Connecticut Alternate Assessment (CTAA) brochure provides instructions for how to access and download the CTAA secure testing materials from the Test Information Distribution Engine (TIDE). These grade- and subject-specific secure testing materials include required Directions for Test Administration and PDF test forms which are used for administering the CTAA to eligible students. The secure testing materials are availalable to Teachers Administering the Alternate (TEA) and District Administrators (DAs) in TIDE.

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.
The 2018 Test Coordinator’s Manual provides the District Administrator with information pertinent to Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments and the Connecticut Alternate Assessment (CTAA) in English language arts (ELA) and mathematics. Please note that this manual does not include directions for the Connecticut SAT School Day. Information about the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) Field Test and the Alternate Science Field Test will be published in a separate manual.