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CSDE Assessment Guidelines /core/fileparse.php/51/urlt/2018-19-Assessment-Guidelines-LIVE-9.24.18_MASTER.pdf
Updated November 26, 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) Assessment, Connecticut Alternate Assessment (CTAA) in English language arts (ELA) and mathematics, and the Connecticut Alternate Science Assessment (CTAS).
Learner Characteristics Inventory (LCI) /core/fileparse.php/51/urlt/Learner-Characteristics-Inventory_MASTER.pdf

The Learner Characteristics Inventory (LCI) 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 Connecticut Alternate Science (CTAS). 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 CTAS).

Connecticut was a partner state in the National Center and State Collaborative (NCSC) which was  created to apply the lessons learned from the past decade of research on alternate assessments based on alternate achievement standards (AA-AAS) to develop a multi-state comprehensive assessment system for students with significant cognitive disabilities. Connecticut worked with other partner states and experts to develop this assessment which became the Connecticut Alternate Assessment (CTAA) beginning with the 2016 administration. This site includes numerous resources focusing on students with significant cognitive disabilities.
The NCSC Wiki provides materials to support educators with instruction aligned to the Connecticut Core Standards. This Wiki also provides curriculum, instructional, core content connectors, and parent resources.
Connecticut Alternate Assessment System Training – Overview for District Administrators /core/fileparse.php/51/urlt/CT-Alternate-Assessment-System-Training-Overview-for-District-Administrators.pdf

Beginning with the 2018-2019 school year, the Connecticut State Department of Education (CSDE) Performance Office and the American Institutes for Research (AIR) have revised the qualification process for Teachers Administering the Alternate (TEAs) assessments. The Alternate Assessment System includes both the Connecticut Alternate Assessment (CTAA) in English language arts and math for eligible students in Grades 3-8 and 11 and the Connecticut Alternate Science Assessment (CTAS) for eligible students in Grades 5, 8, and 11. This revised process will ensure that TEA training includes the most current information as testing policies and system enhancements shift from year to year.

The information included in this overview describes the responsibilities of the District Administrator (DA) in the Test Information Distribution Engine (TIDE) who manages the assessment process and communication about Connecticut’s assessment system for their district. DAs must follow these procedures to ensure the alternate assessments are administered by teachers qualified for this responsibility.
Connecticut Alternate Assessment System Training – Overview for Teachers Administering the Alternate /core/fileparse.php/51/urlt/CT-Alternate-Assessment-System-Training-Overview-for-TEAs.pdf

Beginning with the 2018-2019 school year, the Connecticut State Department of Education (CSDE) Performance Office and the American Institutes for Research (AIR) have revised the qualification process for Teachers Administering the Alternate (TEAs) assessments. The Alternate Assessment System includes both the Connecticut Alternate Assessment (CTAA) in English language arts and math for eligible students in Grades 3-8 and 11 and the Connecticut Alternate Science Assessment (CTAS) for eligible students in Grades 5, 8, and 11. This revised process will ensure that TEA training includes the most current information as testing policies and system enhancements shift from year to year.

The information included in this overview describes the responsibilities of the Teacher Administering the Alternate (TEA) and the procedures to ensure the alternate assessments are administered by teachers qualified for this responsibility.
Connecticut Alternate Assessment System – Early Stopping Rule Flowchart /core/fileparse.php/51/urlt/CT-Alternate-Assessment-System_ESR-FlowChart.pdf
This document outlines all steps that a Trained Teacher Administering the Alternate (TEA) must take to determine whether or not a student qualifies for the Early Stopping Rule (ESR) for the Connecticut Alternate Assessment (CTAA) and the Connecticut Alternate Science Assessment (CTAS).
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 Connecticut Alternate Science Assessment TEA Responsibility Checklist /core/fileparse.php/51/urlt/CTAS-TEA-Responsibility-Checklist.pdf
The Connecticut Alternate Science Assessment (CTAS) is a non-secure test that is administered to eligible students with significant cognitive disabilities in Grades 5, 8, and 11. The CTAS was designed to be administered by the Trained Teacher Administering the Alternate (TEA) in a one-to-one test setting with the student. The responsibilities and suggested steps for the Trained TEA are defined in this document.