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The Student Assessment Section, under the Systems Accountability Office, oversees the Hawaii State Assessment Program. Specifically, the Student Assessment Section is responsible for the development and implementation of the Hawaii State Assessment (HSA), the Hawaiian Language HSA, the Hawaii State Alternate Assessment, the National Assessment of Educational Progress, and other statewide assessment-related matters.


Online HSA FAQs - Frequently Asked Questions about the online Hawaii State Assessments


Assessments/Projects:

ACT College and Career Readiness System
The Hawaii Department of Education will administer the ACT College and Career Readiness System on a statewide basis for School Year 2012-13 that consists of the following assessments:

1. EXPLORE for all grade 8 and 9 students;
2. PLAN for all grade 10 students; and
3. ACT Plus Writing for all grade 11 students.

The ACT College and Career Readiness System will provide all secondary schools with a longitudinal metric aligned to the Common Core State Standards and College Readiness Standards to monitor and measure student progress toward and readiness for post-secondary plans.


Assessment Results Workbooks
Each year the Student Assessment Section produces a series of Hawaii State Assessment Program (HSAP) results workbooks. These workbooks contain a statewide summary of assessment results and school-specific results at the individual student level.


End-of Course (EOC) Exams
End-of-Course Exams will be administered to all students in an Algebra I, Algebra II, Biology I, Expository Writing I and/or U.S. History course at the end of the spring 2013 semester/year. The Biology I EOC Exam will be administered to all students in a block-scheduled course at the end of the fall 2012 semester as well as at the end of the spring 2013 semester/year. The American Diploma Project (ADP) Algebra II End-of-Course Exam will no longer be administered. A new Algebra II EOC Exam will be administered beginning in spring 2013.

Hawaiian Language HSA
Hawaiian Language Immersion Program (HLIP) students in grades 3 and 4 are administered the Hawaiian Language HSAs in reading and mathematics using the online HSA system. Students in grade 4 are also administered the online Hawaiian Language HSA in science.

HSA - Hawaii State Assessment
The online HSA in reading and mathematics is administered to students in grades 3 - 8 and 10. This assessment includes multiple choice and machine-scored constructed response questions. Students in grades 4, 8 and 10 also take the online HSA in science. Information about the HSA for parents, students and educators may be found at the AlohaHSA.org website.

HSA-Alt - Hawaii State Assessment - Alternate
The Hawaii State Alternate Assessment (HSAA) is administered to IDEA students who qualify under the participation criteria for the Alternate Assessment. The HSAA in reading and mathematics is administered to students in grades 3 - 8 and 10 and the HSAA in science is administered to students in grades 4, 8, and 10. The HSAAs for reading, mathematics and science are administered throughout the school year. Information about the HSAA for parents and educators may be found at the
AlohaHSAA.org website.

NAEP in Hawaii
The NAEP is a national assessment administered biennially to a randomly selected group of students in grades 4, 8 and 12. The National NAEP website provides an overview of NAEP in Hawaii, reports for reading, mathematics, science, and writing, and item compilations in reading, mathematics, science, and geography.


SMARTER Balanced Assessment Consortium
Hawaii is a governing state of the SMARTER Balanced Assessment Consortium. The national consortium of states is working to develop assessments aligned to the Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts and Mathematics.



Announcements/Updates:

Accepting Applications for Participation in the Smarter Balanced Pilot and Field Test Activities  04/09/2013,Tues
The System Accountability Office is accepting applications from teachers and content specialists from all grade levels to serve on various Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium committees. DOE Memo - April 9, 2013

Hawaii State Assessment Program Summer Review Committees 04/08/2013,Mon
The Student Assessment Section is accepting applications from individuals to serve on various HSAP committees for the HSA, HSA-Alt and EOC Exams during May, June and July 2013. DOE Memo - April 8, 2013

School Year 2013-14 Testing Windows 03/13/2013,Wed
The testing windows for the Online Bridge Hawai‘i State Assessments, Hawai‘i State Alternate Assessments, End-of-Course Exams, EXPLORE, PLAN and ACT Assessments, and the Smarter Balanced Field Tests have been approved. DOE Memo - March 13, 2013

Presentation on the ACT College and Career Readiness System on February 7, 2013  01/23/2013,Wed
The Hawaii Department of Education (Department) and ACT will be conducting a mandatory training presentation on Thursday, February 7,2013, about ACT'S College and Career Readiness System. DOE Memo - January 23, 2013

Spring 2013 Hawaii State Assessment Testing Opportunities and Options for Grades 3 and 4 Hawaiian Language Immersion Program Students 01/18/2013,Fri
In order to provide the grades 3 and 4 Hawaiian Language lmmersion Program students with three opportunities to take the Online Hawaii State Assessments in Reading, Mathematics, and Science (grade 4 only) the Systems Accountability Office's Student Assessment Section staff and the Office of Curriculum, Instruction and Student Support's Hawaiian Education Program Section staff have identified testing options that can be used by
these students for up to three testing opportunities. DOE Memo - January 18, 2013

Accepting Applications for Spring 2013 End-of-Course Exams Item Review Committees 01/08/2013,Tues
The Systems Accountability Office is accepting applications from individuals to serve on the End-of-Course Exams Item Review Committees for Algebra I, Algebra II, Biology I, Expositoty Writing I, and U.S. History. DOE Memo - January 8, 2013

ACT Option for Seniors Enrolled in Algebra II, Spring 2013, and Who Want to Earn a Board of Education Recognition Diploma  01/07/2013,Mon
If a current senior enrolled in an Algebra II course is planning to graduate in May 2013 but does not have ACT or SAT results indicating achievement of the minimum cut score then that student may take the ACT at the Department’s expense if he or she meets specific criteria. DOE Memo - January 7, 2013

OPTIONAL ACT Administration for Seniors in an Algebra II course, Spring 2013 - Attachment 01/07/2013,Mon
Principals must use this form to certify that seniors who meet the criteria may take the ACT exam at the Department's expense. DOE Memo Attachment - January 7, 2013

HSA-Alt Test Coordinator Webinar 01/04/2013,Fri
The Hawaii State Alternate Assessment (HSA-Alt) Test Coordinator webinar will take place onTuesday, January 29,2013 at 2:30 p.m. DOE Memo - January 4, 2013

HSA-Alt Test Coordinator Webinar Instructions  01/04/2013,Fri
Instructions to join the January 29, 2013 Test Coordinator Webinar DOE Memo Attachment - January 4, 2013

End-of-Course Exam Administration, Spring 2013 12/27/2012,Thur
End-of-Course exams will be administered in five courses during the spring 2013 EOC exam testing window. DOE Memo - December 27, 2012

Opportunity for Schools to Volunteer to Participate in the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium Pilot Test 11/21/2012,Wed
The Smarter Balanced Pilot Tests will be administered this spring to students in grades 3 – 11 between February 20, 2013 - May 10, 2013. The Pilot will be a computer-based administration in the content areas of English language arts/literacy (ELA) and mathematics. Items are aligned to the Common Core State Standards and will include selected response, constructed response, technology-enhanced, and performance tasks. DOE Memo - November 21, 2012

Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium –Technology Readiness Survey  11/20/2012,Tues
This memo is to inform each school of the requirement to participate in the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (Smarter Balanced) Technology Readiness Survey. Please refer to my memo dated March 7, 2012, entitled “Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium Item Specifications” for more information about the consortium. DOE Memo - November 20, 2012

2013 Smarter Balanced Assessment Pilot Test  11/08/2012,Thur
The Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium will be administering a Pilot Test to gather data on the functioning of items, conduct the initial scaling, and test the online test delivery engine from February 20 – May 10, 2013. All schools will be encouraged to volunteer to participate in the Pilot Test Administration. DOE Memo - November 8, 2012

Pilot Program for iPad Administration of the Hawaii State Alternate Assessment  11/07/2012,Wed
The Systems Accountability Office is soliciting volunteer schools and test administrators to participate in a pilot program to evaluate the delivery of the Hawaii State Alternate Assessment (HSA-Alt) using an iPad interface from May 6 – 17, 2013. DOE Memo - November 7, 2012

Accepting Applications for December 2012 Reading Bridge Assessment Committees  11/07/2012,Wed
The Systems Accountability Office is accepting applications from individuals to serve on Reading Bridge Assessment Item Review committees for identified grade levels. DOE Memo - November 7, 2012

Hawaii State Alternate Assessment Mandatory Training Sessions for Test Administrators, Second Raters and Complex Area Support Team Members 11/02/2012,Fri
The Systems Accountability Office’s, Student Assessment Section has scheduled mandatory training sessions for the Hawaii State Alternate Assessments (HSA-Alt). DOE Memo - November 2, 2012

End-of-Course Exam Webinar, Eligibility Information, and Important Dates for the Fall 2012 Administration of the Biology I End-of-Course Exam 10/29/2012,Mon
The Hawai'i State Biology I End-of-Course (EOC) Exam will be administered at high schools that have block schedules during a three-week testing window, November 26 - December 14, 2012. A training webinar for the Biology I EOC Exam will be provided for principals, test coordinators,
and test administrators on Thursday, November 8, 2012 at 2:30 p.m. DOE Memo - October 29, 2012

School Year 2012-2013 Online Hawaii State Assessments in Hawaiian  10/02/2012,Tues
Grades 3 and 4 HLIP students will take the Online Hawaii State Reading, Mathematics, and Science Assessments in Hawaiian during a three-week spring testing window that begins on Monday, April 29, 2013, and ends on Friday, May 17, 2013. Students will be provided one opportunity to take each fixed form content area assessment online. DOE Memo - October 2, 2012

End-of-Course Exams for School Years 2012-13 and 2013-14 08/24/2012,Fri
End-of-Course Exams will be administered to all students in Algebra I, Algebra II, Biology I, Expository Writing I and U.S. History courses at the end of the spring 2013 semester/year. The Biology I EOC Exam will be administered to all students in a block-scheduled course at the end of the fall 2012 semester as well as at the end of the spring 2013 semester/year. DOE Memo - August 22, 2012

External Review of the Bridge Assessment Alignment 08/20/2012,Mon
Due to the full implementation of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) in School Year (SY) 2013-14, the Department of Education (Department) is creating Online Hawaii State Reading and Mathematics Bridge Assessments to assist with the transition of Hawaii’s schools from the Hawaii Content and Performance Standards III (HCPS III) to the CCSS. DOE Memo - August 20, 2012

Student Non-Participation in the Hawaii Statewide Assessment Program - REVISED 08/20/2012  08/10/2012,Fri
Revisions made to this memo: Revisions made to the body of memo. Paragraph 2: School Year changed to SY 2011-12. Paragraph 3: Return date to the Student Assessment Section was changed from Friday, August 31, 2012 to Friday, September 7, 2012. DOE Memo - August 10, 2012

Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium Pilot Test Scheduled for February - March 2013  08/06/2012,Mon
The Department of Education (Department) is pleased to announce that the administration of the Smarter Balanced Assessment Pilot Test in English Language Arts and Mathematics will begin in late February 2013 and run through March 2013. This will provide the first opportunity for a large-scale tryout of the 10,000 assessment items and performance tasks now being developed. The Department is aware that educators are eager to learn more about the assessment system and see firsthand what the items and performance tasks will look like. There will be an opportunity for all schools to participate in the Pilot Test. DOE Memo - August 6, 2012

2011-2012 Online Hawaii State Assessment Family Report CD  08/03/2012,Fri
A CD containing the official 2011-2012 Online Hawaii State Assessment Reading, Mathematics, and Science Assessments Family Reports for students who were tested was sent to each school in early August 2012. DOE Memo - August 3, 2012

The Use of Hawaii State Assessment Results in Determining Students’ Final Course Grades 08/03/2012,Fri
It is not appropriate to use HSA scale scores to determine a student’s final course grade. Performance levels provide context for interpreting the meaning of scale scores. Therefore, only HSA performance levels should be used as one component of a student’s final course grade. DOE Memo - August 3, 2012

Hawaii State Alternate Assessment Testing Window for School Year 2012-2013  08/02/2012,Thur
The Hawaii State Alternate Assessment (HSA-Alt) testing window for School Year 2012-2013 will be open Monday, April 1, 2013 through Friday, May 3, 2013 (note: a modified testing window will be provided for multi-track schools). DOE Memo - August 2, 2012

Webinar Invitation for District/Complex Area Support Team Members to Introduce the New Hawaii State Alternate Assessment  07/31/2012,Tues
The Systems Accountability Office will be providing a webinar for District/Complex Area Support Team members on August 23, 2012 at 10:30 a.m. to introduce the new Hawaii State Alternate Assessment (HSA-Alt) and the contractor for this assessment, the American Institutes for Research (AIR). DOE Memo - July 31, 2012

Webinar Invitation to Principals, Test Coordinators, Test Administrators, and Second Raters for the New Hawaii State Alternate Assessment  07/31/2012,Tues
The Systems Accountability Office will be providing a webinar to introduce the new Hawaii State Alternate Assessment (HSA-Alt) and the contractor for this assessment, the American Institutes for Research (AIR). The webinars will be presented at two different times for all principals, HSA-Alt Test Coordinators, HSA-Alt Test Administrators and HSA-Alt Second Raters. DOE Memo - July 31, 2012

Accepting Applications for Fall 2012 Hawaii State Alternate Assessment Item Content and Fairness Review Committees 07/31/2012,Tues
The Systems Accountability Office is accepting applications from individuals to serve on the Item Content and Fairness Review Committees for the Hawaii State Alternate Assessment (HSA-Alt). DOE Memo - July 31, 2012

Delivery of School Year 2011-12 Hawaii State Reading, Mathematics, and Science Assessment Family Reports and Data Labels 07/26/2012,Thur
The School Year 2011-12 Hawaii State Reading, Mathematics, and Science Assessment (HSA) Family Reports and Data Labels are being delivered to all schools between July 23-27, 2012 in two shipments. DOE Memo - July 26, 2012


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