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Hawaii State Assessment-Alternate (HSA-Alt)

The purposes of the Hawaii State Assessment-Alternate (HSA-Alt) are to (1) meet or exceed the requirements of NCLB (2001), Chapter 302A of the Hawaii Revised Statutes, and Hawaii Board of Education Policy 2520-Statewide Assessment Program, (2) promote, improve access to, and measure the attainment of the Hawaii Content and Performance Standards (HCPS III) and the Common Core State Standards in reading and mathematics, and of the HCPS III in science by setting high expectations for students with significant cognitive disabilities, (3) provide information to stakeholders about the achievement of students, schools, complex areas and the state relative to challenging alternate academic achievement standards, and (4) support instructional program improvement efforts.

For more information about the new Hawaii State Alternate Assessment please visit AlohaHSAP.org.

HSA-Alt Testing Window

The HSA-Alt is administered by teachers in a one-on-one environment. The alternate assessment is administered during the specified testing window. During the 2012-13 school year, the HSA-Alt will be administered April 1 – May 3, 2013. A modified testing window, beginning on March 11, 2013 and ending on May 3, 2013 will be provided only for multi-track schools.

Student Participation in the HSA-Alt

Students with significant cognitive disabilities are individuals who display limited cognitive abilities that may be combined with physical limitations or behavioral limitations, or both; and who require highly specialized educational programs. Students with significant cognitive disabilities may have inconsistent or rudimentary basic skills in reading and math. They may be gaining word or number awareness while using symbols to fill in reports and other student assignments, or they may be able to understand a concept in a content text if the text is not only simplified and made accessible with technology or a human reader, but also supplemented with extensive picture or auditory cues. Students with significant cognitive disabilities may also use minimal sight word vocabulary to glean meaning from phrases, headlines, and other signs.

The IEP team must balance the needs of the student in learning both the skill and the content. When determining student participation in the HSA-Alt the IEP team must ensure that the student meets ALL four criteria for participation in the alternate assessment.

Important Dates:

Role Group Involved
Task
Date
Time
Test Coordinators
Distribute copies of the HSA-Alt participation guidelines to the Student Services Coordinator (SSC) and Special Education Department Chairperson so they can share this information with the special education teachers for use during IEP meetings.
September 2012
N/A
HSA-Alt Support Team
Webinar (login information to follow) to review HSA-Alt procedures
August 23, 2012
10:30 AM
Principals, Test Coordinators,Test Administrators
Webinar (login information to follow) to review HSA-Alt procedures
August 28, 2012
or
August 30, 2012
10:30 AM (Aug. 28)

2:30 PM (Aug. 30)
Test Coordinators
Maintain and update Student Roster, as needed, in the HSA-Alt TIDE system
ongoing
N/A
Test Coordinators
Add or delete Test Administrators, as needed, in the HSA-Alt OSD
ongoing
N/A
Test Administrators, Second Raters and HSA-Alt Support Team
Training at various district sites
February 11- March 1, 2013
8:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Test Administrators and Second Raters
Complete test certification process
TBD
TBD
HSA-Alt Support Team
Monthly conference calls
TBD
TBD
Test Administrators and Second Raters
Complete the Assessment Accommodations questions for each student in the HSA-Alt OSD
April 1 - May 3, 2013
school hours
HSA-Alt Standard Setting Committee
Standard Setting for the HSA-Alt proficiency levels.
TBD
TBD
Test Coordinators
2012-13 HSA-Alt Family Score Reports available
August 2013
N/A


Mandatory training sessions for the Hawaii State Assessments - Alternate (HSA-Alt). These training sessions are intended for:

  • Special education teachers who will administer the HSA-Alt to students with significant cognitive disabilities;
  • Persons designated as HSA-Alt Second Raters; and
  • Complex area support team members who provide assistance to the special education teachers who administer the HSA-Alt.

The training sessions will be conducted by the American Institutes for Research (AIR) and held at various locations in each district, during the weeks of February 11, 18, and 25, 2013. The training will focus on the procedures for administering the HSA-Alt, Scoring the HSA-Alt, and entering the student scores into the Data Entry Interface (DEI). Teachers and Second Raters attending the entire training session will become certified to administer the HSA-Alt or perform as a Second Rater.

The timeframe for each training session will be 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. A one-hour lunch break will be provided. Participants may bring their own lunch or purchase food from vendors or restaurants that are within walking distance or a short drive. The Student Assessment Section will provide substitute teachers only for special education teachers who are currently scheduled to administer the HSA-Alt to students who meet the participation guidelines and the person(s) designated at each school as the Second Rater(s). These special education teachers will need to use the sub code 18055537, reason code 54.


TRAINING DATES
LOCATION
Monday, February 11, 2013
8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Honolulu District – Session 1
OCISS, Curriculum and Instruction Branch
475 22nd Avenue, Building 302, Room 226
Honolulu, HI 96816
Tuesday, February 12, 2013
8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Hawaii District-West
Queen’s Market Place Community Room
69-201 Waikoloa Beach Drive, Suite 2601
Waikoloa, HI 96738
Wednesday, February 13, 2013
8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Leeward District—Session 1
Hawai’i Okinawa Center
94-587 Uke’e St.
Waipahu, HI 96797
Thursday, February 14, 2013
8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Honolulu District – Session 2
OCISS, Curriculum and Instruction Branch
475 22nd Avenue, Building 302, Room 226
Honolulu, HI 96816
Friday, February 15, 2013
8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Maui District
Courtyard Marriott, Airport Hotel
532 Keolani Place
Kahului, HI 96732
Tuesday, February 19, 2013
8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Kauai District
Kauai War Memorial Convention Hall
4191 Hardy St.
Lihue, HI 96766
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Leeward District—Session 2
Hawaii Okinawa Center
94-587 Uke’e St.
Waipahu, HI 96797
Thursday, February 21, 2013
8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Central District – Session 1
Hawai’i Okinawa Center
94-587 Uke’e St.
Waipahu, HI 96797
Friday, February 22, 2013
8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Leeward District—Session 3
Hawaii Okinawa Center
94-587 Uke’e St.
Waipahu, HI 96797
Monday, February 25, 2013
8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Hawaii District—East – Session 1
‘Imiloa Astronomy Center
600 ‘Imiloa Place
Hilo, HI 96720
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Hawaii District—East – Session 2
‘Imiloa Astronomy Center
600 ‘Imiloa Place
Hilo, HI 96720
Wednesday, February 27, 2013
8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Central District – Session 2
Hawaii Okinawa Center
94-587 Uke’e St.
Waipahu, HI 96797
Thursday, February 28, 2013
8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Windward District
Windward District Office (at King Intermediate School)
Building M, 1st Floor Conference Room
46-169 Kamehameha Highway
Kaneohe, HI 96744
Friday, March 1, 2013
8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Honolulu District – Session 3
OCISS, Curriculum and Instruction Branch
475 22nd Avenue, Building 302, Room 264 Ewa
Honolulu, HI 96816


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