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HSA - Hawaii State Assessment

The purposes of the Hawaii State Assessment 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 and measure the attainment of the Hawaii Content and Performance Standards (HCPS) in reading, mathematics, and science, (3) provide information to stakeholders about the achievement of students, schools, complex areas and the state relative to the HCPS, and (4) support instructional program improvement efforts.

The Hawaii State Assessments (HSA) in Reading and Mathematics are criterion-referenced assessments that are administered to students in grades 3 - 8 and 10. Criterion-referenced proficiency level scores are reported at the end of each school year and these scores are used to determine a school's Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP). Students in grades 4, and 8, and high school students enrolled in Biology I also take the HSA in Science. The Biology I assessment is an End-of-Course exam administered during the final three (3) weeks of the course.

The Hawaii State Assessments in Reading, Mathematics, and Science are administered online using the American Institutes for Research (AIR) test delivery system. The online assessments are adaptive tests which provide a more precise estimate of a student's ability. Information about the Online HSA for parents, students and educators may be found at the www.alohahsap.org website.


2012-13 HSA Testing Window: October 15, 2012 through May 17, 2013
  • Students must be administered the HSA in each subject at least once within the testing window, i.e., students must be administered the HSA in Reading at least once, the HSA in Mathematics at least once, and, if in the required grade level or course, the HSA in Science at least once before May 17, 2013.
  • Complex Area Superintendents and Principals may determine policies for the administration of second and third opportunities of the HSAs.
    For Parents:

    For Educators:

    Secure Browsers
    girls studyingUpdated versions of the Windows, MAC, and Linux secure browsers for online testing will need to be downloaded and installed before testing can begin. Secure browsers that were used for school year 2011-12 cannot be used for testing in 2012-13. These browsers must be uninstalled and the updated versions installed. Updated secure browser are available at www.alohahsap.org.

    Online HSA Reports
      The appropriate uses of the Online HSA participation and performance reports include the following:
      • Provide information that school level personnel can use to keep track of how many opportunities each student has used for the Online Reading, Mathematics, and Science Assessments throughout the school year.
      • Determine whether each student has received a "meets or exceeds" proficiency level for each subject.
      • Adjust standards-based classroom instruction for individual students or groups of students throughout the school year using their reporting category sub-scores for a subject after each opportunity is administered.

      These reports are not meant to be used by schools to conduct preliminary AYP calculations. Our state level AYP team will complete these complex calculations during June 2011 based on the students' highest Online HSA Reading and Mathematics Assessment scores using the dates I have provided below for the AYP participation and proficiency components.

      AYP has two major components: participation and proficiency.

      For participation, the students who are enrolled in the tested grades on May 2, 2011 will be included in each school's AYP reading (95%) and mathematics (95%) participation rate counts. The count for each subject will be based on whether each student took the Reading Assessment or the Mathematics Assessment at least once during the October 18 - May 20 Online HSA testing window. For the participation rate counts, students' proficiency scores for the assessments are not included in the calculations.

      For proficiency, the students who were enrolled on five enrollment count dates for one calendar year (Full Academic Year, i.e., FAY) will be included in each school's AYP reading (72%) and mathematics (64%) proficiency rate counts. Each student's highest proficiency score for each subject if he or she used more than one opportunity to take each assessment will be the official score that is used for AYP purposes. So a student who completes one or more opportunities to take the Online HSA Reading or Mathematics Assessment at your school before May 2, 2011 and withdraws/transfers from your school before this date will NOT be included in your school's AYP participation rate counts or proficiency (FAY) results. If a student transfers into your school during the current school year and is still enrolled on May 1, 2013, he or she will be included in your school's AYP participation rate counts but not in the proficiency (FAY) results.

    Passwords for Online HSA Systems
    In order to preserve test security and student privacy, all passwords for online HSA systems must be re-set each school year. Previous users remain active in the system, but everyone must obtain new passwords. The process for 2012-13 is shown in the table below. Detailed information on how to carry out these steps and navigate TIDE can be found in the TIDE User Guide, which is posted at www.alohahsap.org under “Resources.” Questions may be directed to the HSA HelpDesk at 1-866-648-3712 or hsaphelpdesk@air.org.

    Training and Documentation
    A series of five Webex training sessions will be conducted in August and September. Each session will be approximately one hour with demonstrations or presentations provided during the first 20-30 minutes followed by an opportunity for participants to ask questions during the remaining time. Two sessions will focus on technology requirements, with the other three sessions focusing on test coordination and administration (see “Key Dates” section that follows for specific dates). However, questions about any online testing topic can be asked during any session. These sessions are open to any school-based personnel. Technology and test coordinators at each school are strongly encouraged to participate in relevant sessions. Dial-in and registration information will be provided on AlohaHSAP and sent to principals and test coordinators in early August.

    Training Tests and Test Administration Sites
    The training test site includes training tests for the students in each tested grade level. Details on how to navigate the Test Administration Site are available in the HSA Online Testing and Reporting System User Guide as well as through the online Test Administrator (TA) Certification course. These resources are available at the www.alohahsap.org website.

    Test Administrator (TA) Certification Course
    All Test Administrators will need to be re-certified to administer the HSA through the online TA Certification course. This course has been updated to reflect changes to the Test Administration Site and will be available on September 18. Prior to taking the TA Certification course, Test Coordinators will need to add or verify the Test Administrators through TIDE. You cannot log into the TA Certification course without a login and password, which is generated through TIDE. Information on how to access and navigate TIDE can be found in the TIDE User Guide that will be posted at www.alohahsap.org on August 20.

    Test Security
    All school personnel involved in the administration of the HSA are accountable for knowledge of and adherence to all test security guidelines and procedures as specified for their roles.
    HSA guidelines and procedures can be found in the Test Administration Manual(TAM). The Maintaining Test Security and Reporting Testing Incidents powerpoint provides an overview of test security guidelines.

    Accommodations
    15 accommodations may be provided for the Online HSA assessments. Some of these accommodations are available through the online testing system. Details about the accommodations and the student populations that may use them are provided in the HSA Online Test Administration Manual.

    Assessments for the Visually Impaired
    Visually impaired students are now being administered the Hawaii State Assessments online using Braille embossers. The online systems allows blind students to be administered computer adaptive tests and be exposed to the same test questions as sighted students.

    TerraNova Reading and Mathematics Tests
    Beginning school year 2011-12, the norm-referenced TerraNova tests was no longer administered.

    HSA in the Hawaiian Language
    Students in grades 3 and 4 in the Hawaiian Language Immersion Program (HLIP) will take the Hawaiian Language HSAs using the HSA Secure Browser v6.0.

    Applications for HSA Committees
    Individuals interested in serving on review committees for the grades 3-8 and 10 Hawaii State Assessments in reading, mathematics and science, may apply by clicking the following link and completing the online application: Teacher Application for Summer Committees.


    Dates
    Actions
    August 20
    • TIDE opens at hitide.org (and the TIDE User Guide is available).
    • An updated list of principals will have been pre-populated in TIDE.
    • Principals will receive an automated e-mail from TIDE with a temporary password.
    August 22-29
    • By August 29, principals are being asked to log into TIDE (hitide.org), change their password, and verify or update the Test Coordinator for the school to ensure that the Test Coordinator receives all email communications about online testing throughout the school year regardless of the specific dates when students will begin taking the online assessments.
      • If the Test Coordinator has changed, the previous Test Coordinator must be deleted and the new name and other information added.
      • Newly added Test Coordinators will receive an automated e-mail from TIDE with a temporary password.
      • No automated e-mail will be sent to returning Test Coordinators. Returning Test Coordinators should go to the TIDE website and request a new password by clicking the [Request Password] link on the home page.
    August 22 - September 7
    • By September 7, Test Coordinators are being asked to log into TIDE and change their password to ensure that they will receive all email communications about online testing throughout the school year regardless of the specific dates when students will begin taking the online assessments. The Test Coordinators at schools who will begin testing students on October 15 when the testing window opens also need to verify or update Test Administrators and Teachers by September 7.
      • School personnel who should have both the role of Test Administrator and Teacher need to be added to the system twice (once for each role).
      • If a Test Administrator has changed, the previous Test Administrator must be deleted and the new name and other information added. This applies to Teachers as well.
      • Newly added Test Administrators and Teachers will receive an automated e-mail from TIDE with a temporary password.
      • No automated e-mail will be sent to returning Test Administrators or Teachers. Returning Test Administrators and Teachers should go to the TIDE website and request a new password by clicking the [Request Password] link on the home page.
    September 6
    • HSA Technology Coordinator Webinar- This session focuses on the technology requirements for online assessments, including secure browsers and common questions such as requirements for java, pop-up blockers, and related topics. The following is the WebEx link and conference call number for the webinar on September 8, 2:30 – 3:30 PM HST
      Event address for attendees:
      https://air-event500.webex.com/air-event500/onstage/g.php?d=597903547&t=a
      (You may copy and paste this link into your browser if you have difficulty viewing.)
      Telephone number: 1 800 768 4046
    September 6 - 14
    • By September 14, Test Administrators will need to log into TIDE and change their password if they will begin testing students on October 17 when the testing window opens. Test Administrators who will begin testing students later in the school year, may log in and change their passwords at a later date.
    • Once Test Administrators have a current login and password, they can access the Online TA Certification course and the TA Training Site.
    September 12
    • HSA Test Coordinator/Administrator Webinar- This session will focus on the online assessment system, including new features of the system and how to prepare for and administer assessments.
      The following is the WebEx link and conference call number for the webinar on September 12, 2:30 – 3:30 PM HST
      Event address for attendees: https://air-event500.webex.com/air-event500/onstage/g.php?d=592010464&t=a
      (You may copy and paste this link into your browser if you have difficulty viewing.)
      Telephone number: 1 800 768 4046
    September 14 - October 15
    • If testing will begin at your school on October 15, Test Administrators must have completed the Online TA Certification course in order to schedule a testing session. The Test Administrators are also strongly encouraged to log into the TA Training Site, conduct training test sessions with students, and use the interactive item tutorial with students before testing begins on October 15. Test Administrators who will begin testing students later in the school year may complete these important tasks at a later date.
    October 11
    • HSA Test Coordinator/Administrator Webinar- This session will focus on navigating the Online Reporting System and generating student scores and monitoring reports.
      The WebEx link and conference call number for the webinar on October 11, 2012, 2:30 – 3:30 PM HST, will be posted soon.
    October 15, 2012 - May 17, 2013
    • HSA Testing Window; students in grades 3-8 and 10 must be administered the reading and mathematics HSAs at least once within this window; students in grades 4 and 8 must also be administered the science HSA at least once within this window; students may be given a maximum of three attempts at each assessment. Students enrolled in high school Biology I must be administered the Biology I End-of-Course (EOC) Exam within the last three (3) weeks of the course. Students being administered EOC exams will be allowed one opportunity to demonstrate proficiency.



    SY 2013-14 ONLINE BRIDGE HAWAI‘I STATE ASSESSMENTS

    Due to the full implementation of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) in School Year 2013-14, the Department of Education (Department) has created Online Hawai‘i State Reading and Mathematics Bridge Assessments to assist with the transition of Hawai‘i’s schools from the Hawai‘i Content and Performance Standards III (HCPS III) to the CCSS.

    The Online Hawai‘i State Bridge Assessments will replace the Hawai‘i State Assessments in Reading and Mathematics and will measure students’ attainment of only the knowledge and skills found in both the CCSS and HCPS III. The Online Bridge Hawai‘i State Assessment Blueprints for Reading and Mathematics are posted on the www.alohahsap.org website (under “Test Administration” on the Resources page).

    These assessments will be administered to all public and public charter school students in grades 3 through 8 and 10.

    The Elementary and Secondary Education Act,as reauthorized by the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB), requires States to establish challenging standards, develop aligned assessments, and build accountability systems based upon educational results. All students are included in a State’s system of standards, assessments, and accountability.

    The testing windows for school year 2013-14 for the Online Bridge Hawai‘i State Assessments and the Online Hawai‘i State Science Assessments are reflected in the following table.

    SY 2013-14 Hawai‘i State Assessments Administration:

    Assessment
    Content Area
    Grade(s)
    Number of Opportunities
    Testing Window
    Open
    Close
    Bridge HSA
    Mathematics
    Reading
    3-8 and 10
    2
    10/14/2013
    05/16/2014
    HSA
    Science
    4 and 8
    3
    10/14/2013
    05/16/2014
    Bridge HSA in Hawaiian
    Mathematics
    Reading
    3 and 4
    2
    This may consist of:
    1 – English Adaptive
    and
    1 – Hawaiian Language Translation Fixed Form
    or
    2- English Adaptive
    10/14/2013
    05/16/2014
    HSA in Hawaiian
    Science
    4
    3
    This may consist of:
    2 - English Adaptive
    and
    1 - Hawaiian Language Translation Fixed Form
    or
    3 - English Adaptive
    10/14/2013
    05/16/2014


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