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Old 10-25-2008, 06:58 AM
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6th grade alternate assessment

I have been teaching spec. ed. now for 22 years and still have many questions. Right now my most pressing concern is the alternate assessment. I have had an influx of low ablility students after years of working with primarily LD. I have only given 1 alternate assessment and that was the first year they started. So.... this year I have to give 3 of them. I have received my info binder, have chosen my tasks (I think), and have pretty much decided the environments and who will be signing off on each collection of evidence, but I have some questions. 1. First, can I use the same tasks and activities for all three students as long as they are on the same level? 2. Second, is there a place on line, or anywhere, of a collection of example activities for tasks listed in our info binders. In other words, is there a place for teachers to go to view tried and true activities. This would be very helpful in chooing task activites. If any of you teach 6th grade Ohio students and are giving the alternate assessment this year please share good, easy, quick activities for this years tasks.

 
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Old 10-25-2008, 08:13 AM
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I am doing the Alt Ass. in NY so I don't know if we have the same guidelines but on our state website have sample activities. We were told to basically use ONLY the examples given since it would be easier than making up our own at the risk of them not accepting them. Also, I always use the same activities for the students if they are on the same grade level.
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Old 11-05-2008, 08:00 PM
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Hi Still Crazy!
I've done about a dozen of these in the past few years. My school has an exceptionally high population of children who meet this criteria for AA. I was in a meeting today concerning such. Look on the ODE website or if you have it downloaded, look for the sheet that says "complexity." That will give you ideas from high, middle, and lower ranges that correlate to the standards that we are given. I believe this year math is number sense and fractions/patterns/algebra. Correlate your activity for your students to the activity/standard listed. Also, we are told in my district that the state doesn't want to see the progression of mastery...they want to see the MASTERED artifact. So a worksheet submitted needs to be just that. Go figure! I think the easiest evidence is the data sheet. I usually use a data sheet, a work sample, and the tally sheet, observation. Example: Our study body collects pop can tabs to send to a childrens hospital. A special teacher I work with devised an activity where the st. counted and tabulated or graphed the # of tabs per grade level, etc. This provided that "real world' connection that the entry sheet demands. And yes, you can give all of your students the same activity. The portfolios, I'm told are probably not even graded by the same individual. The website has a lot of information for you...just check and recheck your portfolio before you send it in. Our district has a day set aside where 12 or so special ed teachers meet in one bldg. and we critique and go over EVERY portfolio before they are submitted....that way teachers have an opportunity to fix things..usually it is very small errors...but it helps and gives us an insurance policy. We've never scored (in my building} below accelerated or advanced. I'm sure you'll do a fantastic job...its just a lot of work. Don't reinvent the wheel take all the ideas you can!
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Old 01-13-2010, 07:06 PM
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Are you as tired as I am at this point in the AA process??

1. First, can I use the same tasks and activities for all three students as long as they are on the same level? You can use the same three tasks for each child as long as they are on the same level. BUT!!! Our administrators say they should not be exact and that they might be done in different settings, different criteria, etc. 2. Second, is there a place on line, or anywhere, of a collection of example activities for tasks listed in our info binders. In other words, is there a place for teachers to go to view tried and true activities. I don't really know of anything specific and figured I would look on here to see if there was anything. Although I have high school kids, a lot of us discuss what others are doing. Do you get paid to do yours? Our district got us 50 dollars per assessment. Do you get money to help fund the items needed for the assessment? We don't and it can be costly. Hey! We're going to make it but is this just the biggest pain...why can't we just teach!!!!!!!
 

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