ADE Director's Communication Memo Form


Memo Number : LS-06-040

Date Created : 10/19/2005

Attention:

Superintendents
Co-op Directors
Elementary Principals
Middle School Principals
High School Principals
other: Test Coordinators

Type of Memo: Informational
Response Required: No
   
Section:   Learning Services - Dr. Diana Julian, Assistant Commissioner
Subject:
2006 Testing Dates for the Ark. Comprehensive Testing Program

Regulatory Authority:
A.C.A 6-15-433

Contact Person:
Donna Wolfe, Dr. Gayle Potter

Phone Number:
501-682-4559

E-mail:
gpotter@arkedu.k12.ar.us

On June 2, 2005, a finalized testing schedule for the 2005-2006 school year was announced in Director's Memo ACC-05-070.  However, this memorandum updates that schedule to include three changes. 



On November 8, 2005, a Field Test of multiple-choice writing items will be administered to 11th grade students in selected districts.  This test will take less than one hour to administer and can be returned on the same day.

The norm-referenced testing for grades 3 – 9 has been expanded to include the Complete Battery of the Iowa Test.  The testing window for the Complete Battery (reading, mathematics, language, science, social studies, and sources of information) will be April 10 – April 21, 2006.  Each district will develop a testing schedule (days/times) for this two-week period.  A grade cohort in a district must test at the same time.  Make-up testing must be completed during the weeks of April 10 – April 21, 2006. 

Benchmark writing prompts will be administered separately from the remaining portions of the Benchmark Exams.

The ACTAAP testing dates for the 2005-2006 school year are as follows:

August 15, 2005 – September 23, 2005 – The Qualls Early Learning Inventory (formerly the Iowa Early Learning Inventory) must be shipped no later than September 23, 2005

November 8, 2005 – Field Test for Grade 11 Multiple-Choice Writing Items (Tuesday)   

January 24-25, 2006 – Mid-Year End of Course Algebra I Exam (Tuesday-Wednesday)

January 26-27, 2006 – Mid-Year End of Course Geometry Exam (Thursday-Friday)

February 22-23, 2006 – Benchmark Writing Prompts in Grades 3-8 (Wednesday-Thursday) 

March 6, 2006 – Science Field Test in Grades 5 and 7 (Monday) 

March 7-9, 2006 – Benchmark Exams (Reading, Writing multiple-choice and Math) in Grades 3-8 (Tuesday-Thursday)

March 8 - 9, 2006 – Grade 11 Literacy Exam (Wednesday-Thursday) 



March 20 - 31, 2006 – (Window) Iowa Test of Basic Skills for Grades K-2 (Testing days/times determined by individual school district, including make-up testing.  A grade cohort must test at the same time.)



April 3 – May 12, 2006 – (Window) MAC II Assessment for LEP students K-12

March 24, 2006 – Alternate Portfolios due date (Friday)

April 10 - 21, 2006 – (Window) Iowa Tests Complete Battery for Grades 3-9 (Testing days/times determined by individual school district, including make-up testing.  A grade cohort must test at the same time.)

April 25 – 26, 2006 – End of Course Algebra I Exam (Tuesday-Wednesday)

April 27 – 28, 2006 – End of Course Geometry Exam (Thursday-Friday)

PLEASE ARRANGE THE 2005-2006 SCHOOL YEAR CALENDAR TO ACCOMMODATE THESE LEGALLY REQUIRED TESTING DATES.  THERE WILL BE NO WAIVERS GRANTED FROM THESE DATES. 

SPRING BREAKS SHOULD NOT OCCUR THE WEEK AFTER BENCHMARK TESTING IN ORDER TO GUARANTEE REQUIRED MAKE-UP DAYS AND SHIPPING DEADLINES.  A CERTIFIED PERSON SHALL BE AVAILABLE AT THE TEST SITE TO RECEIVE AND SECURE ARRIVING TEST MATERIALS. 

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