Alternative High School
Assessment (AHSA)
Technical Assistance
Office of Assessments
New Jersey Department of Education
http://www.nj.gov/education/assessment/
Fall 2012
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What is new?
PATs will be available online one week
prior to testing window.
 More information regarding the AHSA
appeal process for the 2012-13 school
year will be forthcoming.
 Answer documents for the third
administration will be available for pick
up from county offices only.
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What is the Alternative High
School Assessment (AHSA)?
The Alternative High School Assessment
(AHSA) is a student’s alternative means of
meeting the state graduation assessment
requirement through one or more of the
following:
 demonstrating proficiency on the AHSA
PATs,
 matching or exceeding the Just Proficient
Mean or Cluster Points, and/or
 having an AHSA appeal approved.
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Who is eligible for the AHSA?
Any enrolled student who is expected to
graduate in June 2013 or Summer 2013,
even if he/she does not have any state
assessment scores (HSPA, HSPT11,
HSPT9, or MBS).
Any adult high school student whose adult
high school closed in Summer 2010.
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Who is not eligible for the AHSA?
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Non-enrolled students
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Students exempt from taking the HSPA,
e.g., students taking the APA
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Students exempt from passing one or
both HSPA content areas
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When is the AHSA administered?
FIRST TESTING WINDOW JANUARY 14 THROUGH FEBRUARY 1, 2013
◦ On January 7, 2013, AHSA PATs can be downloaded
from Measurement Incorporated (MI) AHSA website.
◦ During the week of January 7, 2013, MI will ship
answer documents and a duplicate set of October 2012
HSPA ID Bar-Code labels to districts. Answer
document quantities will be based on HSPA retest
population.
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When is the AHSA administration?
(cont.)
◦ Transfer students and re-test students who are
new to the district will not have HSPA ID BARCODE labels. The answer documents for these
students must be hand-gridded. However, retest students must use the previously assigned
HSPA ID numbers which were generated when
students first took the HSPA.
◦ On March 15, 2013, AHSA Scores will be
reported on MI’s AHSA website.
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(Cont.)
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When is AHSA Administered?
SECOND TESTING WINDOW - MARCH
21 THROUGH APRIL 12, 2013
◦ On March 18, 2013, AHSA PATs can be
downloaded from MI’s AHSA website.
◦ During the week of March 18, 2013, MI will ship
answer documents and a duplicate set of
October 2012 HSPA ID Bar-Code labels for each
HSPA retest student who already has a HSPA ID
to districts.
◦ On May 24, 2013, AHSA Scores will be reported
on MI’s AHSA website.
(Cont.)
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When is AHSA Administered?
THIRD TESTING WINDOW - JUNE 17
THROUGH JUNE 28, 2013
◦ On June 10, 2013, AHSA PATs can be
downloaded from MI’s AHSA website.
◦ During the week of June 10, 2013, MI will ship
to the county offices of education AHSA answer
documents for the districts to pick up. No
HSPA ID Bar-Code labels will be available so
the answer documents for these students must
be hand-gridded.
◦ On August 2, 2013, AHSA Scores will be
reported on MI’s AHSA website.
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AHSA Content
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AHSA assesses Language Arts Literacy
(LAL) and Mathematics content.
◦ Language Arts Literacy has two clusters:
Writing and Reading
 Writing prompts are persuasive
 Reading passages may be narrative or persuasive
◦ Mathematics has four clusters or standards:
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Standard 1- Number and Numerical Operations
Standard 2- Geometry and Measurement
Standard 3- Patterns and Algebra, and
Standard 4- Data Analysis, Probability and Discrete
Mathematics
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What are AHSA PATs?
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AHSA test items are called Performance
Assessment Tasks (PATs).
◦ PATs are open-ended items with multiple parts.
◦ A Reading PAT usually has three separate and distinct
open ended parts while a Math PAT typically has four to
five open ended parts.
◦ The assessment vendor, Measurement, Inc., scores
student responses holistically and a passing score is
based on the responses to all the parts of the PAT.
◦ Each window will have six LAL PATs and ten Math PATs.
The PATs differ from one administration window to the
next.
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AHSA Administration
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Within the designated testing window, a local district makes
the decision about how, when, and where AHSA PATs are
administered as long as the location is secure and the staff
are licensed professional employees of the district.
◦ Per diem employees and those holding substitute
credentials are not permitted to handle or administer the
secure AHSA test materials.
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Selecting AHSA PATs
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Of the six AHSA LAL PATs, the student can take
up to four LAL PATs in a testing window and must
successfully complete two Reading PATs and one
Writing PAT by the end of the testing year.
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The three Reading PATs can be all narrative, all
persuasive, or a combination of narrative and
persuasive.
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Selecting AHSA PATs (cont.)
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Of the ten AHSA Math PATs, a student can take up to
five mathematics PATs in a testing window and must
successfully complete one in each mathematics
cluster (standard) by the end of the testing year.
There are:
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Two PATs for Standard 1: Number and Numerical
Operations
Two PATs for Standard 2: Geometry and Measurement
Three PATs for Standard 3: Patterns and Algebra
Three PATs for Standard 4: Data Analysis, Probability
and Discrete Mathematics
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How Do I Decide Which AHSA
PATS The Student Needs To Take?
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Review each student’s entire testing history
◦ For the student who was administered the HSPA for
the first time in March 2012 and repeated the HSPA
in October 2012, (just as you did for the March 2012
All Sections Rosters & Cycle I Reports) review the
October HSPA 2012 All Sections Rosters which will
be posted on MI’s HSPA website on Dec. 18, 2012,
and the October HSPA 2012 Cycle I Reports posted
on MI’s HSPA website on Dec. 28, 2012.
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How Do I Decide Which AHSA PATS
The Student Needs To Take?(cont.)
 If
the student passed the HSPA
section(s) in October 2012, that
he/she failed in March 2012, the
student has met his/her state
assessment requirement and does
not take the AHSA.
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HSPA ALL SECTIONS ROSTER
(All names and data are fictional.)
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Using Just Proficient Means OR Cluster Means
To Decide Which AHSA PATS The Student
Needs
• If the student did not pass the HSPA section(s) in October
2012 that he/she failed in March 2012, the student must
take the AHSA.
• To determine which AHSA LAL cluster and/or Math cluster
or standard the student needs, review the October HSPA
2012 Cycle I Reports (2012 HSPA Student Roster–
Mathematics and/or HSPA Student Roster– Language Arts
Literacy) posted on MI’s HSPA website on Dec. 28, 2012.
Remember to look at the March 2012 Cycle I Reports
(HSPA STUDENT ROSTER – MATHEMATICS and/or
HSPA STUDENT ROSTER – LANGUAGE ARTS) .
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Using Just Proficient Means OR Cluster Means
To Decide Which AHSA PATS The Student
Needs (cont.)
• Second block of columns on the HSPA Student
Roster – Mathematics and/or HSPA Student
Roster – Language Arts Literacy, titled Cluster
Points has the numbers that will indicate which
AHSA PATs student needs and in which Math
cluster and/or LAL cluster or standard.
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Math
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On the 2012 HSPA Student Roster– Mathematics, the
numbers just above the bold solid line are the state
cluster points (Just Proficient Means) for that HSPA
Administration. For AHSA, use only the first four
columns.
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If a student’s cluster score matches or exceeds the
state cluster points, the student does not take the
AHSA PATs in that Math cluster or standard.
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HSPA STUDENT ROSTER –MATHEMATICS
(All names and data are fictional.)
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Language Arts Literacy
◦ On the 2012 HSPA Student Roster – Language Arts
Literacy the numbers just above the bold solid line are
the state cluster points (Just Proficient Means) for that
HSPA Administration. For AHSA, only use the first
(Writing) and fourth (Reading) columns.
◦ If a student’s cluster score matches or exceeds the state
cluster mean, the student does not take the AHSA PATs
in that LAL cluster.
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HSPA STUDENT ROSTER – LANGUAGE ARTS LITERACY
(All names and data are fictional.)
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Using Just Proficient Means OR Cluster
Points To Decide Which AHSA PATS
The Student Needs
• If a student has taken the HSPA and AHSA multiple times,
review all of the student’s Cycle I Reports (HSPA Student
Roster- Mathematics and/or HSPA Student RosterLanguage Arts Literacy) and HSPA Individual Student
Report (ISR) as well as AHSA e-reports to determine which
AHSA LAL cluster and/or Math cluster or standard the
student needs to take.
• Once the student passes a LAL cluster or Math cluster
(standard) by matching or exceeding the Just Proficient
Means or Cluster Points, that cluster or standard is passed
forever.
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Using Just Proficient Means OR Cluster
Points To Decide Which AHSA PATS
The Student Needs (cont.)
• If a student has no HSPA scores, then the
student should take the maximum AHSA PATs
permitted in each of the LAL clusters and Math
clusters (standards).
• In each testing window, a maximum of four LAL
PATs and five Math PATs may be administered.
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HSPA INDIVIDUAL STUDENT REPORT (ISR)
(All names and data are fictional.)
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Choosing AHSA PATs for the second
administration
First AHSA testing scores will be available on March
15, 2013, after the March 2013 HSPA and make-up
administrations.
 After reviewing AHSA scores from the first window,
repeat the steps outlined previously to determine if a
student still needs to pass some clusters during the
second AHSA testing window.
 Maximize student’s opportunity to pass in this window
by giving the student all available PATs in a LAL
clusters or Math clusters that he/she still needs to
pass within allowable limits, i.e., maximum of four LAL
PATs and a maximum of five Mathematics PATs.
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AHSA APPEALS
May 27, 2013 through Wednesday, June 12, 2013
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The second AHSA administration Scores will be posted on MI’s website on
May 24, 2013, and the 2013 March HSPA All Sections Roster will be posted
May 17, 2013. AHSA appeals for students not yet demonstrating
proficiency on the Language Arts Literacy (LAL) or Mathematics state
assessments may be submitted from Monday, May 27, 2013 through
Wednesday, June 12, 2013.
◦ These appeals should be for students who can demonstrate proficiency
through two graded work samples as well as performance on the
HSPA/AHSA assessments. It is important to note that work samples
must clearly demonstrate a level of proficiency at a minimum equal to
that required by the High School Proficiency Assessment (HSPA) and/or
AHSA.
◦ The 2013 March HSPA Cycle I Reports will be posted May 31, 2013.
◦ AHSA Appeals results are e-mailed on a rolling basis and schools will be
notified before their graduation ceremonies.
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Choosing AHSA PATS For The Third
Administration
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The Third AHSA testing window is only for students who are
expected to graduate in summer of 2013 and still have
clusters (LAL and/or Math) to pass.
Review the student’s entire HSPA and AHSA testing history
to determine if the student still needs to pass some
clusters.
Maximize the student’s opportunity to pass in this window
by giving the student all available PATs in LAL clusters
and/or Math clusters that he/she still needs to pass within
allowable limits, i.e., maximum of four LAL PATs and a
maximum of five Mathematics PATs.
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AHSA Test Security
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AHSA District Test Coordinators are responsible
for maintaining the security of the AHSA test
materials which include all the PATs, reading
passages and writing prompts. The AHSA Test
Materials may not be shared between districts,
with commissions, state agencies, private
schools for the disabled or regional day schools.
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Security breaches may have financial
consequences for the district, professional
consequences for staff and disciplinary
consequences for students.
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AHSA Test Security (cont.)
After sending the used answer documents to MI, the AHSA
District Test Coordinator has one week following each
testing window to:
◦ Shred all copies of AHSA test materials, unused Answer
Documents, and unused HSPA ID Bar Code labels.
◦ Sign in to the Test Material Return Form on MI’s AHSA
webpage and check the box to verify that he/she has
destroyed all secure AHSA test materials.
◦ Obtain an Appendix G from each staff member who
handled the AHSA test materials to verify that he/she
has turned over all paper copies and has not saved the
AHSA test materials on stand alone or network
computers.
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Returning Materials to MI
• As soon as you’ve completed all testing in any given AHSA testing
window, immediately return ALL used answer folders to MI via FedEx
overnight.
• BE SURE that you are returning an answer folder for each and every
student you tested. DO NOT return PATs or any other testing materials to
MI with the answer folders to be scored.
• MI scores ONLY responses in English and Spanish. If students
responded in other languages, their responses MUST BE TRANSLATED
TO ENGLISH prior to being returned to MI for scoring.
• Once you’ve shipped your return, login to the Test Material Return Form
on MI’s AHSA website to register your return shipment. This is very
important in the event of a lost shipment!!!
• On the Test Material Return Form, check the box to verify you have
shredded all secure testing materials (PATs).
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Translated AHSA PATs
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English Language Learners (ELLs) who take the AHSA in
English and respond in English do not need a MAC II score
to graduate.
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English Language Learners (ELLs) who take the AHSA in
their native language or respond in their native language
must score a 530 on the MAC II test. The “use of the MAC
II score of 530 serves as proof of a student's adequate
English fluency”. The MAC II test is also an approved
NJDOE test to gauge student’s English proficiency. (ACCESS
is not acceptable for the AHSA.)
◦ MAC II score can be gridded on the answer document or
emailed to [email protected]
◦ MAC II can be administered repeatedly.
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There are state translations in Spanish, Gujarati, Haitian–
Creole and Portuguese.
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Translated AHSA PATs (cont.)
• Other languages may be translated within the testing
window. The translation may be done by certificated world
language teachers, by certificated ESL teachers, by
certificated bilingual teachers, by faculty from four-year
colleges and universities or community colleges, or
community members with four-year college degrees who
are not related to the student.
• The security of the AHSA PATs must be maintained at all
times during the translation process. After testing, you
must mail your locally translated version to Dr. Faye Ball,
New Jersey Department of Education, P. O. Box 500, 100
Riverview Plaza, Trenton, NJ 08625-0500
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If you need assistance, please contact the Bilingual/ESL
Office at 609-292-8777 or [email protected]
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Special Education(SE) Students
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SE students exempt from taking the HSPA are
not placed in the AHSA process. These students
usually take the APA.
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SE students exempt from passing one or both
HSPA content areas, do not take the AHSA in
those HSPA content areas that they are exempt
from passing.
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SE students who do not pass one or both HSPA
content areas and have not been exempt from
passing, are eligible for the AHSA process.
◦ IEP team may exempt SE students from repeat
HSPA testing.
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Special Education(SE) Students
(cont.)
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Out of District Placement
◦ It is the responsibility of the out-of-district
placement facility to verify status as a testing
center by contacting MI’s help desk at 1-800572-1049 or [email protected]
◦ If not a testing center, contact Dr. Peggy
McDonald, director, Office of Special Education
Programs at 609- 633-6833 or
[email protected] for
instructions about how to become an approved
testing site.
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AHSA (SRA) practice materials
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The only available Practice Materials for AHSA
are old HSPT11 SRA tasks and the 20022003 HSPA SRA PATs. All other years (200304 through 2010-11) are SECURE test
materials.
◦ Hard copies of these practice materials were
available from your county offices of education.
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On the SRA website, we have added the
PowerPoint presentation from the SRA
Mathematics Scoring Open-Ended Items
workshop.
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AHSA 2013-2014 TEST SCHEDULE
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AHSA Testing Windows
◦ January 13 – February 7, 2014
◦ March 24 – April 11, 2014
◦ June 16 - 27, 2014
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Scores Reported Online
◦ March 21, 2014
◦ May 23, 2014
◦ August 1, 2014
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AHSA APPEAL CYCLE
◦ Monday, May 26 Through Wednesday, June 11, 2014
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Related Websites
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Assessment Homepage
www.nj.gov/education/assessment/
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NJDOE SRA page
http://www.nj.gov/education/assessment/
hs/index.shtml#sra
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Measurement Inc. NJ Assessments
https://www.measinc.com/NJ/
(choose HSPA or AHSA as needed)
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NJDOE Program Coordinators
Orlando Vadel
609-341-3456
ASK 3-8
 Veronica Orsi
609-292-8739
HSPA
 Diane Kubinski
609-292-3226
NJBCT
 Elizabeth Celentano 609-984-0107
APA
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Measurement Inc. HSPA/NJBCT/AHSA Helpline:
(800) 572-1049 or [email protected]
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NJDOE Contacts
OFFICE OF ASSESSMENTS
Jeffrey Hauger, Director
(609) 984-6311
[email protected]
Faye Alease Frieson Ball, AHSA Coordinator
(609) 984-1970
[email protected]
Timothy Giordano, Mathematics Coordinator for AHSA, HSPA and NJASK 3-5
(609) 633-8015
[email protected]
OFFICE OF LANGUAGE ARTS LITERACY
Mary Jane Kurabinski, Director
(609) 633-1726
[email protected]
OFFICE OF STEM EDUCATION
Meghan O. Snow, Director
(609) 218-9280
[email protected]
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