TST BOCES Offers Trainings that Address NYSAA Changes

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TST BOCES has been offering trainings that address changes for the administration of the ELA and Math New York State Alternative Assessment (NYSAA).

According to www.p12.nysed.gov, the NYSAA is a “datafolio-style assessment in which students with severe cognitive disabilities demonstrate their performance toward achieving the New York State P-12 Common Core Learning Standards in English language arts and mathematics.”

The NYSAA has been given out for a number years, but there are some major changes this year.

Starting this school year, the ELA and mathematics components are assessed using Dynamic Learning Maps (DLM). DLM is “a computer-delivered adaptive assessment measuring a student’s achievement of the ELA and mathematics Common Core Learning Standards at a reduced level of depth, breadth and complexity” (www.p12.nysed.gov). More information on DLM can be found at www.dynamiclearningmaps.org.

TST BOCES offered their first training on February 18 with instructors April Andersen and Mel Riker. Teachers, support therapists, administrators and other education professionals who will need to administer the NYSAA in ELA or Math for 2015-16 should contact Mel Riker (mriker@tstboces.org) to schedule a training time.

At this time, the Science and Social Studies NYSAA will continue to be administered via a hard-copy format.