WSR 08-01-118

PROPOSED RULES

SUPERINTENDENT OF

PUBLIC INSTRUCTION

[ Filed December 18, 2007, 2:56 p.m. ]

Original Notice.

Preproposal statement of inquiry was filed as WSR 07-18-072.

Title of Rule and Other Identifying Information: Collection of evidence rules (WASL): WAC 392-501-300 General description, 392-501-310 Eligibility, 392-501-320 Application process, 392-501-330 Guidelines and protocols, 392-501-340 Sufficiency process for all content areas, 392-501-350 Scoring process for all content areas, 392-501-360 Standard setting process for all content areas, 392-501-370 Reporting process for all content areas for the collection of evidence, and 392-501-380 Collection of evidence adherence to national standards.

Hearing Location(s): OSPI, Old Capitol Building, 600 Washington Street, Olympia, WA 98504, on January 25, 2008, at 10:00 a.m.

Date of Intended Adoption: January 29, 2008.

Submit Written Comments to: Leslie Klenk, P.O. Box 47200, Olympia, WA 98504-7200, e-mail Lesley.klenk@k12.wa.us, fax (360) 725-6332, by January 24, 2008.

Assistance for Persons with Disabilities: Contact Penny Coker by January 24, 2008, TTY (360) 664-3631 or (360) 725-6142.

Purpose of the Proposal and Its Anticipated Effects, Including Any Changes in Existing Rules: The purpose of the proposed rules is to comply with the legislative directive to implement an alternative assessment method that shall be an evaluation of a collection of work samples prepared and submitted by an applicant, as provided for in RCW 28A.655.065, to demonstrate achievement of the state content areas in which the student has not yet met standard on the high school Washington assessment of student learning (WASL).

Reasons Supporting Proposal: The proposed rules provide the guidelines, protocols and scoring criteria for submission and evaluation of a collection of work samples, otherwise referred to as a collection of evidence, as an alternative assessment method for the WASL.

Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 28A.655.061, 28A.665.065.

Statute Being Implemented: RCW 28A.655.061, 28A655.065 [28A.655.065].

Rule is not necessitated by federal law, federal or state court decision.

Name of Proponent: [Superintendent of public instruction], governmental.

Name of Agency Personnel Responsible for Drafting, Implementation and Enforcement: Lesley Klenk, OSPI, (360) 725-6330.

No small business economic impact statement has been prepared under chapter 19.85 RCW.

A cost-benefit analysis is not required under RCW 34.05.328.

December 18, 2007

Dr. Terry Bergeson

Superintendent of

Public Instruction

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NEW SECTION
WAC 392-501-300   General description.   A collection of evidence (COE) is a high school graduation alternative assessment option authorized under RCW 28A.655.065 that evaluates a set of work samples in a specific content area (mathematics, reading, and/or writing) based on classroom work prepared by a student. Students may prepare a COE for one or more content areas.

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NEW SECTION
WAC 392-501-310   Eligibility.   A student who has taken the Washington assessment of student learning (WASL) at least once and has not met standard in one or more of the content areas is eligible to submit a collection for each content area in which they have not met standard as an alternative assessment to the WASL if:

(1) The student has sat for and generated a valid scale score during the administration of the WASL.

(2) The student has met any applicable attendance and remediation or supplemental instruction requirements contained in the student's student learning plan developed under RCW 28A.655.061, unless such attendance and/or remediation criteria have been waived by a school district representative for special unavoidable circumstances.

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NEW SECTION
WAC 392-501-320   Application process.   (1) The superintendent of public instruction shall make available to students and school district personnel a COE submission application for documenting that a student has met the eligibility requirements as set forth in WAC 392-501-310.

(2) It is the responsibility of the school district to determine whether the student is eligible for the COE option. If the student is eligible, the school district is required to inform the student of the COE alternative assessment option.

(3) If the student is eligible, the student, with the assistance of school district personnel, shall submit an application to the superintendent of public instruction via the Washington assessment management system (WAMS).

(4) The superintendent of public instruction will publish an annual calendar established before each school year setting forth the timelines for the twice yearly registration, submission, scoring, and student and district reporting for the COE.

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NEW SECTION
WAC 392-501-330   Guidelines and protocols.   (1) Specific guidelines for types and numbers of work samples for mathematics, reading, or writing will be published and made available to students, guardians, schools, and districts. The guidelines will be published on the office of the superintendent of public instruction (OSPI) web site at: http://www.k12.wa.us/assessment/default as approved by the state board of education in an open and public process.

(2) Protocols for submission of work samples will include a Student Information Form, a Work Sample Documentation Form, and Work Sample Sign-Off Forms. Protocols for submission of work samples will be published on the OSPI web site at http://www.k12.wa.us/assessment/default as approved by the state board of education in an open and public process.

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NEW SECTION
WAC 392-501-340   Sufficiency process for all content areas.   The following process will be utilized in determining sufficiency for a collection of evidence for one or more of the content areas submitted by a student. Upon receipt by OSPI, a collection of evidence will be reviewed to determine whether the protocols for submission have been met. OSPI will notify a school district of any missing paperwork or signatures. If the school district does not provide the missing paperwork or signatures within the time frame provided, the collection of evidence will be returned without a score.

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NEW SECTION
WAC 392-501-350   Scoring process for all content areas.   The following process will be utilized to determine a score for a submitted collection for one or more of the content areas.

(1) Collections shall be scored at the state level by a panel of educators screened, selected, and trained by OSPI. To be selected as a scorer, a person must be a certificated educator in the content area, provide teacher leadership at the building and/or district level, and work with high school students in the content area in which they teach.

(2) A submitted collection of evidence shall be scored in a rigorous process that aligns with state content standards and comparable WASL performance.

(3) Uniform scoring criteria will be published on the OSPI web site at http://www.k12.wa.us/assessment/default as approved by the state board of education in an open and public process.

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NEW SECTION
WAC 392-501-360   Standard setting process for all content areas for the collection of evidence.   (1) A neutral committee of educators, business people, and students will be trained on the state content standards in mathematics, reading, and writing. They will be led by an expert facilitator trained in standard setting processes. The facilitator assists the standard setting committees in order to determine the cut score which all collections must attain in order to meet standard in one or more of the content areas.

(2) The standard setting committee will recommend a cut score for each content area to the state board of education for graduation purposes.

(3) The state board of education shall have the responsibility of accepting or not accepting the standard setting results, using an open and public process.

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NEW SECTION
WAC 392-501-370   Reporting process for all content areas for the collection of evidence.   Each student who prepared a collection of evidence will receive a report of his or her results within ninety days following scoring. The report will provide a detailed description of the level of performance on the state content standards found in the student collection. The report will state whether or not the student has met standard in the content area. The results shall be used for state high school graduation purposes.

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NEW SECTION
WAC 392-501-380   Collection of evidence adherence to national standards.   National Standards for Educational and Psychological Testing (AERA, NCME, APA, 1999) will be applied in all stages of the development and implementation of the collection of evidence in order to ensure reliability and validity of the alternative assessment option. The National Technical Advisory Committee for the superintendent of public instruction shall also provide ongoing technical assistance for the COE.

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