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End-of-Course (EOC) English III Assessment Guide This guide includes the following information:  Purpose of Assessment Guide  Introduction  Test Structure  Test Design  Computer-Based Testing  Resources Purpose of Assessment Guide This document is designed to assist Louisiana educators in understanding the End-of-Course (EOC) English III online asses
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   EOC English III Assessment Guide Posted June 7, 2017 Page 1 This guide includes the following information:    Purpose of Assessment Guide     Introduction     Test Structure     Test Design     Computer-Based Testing     Resources  Purpose of Assessment Guide   This document is designed to assist Louisiana educators in understanding the End-of-Course (EOC) English III online assessment. Introduction The design and administration of the EOC English III test remains the same as it has been in previous administrations. The EOC English III test will continue to be administered to students who began high school before the 2017  – 2018 school year, although it will become a district-administered test starting in the 2019  – 2020 school year. For additional information about the high school assessment program, see the 2017  – 2018 High School Assessment Frequently Asked Questions.  Test Structure   The following table outlines the test structure and suggested testing times for the EOC English III test. Session Description   Number of Points   Suggested Testing Times  Session 1: Writing  12  75 m inu te s Session 2: Reading and Language 20  40 m inu te s Session 3: Reading and Research  26  40 m inu te s  Totals   58*   155 m inutes   *50 points count toward a student ’ s final score. Additional points are from embedded field test items that do not count toward the student ’ s final score.  The test is untimed . Although suggested testing times are provided for each session, it is very important that students be given sufficient time to complete the test. Once students have started a test session, they should continue uninterrupted until they have completed the session. End-of-Course (EOC) English III Assessment Guide     EOC English III Assessment Guide Posted June 7, 2017 Page 2 Test Design   Louisiana statewide assessments measure the Louisiana Student Standards for English Language Arts. The following subheadings describe the parts of the EOC English III assessment and explain how each part incorporates the grades 11-12 ELA student standards.  Writing The writing section of the test requires students to read two informational sources on a topic and write an essay that takes a position on the topic and uses evidence from both sources to develop the response. Student essays will be scored on three dimensions: Content, Style, and Conventions (i.e., sentence formation, usage, mechanics, and spelling). Each dimension has its own scoring rubric.  The writing session addresses the following ELA standards:    Writing Standards W.11-12.1, W.11-12.4, and W.11-12.9    Language Standards L.11-12.1, L.11-12.2. Although these standards are grade-level standards, students are expected to correctly apply language skills mastered in preceding grades. Reading   The Reading portions of Sessions 2 and 3 measure reading comprehension through a series of passage-based multiple-choice questions that focus on analysis and evaluation. The grade 11 standards call for students to    determine two or more themes or central ideas of a text and analyze their development;    analyze the author’s cho ices (structure, point of view, purpose, vocabulary, etc.), how they interact, and how they relate to the meaning of the text;    analyze and evaluate the effectiveness of the author’s arguments; and    provide strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of a text. Four reading passages (literary and informational), representing a range of American, will appear in these two sessions. The reading sections emphasize a student’s ability to show understanding of text, not what a student knows about Am erican literary periods, which means that answering the items does not require prior knowledge. This allows teachers some flexibility in planning their instruction. Reading items will address the following ELA standards:    All of the Reading Standards for Literature, except RL.11-12.7 and RL.11-12.9    All of the Reading Standards for Informational Text, except RI.11-12.7 and RI.11-12.9    Language Standards L.11-12.4 and L.11-12.5 (Vocabulary Acquisition and Use)   EOC English III Assessment Guide Posted June 7, 2017 Page 3 Research to Build Knowledge   This section of the EOC English III test measures research skills, which will be assessed through a set of discrete multiple-choice questions. The items in this section focus on the following:    researching to solve a problem or answer a question (including a self-generated question)    narrowing or broadening a topic of inquiry    synthesizing multiple sources on a subject    gathering relevant information    assessing the strengths and limitations of a source    integrating information from sources    following a standard citation format The Research section addresses the ELA Writing Standards W.11-12.7 and W.11-12.8. Language   This part of the assessment will measure the application of grammar and usage skills through multiple-choice questions that ask students to revise sentences with possible errors or to identify the errors in short passages. Students advancing through the grades are expected to meet grade-specific standards as well as retain or further develop skills and understandings mastered in preceding grades. The Language section addresses the following ELA standards:    Language Standards L.11-12.1 and L.11-12.2    Writing Standard W.11-12.5 Standards Not Assessed   Most of the grades 11-12 ELA student standards are eligible for assessment. Some, however, are not assessed because of the format and implementation of the current EOC tests. For example, the standards that measure Speaking and Listening have not been addressed in the test design because most of them would require one-on-one testing of all students. In addition, reading standards RL.11-12.7 and RI.11-12.7 require multimedia resources that are not available on the current tests. Although test items do not measure these standards, the standards are essential to instruction and provide important building blocks and practice for what is measured on the EOC English III assessment, and therefore, should be part of classroom instruction.   EOC English III Assessment Guide Posted June 7, 2017 Page 4 Computer-Based Testing Administration Schedule  The EOC English III test is administered during three testing windows. The school or district test coordinator will communicate the testing schedule. For more information about scheduling and administration policies, refer to the Computer-based Test Scheduling Guidance document, found in the LDOE   assessment library. Students taking the EOC English III test will receive results in the same time frame as in the past, 4 to 6 days. The table below shows the testing window and the release of student-level results by administration. Administration and Reporting for EOC English III Test Administration   Testing Window   Release of Student-Level Results   Fall   November 29, 2017  – December 13, 2017   4 to 6 days   Spring   April 23, 2018  – May 18, 2018   4 to 6 days   Summer   June 18, 2018  – June 22, 2018   4 to 6 days   Online Tools Students will enter their answers into the online testing system by clicking on the circle next to the correct answer for the multiple-choice questions and typing their responses to the writing prompt in a box using the typing tools provided. The computer- based tests include the following online tools, which allow a student to select answer choices, “mark” items, eliminate answe r options, take notes, enlarge the item, guide the reading of a text or an item line by line, and access the English III Writer’s Checklist  or Model Parenthetical Citations. A help tool is also featured to assist students as they use the online system.    Pointer tool    Sticky Note tool    Writer’s Checklist Model Parenthetical Citations    Highlighter tool    Magnifying tool    Help tool    Cross-Off tool    Line Guide
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