- Prior to the testing window, teachers receive test booklets to be used with enrolled students. Students are assigned tests at a specific level of difficulty (A, B, or C) for Reading, Mathematics, and Science and may be assigned one difficulty level (A, B, or C) for reading and the same or a different difficulty level for mathematics or science. The Test Booklets, which include directions, tests items, and some materials, are specific to the grade level and level of difficulty assigned.
- Please keep in mind that the pre-selection of each of your student's levels is based on statistical analyses of group performance and may not be accurate for your particular student. If after you review the Test Booklet and test materials you decide that the level selected is not a proper match for your student, request a difficulty level change by filling out the Difficulty Level Change Form, which can be accessed through links on the home page. The new level you select should present some challenge to your student without being overwhelming. Students are not expected to answer every test item perfectly with no support. You will be asked to provide a rationale for changing the level of difficulty.
- PLEASE NOTE: DO NOT CHANGE THE LEVEL OF DIFFICULTY WITHOUT RECEIVING PRIOR APPROVAL.
Adapted Test Booklets and replacement test items:
Adapted versions of the test or replacement test items are available from the PASA homepage for some students:
- students whose functional vision requires the tactile and auditory presentation;
- students who are deaf or hard of hearing; and
- students who are hearing but cannot produce oral responses
- For more information, see below.
For students with visual impairments:
General guidelines and an adapted version of the PASA are available for students whose functional vision requires the use of tactile and auditory presentation of the test.
Additionally, colored material are available for use for students with limited vision. Links for these material are available on the PASA home page.
For students who are deaf or hard of hearing:
- Some test items have been changed for students who are deaf or hard of hearing. Skills designated with a "D/HOH" in the top right hand corner of relevant pages in the Test Booklet should
be replaced with pages for these skills that are on the PASA home page.
For students who are hearing but cannot produce oral responses to open ended questions:
- Some test items have been changed for students who are hearing but are unable to produce oral responses for open ended questions. These items are designated with an "AAC" in the top right hand corner of relevant pages in the Test Booklet.
Adapting presentation of test materials:
The standard procedure for introducing a skill is to place the materials on a table in front of the student. However if other procedures are typically used in instruction, they can be used in the test as well. For example, instead of placing on the table all materials in a match-to-sample skill, the answer choice array could be placed on the table while the material to be matched is held by the administrator or handed to the student so he/she can take it and put in on the correct choice in the array.
- Additionally, you are permitted to substitute materials when your student cannot demonstrate the targeted skill because of his/her disability. For example, if the targeted skill involves counting materials and the recommended materials are of such high interest that your student is likely to play with the materials instead of counting them, other materials can be substituted. However, materials should be adapted or substituted with care to be sure that the test is not unintentionally modified and that could cause the student to receive a lower score.