This portal is your source for information about the Hawai‘i State Alternate Assessments (HSA-Alt).

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  • The Assessment Section has sent a Survey Monkey link to all staff and certified HSA-Alt Test Administrators who administered a HSA-Alt assessment between February 20, 2018 and May 4, 2018. If you receive this link, please take five minutes to complete the 2018 HSA-Alt Test Administrator survey. The feedback that you provide by completing the survey will be used by the Assessment Section to improve future Test Administrator training and support. Staff and certified HSA-Alt Test Administrators who administered an HSA-Alt assessment after May 4, 2018 will receive a Survey Monkey link later this month. If you have any questions, please contact Susan Forbes at the Hawaii DOE Assessment Section via Lotus Notes.

    Added May 22, 2018
  • REMINDER: The paper/pencil HSA-Alt testing window will close on Friday, May 25th. All paper/pencil HSA-Alt test scores for ELA, Mathematics, and Science must be entered into the Data Entry Interface by the end of the school day on May 25th. The online HSA-Alt testing window will close on Thursday, May 31st. All online HSA-Alt tests for ELA, Mathematics, and Science must be complete and submitted via the Test Delivery System by the end of the school day on May 31st. Please be sure to return all printed test kit materials to your Test Coordinator as soon as testing is complete.

    Added May 22, 2018
  • As a result of exceeding the 1% federal guideline for alternate test participation, Hawaii submitted a waiver to the USDOE in November, 2017 that included Hawaii's plan to limit the over-identification of alternate students in the state.  Hawaii's plan was approved this month and contains the following HIDOE action items: (1) Provide oversight of state complex areas that exceed the one percent cap on alternate test participation; (2) Require state complex areas to submit justification for the need to exceed the one percent cap; and (3) Verify that IEP teams are: using the HSA-Alt Participation Guidelines and considering the range of accessibility features and accommodations available for the general assessment before determining alternate program placement, and informing parents of the basis for the alternate test and how participation in such assessments may delay or otherwise affect students from completing the requirements for a regular high school diploma. To see the full text of the USDOE response to Hawaii's waiver submission, go to: https://www2.ed.gov/admins/lead/account/stateplan17/waivers/hionepercentcapwaiverequestltr.pdf.

    Added April 25, 2018
  • The Assessment Section will be conducting school site visits during the statewide assessment testing windows this spring to observe test administrations. School Test Coordinators and Test Administrators may find additional information about these site visits in the official HIDOE announcement memo here.

    Added April 20, 2018
  • The TIDE system has added the “Discrepancy Resolution System” (DRS) feature in the “Data Management” dropdown to help users identify non-participated students at their schools. Users should use this feature to enter the applicable “Reasons for Non-Participation (non-participation code)” for each student and test. Once every student on this list generated in the DRS has a non-participation code, there should be no names left to view. To access the DRS, select the "Data Management" dropdown and then click "Discrepancy Resolution." For additional information on how to use the DRS, please refer to the HSAP TIDE User Guide 2017-2018.

    Added April 16, 2018
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