Other Assessments

Statewide assessments include End-of-Course exams in Algebra I, Algebra II, Biology I, and U.S. History; the Hawaii State Assessment (HSA) in Science, and the HSA-Alt. The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) is taken every two years by a sample of students in grades 4 and 8, in reading and math, along with other subjects.

​​​​​​​​​​​​Science Assessment

The Hawaii State Assessment (HSA) in Science is administered to students in grades 4 and 8. It is a mandatory assessment as part of measuring science proficiency as part of the Strive HI Performance System​ for schools. The online assessments are adaptive tests which provide a more precise estimate of a student's ability. The assessments include multiple-choice and constructed-response items. Students must select one of the answer options for each multiple-choice item. They must type one or two short sentences or draw or move objects on the computer screen for various constructed-response items. 

HSA Science training tests are available for students and families on the Aloha HSAP site: alohahsap.org/HSA/students​

2017-18 ADMINISTRATION TIMELINE

Grade(s)
or Track(s)

Number of Opportunities

TESTING WINDOW

Open

Close

4 and 8

3

01/10/18

05/31/18

All multi-tracks

3

01/10/18

06/22/18*

*   Subject to change.

End-of-Course (EOC) Exam

EOC Exams are used to measure student proficiency of course content standards, inform instruction and standardize course expectations in Algebra I, Algebra II, Biology I, and U.S. History. They are administered online at the end of instruction during the last three weeks of the course. Students can take the test once within the three-week testing window (a second opportunity is allowed on a case-by-case basis).

Only the Biololgy I EOC is required — it is a measure of high-school-level proficiency in Science as part of the Strive HI System. EOC exams in Algebra I, Algebra II and U.S. History are optional. (Additionally, U.S. History EOC may be changed pending educator input.)

Each exam has approximately 50 questions aligned to the content standards assigned to the course. The exams are untimed and tests may be paused by either the student or the test administrator and completed at a later time within the testing window. (A student whose exam is paused for more than 20 minutes will not be allowed to review questions answered during the previous test session.) The EOC exams include multiple choice and constructed response questions that are machine-scored. When a student completes an exam, the student’s score is displayed on the monitor and access to the student’s score report is available to the student’s teacher via the same online reporting system.

EOC training tests are available for students and families on the Aloha HSAP site: alohahsap.org/EOC/students​

2017-18 ADMINISTRATION TIMELINE

TESTING WINDOW

Open

Close

Fall
(block schedule schools only)

11/27/17

12/21/17

Spring

04/23/18

05/25/18

Multi-track Schools

06/04/18

06/22/18 *

Summer

06/12/18 *

07/19/18 *

* Subject to change


Alternative Assessment (HSA-Alt)

The HSA-Alt in English Language Arts/Literacy, Mathematics and Science are administered to students in grades 4, 8 and 11 to promote, improve access to, and measure the attainment of standards by setting high expectations for students with significant cognitive disabilities. Training tests available on the Aloha HSAP site: alohahsap.org/HSA_ALT/students​

2017-18 ADMINISTRATION TIMELINE

Content Area

Grade(s)

Number of Opportunities

Mode

TESTING WINDOW

Open

Close

ELA/Literacy
Mathematics

3-8 and 11

1

Online

02/20/18

05/31/18

Paper/Pencil *

02/20/18

05/25/18

Science

4, 8 and 11

1

Online

02/20/18

05/31/18

Paper/Pencil *

02/20/18

05/25/18

* Paper/Pencil administration must be verified by the Assessment Section.​

Kaiapuni Assessment of Educational Outcomes (KĀ‘EO)

The KĀʻEO in Language Arts, Mathematics and Science are administered in the Hawaiian language. The language arts and mathematics assessments are administered to grades 3 and 4 students in the Hawaiian Language Immersion Program. The science assessment is administered to grade 4 students in the program.​

2017-18 ADMINISTRATION TIMELINE

Content Area

Grade(s)

TESTING WINDOW

Open

​Close
Language Arts
Mathematics
​3 and 404/02/18*​05/31/18
​Science​4​04/02/18*​05/31/18

Subject to change.​

ACCESS for ELLs Online 2.0

The ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 is an English language proficiency assessment administered to all English Learners in kindergarten through 12th grade to monitor students’progress and proficiency in acquiring academic English. Beginning SY 2017-18, all schools will administer the assessments online. 

2017-18 ADMINISTRATION TIMELINE

Content Area

Grade(s)

Mode

TESTING WINDOW

Open

​Close
Listening
Reading
Speaking
Writing
K through 12Online
Paper/Pencil**
01/16/1802/26/18*

Subject to change.​
** Paper/Pencil administration K (all domains), 1-3 (writing only).​

National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP)

NAEP is a congressionally authorized project sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education. It is an assessment of a representative sample of 4th and 8th graders (about 2,300 students) in reading and math that's given every two years. NAEP was assessed in spring 2017 and results will be available in the fall. There will be no assessment in spring 2018.

You can compare Hawaii's results with other states and the national average on the Nation's Report Card website.

  • 10-Year Growth, 2005-2015: Hawaii is outpacing states in NAEP proficiency gains over 10 years. [VIEW]
    • Math 4th grade: +8 points, 4th in nation (tied)
    • Math 8th grade: +14 points, 2nd in nation
    • Reading 4th grade: +6 points, 6th in nation (tied)
    • Reading 8th grade: +9 points, 1st in nation (tied)​
  • View the results of the 2015 NAEP here.
  • View the results of the 2013 NAEP here.

​What are test accommodations?​A short overview of how modifications are made to assessments to meet various student needs, while balancing fairness to all. Accurate measurement based on the appropriate use of accommodations is important to educators who want a precise picture of what students know and can do.​

Contact Information

Brian Reiter

Phone: 808-733-4100

Email: brian_reiter@hawaiidoe.org

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