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 Department began implementation of Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) in SY 2016-17, with full implementation by SY 2019-20. The NGSS standards were developed by states and guided by the National Research Council, the National Science Teachers Association, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and Achieve. The standards reflect current research and best practices in science teaching and learning to prepare students to think critically, analyze information and solve complex problems. More information on NGSS can be found at the NGSS website.

The new science assessments are designed to measure students’ attainment the performance expectations (PEs) laid out in the NGSS and will be quite different from the past assessments. The NGSS assessments at each grade include 6 item clusters (a stimulus and a series of questions, generally takes students 6-12 minutes to complete) and 12 stand-alone items (shorter, generally takes 2-3 minutes to complete). Samples of these items can be found at: https://hsa.alohahsap.org/users/ngss-resources.stml

Additional information for students and families are available at the HSA Science portal: hsa.alohasap.org

Grade(s)
or Track(s)

Number of Opportunities*

TESTING WINDOW

Open

Close

5 and 8

2

01/08/20*

05/28/20

5 and 8 

multi-track schools

2

01/08/20*

06/19/20*
*   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 Biology I EOC is required — it measures student’s levels of proficiency on the related Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). It is required to be administered to all students enrolled in Biology 1 as part of Hawaii’s statewide assessment to meet federal requirements of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). 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​

TESTING WINDOW

Open

Close

Fall
(block schedule schools only)

11/25/19

12/20/19

Spring

04/27/20

05/28/20

Multi-track Schools

06/01/20

06/19/20*

Summer

06/15/20*07/17/20*

* Subject to change


Alternative Assessment (HSA-Alt)

The HSA-Alt in English Language Arts/Literacy, Mathematics and Science are administered to students in grades 3-8 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​

Content Area

Grade(s)

Mode

TESTING WINDOW

Open

Close

ELA/Literacy
Mathematics

3-8 and 11

Online

02/18/20

05/28/20

Paper/Pencil **

02/18/20

05/22/20

Science

5, 8 and 11

Online

02/18/20*

05/28/20

Paper/Pencil **

02/18/20*

05/22/20

* Subject to change
** 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. Public and public charter school students in the Hawaiian Language Immersion Program are administered the language arts and mathematics assessments in grades 3-8 and the science assessments in grades 5 and 8. 

Content Area

Grade(s)

TESTING WINDOW

Open

​Close

​Language Arts
Mathematics

3-8

04/01/20*

05/28/20

​Science

5 and 8

04/01/20*

05/28/20

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. 

Content Area

Grade(s)

Mode

TESTING WINDOW

Open

​Close
Listening
Reading
Speaking
Writing
K through 12Online
Paper/Pencil**
01/14/2002/25/20*

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. In SY 2019-2020, a small number of HIDOE schools will be selected to participate in the NAEP Long Term Trend (LTT) Assessment. A nationally representative sample of 9, 13, and 17 year old students will be assessed in reading and mathematics (selected students will participate in either the reading or the mathematics assessment). Hawaii's participation in the LTT assessments is essential to ensure that our unique and diverse population is represented in the national results.

Content Area

Ages

Mode

TESTING WINDOW

Open

Close

Mathematics
Reading ​ ​

9

Paper/Pencil

01/06/20

03/13/20

13​

​Paper/Pencil

​10/14/19

​12/20/19

​17

​Paper/Pencil

03/16/20​

​05/22/20

​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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