How do I complete a TSA for my program?
There are multiple ways to assess student attainment of technical skills.  The ODE encourages schools and regions to select the type of assessment that will provide data that accurately reflects student technical knowledge and skills.  The good news is that in Region 2, Programs of Study have been given the freedom to choose whatever TSA best suits their program.  Below is the list of possible TSA opportunities that meet the criterion set forth by the State of Oregon:

* Pages 5-13 of the attached document provide more information on each of these assessments including specific conditions, costs, and limitations.

1.  Standards-based, criterion-reference tests
Assesses Program of Study standards through the use of a standardized test.   ODE has prescribed scoring requirements for these tests.  The necessary score for passing can be found Here.

Example: NOCTI tests, SKillsUSA exams

2.  End-of-CTE-course/CTE program exams
Program exams developed on a program by program basis designed to assess the key elements of that particular course or program. 

Example: 
Automotive – Developed through collaboration between Mt. Hood CommunityCollege and Reynolds HS.
This project focused on developing a multiple choice assessment that mirrored the types of assessments students would eventually see in ASE certification tests.  The assessment was also mapped closely to the Oregon Skill Sets for Automotive Technology. The test was piloted with several schools and is now approved by the state for use as a technical skill assessment. This is an example of aligning the test with both the Oregon Skill Sets and established and verified industry standards.

3.  On-demand performance tasks
Usually in the form of a writing or problem-solving prompt, these tasks elicit a more authentic student response that demonstrates knowledge and skills not easily captured or measured on a standardized test.  

Example: 
Welding – Developed through collaboration between LBCC and several high schools in their region.
The assessment is performance-based and was patterned on a long-standing welding contest held at LBCC for area high schools. The welding tasks and score sheets parallel AWS welding assessments. One major difference between this assessment and the existing contest is that instructors at LBCC had to analyze work done by each student being assessed. In the past, only the work of the top 10 welders was scrutinized. The locally-produced assessment must be available to all CTE completers ready to test. The assessment must also go through a validity and reliability protocol to be considered state approved.

Early Childhood Education – Developed through collaboration between LCC and Willamette HS.
The assessment is performance-based. Students who are being assessed carry out four different assignments. The assignments involve preparing for a snack time, developing a lesson plan for a gross-motor skills activity, developing a story time activity, and arranging a pre-school room. The results are assessed by a panel of judges using a scoring guide developed for the assessment, which has established inter-rater reliability.

4.  Extended performance tasks
A task that takes several weeks to complete and may involve multiple attempts.  The task must follow criteria, guidelines, and rules that are consistent across all tasks of the same type.  

Example: Engineering TSA located HERE

5.  Portfolios or Collections of Evidence
A collection of evidence representing individual student performance.  The collection may include standards-based evidence like tests, performance demonstrations, and/or other measures of proficiency.  

This article by Kenneth Wolf & Mary Dietz titled: "Teaching Portfolios: Purposes and Possibilities" is a great resource for programs looking to use Portfolio assessments.

Example:
Engineering – Developed through collaboration between Columbia Gorge Community College and Hood River HS.
The assessment is a portfolio that includes several design projects completed at different times during the year. A scoring guide that includes elements of design is used to assess the portfolio. The projects include bridge building and a sterling engine.

6.  Industry skill Certification Exams
Exams developed and administered by industry groups independent of school systems.  Tests may include NOCTI industry tests. For a full listing of state-approved, industry exams click on the link below and then click on your Career Learning Area and then your Cluster. Scroll to the bottom of the page and click on Assessments for this Cluster. You will then see a long list of approved assessments for the Cluster. You can go a step further and click on your Focus Area and scroll to the bottom of the page again and click on Assessments for this Focus Area for a list of exams approved for the Focus Area.

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Niki Taylo,
Aug 9, 2011, 10:12 AM