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Welcome to msp information night 2013
Welcome to MSP Information Night 2013 (Measurements of Student Progress) 1
Purpose of the MSP State: Measures student learning of skills and knowledge important to our children’s success in school and life. Educators: Improve teaching and to do a better job of meeting every student’s academic needs. The MSP ensures that students all across our state are receiving a consistent education that will prepare them for the 21st century while at the same time checking to make sure that their learning is on track to meet the standards set by the legislature.
Math 30 problems One day 4 Short Answer questions - 2 points 6 Completion questions - 1 point 20 Multiple Choice Questions-1 point Prove every answer and prove the other choices are wrong if there is extra time 5 pilot items (not scored)
Math Performance Expectations Students are expected to know how to: Accurately multiply up to a three digit number by one- and two-digit numbers using the standard multiplication algorithm Recognize decimals through hundredths with place value models, fraction equivalents, and the number line Convert a mixed numbers and decimals to a fraction and vice versa and visually represent the number
How Parents Can Help Math Homework- Review with child and discuss next steps Math Facts- memorize +, -, x, and division facts Computation-practice 2 digit x 2-3 digits, subtraction with regrouping, division with a one digit divisor Mathematical Reasoning- identifying important data, determining plan and strategy, calculating, checking that answer makes sense
Possible questions to ask your child What’s your answer? How did you get that? Why did you do that? What gave you that idea? How do you know you’re right? What is it you are being asked to do? What is the learning involved here? What do you already know that could help you? What strategy is appropriate? Did you show/explain your thinking? Did you check/verify that you answered the question?
Test Taking Tips Use specific information not general statements Check the accuracy Use specific math language We can only add or subtract like units
Reading 30 problems 26 multiple choice 4 short answer 6 pilot items (not scored) One day Always refer to the text. “I know this because in the text it says…” Students should know how to: find main ideas and supporting details, summaries, make inferences (draw conclusions), compare and contrast different selections.
How Parents Can Help Read with your child, have them summarize key events, identify the problem, solution, characters, and setting. Read nonfiction- read and interpret tables and charts, identify text features and recognize how they help you as a reader Emphasize the importance of rereading and following directions step by step * Support all thinking with examples/quotes from the text.
Writing – Narrative and Expository (2 days)•Narrative: Tells a story, which includesdetails to describe events, characters andsetting, has a beginning, middle and end,uses carefully chosen words, transitions andhas sentence fluency.•Expository: Writing to explain or inform.Focused on a main idea with specific andelaborate details. Writing includes examplesand/or reasons to support ideas, has anopening, middle, and end with transitions,uses carefully chosen and specific words,and has sentence fluency.
All writing for each prompt is completed in ONE day. Students need to independently brainstorm, create a plan, write a draft, revise, edit, and write in final all in the same day. Both pieces scored on Content, Organization & Style (COS) and Conventions (CON) Students should know how to use: Checklists Pre-writing strategies Link DEARFS Indicate paragraphs (even with dialogue) Transition words- first, then, next Effective word choice Satisfying ending
How Parents Can Help Help your child revise and edit writing – emphasis on making sense and engaging the reader Insist on best use of conventions in ALL subject areas Practice using a dictionary and thesaurus as resources to strengthen their own writing Continue to read quality literature together and discuss the good writing you notice
Final Thoughts The MSP has no testing time limits, so students can take their time to do their best. However, all tests must be finished before the end of the school day. There will be some scheduling changes during testing Testing Window April 24th – May 16th More information to come OSPI (Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction) Testing Information Websitehttp://www.k12.wa.us/Assessment/StateTesting/default.aspx***MOST IMPORTANT: Please make sure your child is in school everyday. They need to be here in order to learn the skills needed for testing.