Best Practices ISAT Preparation January 2012How Can Teachers Best Prepare Their Students to Take the Test?
PD Agenda 1. Revisit ISAT Extended Response PD 2. Review general ISAT information 3. Go Over ISAT Resource Packets: 1.Vocabulary Keys – ISAT Specific 2.ISAT Item Analysis 3.ISAT Curriculum Resources 4.ISAT NWEA Comparison
October ISAT PD Follow‐up• Extended response is considered one of the most challenging portions of the ISAT test. • Some of the strategies suggested in October presentation were basic yet effective everyday reading strategies: – Tell me more about your thinking” – “What in the story made you think that” – “Where did you find this in the text” – “The main character feels _____ because___” – “The problem is____ because_______” – Stop and say something (to the person next to you, group) – Short write (write what you’re thinking) – Questioning (students write down 1‐2 questions they have)• How has extended response practice going in your classrooms? • Are there any great ideas, suggestions, and/or anything not working for you in the classroom you would like to share?
2012 ISAT Reminders•ISAT 2012 – March 5 – March 16•ISAT Writing has been suspended, but students will still respond in writing to the Extended Response reading and mathematics items.•Grades 3‐8 will test in Reading and Math•Grades 4 and 7 will also test in Science •All items for 2012 align to the Illinois Assessment Frameworks•Stanford 10 format with color ‐ SAT 10 •10 additional minutes for all students still working at the end of the 45 minutes testing session
NCLB and ISAT• All states must assess Mathematics and Reading in grades 3 through 8• Only Mathematics and Reading are used for Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) calculations• Annual Targets for Performance and Participation
Vocabulary KeysResource Packet #1:• 3rd – 8th ‐ Math, Reading, and Science terms that are important for students to know and understand on the ISAT Assessment.
Be armed with what is on the test! ISAT Item AnalysisResource Packet #2:1. 2011 ISAT Reading, Math, and Science Item Counts by grade level and standards2. 2011 ISAT Reading, Math, and Science Standards and estimated percent of test exposure
Teaching Priorities, Strategies, and WorksheetsResource Packet #3: • Make Math Verbal and Visual• Guide and Assess Fiction Reading • Non‐Fiction Reading
ISAT and NWEA ComparisonResource #4: NWEA ISAT Alignment Study• Tables 3 and 4 show the best estimate of the RIT equivalent to each Illinois performance level – same season or prior season• Tables 7 and 8 show proportion of students achieving various RIT score ranges whom are estimated to achieve a proficient score on the ISAT.
Referenceshttp://www.isbe.net/assessment/pdfs/2010/ISAT_http://teacher.depaul.edu/ http://www.ed.gov/http://www.nwea.org/http://metacat2.com/iltestlinks.htmlThis is the interactive test questionwebsite.