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    GED Closeout Presentation- Mayor's Commission on Literacy GED Closeout Presentation- Mayor's Commission on Literacy Presentation Transcript

    • Strategies for Helping Your LearnersComplete the 2002 GED®:Approaches for Teachers and AdministratorsMay 24, 2013
    • GED Closeout StrategiesWhat do we already know aboutthe 2002 GED Close-out?What do we already know aboutthe 2002 GED Close-out?• Ends in January 2014• Test will morph from paper-based 2002 version to computer-based 2014 version.• Loss of scores for all who don’t finish• Start on paper, end on paper – start on computer, end oncomputer• Only a handful of places to take the test• Many testers are unaware of changes or its implications• Ends in January 2014• Test will morph from paper-based 2002 version to computer-based 2014 version.• Loss of scores for all who don’t finish• Start on paper, end on paper – start on computer, end oncomputer• Only a handful of places to take the test• Many testers are unaware of changes or its implications
    • GED Closeout StrategiesThe Problem:The Problem:• January 2014: We’re running out of time!• Massive score loss by January 2014 !• 30,000 Statewide• 7,000 in Philadelphia• THOUSANDS more• anticipated to attempt testing for the first time in Summer/ Fall2013, joining the 7,000 “high-risk” testers in Philadelphia• January 2014: We’re running out of time!• Massive score loss by January 2014 !• 30,000 Statewide• 7,000 in Philadelphia• THOUSANDS more• anticipated to attempt testing for the first time in Summer/ Fall2013, joining the 7,000 “high-risk” testers in Philadelphia
    • GED Closeout StrategiesThe Goal:The Goal:Conversion from GED PREP CentersToGED COMPLETION CentersConversion from GED PREP CentersToGED COMPLETION Centers
    • GED Closeout StrategiesWhat’s The Difference? PROGRAM DESIGNWhat’s The Difference? PROGRAM DESIGNPREP Center Design1. Open Enrollment2. Finds advanced students by happenstance3. Uses TABE Test for leveling and placement4. Instruction focuses on general skill gain5. Teaches same general material to allstudents in a particular class level6. Waits for post-testing to determine GEDReadinessPREP Center Design1. Open Enrollment2. Finds advanced students by happenstance3. Uses TABE Test for leveling and placement4. Instruction focuses on general skill gain5. Teaches same general material to allstudents in a particular class level6. Waits for post-testing to determine GEDReadinessCOMPLETION Center Design1. Managed Enrollment2. Recruits and targets test-ready students3. Uses Official GED Practice Test forleveling and placement4. Instruction focuses on targeted skilldeficiencies needed for passing test(*FMQ data)5. Uses targeted individualized instructionbased on Practice Testing performancedata6. Actively, and frequently does follow-uppractice testing + accepts teacherrecommendations for performanceCOMPLETION Center Design1. Managed Enrollment2. Recruits and targets test-ready students3. Uses Official GED Practice Test forleveling and placement4. Instruction focuses on targeted skilldeficiencies needed for passing test(*FMQ data)5. Uses targeted individualized instructionbased on Practice Testing performancedata6. Actively, and frequently does follow-uppractice testing + accepts teacherrecommendations for performance
    • GED Closeout StrategiesWhat’s The Difference? STAFF EXPERTISEWhat’s The Difference? STAFF EXPERTISEPREP Center Staff1.Instructors have never taken, or are unfamiliarwith the official GED Practice test2.Instructors rely on the TABE to assess studentaptitude + gains to predict GED readiness3.Has imperfect knowledge of GED scoringprocess and how to explain it.4.Has imperfect knowledge of GED RegistrationProcess and Requirements (The W’s)5.Is unfamiliar / has never completed aGED123.com registration with a learner6.Does not track or coach learners after they aredeemed “test-ready” or begin testingPREP Center Staff1.Instructors have never taken, or are unfamiliarwith the official GED Practice test2.Instructors rely on the TABE to assess studentaptitude + gains to predict GED readiness3.Has imperfect knowledge of GED scoringprocess and how to explain it.4.Has imperfect knowledge of GED RegistrationProcess and Requirements (The W’s)5.Is unfamiliar / has never completed aGED123.com registration with a learner6.Does not track or coach learners after they aredeemed “test-ready” or begin testingCOMPLETION Center Staff1.Taken, and analyzed one or more GEDPractice Tests (*site GED Tagging Data)2.GED Practice tests early, frequently, andaggressively to determine GED readiness.3.Thoroughly understands and can articulatescoring process to students4.Can quote registration requirements,regulations, fees, locations, etc…5.Efficient at registering learners on GED123,utilized for score tracking, has time for it!6.Coaches learners THROUGH test completion,not just up to point of testingCOMPLETION Center Staff1.Taken, and analyzed one or more GEDPractice Tests (*site GED Tagging Data)2.GED Practice tests early, frequently, andaggressively to determine GED readiness.3.Thoroughly understands and can articulatescoring process to students4.Can quote registration requirements,regulations, fees, locations, etc…5.Efficient at registering learners on GED123,utilized for score tracking, has time for it!6.Coaches learners THROUGH test completion,not just up to point of testing
    • GED Closeout StrategiesThe Strategy:The Strategy:What is a Fast Tracker?• Needs little-to-no formal instruction in order to pass the GED• Has passed TWO or more Official tests with a reasonably highaverage• Official Score average allows for minimum scoring in finalsubjects (ie: 410 in Math to pass overall GED)• Exceptionally high Reading Scores on Practice or Official Test• Held to high expectations!What is a Fast Tracker?• Needs little-to-no formal instruction in order to pass the GED• Has passed TWO or more Official tests with a reasonably highaverage• Official Score average allows for minimum scoring in finalsubjects (ie: 410 in Math to pass overall GED)• Exceptionally high Reading Scores on Practice or Official Test• Held to high expectations!
    • GED Closeout StrategiesThe Strategy:The Strategy:How do Irecruit / identify / generate Fast Trackers?• GED Practice Test at orientation, not TABE• Outreach to “High-Risk” Testers in your network• Free GED Practice Testing Events• On-Deck Testing Events (*see On Deck slide)• Yes, teach to the test !• Take risks with borderline students, be ready to coach if theydo not passHow do Irecruit / identify / generate Fast Trackers?• GED Practice Test at orientation, not TABE• Outreach to “High-Risk” Testers in your network• Free GED Practice Testing Events• On-Deck Testing Events (*see On Deck slide)• Yes, teach to the test !• Take risks with borderline students, be ready to coach if theydo not pass
    • Advantages to On-Deck Strategy:•Immediate identification of Fast Trackers for expedited GED registration and testing•Sifts through waiting list to identify Fast Trackers who are hidden amongst intermediateand low-level students•Minimized waitlist time for all•Immediate engagement w/ center staff and programming while waiting for orientationGED Practice TestingLow /IntermediateLevelsLow /IntermediateLevelsFASTTRACKLevelGEDRegistration andTestingOrientationORContinued WaitlistOrientationORContinued Waitlist“ON DECK”WaitlistORWalk-InWaitlistORWalk-InGED Closeout StrategiesCongreso’s On-Deck Strategy
    • GED Closeout StrategiesThe Strategy:The Strategy:So what does a Fast Track studentactually do? (1 of 2)• Minimum of 2 Practice Tests in each subject• 1 at Orientation, 1 afterwards, average the scores• (PROPERLY!!) Creates a GED123.com account with staff• Obtains Identification + money needed for testing• Undergoes targeted tutoring / instruction and test prep skills• FMQ’s, identify bad habits• Test taking strategies• “Game plan” to graduationSo what does a Fast Track studentactually do? (1 of 2)• Minimum of 2 Practice Tests in each subject• 1 at Orientation, 1 afterwards, average the scores• (PROPERLY!!) Creates a GED123.com account with staff• Obtains Identification + money needed for testing• Undergoes targeted tutoring / instruction and test prep skills• FMQ’s, identify bad habits• Test taking strategies• “Game plan” to graduation
    • GED Closeout StrategiesThe Strategy:The Strategy:So what does a Fast Track studentactually do? (2 of 2)• Attends minimum of 1 day a week throughout testing• Tutoring, coaching, score review, next-test-strategy• May be Fast Track for Reading-based subjects, but takes class for Math• Writes essays and practices “Framing” various topics• Practices completing tests for Time• “What to know about the day of testing”So what does a Fast Track studentactually do? (2 of 2)• Attends minimum of 1 day a week throughout testing• Tutoring, coaching, score review, next-test-strategy• May be Fast Track for Reading-based subjects, but takes class for Math• Writes essays and practices “Framing” various topics• Practices completing tests for Time• “What to know about the day of testing”
    • GED Closeout StrategiesWriting Test Strategy:Writing Test Strategy:#CorrectRating2Rating2.5Rating3Rating3.5Rating414 (56%) 410 460 490 530 58013 400 450 490 520 58012 400 450 480 520 57011 390 440 480 510 57010 390 440 470 510 5609 380 430 460 500 5508 (32%) 380 410 460 490 5407 370 400 450 480 5406 370 400 440 480 5305 360 390 430 470 5204 340 380 410 450 5003 300 340 370 410 4602 (8%) 250 290 320 360 4101 220 260 290 330 380AverageIncreasePer Essay Rating:40.4 Points!
    • GED Closeout StrategiesFMQ Strategy:FMQ Strategy:PCMATH                                                      Question#LO JT GS LP JF NZ MR OO JD GZ KJ AG EN JM JEM WM RR JM AZ LASTNAMELASTNAMELASTNAMELASTNAMELASTNAMEAMTWRONG %1 I C I C C I C I C I C C C C C C C I I           7 37%2 C I I C C C C C C I C C C C C C C C C           3 16%3 I C C I C C I I I C I I I C C I C C I           10 53%4 I C C C C C C C C C I C C C C C C C C           2 11%5 C C C C C C C C C C C C C C C I C C C           1 5%6 I C C C I C C C C C C I C I I C C C C           5 26%7 C C C C C C C I I C I I C C I C C C I           6 32%8 C I C C C c C I C C c I C C C C C C C           3 16%9 c c c C c C C I C C C C C C C C C I C           2 11%10 I I C I I I C I I C I I I I I I I I I           16 84%11 I I I I I C I I I C I I C I C C C C C           11 58%12 C I C I I I C C I C C I I I I C C I C           10 53%13 I C I C C C I I C C I C C C C C C C I           6 32%14 I C C C C C C C C C C I C C C C C I C           3 16%15 I C C C C C I C C C C I C C C C C C C           3 16%16 C C C C I C C I C I I I C C C C C C C           5 26%17 C C C C C C C C I C I I C C C I C C I           5 26%18 I I C I I C I I I I I I I I I I C I I           16 84%19 C I I C I I C I I C I I I C C I I C I           12 63%20 C C C C C I I C C I I I C C I I I C C           8 42%21 I C C C C I I C I I I C C C C C C I C           7 37%22 I C C C I C C C C C I I C C C C C C C           4 21%23 I C C C C C C C C C C C C C C C C C C           1 5%24 C C I I C C C C I C I I I C C C C C I           7 37%25 C C I I I C I C I I I I I I C I I C C           12 63%TOTALMISSEDQUESTIONS13 7 7 7 9 6 8 11 11 7 15 17 7 6 6 8 4 7 9 0 0 0 0 0    START TEACHING THISSTART TEACHING THISSTOP TEACHING THISSTOP TEACHING THIS
    • GED Closeout Strategies“GED Tags”“GED Tags”#10) Body Mass Index (BMI) can be definedas:BMI = (705)(w)h²Where w is a person’s weight in pounds and his the person’s height in inches. If Elaine is 60inches tall and weighs 108 pounds, what is herBody Mass Index?Mark your answers in the grid on your answersheet.TAGS:Order of operations, multi-stepSubstitution for variable(s) *see reverse order!Squaring a numberFilling out answers on the score gridEtc…
    • “GED Tags” - Example“GED Tags” - ExampleQUESTION#Addition Subtraction Multiplication Division DecimalsComparing andOrderingNumbersSquare Root Exchange Rates1     x x x     x2     x x x     x3       x x      4   x x x        5                6                7 x              8                9   x x x x      10     x x        11     x x        12     x x        13   x x   x x    14 x x            15     x   x x x  16           x    17           x    18   x            19                20 x   x          21                22                23                24                25 x x            TOTAL PC: 4 6 10 8 6 4 1 2
    • GED Closeout StrategiesGED “Tagging” Graphs – MathGED “Tagging” Graphs – Math410 out of 800 = 51%Algebra + Multi-StepProblems = 68% of the test!
    • GED Closeout StrategiesGED “Tagging” Graphs – WritingGED “Tagging” Graphs – Writing
    • GED Closeout StrategiesTesting Center Observations:Testing Center Observations:•Practice Tests are only HALF the length. Students get worn out !• TIP: Before official testing, have students take 2 Practice Testsback to back in order to get a feel for a real test. Average the twoscores together.•Back-to-Back Testing = Fatigue• 2 per day recommended, 3 max• 3 consecutive sessions = 4 hours +•Stop leaving blanks!• Teach students “timing strategy”• 10 minute warning only, erasable pens take more time•Writing  5 paragraph essay !!•Math  Hand-written Answer Boxes•GED 123 problems, ID on day of test•Practice Tests are only HALF the length. Students get worn out !• TIP: Before official testing, have students take 2 Practice Testsback to back in order to get a feel for a real test. Average the twoscores together.•Back-to-Back Testing = Fatigue• 2 per day recommended, 3 max• 3 consecutive sessions = 4 hours +•Stop leaving blanks!• Teach students “timing strategy”• 10 minute warning only, erasable pens take more time•Writing  5 paragraph essay !!•Math  Hand-written Answer Boxes•GED 123 problems, ID on day of test
    • GED Closeout StrategiesThe GED Testing Center Reality:The GED Testing Center Reality:Too many testers, not enough slotsToo many testers, not enough slots  temple 1199 ccp congreso 5th?Per week 225 225 200 50 0 Per Month 900 900 800 200 0Per Next 6 months 5400 5400 4800 1200 0GRAND TOTAL OFSLOTS POSSIBLE         16,800 Slots NEEDED for7,000 People toFinish7K x Need 1 7K x Need 2 7K x Need 3 7K x Need 4 7K x Need 5 7K x Need 6 7K x Need 7  7000 14000 21000 28000 35000 42000 49000Slots NEEDED for10,000 People toFinish10K x Need 1 10K x Need 2 10K x Need 3 10K x Need 4 10K x Need 5 10K x Need 6 10K x Need 7  10000 20000 30000 40000 50000 60000 70000
    • GED Closeout Strategies• Test Re-ordering Situation• Can purchase Full Batteries only• Bottleneck in Fall / Winter 2013• Again, Too many testers, not enough slots• Test Centers will run out of Booklets before January• More testers will attempt, as January approaches• Students should plan to PASS all 5 subjects byNovember to be safe.• Don’t leave Math for last !!• Test Re-ordering Situation• Can purchase Full Batteries only• Bottleneck in Fall / Winter 2013• Again, Too many testers, not enough slots• Test Centers will run out of Booklets before January• More testers will attempt, as January approaches• Students should plan to PASS all 5 subjects byNovember to be safe.• Don’t leave Math for last !!The GED Testing Center Reality:The GED Testing Center Reality:
    • GED Closeout Strategies21SummaryTesting Centers•Work with Literacy Providers•Preserve Available Math and Writing Tests•Special Testing DatesTesting Centers•Work with Literacy Providers•Preserve Available Math and Writing Tests•Special Testing DatesInstructors•Teach to the test!•Data-driven instruction•Become GED-process ExpertsInstructors•Teach to the test!•Data-driven instruction•Become GED-process ExpertsAdministrators•Creative Program Design•Temp Shift Toward 2013 Closeout•Empower Instructors to help w/ closeout!Administrators•Creative Program Design•Temp Shift Toward 2013 Closeout•Empower Instructors to help w/ closeout!StudentsInstructorsTestingCentersStudents•Practice Test often, multiple versions•Realistic Expectations: Am I 2002 or 2014?•Don’t wait to get started!!Students•Practice Test often, multiple versions•Realistic Expectations: Am I 2002 or 2014?•Don’t wait to get started!!
    • GED Closeout Strategies• Where is your center in regards to:• The spectrum of GED Prep vs. GEDCompletion?• Staff expertise around GED Completion?• Program Design to create CompletionCapacity?• Where is your center in regards to:• The spectrum of GED Prep vs. GEDCompletion?• Staff expertise around GED Completion?• Program Design to create CompletionCapacity?Questions for Reflection:Questions for Reflection:
    • GED Closeout Strategies• What can your center start implementing• This week?• In a month?• In 2 months?• What resources do you need?• What staff will be responsible?• What does success look like?• What can your center start implementing• This week?• In a month?• In 2 months?• What resources do you need?• What staff will be responsible?• What does success look like?Action Plan:Action Plan:
    • GED Closeout StrategiesFeedback and QuestionsFeedback and Questions