Dept Chair Update 11 2009

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Dept Chair Update 11 2009

  1. 1. Secondary Social Studies Department Chairperson Meeting November 9, 2009
  2. 2. Looking at the data TAKS Grade 8 <ul><li>Increased met standard % to within 2 points of the state [89%] </li></ul><ul><li>Commended increased by more than 400% [8% to 33%] </li></ul><ul><li>Af-Am and Hispanic Commended increased 300%; LEP by 1000% [1% to 11%] </li></ul><ul><li>Gap between Af-Am/Hisp and White reduced from 20 points to 10 points. </li></ul>
  3. 4. <ul><li>Increased met standard % by 13 points and closed gap with the state to within 3 points </li></ul><ul><li>Commended increased by 300% for all students from 10% to 30% </li></ul><ul><li>Af-Am, Hispanic and LEP gap with White students is closing and commended for these groups is up 300, 400, and 500% respectively </li></ul>Looking at the data TAKS Grade 10
  4. 6. <ul><li>% met standard is equal to the state for the last two years. </li></ul><ul><li>Commended increased by 600% from 7% to 42% for all students. </li></ul><ul><li>Af-Am commended increased from 2 to 32%; Hispanic commended increased from 3 – 37% and LEP commended increased from 0 to 10%. White commended in 2009 was at 70% </li></ul><ul><li>Commended for all sub-groups was at or above the state average in 2009. </li></ul>Looking at the data TAKS Grade 11
  5. 8. <ul><li>Ranking in the 62nd percentile, the highest overall performance rankings were found in eleventh grade social science. </li></ul><ul><li>The lowest performance ranking was ninth grade social science with results at the 37th percentile. </li></ul><ul><li>In the spring of 2009, the highest percentage of HISD non-Special Education students scoring at or above the 50th percentile was found in ninth grade math and eleventh grade social science (69%). The lowest percentage was found in sixth grade social science (34%). </li></ul>Looking at the data Stanford 10
  6. 9. <ul><li>The 3-year mean NCE gains at grades 6 [-3.0] and 10 [-2.4] represent negative growth. </li></ul><ul><li>Ninth grade mean NCE gains [-0.6] did not achieve growth in 2009. </li></ul><ul><li>Issues: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Stanford objectives and HISD/TEKS based curriculum are not aligned; </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>lack of social studies instruction in elementary impacts grade 6; </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>comparing Stanford in grade 9 to TAKS in grade 10 could have impact on the grade 10 results; </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>EVAAS data for Social Studies is based on Stanford data which was low for Grades 6 and 9 in 2009. </li></ul></ul>Looking at the data EVAAS
  7. 10. 2009 Houston District Value Added Report for TAKS/Stanford Social Studies 47.4 42.3 45.7 47.7 47.2 39.8 46.6 48.5 46.7 2009 Mean: 44.4 39.8 44.1 46.3 46.9 39.8 44.5 45.3 44.6 2008 Mean: 40.5 38.9 42.7 40.8 42.8 39.2 43.5 43.1 43.2 2007 Mean: 40.5 37.3 41.5 38.6 38.5 35.7 39.9 40.4 40.4 2006 Mean: 50.0 50.0 50.0 50.0 50.0 50.0 50.0 50.0 50.0 State Base Year (2006):   11 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 Grade: Estimated District Mean NCE Scores 0.0 0.1 0.1 0.1 0.1 0.1 0.1 0.1 0.1   Std Error: 2.1 5.4 G -2.4 R* 2.3 G 2.2 G 7.4 G -3.0 R* 1.9 G 2.9 G   3-Yr-Avg NCE Gain: 0.1 0.2 0.1 0.2 0.2 0.1 0.1 0.1 0.1   Std Error: 1.7 7.6 G -1.8 R* -0.6 R* 0.8 G 7.3 G -4.7 R* 1.3 G 3.9 G   2009 Mean NCE Gain: 0.1 0.2 0.2 0.1 0.1 0.1 0.1 0.1 0.1   Std Error: 2.1 5.5 G -2.9 R* 3.4 G 3.5 G 7.7 G -3.7 R* 1.4 G 2.1 G   2008 Mean NCE Gain: 0.1 0.2 0.1 0.2 0.1 0.1 0.1 0.1 0.1   Std Error: 2.4 3.2 G -2.6 R* 4.1 G 2.2 G 7.1 G -0.7 R* 3.1 G 2.8 G   2007 Mean NCE Gain: 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 Growth Standard: Mean NCE Gain over Grades Relative to Growth Standard 11 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 Grade: Estimated District Mean NCE Gain
  8. 12. Where are we going? Curriculum 2009 - 2010 <ul><li>Revised HAPGs in place </li></ul><ul><ul><li>alignment to TEKS </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>emphasis on concept-based learning </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>essential understandings and guiding questions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Literacy Leads the Way strategies </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Work on PRE-AP/AP vertical alignment of strategies/skills </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Comprehension and document analysis strategies </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Synthesizing information </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Writing Skills in DBQs, Free-Response and Essays </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Increasing rigor </li></ul></ul>
  9. 13. TEKS Revisions <ul><li>TEKS Revisions – SBOE will: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>discuss the latest draft of the Social Studies TEKS on 11/18 (during its next 3-day meeting) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Latest Revisions are located at http://www.tea.state.tx.us/index2.aspx?id=3643 </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>conduct hearings and cast a &quot;first-reading&quot; vote on the Social Studies TEKS at its Jan. 13-15, 2010 meeting </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>post the &quot;first-reading&quot; Social Studies TEKS for review and comment in Feb. 2010 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>conduct hearings and cast a &quot;second-reading&quot; vote on the TEKS at its Mar. 10-12, 2010 meeting (a majority affirmative vote will mean final adoption of the new TEKS) </li></ul></ul>
  10. 14. <ul><li>World Geography high failure rates – 1/3 of high schools have >20% failure rates </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Increasing work with WGS teachers to improve instruction </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Emphasis on conceptual learning vs. memorization </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Trial use of Geography Alive! materials to supplement the curriculum and improve engagement strategies </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Lesson Study model </li></ul><ul><ul><li>A planning and observation protocol with 45 teachers from the grant cohort to develop lesson models </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Workshops for teachers on the use of Interactive Student Notebooks to increase student engagement and other topics of need/interest. </li></ul>Where are we going? Instruction 2009 - 2010
  11. 15. <ul><li>CBAs </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Develop items and create CBAs for eight secondary social studies courses [42 tests] </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Use focus groups of teachers and student achievement data to improve the tests </li></ul></ul><ul><li>EOCs </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Increase awareness of the EOC exams affecting students entering grade 9 in 2011 – 2012 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Encourage voluntary administrations of the USH and WGS End of Course exams – More information about registering for this administration at the February Department Chair meeting. </li></ul></ul>Where are we going? Assessment 2009 - 2010
  12. 16. Preparing for Stanford 10 Social Studies <ul><li>Review the appropriate test objectives and specifications. </li></ul><ul><li>Looking horizontally: Put a star  by each objective included in the curriculum. </li></ul><ul><li>Looking vertically: Examine the vertical pattern of courses and working as a group put an arrow  beside content that transfers </li></ul><ul><li>Examine the vocabulary of the objective highlighting words that may be problematic </li></ul><ul><li>Give students a copy of the objectives and have them follow a process to identify what they know and don’t know [including vocabulary terms] to create their own study sheet. </li></ul>
  13. 17. <ul><li>Texas Teachers Teaching American History [T3AH] </li></ul><ul><ul><li>A $1.3 million three-year grant from the US Dept. of Ed [this is the fourth TAH grant HISD has received since 2001] </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>45 teachers in the grant cohort representing 37 HISD schools </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>8 additional teachers serve as peer facilitators </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Presentations scheduled at three national conferences: NCSS, the TAH Directors Conference and ATE </li></ul></ul><ul><li>History Fair </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Emphasis on Doing Research the History Day Way </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Workshops and instructional strategies emphasizing research methodology, writing and developing quality projects </li></ul></ul><ul><li>ABRAZO </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Support of new teachers through collaboration with the Social Studies ABRAZO team </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Partnerships with Universities </li></ul><ul><ul><li>UT at Austin – Muslim Histories and Cultures project involving 25 teachers over the past 5 yrs. </li></ul></ul>Where are we going? Other Initiatives 2009 - 2010

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