Four things you need to know 1. Know the numbers, API, AYP 2. Know the number of questions for Proficient 3. Teach parents to read the STAR Report 4. Don’t forget the kids
API-the short explanation The API is a single number, ranging from a low of 200 to a high of 1000, that reflects a school’s or LEA’s performance level, based on the results of statewide testing. Its purpose is to measure the academic performance and growth of schools.
What are the Subgroups included in API Reporting?
What are the Subgroups included in API Reporting?
4 Components of AYP A. Achievement of the statewide Annual Measurable Objectives (AMOs) in both English language arts (ELA) and math 1. “Percent proficient” B. Achievement of a 95% participation rate on all applicable assessments 2. “Participation Rate” (95%) C. Achievement on the “additional” indicators 3. “Minimum API for all schools” (590) 4. “Graduation rate for high schools”
Some ideas API Calculator Footprint Test Thinking Strategies Testing tips, powerpoint, a 3x5 card is your best friend Test taking vocabulary Released test question activity It is all about the kids Send home STAR flyers
This is an example of what the API calculator looks like
API RESORUCES Link to the CDE API calculator http://www.cde.ca.gov/ta/ac/ap/documents/calc09b10g.xls www.davewoodscentral.com
8 th Grade-Level Footprint Science: – 2007 through 2009 Tested 313 Percent of Students Per Performance Band 41% 50% 49% 25% 24% 25% 19% 14% 12% 9% 7% 9% 6% 5% 4% 07 08 09 07 08 09 07 08 09 07 08 09 07 08 09 12 students 27 students 37 students 308 students tested
6th – 8th Grade-Level Footprint Hispanic – CST-English FY – 2008-2009 350 Proficient & Above 350-600 Below Proficient 150-349 # Students Tested per Grade: 92 43% /40 9/09 57% / 52 Proficient & Above 350-600 Below Proficient 150-349 44% /44 56% / 56 Proficient & Above 350-600 Below Proficient 150-349 56% / 58 44% / 46 # Students Tested per Grade: 100 # Students Tested per Grade: 105 7th Grade 8th Grade 6th Grade Prof. + Basic -
Footprint template is online at www.davewoodscentral.com
Test strategies and incentives Movie Ticket Trip to Santa Cruz All teachers wear the same shirt STAR card with incentives Raffle, smoothie, dropped homework, exempt 1x for mile run,1 inflatable turn Give all students a STAR pencil Have a pre-STAR BBQ, raffle for the STAR Card Power words Power word quiz Power word activity Test taking cue cards Sidewalk Math Tell every student their STAR scores Inspirational stuff (212-the extra degree) Snacks and water during the test Resources Useful clips
Alphabet Activity T FNZ APYDI BGRMJHQ KECWULSOV Directions – use groups of 4. Project this pyramid for 10 seconds and remove the image. Having them work individually, duplicate the letters in the pyramid they remember. Project the pyramid again so they can see how many they got right. Tally 6 or so individuals as they will probably only get between 5-7 correct. Tell them they will now work in groups of 4 and give them a couple of minutes to strategize. Project the next pyramid for 10 seconds and remove the image. Have the groups again duplicate the letters they remember in pyramid form, then project the image so they can see how many they got right. Tally each group. (most will have gotten all 25). The point of the exercise is individually they not at nearly as efficient as they are collectively.
Test thinking strategies Test Thinking Strategy Instructions for Classroom Use Step 1: Provide individual copies of the reading selection (or problems) and the questions with answer choices blanked out. Step 2: Read the passage or problem and write your answer to each question in the blank space where the multiple-choice answers would have been. Step 3: Share your answers with a partner, discussing why you think your answers make sense and pointing out where you found the answers in the passage (either written or inferred) or how you solved the problem. Step 4: Now look at the questions with the multiple-choice answer options. Work with your partner or a team to compare the answers you wrote with the answer choices provided . Look for an answer that is closest to the one you wrote. Your written answers may not be exact matches with the choices provided – select the answer you and your partner (or team) feel is the closest match. Step 5: The whole group or class discusses the answers. For each question, tally how many students chose each suggested answer. Invite students to explain the reasoning behind their choices and the evidence they found to support their answer . Then reveal the “correct” answer to find out how closely their collective reasoning mirrored the way the test-makers understood the question. Spend some time having students talk about why each “right” answer is right, and why some of the wrong answers seemed “right” at first. Step 6: Share actual scores from the past benchmark tests or other tests with students. Questions to ask: How did you score this time? If your score was different this time, what caused the difference? How can you use this strategy when you take the next test or CST?
STAR Rewards STAR Rewards, Gold (perfect score) and Silver cards (raise one level) First in the lunch line First in the snack bar line First in the bus line 3 minutes early to lunch 2 days per week Drop a homework/test/quiz assignment Exempt mile run 1 time Admission to 1 dance (free admission to sports?) Eligible for entry into a raffle Rewards run all year
Power Words 12 Power Words Trace - outline, list the steps Analyze - break apart, study the pieces Infer - read between the lines Evaluate - judge, give value Formulate - put together, create Describe - tell about, 5W’s and the H Support - back-up with details, give reasons Explain - tell how, tell a story Summarize - sum it up, give the main points Compare - like Contrast - different Predict - make a guess, what will happen next
Power Words Purpose: A) Establish a school wide vocabulary aimed at improving test scores. B) Give students a visual memory key for each power word (12 words matrix).
Analyze: Break into separate parts and discuss, examine, or interpret each part.
Analyze: Break into separate parts and study the pieces.
Test thinking cue card Test “Thinking” Strategy Student Cue Card Step 1: Read the passage or problem and write your answer to each question in the blank space where the multiple-choice answers would have been. Step 2: Share your answers with a partner, discussing why you think your answers make sense and pointing out where you found the answers in the passage or how you solved the problem. Step 3: Now look at the questions with the multiple-choice answer choices. Work with your partner or a team to compare the answers you wrote with the answer choices provided . Look for an answer that is closest to the one you wrote. Your written answers may not be exact matches with the choices listed – select the answer you and your partner (or team) feel is the closest match.
Tell every student their STAR score STAR Scores English Math Your Score________English FBB 150-262 FBB 150-256 Your Score________Math BB 263-299 BB 257-299 B 300-349 B 300-349 P 350-400 P 350-413 A 401-600 A 414-600
Snacks and Water Students get bottled water and snacks during testing which include; Cheetos Gold Fish Gummy Bears Pretzels
Finally - Success- don’t wish for it, work for it
resources Dave Woods [email_address] www.davewoodscentral.com www.SimpleTruths.com 800-900-3427 212 – the extra degree Motivational Quotes Great Quotes Inspiration “ Celebrate What’s Right With the World” by Dewitt Jones www.starthrower.com 800-242-3220