Explore and Plan Interpretation May 12, 2010
The Link Between  EXPLORE and PLAN and the ACT <ul><li>This Evening We Will: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Explain how the Explore...
Beginning with the end in mind…. Michigan Merit Exam
MME Components <ul><li>ACT – College Readiness </li></ul><ul><ul><li>English (18), Reading (21), Science (24),  </li></ul>...
ACT English Test  75-questions / 45-minute test
ACT Reading Test  40 - Questions / 35 – Minute Test
Reading Topics <ul><li>Humanities   – architecture, art, dance, drama, ethics, film, language, literary criticism, music, ...
ACT Science Test 40 questions / 35 minutes 42,44,-54
ACT Math Test  60 questions / 60 minutes
EXPLORE   8th and 9th grade  (score range 1 to 25) PLAN   10th grade  (scores 1 to 32) ACT   11th and 12th grade  (scores ...
ACT College-Readiness Benchmarks Through collaborative research with postsecondary institutions nationwide, ACT has establ...
What’s so important about the  EXPLORE & PLAN?
Current Testing Pattern <ul><li>8 th  Explore (1-25) </li></ul><ul><li>9 th  Explore (1-25) </li></ul><ul><li>10 th  Plan ...
Possible Change for  2012-2013  <ul><li>7 th  Explore </li></ul><ul><li>8 th  Explore </li></ul><ul><li>9 th  Plan </li></...
Middle School:  Strengthening the Connection <ul><li>The 1-25 score measured by the Explore are all standards covered in E...
What does this look like? <ul><li>The ACT Math standards were broken down by GLCEs and HSCEs.  On the next slide, the yell...
 
 
MEAP and MME <ul><li>RCS Elementary and Middle Schools have celebrated incredibly high success rates on the MEAP… </li></u...
MEAP vs. MME <ul><li>Let’s track on student scores from the MEAP to the MME.  </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Are the students label...
 
 
 
Explore/Plan to MME <ul><li>Let’s see how student scores transition between the Explore and Plan to the MME. </li></ul>
What percent of students with some  EXPLORE   scale score met standards on the MME? Summary
What percent of students with some  PLAN  scale score met standards on the MME? Summary
The Good News! Class of 2013 Linkage (current 9 th ) 2008 REUTHER/ WEST AVERAGES RHS 2009 EXPLORE AVERAGES English 16.75 1...
More Good News Class of 2012 Linkage (current 10 th ) RHS 2008 EXPLORE AVERAGES RHS 2009 PLAN AVERAGES English 16.9 18.9 M...
Why are our Scores  Going Up? <ul><li>There is no substitute for quality instruction in the classroom. </li></ul><ul><li>W...
Stakeholder Involvement <ul><li>STUDENTS :  All 9 th  and 10 th  grade students went through the entire test with counselo...
Let’s Look at  Your Score Report How can you follow up with your student?
Your Scores
Your Estimated ACT Composite Score Range
Your High School Course Plans Compared to Core
College Readiness
Profile for Success
Your Reported Needs
Your Career Possibilities
Back of Student Report
Review Your Answers
Your Skills
Pulling Apart the Results <ul><li>Use the Strength and Weakness Worksheet to break the questions from each section down in...
Now What? <ul><li>Students need more instruction in areas of weakness- not less. </li></ul><ul><li>Review at Home: </li></...
Questions? See the RHS Website for a Podcast of this presentation and all handouts
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  1. 1. Explore and Plan Interpretation May 12, 2010
  2. 2. The Link Between EXPLORE and PLAN and the ACT <ul><li>This Evening We Will: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Explain how the Explore, Plan build toward the ACT and we will look at the core components of the test. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Review the student score report. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Discuss how you can use Explore/Plan results to better prepare your student for the ACT and make curricular decisions. </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. Beginning with the end in mind…. Michigan Merit Exam
  4. 4. MME Components <ul><li>ACT – College Readiness </li></ul><ul><ul><li>English (18), Reading (21), Science (24), </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Math (22) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Work Keys – Career </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Applied Math, Reading for Info, Locating Information </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Michigan Items – Alignment </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Social Studies, Science, Math, Writing </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. ACT English Test 75-questions / 45-minute test
  6. 6. ACT Reading Test 40 - Questions / 35 – Minute Test
  7. 7. Reading Topics <ul><li>Humanities – architecture, art, dance, drama, ethics, film, language, literary criticism, music, philosophy, radio, television, and theater. </li></ul><ul><li>Social Studies - anthropology, archaeology, biography, business, economics, education, geography, history, political science, psychology, and sociology </li></ul><ul><li>Natural Sciences - anatomy, astronomy, biology, botany, chemistry, data analysis, ecology, geology, health, medicine, meteorology, microbiology, natural history, physiology, physics, and technology. </li></ul><ul><li>Prose Fiction - short stories or excerpts from short stories or novels. </li></ul>
  8. 8. ACT Science Test 40 questions / 35 minutes 42,44,-54
  9. 9. ACT Math Test 60 questions / 60 minutes
  10. 10. EXPLORE 8th and 9th grade (score range 1 to 25) PLAN 10th grade (scores 1 to 32) ACT 11th and 12th grade (scores 1 to 36)
  11. 11. ACT College-Readiness Benchmarks Through collaborative research with postsecondary institutions nationwide, ACT has established the following college readiness benchmarks*: * Minimum score needed on an ACT subject-area test to indicate a 50% chance of obtaining a B or higher or a 75% chance of obtaining a C or higher in the corresponding credit-bearing college course. ACT Readiness Benchmarks for Credit-Earning College Courses College EXPLORE (8 th /9 th ) PLAN (10 th ) ACT (11 th /12 th ) Credit-Earning College Readiness C ollege Readiness College Readiness Course Standards Standard Standard English Comp. English English English Algebra Math Math Math Social Science Reading Reading Reading Biology Science Science Science 13 17 15 20 15 19 17 21 18 22 21 24
  12. 12. What’s so important about the EXPLORE & PLAN?
  13. 13. Current Testing Pattern <ul><li>8 th Explore (1-25) </li></ul><ul><li>9 th Explore (1-25) </li></ul><ul><li>10 th Plan (1-32) </li></ul><ul><li>11 th ACT/MME (1-36) </li></ul><ul><li>Allows for one year’s measurement of growth and time for interventions. </li></ul>
  14. 14. Possible Change for 2012-2013 <ul><li>7 th Explore </li></ul><ul><li>8 th Explore </li></ul><ul><li>9 th Plan </li></ul><ul><li>10 th Practice ACT </li></ul><ul><li>11 th ACT/MME </li></ul><ul><li>One year’s measurement of growth, but more time for interventions. </li></ul>
  15. 15. Middle School: Strengthening the Connection <ul><li>The 1-25 score measured by the Explore are all standards covered in Elementary and Middle School. </li></ul><ul><li>The District is now shifting curriculum alignment to the ACT College Readiness Standards (rather than the MEAP). </li></ul><ul><li>Our MSs are being in-serviced on the Standards and the State is moving to the National Core Standards which are ACT based. </li></ul>
  16. 16. What does this look like? <ul><li>The ACT Math standards were broken down by GLCEs and HSCEs. On the next slide, the yellow highlighted standards are actually GLCEs which are found in the Math portion of the ACT. </li></ul>
  17. 19. MEAP and MME <ul><li>RCS Elementary and Middle Schools have celebrated incredibly high success rates on the MEAP… </li></ul><ul><ul><li>What happens when those “successful” students take the Explore, Plan and ACT? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>A 40% is considered proficient on the MEAP. </li></ul></ul>
  18. 20. MEAP vs. MME <ul><li>Let’s track on student scores from the MEAP to the MME. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Are the students labeled as “proficient” on the MEAP meeting the ACT College Readiness Standards? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>It’s all about the cut score! </li></ul></ul>
  19. 24. Explore/Plan to MME <ul><li>Let’s see how student scores transition between the Explore and Plan to the MME. </li></ul>
  20. 25. What percent of students with some EXPLORE scale score met standards on the MME? Summary
  21. 26. What percent of students with some PLAN scale score met standards on the MME? Summary
  22. 27. The Good News! Class of 2013 Linkage (current 9 th ) 2008 REUTHER/ WEST AVERAGES RHS 2009 EXPLORE AVERAGES English 16.75 17.6 Math 17.5 17.8 Reading 16.6 16.8 Science 18.3 19.0 Composite 17.45 17.9
  23. 28. More Good News Class of 2012 Linkage (current 10 th ) RHS 2008 EXPLORE AVERAGES RHS 2009 PLAN AVERAGES English 16.9 18.9 Math 18.0 20.6 Reading 16.7 19.1 Science 18.5 20.5 Composite 17.6 19.9
  24. 29. Why are our Scores Going Up? <ul><li>There is no substitute for quality instruction in the classroom. </li></ul><ul><li>We are using our data for over all school improvement and to assist individual students. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Revisiting our curriculum/instruction </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Targeted ACT prep activities </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Interventions </li></ul><ul><li>Stakeholder Involvement </li></ul>
  25. 30. Stakeholder Involvement <ul><li>STUDENTS : All 9 th and 10 th grade students went through the entire test with counselors and subject area teachers making note of strengths and weaknesses. </li></ul><ul><li>PARENTS : Mailed home results, holding this meeting/podcasting. </li></ul>
  26. 31. Let’s Look at Your Score Report How can you follow up with your student?
  27. 32. Your Scores
  28. 33. Your Estimated ACT Composite Score Range
  29. 34. Your High School Course Plans Compared to Core
  30. 35. College Readiness
  31. 36. Profile for Success
  32. 37. Your Reported Needs
  33. 38. Your Career Possibilities
  34. 39. Back of Student Report
  35. 40. Review Your Answers
  36. 41. Your Skills
  37. 42. Pulling Apart the Results <ul><li>Use the Strength and Weakness Worksheet to break the questions from each section down into skill areas (available on the website). </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Where does your student have the most correct/incorrect responses? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>This will help to focus your review and remediation. </li></ul></ul>
  38. 43. Now What? <ul><li>Students need more instruction in areas of weakness- not less. </li></ul><ul><li>Review at Home: </li></ul><ul><li>- Practice Materials </li></ul><ul><li>(RHS Website) </li></ul><ul><li>- ACT Prep Enrichment </li></ul>
  39. 44. Questions? See the RHS Website for a Podcast of this presentation and all handouts

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