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  1. FourSquare

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    Any mid/post testing reflections? Reading has gone extraordinarily well for my kids. I felt very confident that a lot of what I taught was (sort of?) reasonably assessed. Obviously, it would help to be at or above grade level in Reading. Overall, not nearly as bad as I anticipated.

    CONFESSION THOUGH.....I couldn't do a whole bunch of whatever they were asking on the Math PARCC. :eek: Straight up, no clue. So you know they were not prepared. :( Math was very anxious.
     
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    I agree the ELA portion seemed more fair. The math was A LOT of explaining and unduly rigorous despite using a math program that aligns fairly well with the design of the test.
     
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    I gave my students pieces of the Reading practice test that was available from the PARCC website. It made their anxiety shoot through the roof. The actual test, according to them, was nowhere near as difficult. I was able to read pieces of the test and agree that the articles for the Research portion were much more suited to their grade level than the practice test was.
     
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    I will say about ELA though....could they pick more boring or culturally irrelevant articles? :dizzy: My kids had no background knowledge on most of the topics. I was like "You'll do great on this one based on all the tennis playing and horse riding you do at the country club." :lol: :rolleyes:
     
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    Reminds me of this post:

    That explains that!
     
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    I wasn't present during much of the ELA tests, but another teacher commented how the lexile (?) levels of the texts varied greatly for the same grade level. Then another test that I observed had students reading passages (2 different ones) or listening to a passage. How is this fair?


    The math questions were ridiculous! Felt so bad for my kids, though I taught and reviewed most of the topics, the questions went on and one and demanded much too much from my guys.
     
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    Could you be more specific about what you believe is NOT fair? Just curious.
     
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    That some students have to read something while others can listen to something being read to them (not for accommodations) but because the test is set up to be different from child to child.

    My friend was saying that 2 of the 3 texts were 700 lexile levels while the 3rd was over 1000. Not fair.
     
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    Hopefully Pearson isn't monitoring us here! :toofunny::rofl::banghead::tired:
     
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    I know I thought of that....
     
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    Isn't the test adaptive? It should have varying lexile levels. Or is just the smarter balanced test adaptive.
     
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    From what I was observing it had nothing to do with the kid who was taking the test. One of the kids with the highest reading levels in the school got to listen to his selection.
     
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    Is the SBAC adaptive? I didn't know that.
     
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    PARCC IS NOT adaptive.
     
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    My students took the paper and pencil test, which seems to me a TOTALLY different experience than the computer test. My students are really used to typing their work, especially those with 504 plans that require a keyboard accommodation.
     
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    yes
     
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    Whenever I administered an adaptive test as a special education teacher, the kiddos, without fail, starting giving up whenever they realized that questions were getting easier.
     
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    That's interesting that you say that. My kids definitely seemed to have more perseverance with PARCC Rdg than, say, a test like NWEA MAP. (AKA the one that counts. :|)
     
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    At the HS level in MD, the PARCC is only given in 10th grade English. The "bright"/Advanced kids found it difficult but the other kids claimed it was easy. I don't feel very good about that.

    The math PARCC is given in Algebra and will be held this week; our Algebra teachers are very worried because they haven't gotten to all of the material they need to cover for the test. Also, our kids tend to perform worse on math standardized tests.

    The 6th and 7th grade teams at my school claimed to feel pretty optimistic about it. They felt that the students that actually tried should do well and that their kids seemed to be pretty well prepared.

    We shall see ...
     
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    The algebra kids at my school claimed they only knew 1-2 things.

    The review for the PBA online included FOIL, which was apparently not going to be covered if you read through the standards included on the algebra PBA...
     
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    How do you know what is on the tests? In Texas, we are not allowed to look at the tests we proctor.
     
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    everyone, scatter....NOW!!!!!!!
     
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    I'm not allowed to look at state tests I proctor either, but when you have 27 kids raising their hands incessantly, many of them asking about some type of technical question (that I am allowed to answer, but have to look at their screen to remind myself of the answer to), it's kind of hard to avoid seeing questions, especially when it tends to be the same questions over and over. I'm willing to bet that if I sat down immediately after the test, I could probably write out a good percentage of the test, but it's certainly not because I was trying to "break the rules."
     
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    I forgot that this is on the computer. That would make it easier to see, even unintentionally.

    It just sounded like some had really studied it. I was just curious.
     
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    I had to look at the tests. We still do not have the computers ready to go and I was a reader for a student with accommodations.
     
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    There were 50 kids on computers, hard to miss the questions.
     
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    For those wondering about the Smarter Balanced - there's both the standard portion (read passages, respond to questions - multiple choice / short response) and an adaptive portion, as well as a performance task, where we'll do something as a class to build background knowledge, then they will do some reading and answer some questions / write an essay response.
     
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    I had to read the whole thing to my students in special education. Going on week 3 of this bull shizzzz. I'd like my instructional time back!

    Yup, I said it was bull shiz. COME AT ME, PEARSON.
     
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    My school has not taken the tests yet. We are planning to do it at the end of the month. Our students all have laptops so we are not concerned about technology problems.

    My school is also opting out of it next year. We decided we did not want to test the kids to death lol.
     
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    Are you in a private school?
     
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    Interesting - our SPED students had headphones that were adjusted for volume at the beginning of the testing session, and then the test was verbally read to them without any input from the proctors (PARCC).
     
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    Just like not every district went electronic for this round of testing, not every district used the recordings. Personally, I think the different testing platforms might affect scores, but I have no evidence to back that.
     
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    No, I am in a public magnet school. We are only semi publicly funded though. We have financial support from the university in our town and a big research non-profit.
     
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    We were going to have that and they decided the week of testing that ALL IEP STUDENTS GET PAPER/PENCIL TESTS REQUIRING A HUMAN TO READ ALOUD! Only nobody had ordered them...so we were delayed a week. :mad:

    I have 4 more groups and should be done Thursday. :woot:
     
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    Even our Honors kids said the Algebra test was super hard. Crazy hard compared to the English PARCC. It's not looking good ...
     

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