secret to passing the RICA?

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  1. TeacherGroupie

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    Oct 21, 2019

    Answer the questions I posed in post #559, please.
     
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  2. Robin Bye

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    Nov 16, 2019 at 1:20 PM

    I have taken the RICA 13 times. I have scored 218, 219, and several other close scores of passing. I have been fired from my job at a high school as the special educational teacher for educationally disturbed students in grades 9-12, and dropped from my internship program, and demoted to a daily sub. I have been able to work consistency as a long term sub in an special educational class for high school students who are non-verbal and have autism. I do not however, have any benefits, because I am not in a contract due to my issue with not be able to pass the RICA. The feedback from the test, every time has been, that I do not explain my strategies well enough. I have taken the 8 hour 99.00 prep class 2 times, which focuses on the multiply choice questions and only approximately 2 hours for the written portions A, B, C, D, and the case study. I have paid 65.00 to an online site that read my responses and gave me feedback, I have used all the practice tests I can find, and I have worn out all my co-workers and friends by studying with them. I started taking the RICA in 2015, and with the missed work days for the test, and paying for the test 13 times, and the cost of additional study guides for the RICA, I have spent a little over 5,000 dollars trying to pass this test. I do have a disability (ADHD) and I do get an extra 2 hours to complete the RICA test. As a child, I was in special education classes from 4th grade through the 6th grade. I have always had a hard time with reading and comprehending. I expected to have more difficulty with passing all my other tests for my credential, (C-Best and multiply subjects), however, I was able to pass those. I work with students who are learning functional skills such as: using the toilet independently, using a washing machine and dryer, picking their own lunch items, and experiencing our community through field trips to parks and activities. I feel there is a secret that I do not know on how to answer the case study question correctly, as I do not know what to do different or where to look for the help I need. I was also employed as a correctional officer for the Youth Authority for 15 years, and have written many parole plans. As a 60 year old woman, who worked in corrections for 15 years and now with the school district for 10 years, teaching reading is not part of my job duties. My credential is an educational specialist teacher with multiple subjects, K-8 from online courses. I have been promised that once I pass the RICA, I have a contracted job waiting for me in the autism class that I am currently working in.

    Test Results Written Examination Passing Status: Not Pass Total Score: 219 Minimum Passing Score: 220 Score Range: 100-300 Domain 1: Planning, Organizing, & Managing Reading Instr. Based on Ongoing Assessment............................................................................................... 2: Word Analysis.................................................................................................................................................................................... 3: Fluency.................................................................................................................................................................................... 4: Vocabulary, Academic Language, and Background Knowledge............................................................................................................................ 5: Comprehension.................................................................................................................................................................................... Case Study (Domains 1, 2, 3, 4, 5)............................................................................................................................................................................ Domain Performance Index ++ +++ +++ +++ + +++ Case Study Performance Index Your case study response showed a need for improvement in the following area(s): * Describing instructional strategies and/or activities
     
  3. TeacherGroupie

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    Nov 18, 2019 at 11:15 PM

    Welcome to A to Z, Robin.

    I think you copy-pasted a large chunk of your score report pdf. The result is a hot mess on my screen: while people learn to read charts line by line, pdf and HTML documents tend to organize and format charts column by column (and a webpage is really nothing but an HTML doc). Let me try copy-pasting and slightly tweaking your information into a somewhat less vertiginous format:

    Have I got that more or less right for your latest score report? And is this distribution of plus marks consistent with your previous attempts, or do the domains in which you do well differ from test date to test date? Do you generally score +++ on the case study?
     

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