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MSA: Reading Grade 10

Maryland Assessment Group Conference, Ocean City, MD

November 21, 2002

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MSA Schedule Year 1

  • September, contract awarded

  • October 4, construction of forms

  • December, forms to printer

  • March, tests administered

  • May, scoring completed

  • July, standard setting

  • August, reports delivered to schools


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TerraNova: Reading

Engaging and familiar presentation

  • Themes that provide context and purpose

  • Pre-reading introduction


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TerraNova: Reading Passages

  • Challenging selections and adaptations of

    • classic and contemporary literature

    • articles from magazines and newspapers

  • Original illustrations and photographs

  • Longer passages


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TerraNova: Standards Based

  • Standards for the English Language Arts

    • developed by the IRA and NCTE

  • NAEP—reading stances and purposes for reading

    • Reading for literary experience

    • Reading to gain knowledge

    • Reading to perform a task


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TerraNova: Test Development

  • Authentic passages

    • Well known authors and publications

  • Cultural and topical diversity

    • Wide range of subjects, authors, perspectives, and geographical locations

    • Reviewed for ethnic, regional, and gender bias

    • Statistical data used to eliminate items that appeared biased


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TerraNova: Session Format

  • Two parts

  • Theme page read by teacher

  • Multiple passages related to theme

    • Support student understanding of the theme

    • Have graphical stimuli

      • No answer cues

      • Support less able student


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TerraNova: Directions & Items

  • Directions to students

  • Logical arrangement of items

  • Item stems are clear

  • Distractors (item choices)

  • Expert Reviewers

    • Dr. Marilyn Jager Adams

    • Dr. Jerry Treadway


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Reading Grade 10: Test Format

  • Looks much like Grade 9 English

  • Selected Response

  • Constructed and Brief Constructed Responses, both single and paired


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MD HSA English I Sample Item

Read the story “The Tree of Love.” Then answer

the following:

The author includes the story about Uncle LoveJoy in paragraph 15 to emphasize

F    the injustice of slavery

G   Old Willa's unusual size

H   the values of storytelling

J    Old Willa's special powers


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MD HSA English I Sample Item

Read the poem “Absence.” Then answer

Numbers 5 through 8.

5. What is the meaning of the word ample as

it is used in line 8?

A bottomless

B fat

C free

D spacious


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MD HSA English I Sample Item

Read the story the “An Unlikely Star.” Then answer Numbers 27 through 30.

Based on the first paragraph, a reader could most likely predict that the passage would be about?

A the foolishness of playing the lottery

B a character who undergoes a change for the better

C meetings that are scheduled at a teacher’s conference

D how kindergarten children rarely agree on their favorite fairy tale


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TerraNova: Sample Reading Item

  • 2 Nelson is sent alone into the area that is on fire because

    F there aren’t enough human firefighters

  • G the situation is physically dangerous for humans

    H Keisha thinks it’s too late to save the trapped workers

    J Keisha wants to show off Nelson’s abilities


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TerraNova: Objective 03 Analyze Text

This item measures the student’s ability to interpret the text by drawing a conclusions about Nelson’s purpose. Other items in the objective focus on determining an implied main idea, gathering supporting evidence, inferring relationships such a cause and effect, identifying story elements such as plot and setting, analyzing characters and/or their actions, and recognizing the use of literary and persuasive techniques.


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TerraNova: Reading Item

  • 42 Thornton refers to “stowing sleeping bags.” The word stowing probably means

  • F rolling them up and putting them away

    G repairing damage done to the bags

    H taking the bags to the laundry and having them cleaned

    J hanging them up to dry somewhere else


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TerraNova: Objective 02 Basic Understanding

In this item, the student is asked to identify the meaning of a grade-level vocabulary word. Other items in this objective focus on measuring the student’s ability to recall passage details, sequence events, understand a stated main idea and gather stated information from the graphics


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Support Materials

  • Classroom Connections to TerraNova, The Second Edition—MD Supplement in 2003

    • Exemplar Items

    • Thinking Skills Exemplars

    • Teaching Activities

    • Practice Activities and Scoring Guide

  • Teacher’s Guide to TerraNova, The Second Edition


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TerraNova: An Exemplar

Theme Page

Reading Passage


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Support Materials

  • Writing Roadmap: on-line writing assessment

  • Maryland End-Of Course Item Banks

  • Standards Based Item Banks

  • Secondary Item Banks


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Reports and Other Supports

  • Electronic and paper reports to supplement the state’s information

  • Supplement to the CC to TN to fill out MD objectives

  • Additional item banks.


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Contact Information

  • For sample materials & questions about ordering:

    [email protected]


  • For questions about these materials or TerraNova, The Second Edition:

    [email protected]