A Closer Look at the Written, Taught, and Tested Curriculum. Closing the Achievement Gap in Social Studies Austin ISD Secondary New Teacher Academy August 13, 2008. Closing the Achievement Gap. How do we do this? Benchmark testing, Six/Nine Weeks testing, TAKS data analysis
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Closing the Achievement Gap in Social Studies
Secondary New Teacher Academy
August 13, 2008
How do we do this?
Middle of the Year [MOY] for Grades 4 and 5 and 6th grade at elementary campuses
Middle of the Year Grades 6-11
End of Year [EOY] for Grades, 4, 5, 6, 7, & 9 (World Geography)
Why?To use data to determine areas of intervention and support for students.
Social Studies TAKS – May 1, 2009
Use of AIMS to analyze data
District Wide Analysis
School Wide Analysis – ongoing throughout the year
Subject and Individual Teacher Analysis
Review of Results: item by item
District Curriculum Specialists assist with analysis
2006 TAKS released tests and 2007 item analysis available at TEA website: http://www.tea.state.tx.us/student.assessment/resources/release/taks/index.html
AND ALL STUDENT GROUPS
MUST MEET THE MINIMUM STANDARD!
Provide “The Big Ideas” for the subject matter
Pose questions for the students to consider while studying the unit
Provide a focus for the instruction
Challenge the students to make connections between what they are studying and the real world
Provide Relevance in the classroom.
Make Relationships and connections between what is being studied and the real world.
Insist on Rigor in order to move the students’ thinking forward.
Achieve greater Resultsin student achievement.
IPGs, and Conceptual Overviews
MPGs (Magnet Planning Guides), and
APGs (Advanced Placement Guides)
Working in Professional Learning Communities (PLCs)
“History Alive!, “Geography Alive!”, and “Government Alive!” [TCI]
Disciplinary Literacy [DL] Training (Akins, Anderson, Austin, Bowie, Crockett, I.H.S., McCallum) and, in 2008-09, will be piloted at several middle school campuses
First Things First [FTF] (LBJ, Reagan, Travis)
AP and Pre-AP Training
Social Studies Curriculum Website at http://www.austinschools.org/curriculum
Curriculum team can assist with customized campus professional development – Contact Us!
Social Studies Curriculum Department