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MCAS DATA ANALYSIS Supplemental Detail

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MCAS DATA ANALYSISSupplemental Detail

OBJECTIVES:

To identify strengths, weaknesses, and gaps in curriculum and instruction

To fine-tune curriculum alignment with statewide standards

Grade 3 MCAS Reading District Summary Analysis

Third graders demonstrated most success with multiple-choice questions.

Continued emphasis needs to be placed on answering open response questions, especially those which require inferential thinking and response in multiple sentence format.

Modeling and guided practice activities will be an integral part of the ongoing professional development writing initiative in which all K-5 teachers participate.

Grade 3 MCAS Math District Summary Analysis

Increase in scores with a larger grade 3 class than 2005 and 2006.

More practice is needed with open-response questions and with the use of math vocabulary.

2007 edition of Everyday Math provides open-response questions with rubrics and used along with Exemplar Program Solving program allows greater practice and self-evaluation.

K-5 Professional Development with a writing focus is ongoing.

Grade 3 Reading Open Response MCAS Question Example

Students read a passage about Pilgrims that lived in Massachusetts, Don’t Throw Your Bones on the Floor, and then are asked:

Based on the selection, describe three eating habits of the Pilgrims and give a reason for each one. Look at the examples in the boxes below, but use different examples in your answer.

Way the Pilgrims AteReason

Example: People used bread as a plate.Example:They did not have bowls

1.1.

2.2.

3.3.

Grade 3 Math Open Response MCAS Question Example

Zoey is using bananas and oranges to make the pattern shown below. The rule for her pattern is ABBB.

BOOOBOOOBOOO (pictorial representation)

Zoey will follow the rule for her pattern a total of 4 times.

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How many oranges will Zoey use in all? Show or explain how you got your answer.

Grade 5 MCAS ELA District Summary Analysis

Students have improved in some areas of weakness as grade 4 students, especially vocabulary.

Students have greatest success with multiple-choice items with open-response questions, especially those with two parts embedded in one question, continuing to be an area needing attention.

The recently purchased Making Meaning Program and Comprehension Toolkit will provide instructional lessons and techniques to support student improvement in identified areas.

Grade 5 ELA Open Response MCAS Question Example

Dogs are not just “man’s best friend”; they also do valuable work for us. Read “Lights, Camera, Barking!” and answer the questions that follow.

Open response Question: Based on the article, explain how dogs are trained and how they are treated while they are working. Support your answer with important information from the article

Grade 5 MCAS Math District Analysis

Grade 5 MCAS scores have shown improvement in all areas including strands, question formats and among SPED students.

Emphasis for teachers and math specialist must continue to be on problem solving, critical thinking and practice with Open-response questions.

2007 edition of Everyday Math provides open-response questions with rubrics and used along with Exemplar Program Solving program allows greater practice and self-evaluation.

Grade 5 Math Open Response MCAS Question Example

The Fish Bowl store had a sale. During the sale, the store gave away two kinds of fish, goldfish and catfish.

Every 5th customer received a free goldfish

Every 12th customer received a free catfish

There were 134 customers on the day of the sale.

How many customers received a free goldfish. How many customers received a free catfish?

How many customers received both a free goldfish and a free catfish?

Show or explain how you got your answers

Grade 8 MCAS ELA District Analysis

The K-12 writing standards and ELA learning standards have developed consistence to standards among grade level teachers in the Middle School.

Team meetings have allowed for teacher idea sharing, lesson development and teaching strategies around improving student achievement.

Non-fiction reading and understanding along with poetry, two previously reported weaknesses have shown improvement.

Grade 8 ELA Open Response MCAS Question Example

In this excerpt, the narrator talks about a family memory. The Abenaki are American Indian people from New England and eastern Canada, Climbing the Ladder by Joseph Bruchac.

In the excerpt, the narrator describes the Abenaki way of doing things. Explain how the events in the excerpt reflect the Abenaki way. Use relevant and specific information from the excerpt to support your answer.

Grade 8 MCAS Math District Analysis

Grade 8 teachers will continue to implement the departmental MCAS packet with the MCAS “problem of the week”.

Exemplars of student open-response questions responses will be used as a teaching tool.

Classroom teachers and special educators will meet on a regular basis to develop and implement learning strategies for targeted students.

Professional development time will focus on curriculum strands.

Grade 8 Math Open Response MCAS Question Example

Marisa drank one cup of milk and ate x small vanilla cookies for a snack. The linear equation below represents y, the total number of calories in Marisa’s snack

Y =12x + 120

What is the y-intercept of the line represented by this equation?

Explain what the y-intercept tells us about Marisa’s snack?

What is the slope of the line represented by this equation?

Explain what the slope tells us about Marisa’s snack?

If Marisa eats 9 small vanilla cookies,what is the total number of calories in her snack? Show or explain how you got your answer.

Grade 10 MCAS ELA District Analysis

Teachers have utilized the UBD Learning Standards to focus instruction.

Methodologies have been employed to model narrative and expository writing and to allow students to focus on their own writing and that of their peers.

A consistency in both curriculum and assessment has been established over the grad 6-12 span that has contributed to greatly increased student scores.

Grade 10 ELA Composition MCAS Writing Prompt

Works of literature often feature characters who overcome hardship and misfortune.

From a work of literature you have read in or out of school, select a character who overcomes hardship and misfortune. In a well-developed composition, explain how the character overcomes adversity and why this success is important to the work of literature.

Grade 10 MCAS Math District Analysis

Grade 10 students outperformed the state average in all the curriculum strands.

The algebra 1(grade 8), geometry (grade 9) and algebra 2 (grade 10) curricula of the SPS prepares students for all curriculum strands of the grade 10 “high stakes” MCAS.

Grade 9/10 MCAS math prep program works with students in NI/Warning levels from grade 8 MCAS testing as part of their individual ISSP (Individual student support plan) for success.

Grade 10 Math Open Response MCAS Question Example

The distance, d, in feet, that a dropped rock falls in t seconds can be estimated using the formula below:

d = 16t2

Use the formula to answer the following questions.

What is the distance,in feet, that a dropped rock will fall in 10 seconds?

What is the ratio of the distance a dropped rock will fall in 30 seconds as compared to the distance a dropped rock will fall in 10 seconds?

How many seconds will it take a dropped rock to fall 144 feet?

To the nearest tenth of a second, how many seconds will it take a dropped rock to fall 80 feet? Show your work.