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WebCCAT Web-accessed Comprehensive Curriculum and Assessment Tool A preview for elementary principals… Welcome Quote for the day: “You can do anything. Remember that a lone amateur built the ark and a large group of professionals built the Titanic.” - Dave Barry What is WebCCAT?

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WebCCAT

Web-accessed

Comprehensive Curriculum and Assessment Tool

A preview for

elementary principals…

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Welcome

Quote for the day:

“You can do anything. Remember that a lone amateur built the ark and a large group of professionals built the Titanic.”

- Dave Barry

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What is WebCCAT?

  • A website that is easily accessible to teachers and curriculum staff
  • WebCCAT stands for Web-Accessed Comprehensive Curriculum Assessment Tool
  • It is a large test bank which will encompass
    • Math – grades 3 – geometry
    • Language Arts – grades 3-11
    • Social Studies – grades 3-11
    • Science – grades 3-11
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Where are we now?

  • Banks are being filled as we do this training.
  • First Goal: 15,000 test items in math, language arts, and 8th grade social studies TAKS should be available in Spring 2003.
  • Second Goal: all subjects in science and social studies (grades 3-11) are targeted for completion in September 2003.
  • Third goal: 3rd and 4th grade language arts in Spanish is on the drawing board.
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The WebCCAT Team

  • WebCCAT Project Director - ESC 10
  • ESC Support Team – ESC 13
  • Subject-area specialists who have defined or clarified the TEKS and written test specifications and sample items
  • Harcourt Educational Measurement (who also got the TAKS contract) and their technology partner, Vantage
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Teacher tests

  • Grade level assessments
  • Benchmarks
  • Assessments for students below grade level (3 and up)
  • TEKS monitoring tool
  • Item writing relief!
  • Content validity
  • More “stuff” annually
  • Assessment training (Is that a good test???)
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Security hierarchy which allows selected personnel to shield or hide items for district benchmarking or end-of- course tests
  • Multiple searching techniques for teachers to design tests
  • Ability for teachers to create and save tests designed specifically to their units of instruction
  • Items with varying degrees of difficulty and cognitive levels
  • Opportunity for teachers to give feedback on items
  • Scoring guides and models for more objectivity in evaluating products
  • TEKS to TAKS correlations
  • Continuous updating and replenishment of banks
  • Support staff for immediate help
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Items specially designed to fit the TEKS student expectations in the core subject areas

  • Items that allow teachers to instruct and assess at the appropriate student expectation level
  • Multiple choice items
  • Short answer items (includes several response types)
  • Open response or performance tasks
  • Rubrics
  • Model performances
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Multiple-Choice Items

  • Consists of:
  • Stem which poses the question or problem
  • The response choices
  • Implementation
  • Assess the recall of knowledge
  • Application of knowledge, concept learning, and rule or generalization learning
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Constructed Response Questions

  • Short Answer Questions
  • Open Response

The search for ideas is not restricted by a pre-established set of choices provided by the test writer.

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Short Answer Questions

The item should require a number, a phrase, or at most, two sentences as an answer to a specific problem. (Thorndike & Hagen, 1969)

  • Implementation
  • Used when a demonstration of understanding in the student’s own words is important
  • The options in a structured-response questions may clue the correct answer.
  • Advantage
  • Permit a memory search for correct answer
  • Reduce guessing
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Open Response Questions

Poses a problem that requires the students (1) to identify relevant information and (2) select, organize, and integrate the information

  • Implementation
  • Performance assessment
  • Demonstration of writing and communication skills
  • Advantage
  • Assess cognitive tasks
  • Appropriate for evaluations that focus on developing skills in analysis, evaluation, synthesis, and problem solving
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How can WebCCAT

be accessed?

www.webccat.com or

www.webccat.net

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www.webccat.com

  • District personnel will be given passwords that allow access at different levels

It’s that simple!!