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? • 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
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.
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
What features does WebCCAT offer to a district and their staff members?
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???)
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
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
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
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.
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
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
How can WebCCAT be accessed? www.webccat.com or www.webccat.net
www.webccat.com • District personnel will be given passwords that allow access at different levels It’s that simple!!