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## Testing, Testing!

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**Testing, Testing!**Tests we use What scores mean to us Spring testing schedule**2 Main Tests for Accountability**• MCA/MTAS/GRAD • State required • NEW: Online & Modified versions of MCAs! • Who takes what? • 3rd – 8th: Reading & Math • 5th, 8th, & 12th: Science • 9th : Writing Composition • 10th: Reading • 11th: Math • GRAD Retakes • Selected HS Students • NWEA-MAP • Computerized • Individual Progress Reports • Who takes what? • 2nd -12th graders: Reading & Math • 9th grade level: MAXED OUT & no longer takes NWEA**MCA/GRAD & NWEA Reading Strands**• MCA Reading Strands: • Vocabulary Expansion • Comprehension • Literature • NWEA Reading Strands: • Word Recognition/Vocabulary • Comprehension: Informational • Comprehension: Narrative • Literature**MCA/GRAD & NWEA Math Strands**• MCA Math Strands: • Number Sense • Patterns, Functions, & Algebra • Data Statistics & Probability • Spatial Sense, Geometry, & Measurement • Mathematical Reason • NWEA Math Strands: • Number & Operation • Algebra • Geometry & Measurement • Data Analysis & Probability**Online Resources for MCA & NWEA**• MCA/GRAD • Pearson for Families • Pearson for Educators • Based on Student Learning Locator # • NWEA-MAP • DeCartes • Based on Minnesota Outcomes**How MDS Uses Test Scores to Better Education**• What is this student’s Spring 2009 & Spring 2010 MCA Scores in Reading/Math? • Meet, Partially Meet, Does Not Meet Standards? • Analyze the strands…what do you see? • What does this student’s NWEA Graph indicate? • Analyze the progress rate…what do you see? • Based on these scores, what strategies could be considered? • Learning Locator # • DeCartes**Instilling a Positive Testing Environment at MDS**• MCA Testing: Pancake Breakfasts! • “Chef” Kim Kause: THANK YOU! • TODAY: High School Students • Next Tuesday, April 19th: 3rd Grade through JrHS Students • Parent Volunteers are WELCOME! • NWEA Testing: School-wide & Classroom Rewards! • Based on individual increase in scores • Reward Ideas: • Whipped Cream Pies in Staff Faces • Staff versus Student Contests • Testing Reminders! • Emails sent to parents/guardians • Metro Deaf School website**Help Prepare Your Child for Tests**• If your child is nervous at test time, help him/her relax & reduce stress at home • Make sure that your child is in school during the testing sessions • Encourage your child to listen carefully to all test-taking directions and to ask questions if unclear • See that your child gets his/her regular amount of sleep before the tests and is well-rested • Make sure that your child eats his/her usual breakfast on the day of the test • Hunger can detract from a good test performance • Encourage your child to do his/her best