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Demystifying the Michigan Merit Exam. October 9, 2006. Agenda. Welcome Purpose ACT and Michigan Developed Overview WorkKeys Overview Sample Items/Processing Debrief Q & A Next Steps Evaluation. Purpose. Provide a clear understanding of the components of the new Michigan Merit Exam

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agenda
Agenda
  • Welcome
  • Purpose
  • ACT and Michigan Developed Overview
  • WorkKeys Overview
  • Sample Items/Processing
  • Debrief
  • Q & A
  • Next Steps
  • Evaluation
purpose
Purpose
  • Provide a clear understanding of the components of the new Michigan Merit Exam
  • Provide an opportunity to read and discuss sample assessments
  • Provide an opportunity to discuss implications of the MME on classroom assessment and instructional practices
  • Share quality resources
mme ela score components
MME – ELA Score Components
  • Reading
    • ACT Reading
    • WorkKeys Reading for Information Items
  • Writing
    • ACT English
    • ACT Writing
    • Michigan Developed Social Studies
ela reading
ELA – Reading
  • Measures students’ reading comprehension
    • Referring to what is explicitly stated
      • Main idea
      • Significant details
      • Relationships
    • Reasoning to determine implicit meanings and draw conclusions, comparisons and generalizations
      • Infer main ideas or purposes
      • Demonstrate understanding of the text
      • Determine word meanings
ela act writing
ELA –ACT Writing
  • 30-minute essay test
    • A prompt that defines an issue and describes two points of view on that issue
      • Essays are evaluated based on the student’s ability to:
        • Express judgments by taking a position
        • Maintain a focus on the topic throughout the essay
        • Develop a position by using logical reasoning and supporting ideas
        • Organize ideas in a logical way
        • Use language clearly and effectively
ela components cont
ELA Components (cont.)
  • Michigan Developed Items
    • Social Studies – Prompt
      • Persuasive Writing Scoring Guide (6 point rubric)
        • Quality of the writing
mme mathematics score components
MME Mathematics Score Components
  • ACT Mathematics
  • WorkKeys Applied Mathematics
  • Selected ACT Science Items
  • Michigan Developed Items
act mathematics
ACT – Mathematics
  • Requires knowledge of basic formulas and computation skills.
  • Requires students to use reasoning skills to solve practical problems in mathematics.
  • Tests students’ abilities to transfer quantitative reasoning and problem solving skills from one context to another.
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ACT – Mathematics
  • Knowledge and skills: solve problems that are presented in purely mathematical terms.
  • Direct application: solve straightforward problems set in real-world situations.
  • Understanding concepts: reasoning from a concept to reach an inference or a conclusion.
  • Integrating conceptual understanding: achieve an integrated understanding of two or more major concepts to solve non-routine problems.
math components cont
Math Components (cont.)
  • Selected ACT Science Items (MC)
  • Michigan Developed Math Items (13 MC)
    • Currently based on MCF
    • Starting in the Spring 2008 based on HSCE
mme science score components
MME Science Score Components
  • ACT Science
    • 40 MC items
  • Michigan Developed Science Items
    • 52 MC items
    • Currently based on MCF
    • Starting in Spring 2008 based on HSCE
act science
ACT – Science
  • Measures skills in these areas:
    • Interpretation
    • Analysis
    • Evaluation
    • Reasoning
    • Problem Solving
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ACT – Science
  • Scientific information in three formats:
    • Data Representation
    • Research Summaries
    • Conflicting Viewpoints
  • Test items require students to:
    • Examine the relationships between the information provided and the conclusions drawn or hypotheses developed
    • Generalize from information provided to gain new information, draw conclusions or make predictions
science components cont
Science Components (cont.)
  • Michigan Developed Items
    • 52 MC Items
    • Currently based on MCF
    • Starting in Spring 2008 based on HSCE
mme social studies score components
MME Social Studies Score Components
  • Michigan Developed Social Studies
    • 57 MC items
    • 2 Prompts, social studies content rubric (5 pts)
    • Currently based on MCF
    • Starting in Spring 2008 based on HSCE
hst mme
What’s new…

Reading – ACT & WorkKeys

Writing – ACT & Social Studies prompt

Math – ACT & WorkKeys

Science – ACT

Items Counted in two Content Areas

Social Studies prompt (SS & ELA)

Selected ACT Science Items

(Math & Science)

Less writing/fewer constructed response items

What’s the Same…

Math – Michigan developed items

Science – Michigan developed Items

Social Studies Test

HST … MME
things to keep in mind mme
Things to Keep in Mind – MME
  • For students…
    • Timed test
    • ACT college-reportable score
    • Obtain information about skills needed for a job, technical training or college success
workkeys information
WorkKeys® Information
  • WorkKeys Applied Mathematics
    • MC – 33 Items – 45 Minutes
  • WorkKeys Reading for Information
    • MC – 33 Items – 45 Minutes
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WorkKeys Information
  • What is WorkKeys?
    • WorkKeys is a job skills assessment system measuring “real world” skills that employers believe are critical to job success.
    • WorkKeys predicts career/workplace success
    • WorkKeys connects learning to career success. Educators and workforce developers use it to translate a vague statement like "we need more math" into a precise set of teachable skills really used in a workplace.
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Establishing SkillCriterion

Job or Occupational Profiles identify the skills required for a job or program. This sets the “Bar.”

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Profiling Individual’s Skills

Assessments show how an applicant, employee or student performed.

This establishes a skill profile of the individual.

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Skill Gap Analysis

Gap analysis shows how the person performed relative to the “bar.” Training is available to close any gap.

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WorkKeys Information
  • Applied Mathematics
    • AM is the skill people use when they use mathematical reasoning and problem-solving techniques to solve work-related problems.
    • Employees may use calculators and conversion tables to help with the problems, but they still need to use math skills to think them through.
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WorkKeys Information
  • Reading for Information
    • RFI is the skill people use when they read and use written texts in order to do a job. The written texts include memos, letters, directions, notices bulletins, policies and regulations.
    • It is often the case that these workplace communications are not well written or targeted to the appropriate audience.
debrief
Debrief
  • As I went through the ACT/WorkKeys subtests, what surprised me was…
  • As I took this test from a student’s perspective, the strategies I used were…
  • Now that I have “taken” the ACT/WorkKeys, these are some of the implications I see for instruction in my classroom…
  • Now that I have “taken” the ACT/WorkKeys, these are some of the implications I see for assessment in my classroom…
contact information
Contact Information
  • Denise Brady, Shiawassee RESD
    • brady@sresd.k12.mi.us or 989/743-3471
  • Theron Blakeslee, Ingham ISD
    • tblakesl@inghamisd.org or 517/244.1201
  • Nancy Fahner, Ingham ISD
    • nfahner@inghamisd.org or 517/244.1225
  • Cindy Leyrer, Ingham ISD
    • cleyrer@inghamisd.org or 517/244.1338
  • Sue Stephens, Shiawassee RESD
    • stephens@sresd.org or 989/743.3471
  • Kelly Trout, Ingham ISD
    • ktrout@inghamisd.org or 517/244.1261