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ISAT READING 2010-2011. TEST SESSIONS. Session 1  6 Short Passages (literary, informational, poems)  30 Multiple-Choice Questions  SAT 10 (norm-referenced questions). TEST SESSIONS. Session 2: This session contains two passages of more equal length.

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test sessions
TEST SESSIONS

Session 1

 6 Short Passages (literary,

informational, poems)

 30 Multiple-Choice Questions

 SAT 10 (norm-referenced questions)

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TEST SESSIONS

Session 2:

This session contains two passages of more equal length.

A few passages in the passage bank are paired passages (i.e., 2009 grade 3 sample book, “The Chickenpox Party”).

Each passage has ten multiple-choice questions; one passage has an extended-response item.

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TEST SESSIONS

Session 3:

This session contains two or three passages.

The shorter passages will have five multiple-choice questions.

The longer passages will have ten multiple-choice questions and one extended-response item.

frameworks
FRAMEWORKS
  • Sessions 2 & 3

The test questions in these two sessions contain items written by Illinois teachers.

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Framework IssuesStudents across Illinois seem to have difficulty with items that address these topics:
  • Antonyms
  • Homonyms
  • Fable/folk tale/legend/myth/

fairy tale/essay

  • Organizational patterns
  • Mood and tone
  • Point of view
  • Irony
  • Genre
more frameworks issues
More Frameworks Issues

main idea vs. supporting detail

inference

elements of fiction

author’s message

type of writing

character foil

cause/effect

identifying genre of a passage

Students have difficulty making the distinction between narrative and expository writing when the expository text contains some dialogue, and events occur in time order.

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More Frameworks Issues
  • Items that require students to look back to a specific paragraph

Students don’t look back to confirm the answer for a particular section of the text – or many of them don’t.

  • Point of view
  • Text structure/organizational pattern
  • The meaning of antonym
more information on the isat reading assessment
More Information on the ISAT Reading Assessment
  • The Web link below has more information on the reading assessment.
  • http://www.isbe.net/assessment/reading.htm
contact information
CONTACT INFORMATION

Jim Palmer

jpalmer@isbe.net

217-782-4823