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Workshop. Facilitator: . Agenda. Introduction Overview Key Benefits testGEAR Functionality Enrollment BrainScan SMART Curriculum Tests. TestSCOPE Summary Enrollment BrainScan Lesson scores Practice test results Student responses Implementation Models Rollout.

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Workshop

Facilitator:


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Agenda

  • Introduction

  • Overview

  • Key Benefits

  • testGEAR Functionality

  • Enrollment

  • BrainScan

  • SMARTCurriculum

  • Tests

  • TestSCOPE

  • Summary

  • Enrollment

  • BrainScan

  • Lesson scores

  • Practice test results

  • Student responses

  • Implementation

  • Models

  • Rollout

  • Professional Tools

  • testGEAR homepage

  • Customer support


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Goals and Outcomes

  • Understand the purpose and added benefits of the testGEAR resources

  • Learn the format and functionality of the various features

  • Recognize some instructional uses for testGEAR

  • Report and track student progress using TestSCOPE

  • Consider which Implementation Model(s) best suits your site

  • Define key Next Steps for implementing testGEAR at your school

  • Know how to access Bridges support and key tools


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Purposes of testGEAR

  • Increase student access to test preparation

    • 24/7 access

  • Raise student test scores

  • Prepares you for multiple high stake exams

    • ACT, SAT, PSAT, Math, ELA, Social Studies, Science

  • Improved accountability

    • Adequate Yearly Progress


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Added benefits for students

  • Recognize structure of target test including time allowances

  • Become familiar with style of questions

  • Increase self-confidence

  • Minimize test anxiety

  • Review of curricular content

  • Carryover to other tests



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Activity 1 - Enrollment

  • If you haven’t done so already, using the Site Selector and your PAAK or AC, create a Professional Account (Grants access to both testGEAR and TestSCOPE)

  • Access testGEAR

  • Update Graduation Year

  • Update Keyword field (If you want to divide students by sections, classes, etc., in order to separate the results more easily in testSCOPE)


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testGEAR BrainScan

  • 30 minute diagnostic tool

  • Creates an individualized “SMART Curriculum” for strengthening identified academic weakness

  • Subjective and objective type questions

    • Perception, learning styles, content

  • One time opportunity

  • Why skip the BrainScan?


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Activity 2 - BrainScan

  • Log into your student testGEAR account

  • Select “Take the BrainScan” and work your way through the questions

  • You have 10 minutes for this activity, so please don’t spend to much time answering the objective questions

  • Review the BrainScan results


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SMART Curriculum

An individualized curriculum using a combination of preparation methods to build student skills and confidence on high stake exit exams

There are four components to the SMART Curriculum:

  • Instructions

  • Your Entire Curriculum: View the organized units

  • Course Library: View stored elements, definitions and legends

  • Progress Report


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Practorials

  • Focus on specific test taking tips and strategies

  • 15-25 minutes per Practorial

  • Fun roadmap format

  • Quizzes to test students understanding of skills presented in Practorial

  • Printable summary notes for study review


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Microcourses

  • Skill based questions related to a specific subject

  • Fun road map format, same feel as practorials

  • 25-35 minute learning segments

  • Each skills concludes with 3 learning question

  • Printable summary notes for study review


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Vocab Lab

  • Fun, fast paced trivia game show format

  • Build students vocabulary and sentencecompletion in 20 minutes per game

  • Play as many games as desired

  • Points are accumulated and displayed in a top ten list


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Activity 3 – SMART Curriculum

  • Select a Practorial from your favorite subject area

  • Read the instructions and follow the directions

  • Take the quiz and view your results

A

B

A

  • Select a MicroCourse from your favorite subject area

  • Read the instructions and follow the lesson presented

  • Answer the 3 learning questions


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Activity 3 - Continued

C

  • Time for a friendly competition.. How are your vocabulary skills?

  • Enter the Vocab lab

  • You have 5 minutes to answer 30 questions

  • Once all 30 questions are answered we will see who has the most right

  • Don’t take too long on one question


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Tests

  • Mirror the look, feel, timing, and questions of the actual exam

  • Designed to help students become familiar with standardized test questions

  • Three types:

    • Practice Tests

    • Full Tests

    • Mini Tests (no mini tests

      with the ACT testGEAR)


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Practice Tests

  • Based on actual test sections or question types

  • 25-30 minutes long

  • Learner Mode

    • Not timed

    • Confirm and review work

  • Test Mode

    • Timed

    • No review until results are generated


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Full Tests

  • Simulate the target examination

  • Same time duration

  • Same types of sections, distribution of question types

  • Same number of questions and numbers of questions

  • Include time breaks


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Mini Tests

  • Condensed version of a full test

  • Allow students to experience range of question type within a compressed time frame

  • Typically 60 minutes

  • Included with High School Exit Exams suite


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Activity 4 – Practice Tests

  • Select the first practice test from the list

  • Use learner mode

  • Answer the first 5 questions

  • Submit your answers

  • Review the results


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TestSCOPE

  • Summary

    • Visual overview of classes’ performance

  • Enrollment

    • Student enrollment and activity

  • Brainscan results

    • Question by question results and students’ perceptions

  • Lesson Scores

    • Students’ activity and performance on Practorials and Microcourses

  • Practice Test Results

    • Students’ activity and performance on tests

  • Students

    • Detailed reports on individual student activity and performance


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Activity 5 – TestSCOPE

  • Using Professional Account: _________ and password _________ , log into TestSCOPE

  • Look through each of the different reports to gain a feel for what information they provide

  • Compare the BrainScan reports. Evaluate the student perceptions of abilities versus their actual results

  • Review individual student data.


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Implementing testGEAR

  • Traditional test prep

  • Pressure on schools

  • Accountability / AYP

  • Success with test prep

What about implementation?

How do we roll this program out?

Will testGEAR be a success?

Who needs to be involved?


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Making testGEAR a success

  • Proper Rollout strategy

    • Getting faculty buy in

    • Informing Parents

    • School Newsletter

    • Host a family night

    • “Marketing” to your school


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Implementing testGEAR

  • Curriculum Enhanced

  • Programmed Course

  • After School/Weekend Program

  • Stand Alone Program


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Curriculum Enhancement

  • Integrate testGEAR curriculum into an existing program

  • Typically used at sites where there are mandated state exit exams

  • Should possess a faculty receptive to trying new methods and strategies

  • Must have computers labs available


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Programmed Course

  • Intended for schools that offer or intend to offer a test prep course

  • Variations on models (crash course, semester course, scheduled course)

  • Credits can be offered for this program to ensure completion of the course

  • School must have sufficient internet access


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After School/Weekend Program

  • Intended for schools that have a group of motivated kids to take the program after normal school hours

  • Typically these schools have a high volume of college bound students

  • Schools are flexible with after schools hours for student access

  • Must have staff willing to commit to after hours program


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Stand Alone Program

  • Intended for students to take the testGEAR program at their own pace and time

  • Ideal for smaller groups of students who are committed to preparing for high stakes exams

  • Schools should be confident students are motivated to direct their own learning

  • Students must have access to computers and internet

  • Parent involvement is key


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Activity 7 – Implementation

  • Divide yourselves into groups of 3-4

  • Read through the site selected case study

  • Discuss and list the pros/cons of this implementation strategy

  • List the steps to reach successful implementation

  • Prioritize the steps

  • Plot a timeline for completion of steps

  • Assign responsibilities

  • Record plan on Implementation Worksheet

  • Be sure to designate a follow up contact personand contact date


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Wrap Up

  • 5 minute review

  • Questions?

  • Evaluation survey

  • Did you fill out your follow up contact information?