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1 Welcome 8 th Grade Test Review February 4, 2010

2 Introductions - Name -School/District -Your experiences taking standardized tests

3 Grounding FOOD FOR THOUGHT Reasons Why the English Language is Hard to Learn Read each statement carefully: 1. The bandage was wound around the wound. 2. We must polish the Polish furniture. 3. He could lead if he would get the lead out. 4. Since there is no time like the present, he thought it was time to present the present. 5. When shot at, the dove dove into the bushes. 6. They were too close to the door to close it. 7. The buck does funny things when the does are present. 8. A seamstress and a sewer fell down into a sewer line. 9. After a number of injections, my jaw got number. 10. I had to subject the subject to a series of tests.

4 Agenda Introductions Grounding Agenda/Outcomes Graphing Practice Test Taking Strategies/Practices Tier Two Words Standards Checklist and Review

5 Outcome Participants will gain strategies to use with students in preparation for standardized testing.

6 Types of Graphs Bar graph might be appropriate for comparing different trials or different experimental groups. XY-line graph shows the relationship between your dependent and independent variables when both are numerical and the dependent variable is a function of the independent variable. Pie chart is a circle graph divided into pieces, each displaying the size of some related piece of information. Pie charts are used to display the sizes of parts that make up some whole. Scatter plot might be the proper graph if you're trying to show how two variables may be related to one another

7 Graphing Reminders What Makes for a Good Graph?For a Good Graph, You Should Answer "Yes" to Every Question Have you selected the appropriate graph type for the data you are displaying?Yes / No Does your graph have a title?Yes / No Have you placed the independent variable on the x-axis and the dependent variable on the y-axis?Yes / No Have you labeled the axes correctly and specified the units of measurement?Yes / No Does your graph have the proper scale (the appropriate high and low values on the axes)?Yes / No Is your data plotted correctly and clearly?Yes / No

8 Graphing Relationships

9 Relationships cont.

10 Graphing Practice In Table groups: Review sample graphing problems What are some questions that your students might have? Why? What prior knowledge would your students need to have in order to answer these questions?

11 CALIFORNIA STANDARDS TEST Released Test Questions

12 Content Vocabulary OCDE Science WebsiteOCDE Science Website (

13 Powerful Words That Increase Student Achievement on High Stakes Tests WordStudent Friendly Definition 1. AnalyzeBreak apart; see what its all about 2. CompareIdentify all the ways two or more things are alike 3. ContrastIdentify all the way things are different 4. DescribeTell all about (5 senses) 5. EvaluateJudge by set criteria 6. ExplainTell how 7. FormulateMake; create 8. InferRead between the lines 9. PredictWhat will happen next (based on Evidence) 10. SequencePut in time order 11. SummarizeGive me the short version 12. SupportBack up with details 13. TraceList in steps

14 Tips for Taking Reading Tests 1. Read the Title and Think 2. Look at the Graphics-parts and relationships 3. Look at the Features-Bold, italics, underline, quotes, numbers 123, capitals, boxes 4. Skim the passage a. Thick-1 st and last lines or sentences b. Thin-1 st line or sentence 5. Answer and Bounce a. Right… Why? b. Wrong…Why? c. Wrong…Why? d. Wrong…Why?

15 Practice

16 Test Practice

17 Tips for Taking Tests

18 Science Test Tips

19 Test Practice



22 Best Practices Read over and predict which of the strategies would have the greatest impact on student achievement.

23 Nine categories of instructional strategies that have a strong effect on student achievement. CategoryPercentile Gain No. of Studies Identifying similarities and differences. 4531 Summarizing and note taking. 34179 Reinforcing effort and providing recognition. 27246 Homework and practice.28134 Nonlinguistic representations. 27246 Cooperative Learning27122 Setting objectives and providing feedback. 2363 Generating and testing hypotheses. 2363 Questions, cues, and advance organizers. 221,251

24 Standards Checklist and Review Review standards and complete standards checklist Complete standards review timeline

25 Information Probeware lending library

26 Contact Information Denise Antrim Christine Bletterman Karen Foster

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