Presentation on theme: "Dudley-Charlton Regional School District 2009 MCAS Information October 2009."— Presentation transcript:
Dudley-Charlton Regional School District 2009 MCAS Information October 2009
What does the MCAS assess at each grade level?
Elementary School Grade 3 –English Language Arts (ELA) Reading Comprehension –Mathematics Grade 4 –English Language Arts (ELA) Reading Comprehension and Composition –Mathematics
Middle School Grade 5 –English Language Arts (ELA) Reading Comprehension –Mathematics –Science Grade 6 –English Language Arts (ELA) Reading Comprehension –Mathematics Grade 7 –English Language Arts (ELA) Reading Comprehension and Composition –Mathematics Grade 8 –English Language Arts (ELA) Reading Comprehension –Mathematics –Science
High School Grade 10 –English Language Arts (ELA) Reading Comprehension and Composition –Mathematics –Science
Changes to the Parents’ Reports For all Grades Information from the parent books is now printed on the report Information on “sub-content areas” is now included This section shows the percentage of possible points earned by the child in each sub-content area. It also includes the percentage of possible points earned by students who performed at the low end of the Proficient level across the state.
Changes to the Parents’ Reports for Grades 3 - 8 In the “How your child did on individual test questions” section – Only answers for the publicly released questions are included. This does not represent all of the child’s responses.
MCAS Parent Report
How do we prepare our students for MCAS? Use of curriculum that is aligned with the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks Annual MCAS Goal Planning (Performance Improvement Planning) based on the areas of concern at each grade level Professional development in literacy and mathematics Utilization of Open Response Questions as practice during the school year Curriculum Mapping in Mathematics PreK-12 Individual Student Success Plans created to support struggling students
What measures have been taken within the last several years at each level?
Grades 3 - 4 Before and after school programs providing additional support to students Breakfast program Houghton Mifflin reading program, based on scientifically-based reading research Direct instruction of comprehension strategies using 7 Keys to Comprehension Reading Club providing an extra-dose of small group reading instruction Explicit instruction in answering open-response format questions using Teaching Written Response to Text Flexible grouping Differentiated instruction Mentoring program matching building staff with struggling students Use of research-based assessment tools Progress Monitoring of struggling students Use of Response to Intervention (RTI) techniques to enhance student learning MCAS Parent Information Night
Grades 5 - 8 Before and after school programs providing additional support to students School wide mentoring program for student support Peer tutoring Breakfast program Exploratory program – MCAS prep. Study Island (MCAS preparation on-line program) Analysis of student work samples MCAS Practice Tests – Mock MCAS (M & M) Homework Help after school club
Grades 9 -10 Additional elective courses in Math, English and Science MCAS Biology Prep course for grade 11 students Study Island website available for additional support Spring MCAS Tutoring Program (Grant funded) Summer MCAS Prep Program (Grant funded) Instructional Support Team process reviewed
Addressing Areas of Concern 1.Grade 2.Content Area 3.Subgroup 4.Statement of goal 5.One identified action step for this goal
What are the Areas of Success? Grade / Subgroup Content Area Improvement in student performance
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