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CADDO PARISH AND AMERICAN BOOK COMPANY Partnering for Success on the iLEAP, LEAP, GLE Review, and EOC Presenter: Dr. Frank J. Pintozzi, Executive VP American.

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1 CADDO PARISH AND AMERICAN BOOK COMPANY Partnering for Success on the iLEAP, LEAP, GLE Review, and EOC Presenter: Dr. Frank J. Pintozzi, Executive VP American Book Company December 2, 2010

2 Dr. Frank J. Pintozzi Credentials Experience My Principles for Learning

3 American Book Company Mission Company Motto Operating Principles

4 Why ABC’s Books Work So Well in Louisiana’s Classrooms Three full-length tests that mirror Louisiana’s assessments for elementary, middle, and high school Diagnostic, formative practice, and summative practice tests Questions aligned to cover 100% of the tested GLEs Questions mirror the exams in content, weighting, and formatting

5 Why ABC’s Books Work So Well in Louisiana’s Classrooms Item analysis in the Diagnostic Test Evaluation Chart and in the Chart of Standards for all three simulated tests. Precise diagnostic approach useful for differentiated, small group, and whole class instruction as needed.

6 Why ABC’s Books Work So Well in Louisiana’s Classrooms Our chapters support specific Louisiana Standards. – Each chapter lists the standards covered.

7 Why ABC’s Books Work So Well in Louisiana’s Classrooms Chapters – present content in concise, easy-to-understand concepts. – provide students with visual support for explanations through diagrams, illustrations, and graphic aids. – include bolded key terms in context for easy, efficient reading comprehension. – contain frequent benchmark exercises, quizzes, and activities to measure student progress.

8 Book Layout Increases Student Performance Students can write in the books. – Gives ownership of learning to student Easy-to-understand content facilitates parent- child involvement. The format, questions, and content coverage across all three tests and within the chapters give students great test familiarity before they take the actual exam.

9 Steps for Success: Using ABC’s Books in Your Classroom Step 1: Administer the Diagnostic Test. Step 2: Score the Diagnostic Test. – Short answer questions must be hand graded.

10 Steps for Success: Using ABC’s Books in Your Classroom Step 3: Do an item analysis on the test results using the evaluation chart. – Base your program of study on the number of questions missed, which align with the chapters within the book. – If a student misses more than one question per chapter, the student should review this chapter.

11 Steps for Success: Using ABC’s Books in Your Classroom Step 4: Develop a schedule of lesson plans based on the diagnostic test results. – Include chapter assignments, quizzes, activities, and reviews for students to complete for your grading. – Base your schedule of lessons on the number of days before the actual test.

12 Steps for Success: Using ABC’s Books in Your Classroom Step 5: Pace the lessons. – Chunk the lessons into segments that will hold the students’ attention for the maximum time possible during the class sessions. – Remember, the key to better test scores is consistent and continuous use of our books over an extended period of time. – Warning: Extended use of ABC’s resources will result in improved GLE knowledge and greater testing confidence.

13 Steps for Success: Using ABC’s Books in Your Classroom Step 6: Give a mid-point progress test. – Administer Post Test 1 (AKA Practice Test 1) at the mid-point of your program of study. After scoring the test, use the Chart of Standards to run an item analysis. – Identify the standards and chapters that students still need to review. Review commonly missed questions in class.

14 Steps for Success: Using ABC’s Books in Your Classroom Step 7: Cover remaining chapters, exercises, quizzes, and reviews as needed. – Continue teaching the concepts and skills in the chapters to prepare for the Summative Assessment (Practice Test 2).

15 Steps for Success: Using ABC’s Books in Your Classroom Step 8: Administer the Summative Assessment. – Administer Post Test 2 (AKA Practice Test 2) a week prior to when students take the actual test. – Score the test, do an item analysis, and review any standards and concepts students still need to learn. – Review the test questions students missed often to reinforce success on the actual test.

16 Steps for Success: Using ABC’s Books in Your Classroom Step 9: Students take the real iLEAP, LEAP, or EOC test. – Suggest general test-taking tips prior to the actual exam. Some of these are located at the front of each book. – Give students words of encouragement both before and after the exam. – Students are now ready for SUCCESS!

17 Validation Studies Morehouse Parish – After using ABC materials as their test-preparation programs for science in grades 3, 5, 7, and the GEE, Morehouse experienced the following improvements:

18 Validation Studies Actual Score Improvement: Morehouse Parish in Science with ABC: Grade Grade 342 %50 % Grade 545 %55 % Grade 750 %62 % GEE49 %51 % % = students scoring basic and above *

19 Validation Studies Webster Parish – J.A. Phillips Middle School (Title 1) used our 6 th Grade SS last year for their test preparation. 42 advanced scorers represented 20% of the student body. Mr. Busby, secondary supervisor for Webster Parish schools, was impressed with the improvement. Typically, a school gets an average of 10  12% being advanced scorers on the iLEAP 6 th SS exam. Using ABC materials for 4 th and 8 th Grade LEAP ELA and Math for summer school remediation.

20 Validation Studies

21 Jackson Parish – Jonesboro-Hodge High School used our GEE mathematics books as their test-remediation source and experienced the following score improvements:

22 Validation Studies

23 St. Tammany Parish School District – Salmen High School (Title 1) used our GEE ELA book as its primary course of study for remediation and experienced the following score improvements:

24 Validation Studies

25 Educator Testimonials Seron Tyro, Lafargue Elementary, writes: “I discovered a copy of Passing the iLEAP Math Test in Grade 7 in one of the math classrooms... It was awesome! You have outlined the GLEs, which is what I am basing my entire summer school program on. In my 11 years of teaching, I have used numerous workbooks, but I have never come across one that excited me this much!”

26 Educator Testimonials Marguerite Guilbeaux, St. Martinville Junior High School, said: “I have recently ordered and received copies of Passing the LEAP Grade 8 in Social Studies. These books are wonderful, and as soon as our next CNI funds come in, we will order more for all of the students.”

27 Supplementals for ABC’s books For more information, consult our Louisiana catalog or our website at

28 Additional Resources E-books. PDFs delivered online. All files are exactly like the book and project easily onto SMART Board and Promethean board. Files are viewable only. – All of our sample e-books are viewable as full versions at

29 Additional Resources Dolch Sight Words Flash Cards – cover all Dolch word lists Pre-K-3. See our samples at Musical Mathematics – full skip counting curriculum for K-5 mathematics has music CDs in a variety of engaging styles and workbooks. View the sample workbooks and CD cuts at

30 Additional Resources Online testing for LA EOC Algebra 1 and English II. Three unique tests simulate the actual testing environment. All scores are collected and can be analyzed in our classroom management system. Username: abc Password: abc123

31 Additional Resources Flashcards. Math and Science Flash cards covering key concepts in Middle and High School. 3-D Mathematics Flashcard Games for the SMART Board and Promethean board. Materials correlated to Common Core Standards for math in 6 th, 7 th, and 8 th grade. See a demo of the beta version at

32 Additional Resources ACT Books. ACT test preparation books covering English, Math, Reading, and Science. This four-book series covers all ACT test preparation. See our ACT offerings at

33 Quotes to Ponder “As long as teachers give tests, there will always be prayer in schools.” “A teacher lights the lamp that leads students into a future bright with hope and promise.”

34 Questions and Comments We look forward to continuing our partnership with Caddo Parish. Let us know if you have any questions. Our representative, Debbie Price, is available at Cell Office


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