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1 Brunswick Acres NJ ASK Parent Workshop February 10, 2011

2 When? NJASK 3, 4, 5: May 9, 10, 11, 12, 13 (Grade 4 Science) NJASK 3, 4 5 Make Up Testing: May 16, 17, 18, 19, 20 (Grade 4 Science)

3 Why?  NCLB (ESEA)- “No Child Left Behind” –2002 Every state must have an assessment for annual tests in Language Arts and Math in grades 3-8. Assess every student in science by 2007- 08 at least once in each of these grade spans: 3-5, 6-9, 10-12. Have all students attain a level of proficiency by the 2013-2014 school year.

4 How is data used? To analyze and compare data over the years to identify areas of strengths and weaknesses To examine test scores to identify areas of strengths and weaknesses on a grade level and for individual students. To analyze data and plan instruction based on student needs To integrate test taking strategies across the curriculum To use in addition to OTHER district and school assessments in order to learn more about our student’s academic levels (IS (Basic Skills), Accelerated Math, Enrichment)

5 What? Writing (2 Writing Tasks) (30 Minutes) Reading (3 Passages) (30-40 Minutes) MathScience Grade 3 Speculative or Expository 18 MC, 3 OE43 MC 8 SCR 4 ECR N/A Grade 4 27 MC, 3 OE43 MC 8 SCR 4 ECR 33 MC 2 OE Grade 531 MC, 3 OE43 MC 10 SCR 5 ECR N/A


7 Writing Prompts The speculative prompt presents a brief scenario which students use as a springboard for writing a story, drawing on stories they have read as well as on their own experiences to develop ideas for their composition. There are two formats for assessing expository writing: one will introduce a topic in a brief verbal prompt and ask students to develop a composition about that topic; the second format uses a poem to introduce a topic. That topic is elaborated further by a brief verbal prompt that students will use as a basis for writing their composition.

8 Example Writing Prompts Speculative When the school bell rang, Katie and Pablo grabbed their books and raced out of the classroom. They had been looking forward to this afternoon all week long. Today they were going to go on an adventure. Write a story about the adventure Katie and Pablo had after they left school.

9 Example Writing Prompts Expository Writing (Poem Prompt) (Students first listen to and read the Shel Silverstein poem “Moon-Catchin’ Net”) Has there ever been something you wanted very much that you may or may not have been able to get? Write about what you wanted. Include the following: What did you want to have and why did you want this? If you got it, explain how it happened and why you were successful. If you didn’t get it, explain why not. Explain how you might be successful in getting it in the future.

10 In 30 Minutes… Create an opening “hook” Create characters, setting and plot (Speculative) Dialogue State and explain the main problem and solution (if any) Do all tasks while using high level vocabulary, descriptive adjectives and verbs, specific nouns, figurative language, varied sentence structure, and other advanced writing techniques Spelling and Grammar All scores based on a 5 point rubric

11 Writing Rubric (10 Points Total)

12 At BA, we prepare our students for writing by… Writer’s Workshop (Leads, Supporting Ideas, Organizations, Grammar, Spelling) Provide multiple opportunities to practice (Timed Writing) Evaluate assessments and data to make instructional decisions Provide instructional support as needed Provide opportunities to free write or self select topic Integrate writing into other content areas (science, social studies) We hold conferences with our writers Share and celebrate our writings Review their writings from the beginning of the year

13 Parents can prepare our students for writing by… Review your child’s writing Provide ample opportunities for students to practice Time the students’ writing once in a while Try writing one yourself and share your writing with your child. Score the writing with the students using the rubric Allow children to discuss with you openly about areas for improvements Have students use a Writing Journal Have students read their writings over again throughout the year Write about Non-Fiction topics, Editorial and Opinions


15 Reading Multiple Choice Questions 1.What is a theme of “Brave as a Mountain Lion”? A.Hard work can lead to good ideas. B.Nature teaches us about ourselves. C.We can do hard things with help from others. D.Everything we know we learn in school. 3. On page 14, the school letter states that Spider has been chosen for the spelling bee. Why was he chosen? A.The teacher thinks Spider wants to be on stage. B.Spider’s father was in a spelling bee. C.People know that Spider is brave and clever. D.Spider spelled every word correctly on the spelling test.

16 Reading Open Ended Question Throughout the passage, Spider exhibited many different character traits. Choose three adjectives from the list given which best describe Spider in this story. Explain how these character traits influenced Spider’s behavior at the end of the story. Use details from the text to support your opinion.

17 Reading Rubric

18 At BA, we prepare our students for reading by… Guided Reading (Fluency, Decoding Skills, Comprehension Skills, Make Inferences) Running Records to evaluate students Provide multiple opportunities to practice reading (At Home - Reading Logs, Science, Social Studies) Provide instructional support as needed Students answer multiple choice questions as well as open-ended Allow students to read in other genre areas (Non-Fiction, Biographies, Etc.)

19 Parents can prepare our students for reading by… Check to see students are reading everyday Read with your child (Books, Newspapers, Magazines) Help students use the rubric to score their response to OE questions. Regularly discuss with your child the main idea, author’s purpose and the theme of the story. Delve deeply into the book to compare characters and summarize problem and solution of the story. Allow children to discuss with you openly about areas for improvements


21 Third Grade Multiple Choice Questions

22 Fourth Grade Multiple Choice Sample

23 Fifth Grade Multiple Choice Questions

24 2 Types of Math Questions Short Constructed Response (SCR) Extended Constructed Response (ECR)

25 How will these be scored? Short Constructed Response: –Answers are right or wrong –1 point each –Student work to get the answer will NOT be assessed. Extended Constructed Response (Rubric Used) –Scored on a 3 point scale - partial credit is awarded –Students can receive up to 2 points for a proper execution of strategy with a small computational mistake –Student work can be looked at and assessed.

26 Short Constructed Response Examples A lunch menu has 3 beverage selections: water, juice and milk. The menu also offers 2 sandwich selections: turkey and peanut butter. How many different meals of one beverage and one sandwich are possible? (correct answer: ?) A bag contains 5 red marbles, 8 blue marbles, and 7 green marbles. Arturo reaches into the bag and removes one marble. What is the probability that marble is red? (correct answers: ?)

27 Extended Constructed Response Question

28 Extended Constructed Response Examples The ECR items require students to construct their own written or graphical responses and explain their responses. These questions are the most difficult and require multiple steps or procedures to solve all parts of the problem.

29 Extended Constructed Response Question

30 Sample 1

31 Sample 2

32 Sample 3

33 At BA, we prepare our students for math by… Mathematics Curriculum (Investigation) Sample tests and analyze student data to plan for instructions Instructional support as needed Problem of the Day (POD) Connect to real world Mad Minute / Rocket Math Integrate math with science (temperature graph) Give students ECR as well as SCR questions Review materials as needed Kid friendly rubric

34 Parent can prepare our students for math by… Allow students to use various strategies to answer questions Use rubric to score their response to OE questions Have students create questions for an answer Have students answer questions using pictures, numbers and words (if applicable) Have students find more than one answer for a given problem (making change) Review materials from the beginning of the year frequently


36 NJ ASK: Science (4 th grade only) General Science Knowledge Each multiple choice is worth one point; Each open ended is worth 3 points. 33 multiple choice questions, 2 open ended questions; 39 total possible points. 60 minutes testing time

37 Home Preparations Normal Routines Balanced Breakfast Try Your Best Attendance/Arrival Share Relaxation Techniques Be Positive ONE test

38 Official School and State Websites Study Island NJCCS New Jersey Department of Education Search Keywords… “state standardized tests New Jersey” “released NJASK questions” “NJASK”

39 Q / A Thank you for attending the BA PTO NJ ASK Night!

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