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 Testing dates  Purpose, Importance, and Benefits of the CogAT – Cognitive Abilities Test & Iowa Test of Basic Skills (ITBS)  STAAR vs. ITBS  How.

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2  Testing dates  Purpose, Importance, and Benefits of the CogAT – Cognitive Abilities Test & Iowa Test of Basic Skills (ITBS)  STAAR vs. ITBS  How is St. Theresa preparing the students?  Tips for parents  Test Results  Q & A

3 CogAT – Cognitive Abilities Test March 11 th -13 th Kindergarten – 7 th grade Iowa Test of Basic Skills (ITBS) March 16 th -20 th Kindergarten – 8 th grade

4 CogAT – COGNITIVE ABILITIES TEST CogAT Tests student ability Assesses the level of understanding, reasoning, and problem-solving skills of students in three different areas: 1. Verbal 2. Quantitative 3. Non-verbal http://www.riversidepublishing.com/products/cogAT7/lea rnmore.html

5 CogAT - (Cont’d) The results of CogAT are generally used to predict the success of students in school. Reasoning abilities develop throughout a person’s lifetime and develops at different rates. The results are also useful to help teachers understand and adapt to their student’s needs, which will help the student learn more effectively. However, CogAT does not gauge other factors like motivation, effort and work habits that are also vital for school achievement.

6 IOWA TESTS OF BASIC SKILLS (ITBS) IOWA Test measures basic skills Assesses student achievement and educational development Iowa assessments help determine how students are performing on nationwide standards Iowa assessments help teachers identify a student’s strengths and areas that may need additional emphasis. Iowa assessments also measure student growth and progress in the content areas assessed from year to year. The assessments help teachers guide and evaluate instruction.

7 ITBS – Content Area Kindergarten: Reading, Language, Vocabulary, Word Analysis, Listening, and Mathematics Grades First-Second: Reading, Language, Vocabulary, Word Analysis, Listening, Mathematics, Computation, Social Studies, and Science Third Grade: Reading, Written Expression, Conventions of Writing, Vocabulary, Word Analysis, Listening, Mathematics, Computation, Social Studies, and Science Grades Fourth-Eighth: Reading, Written Expression, Conventions of Writing, Vocabulary, Mathematics, Computation, Social Studies, and Science http://riversidepublishing.com/products/ia/learnmore.html

8 USING CogAT & ITBS TOGETHER Together: Comparing the CogAT and the ITBS can help identify if a student is working to ability level, identify strengthens and weaknesses, and adapting instruction. This enables teachers to provide every opportunity for each child’s success.

9 Iowa Test of Basic Skills (ITBS) vs. STAAR  Iowa Test of Basic Skills (ITBS) is a norm-referenced test.  A norm-referenced test compares how a particular student’s performance on a skill compares with every other student of his/her age and grade in the country.  In norm-referenced tests such as the Iowa Test of Basic Skills (ITBS), the objectives on which the children are tested are aligned with the National Teachers of Mathematics (NTCM) standards, the national science standards, national reading standards, etc., that students across the country should learn.

10 ITBS vs. STAAR (cont’d)  Not all standardized tests are norm-referenced tests. Public schools administer the STARR, a criterion referenced test, exam that covers the basic knowledge and skills that should be learned by students in Texas public schools; that is, the minimum standards expected of children in Texas public schools.  The STARR test scores are compared to test scores of Texas children only.  In addition, passing scores on the STARR are not comparable to a standardized test, such as the ITBS.

11 Example of STAAR - Criterion Referenced Tests STAAR - As an example, a math test might have 60 questions with a cut score of 33. This would mean that a student who gets 33 out of 60 questions correct would “Meet” standards while a student who correctly answers 32 out of 60 questions would be classified as “Does Not Meet.” For Criterion Referenced Tests the State of Texas commissions committees each year to set the cut scores for each assessment. The cut score for a given test might be different depending on the subject, grade, and year.

12 Example of ITBS Norm-Referenced Tests ITBS- Norm-Referenced Tests do not have cut scores and students do not “pass” or “fail” a Norm- Referenced Test. A NRT compares how a particular student’s performance on a skill compares with every other student of his/her age and grade in the country. For example, a particular student might be found to have skills in reading that are superior to 57% of students in the U.S. of his same age and grade.

13 ITBSSTAAR Timing of Tests and Results Given at the discretion of the school district with results returned within weeks. The tests can be given early enough in the school year such that students can use the results to improve their learning and teachers can use the results to improve their instruction Given in April or May and results are returned after the students are released for the summer; in the first year, results have still not been returned nine months later Comparative Data Provides scores that indicate how a student performed against his/her peers in the nation Does not provide any comparative data against peers in the state or nation Grade-level Performance Provides data to indicate if a student performed at/below/above his or her grade level Does not provide any data to indicate grade-level performance Diagnostic Information by Subject Area Provides some diagnostic data by subject area and concept Does not provide any diagnostic data

14 PREPARING STUDENTS Students have been practicing test-taking strategies throughout the year as part of the educational program offered at STCS Students take practice CogAT and ITBS tests in the classrooms Teachers talk to their students about the upcoming tests Teachers and students discuss coping with anxiety and tips for being good test takers

15 Tips for Parents The best thing you as a parent can do to help your child do their best on standardized tests is to provide positive support by expressing confidence in your child’s ability to do their best. Let that be your expectation, as well. Children should know that test scores are important, but are not the measure of your love and acceptance of them.

16 Encourage your child to… Get plenty of rest each night Eat a good breakfast Have a positive attitude Relax… don’t fret Try hard… do your best Listen carefully and follow directions Think before you answer Read directions and questions carefully Don’t rush… but be aware of how much time you have Check over your work when finished Don’t expect to know every answer

17 TEST RESULTS Test results will be available in April. Teachers will distribute and discuss student test results at the parent/teacher conferences.

18 Q & A Thank you for your time and continued support.


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