2 Agenda What is ReadiStep™? The College Readiness Pathway ReadiStep Assessment BasicsBefore Test Day: How to Prepare for the AdministrationOn Test Day: Administration ProceduresScore ReportingNotes: The College Board’s proven college readiness approach puts the right tools and the right information into the hands of educators, providing insightful, grade-appropriate benchmarks and feedback from middle school through high school…. ReadiStep plays a critical role in identifying the skills students need to develop as they transition to high school. It also helps educators make early interventions at critical points in a student’s school career.
4 What is ReadiStep™?Flexible middle grades assessment that provides early feedbackMeasures skills students need to be on track for college successProvides tools to address skill gaps and improve curriculumSupports transition to high school and high school course planningOffers tools for early college and career explorationNotes: The College Board’s proven college readiness approach puts the right tools and the right information into the hands of educators, providing insightful, grade-appropriate benchmarks and feedback from middle school through high school…. ReadiStep plays a critical role in identifying the skills students need to develop as they transition to high school. It also helps educators make early interventions at critical points in a student’s school career.
5 ReadiStep and The College Readiness Pathway The First Step
6 A Pathway to Performance College and Career Readiness Expectations for All StudentsThree integrated assessments – one powerful toolThe College Board’s College and Career Readiness Pathway is a series of integrated diagnostic assessments that measures college and career readiness from the eighth through the 12th gradesTalking Points:The foundation of the College Readiness Pathway are three integrated assessments provide an effective measure of growth/ progress over time, provides diagnostic information, and ultimately a college entrance credentialReadiStep provides early feedback in the 8th grade – a baseline for understanding where students arePSAT qualifies students for National Merit, promotes college planning and opens access to AP – through the AP Potential diagnostic tool – an opportunity to continue to build on the impressive growth in AP over the past five years.And the SAT is the ultimate measure of college and career readiness, a respected college entrance credential and access to scholarship dollarsIntervening EarlyIdentifying OpportunityProviding College Access
7 ReadiStep: The First Step Offers feedback as students transition into high schoolDesigned to work with PSAT/NMSQT and SAT toMeasure a progression of skillsSupport skill interventions from middle school through high schoolConsistent content and format, and reportingSame content areas: reading, writing and mathematicsSame skill categories at a grade-appropriate levelAligned to Common Core, state standards and NAEP standardsProgression of benchmarks at each level
9 ReadiStep Assessment Basics Content:Three multiple-choice sections: reading, writing and mathNo essay or student-produced response questionsAdministration:Easy-to-administer paper-and-pencil testGiven in school, during the school dayTest window: Oct. 17–31, 2012SectionTimingNumber of QuestionsCritical Reading40 Minutes45 QuestionsWriting Skills50 QuestionsMathematics(20 calculator, 20 non-calculator)36 Questions(18 calculator, 18 non-calculator)Total120 Minutes131 Questions
10 Skill Categories Measured Critical ReadingDetermining the Meaning of WordsAuthor’s CraftReasoning & InferenceOrganization & IdeasUnderstanding Literary ElementsWritingGrammatical Relationships between WordsWords & Phrases Used to Modify or ComparePhrases & ClausesCorrectly Formed SentencesRelationships of Sentences & ParagraphsMathematicsContent SkillsNumber & OperationsAlgebra & FunctionsGeometry & MeasurementData, Statistics & ProbabilityProcess SkillsProblem SolvingRepresentationReasoningConnectionsCommunication
11 Critical Reading Passage Based (70%) Sentence Completion (30%) Jacques-Yves Cousteau ( ) was an ecologist who studied all forms of marine life. His ship was named the Calypso.Nature can be savage, but also kind. Cousteau witnessed this many times. In The Living Sea, Cousteau wrote about a great orca, or killer whale, who thought the Calypso was a threat. The whale tried to lead the vessel away from its family for an entire afternoon. In another incident, a 20-ton sperm whale suddenly crossed Calypso’s bow (the front part of the ship) and was injured.Its companions surrounded it, placed their shoulders under it, and lifted its blowhole out of the water so it wouldn’t drown. Listening through sonar equipment, Cousteau heard the whales’ cries for assistance. He then saw other whales appear in groups of two and four to accompany the wounded whale and its helpers to safety.Sentence Completion (30%)Keisha did not want to , so she waited until her teacher and the principal were finished with their private conversation before entering the classroom.(A) refrain(B) cooperate(C) loiter(D) intrudeIn the Critical Reading test, students demonstrate their skills in the comprehension of words, sentences, and the components of text in addition to the understanding of the meaning and purposes of texts.Sentence completion items require students to determine a single word that is missing from a sentence, based on their understanding of context, vocabulary, the parts of speech, and sentence structure.Passage-based items ask students to read and comprehend an extended passage consisting of a single paragraph or multiple paragraphs.
12 Writing Skills Identifying Sentence Errors (33%) Because we asked for extra time well in advance, Mr.Wiley gave Colleen and I three more days to finish ourscience project. No errorImproving Sentences (56%)Most of Costa Rica's coffee is grown in the Central Valley coffee region, where the climate, altitude, and soil type combining to create the optimal conditions for coffee production.(A) combining to create(B) combining for creating(C) combine and creating(D) combine to create(A)(B)(C)(D)Improving Paragraphs (11%)(1) I visit the zoo in my city as often as I can. (2) I like to learn about the different behaviors and environments of the animals. (3) My sister also likes the zoo. (4) I especially like to watch the zookeepers feed and care for the animals. (5) They work hard to keep the animals healthy and make them comfortable. (6) When I am older, I plan to do it.(7) I may get to realize my dream sooner than I thought. (8) My science teacher told me that the zoo has a special program for students interested in learning more about the zoo. (9) Students can apply to be volunteers during the summer. (10) They get to help the zookeepers with their daily tasks.(11) I want my application to show that I am a dedicated worker, so I have to make sure that I do well in all my classes at school. (12) My science teacher said that she will write a letter of recommendation for me. (13) She said doing well in science and being a student volunteer are the first steps to becoming a real zookeeper.The Writing Skills test includes three types of items. All three are intended to test students’ knowledge of grammar while drafting, evaluating, and revising texts.In each of the item types, students are presented with different versions of a sentence or paragraph and are asked to determine which version expresses the intended idea clearly, logically, and precisely.Improving Sentences items present a single sentence that is underlined in part or in its entirety. Students are asked to identify the correct use of the underlined words or phrases.Identifying Sentence Errors items present a sentence that either contains a single error or no error at all. Students are asked to identify the errors (or absence of errors) within these sentences. Improving Paragraphs items present a passage of about 150 to 250 words, some parts of which may need to be rewritten, and items related to this passage. Some of these items ask about particular sentences or parts of sentences, while others ask the student to consider the organization and development of the passage.
13 Mathematics Geometry and Measurement (25%) Number and Operations (35%) The price of a desktop computer was decreased from $600 to $450. The decrease was what percent of the original price?25%30%33 ¹/3%45%CPoint C is the center of a circle with radius 8. The figure above shows one-quarter of this circle. What is the perimeter of the figure?8 + 28 + 416+ 216+4Data, Statistics, and Probability (15%)At a grocery store, 6 people bought a total of 90 items. Which of the following can be calculated from this information?The average number of items bought per personThe median number of items bought per personThe greatest number of items bought by one personThe least number of items bought by one personAlgebra (25%)Every item on the ReadiStep Mathematics test uses a four-choice, multiple-choice format to measure mathematical reasoning ability.There are no free-response items. The items were carefully developed to provide a broad sampling of appropriate mathematical tasks and to represent Number and Operations, Algebra, Geometry, and Measurement, and Data, Statistics, and Probability.The test is divided into two parts; students are allowed to use a calculator on the first part, but not on the second.If x is negative, which of the following expressions must be positive?12x + 4012x – 40-12x + 40-12x – 40
14 2012-13 Dates and Deadlines Activity Date Order Deadline for Customers Using Bulk RegistrationSept. 14Deadline for All Other Orders, Order Changes and Order CancellationsSept. 21Bulk Registration Submission DeadlineAnticipated Test Material Delivery DateOct. 12Test DatesOct. 17–31 (Domestic)Oct. 17–24 (International)Score Reports ArriveDec. 12Summary of Answers and Skills (SOAS) Reports ArriveJanuary
16 Ordering Materials Order online at readistep.collegeboard.org One district coordinator can order on behalf of all schools (recommended) or each school can place its own order.Entering ReadiStep School Codes Online order form includes school code lookup feature.If a school does not have a code, one will be generated after the order is submitted.Note: ReadiStep codes are different from the school codes used for PSAT/NMSQT and SAT.
17 Using AccommodationsReview the ReadiStep Guide to Nonstandard Test FormatsAvailable at readistep.collegeboard.org.Order nonstandard test materials with standard materialsAccommodations do not need to be approved by the College Board.Orders containing 5 or more of any nonstandard test format will require a nonstandard administration roster, sent via .Nonstandard test materials availableReadiStep™ Test Booklet (Braille Format)ReadiStep™ Test Booklet (Large-Type Format)Reader’s Script for the ReadiStep™ AssessmentReader’s Script for the ReadiStep™ Assessment (Audio Format)
18 Submitting Bulk Registration Files Prepare data fileReview instructions available at readistep.collegeboard.org.Format data file before Sept. 21.Submit data fileAfter order is fully processed, the billing contact listed on the order receives a bulk registration access code.If the billing contact will not be submitting the data file, he or she should forward this to the appropriate person.Apply labelsPre-ID labels delivered with test materials.See the Supervisor’s Manual for instructions on applying labels.
19 Informing Staff, Students & Parents Select and train testing staffOne testing assistant is needed in each testing room.Testing assistants may be teachers or members of the administrative, secretarial or clerical staff.Ensure that staff review the Supervisor’s Manual prior to test day.Notify staff, students, and parents about ReadiStepFlyers, presentations, and other support materials are available at readistep.collegeboard.org.Inform students that this is a timed test.Remind students to bring a calculator on test day.
20 Receiving Test Materials Receiving materialsTest materials should be opened and checked within 24 hours of receipt.Check that cartons contain all materials listed on the Shipping Notice.Checking materialsCheck the serial numbers on the test books against those on the School Packing List.Packaging materialsReturn all test materials to the cartons, reseal the cartons and sign your name across the top of each carton.Storing materialsStore cartons in a secure area to only authorized persons have access.
22 Setting Up the Testing Room Classroom arrangementAll students must face the same direction.All chairs must be placed directly behind those in the preceding row.There should be unimpeded access to every student for effective monitoring.There should be a large wall clock that is clearly visible to all students.CalculatorsFor the math calculator section, students who have large or raised displays should be seated separately from other test-takers.
23 Testing Procedures Admission to the testing room Seat students to ensure they work independently. You should be able to monitor all students from any location in the room.Students should not leave testing room without permission.Distribution of test materialsHand a test book to each student, one at a time, along each row.Have students write their name on the test book cover.Distribute an answer sheet to each student.Timing of the assessmentAllow 20 minutes for students to complete registration information.Adhere to the 40-minute timing for each test section.
24 Items Prohibited on Test Day Ensure that only test books, answer sheets, pencils and erasers are on students’ desks during the testProhibited itemsTelephones or cell phonesMP3 playersBeepers/pagersWatch alarms (including those with flashing lights or alarm sounds)Personal digital/electronic recording or photographic devicesDictionaries (including electronic)Books or pamphletsPapers of any kind
25 After the Test Collecting and counting answer sheets Collect answer sheets from each student individually. Do not have them passed to you.Make sure students do not put their answer sheets inside the test books.Count answer sheets and verify that you have one for each student.Collecting and counting test booksAfter accounting for the answer sheets, collect the test books from students individually in the same order in which you distributed them.Count used test books and verify that you have one for each student.Protecting test materials after the testWhen all test materials have been accounted for, place them where they will not be accessible to the students.Keep test books in secure storage until score reports arrive in December.
26 Returning Materials for Scoring Complete the Supervisor’s Report Form.Return materials no later than two days after the administration.Follow return instructions in the Supervisor’s Manual.Use the original shipping boxes and the prepaid UPS labels provided.Arrange for package pickup with UPS.
28 ReadiStep Reports and Tools Delivery DateScore Report Shipment:Student Score Report (two copies per student)School Summary ReportStudent Data File CDUsing ReadiStep Results and Skills InsightDec. 12MyRoad™ (access code located on student report)Summary of Answers and Skills (SOAS) ReportsJanuary
29 Student Score Report Scores Score ranges National percentiles Student answer, correct answer and level of difficulty for each question
30 School Summary Report Participation by grade Performance by grade Comparisons to district and nationBenchmark (8th grade only)
31 Student Data File Electronic Student Data Recommended Uses Excel-ready .csv file provided on CDProvided to each school and districtHas detailed demographic and performance information for each studentIncludes fields provided through bulk registration/pre-ID processRecommended UsesAdd ReadiStep data to existing databases of student information.Sort and filter data to conduct analyses for different sub-groups.Add columns for teacher name and provide each teacher with data for his or her students.
32 Skills InsightHelps students, parents and educators gain insight into student skillsDetails the link between scores and skillsSample questions illustrating each skillSuggestions for improvementVersions for educators and students/parents
33 MyRoad: Exploring Colleges and Careers Free Access for ReadiStep TakersOnline tool lets students:Take a personality quizUnderstand their strengths and interestsPlan for high school and collegeLearn about majors and careers that fit their interestsExplore colleges by location, majors, costs
34 Summary of Answers and Skills (SOAS) Aggregate skill- and question- level feedbackHelps identify specific areas to focus improvement effortsComparisons to nation, state, and comparable groupSame format as PSAT/NMSQT SOAS reportsProvided to schools and districts testing 25+ students per grade
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