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1 Courtney Kistemann Eagleridge Getting Ready for AIMS

2 What will we cover today? Purpose of standardized testing What to expect How to prepare your child How to interpret AIMS results and use the information

3 What is the purpose? The AIMS-DPA is administered to students in the 3 rd – 8 th grade to determine their knowledge and understanding of academic standards in reading, writing, math and science. The scores are compared nationally. The data is used to guide instruction and measure school performance. (AZ- DPA Guide to Test Interpretation Spring 2008) Bottom Line: This test will help you to track your childs academic progress.

4 Students in Grades 3 through 8 and high school are assessed in reading and mathematics. Grades 5, 6, 7 and high school are assessed in writing Grades 4, 8, and high school are assessed in science.

5 What the heck is on the test? The Arizona Department of Education provides the Blueprints for the AIMS. These directly correlate with the State Standards. This shows teachers/parents what concepts will be tested and the percentage of the exam composed by each concept. Reading BlueprintsReading Blueprints – 06.pdfv/standards/aims/blueprints/Reading pdf Math Blueprints Math Blueprints pdf.pdf Writing Writing - One more thing to consider – there are diffOne more thing to consider – there are different types of writing or modes of writing. Your child needs to know how to write in all modes.ow to wr modes. Writing is scored using theWriting is scored using the 6-Traits writing rubric. Eagleridge offered a parent workshop on the 6-Traits writing concepts last month.





10 Basically... AIMS Reading is based on Reading Process, Comprehending Literary Text, and Comprehending Informational Text. Students demonstrate their ability to understand the concepts of mathematics and their application in problem solving and computation. AIMS Science is designed to assess each students ability to apply the processes of scientific inquiry to real-world scientific investigations....tests their understanding and application of science content knowledge, history and more. Students demonstrate their ability to apply critical thinking as they work through the writing process and produce an extended response to a prompt.

11 What do the standards look like & where can I find them?



14 What can I do to help prepare my child? Long Term (Throughout the Year): Familiarize yourself with common core standards Align and teach lessons to state strands, concepts and performance objectives Administer a variety of assessments (quizzes, tests, etc) Go through practice tests and sample

15 Remind your child that testing is a fact of life. We all have to take tests – a good example is that adults are required to take driving tests. Short Term Get a good night sleep Eat a healthy breakfast Practice bubbling in completely Talk to your child about any concerns Encourage your child to be positive about testing Relax & celebrate after (ice cream, movie, etc)

16 FYI... Generally speaking, most students from Eagleridge and MDLP excel in reading. However, the average Eagleridge/MDLP student needs more practice with writing in a controlled environment. They need practice brainstorming/planning, writing a rough draft, revising, editing, and writing a final draft in one day or less. Additionally, the average Eagleridge/MDLP student needs to master basic math facts. Students also need to work on the other strands of math, not just number sense.

17 How to I Interpret AIMS-DPA Results? Understanding the Indicators Strand/Concept Title This breaks down the score by points possible, and points earned. 4Exceeds 3Meets 2Approaches 1Falls Far Below

18 Scale Scores & Performance Levels The scale score is represented on the top of the bar on your childs Student Report. The raw score is the number of questions or points possible. Scale Scores – Use this web address to access all grade levels:Scale Scores 008.pdf 008.pdf 4 th Grade ReadingWritingMath ScaleRawScaleRawScaleRaw Exceeds Meets Approaches Falls Far Below


20 How do I use this information? Exceeding - Your child performed above and beyond! Continue to challenge them. Meeting - Your child is on grade level and should continue working on state standards. Approaching - Almost made it; your child isnt there yet and may require additional instruction and/or remediation. Falling Far Below – You child may have significant gaps and limited knowledge. They usually require a considerable amount of additional instruction and remediation.

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