Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Post for the week of October 2, 2012

Post for the week of October 2, 2012

As people start to analyze their MCAS results, here's a document that might help.  Figuring out what standard an items refers to takes some time, but it's worth it!  See below.

For example, item #9 on the 2012 Grade 3 Reading test was L.3.04.  This is what it means:

L = Language Anchor Standard
3 = Vocabulary Acqusition and Use
04 = Standard 4

4.     Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning word and phrases based on grade 3 reading and content, choosing flexibly from a range of strategies.
a.     Use sentence-level context as a clue to the meaning of a word or phrase.
b.     Determine the meaning of the new word formed when a known affix is added to a known word (e.g., agreeable/disagreeable, comfortable/uncomfortable, care/careless, heat/preheat).
c.     Use a known root word as a clue to the meaning of an unknown word with the same root (e.g., company, companion).
d.             Use glossaries or beginning dictionaries, both print and digital, to determine or clarify the precise meaning of key words and phrases.

See below for how to figure out the middle number in other items.

Cracking The Code in Item Analysis: What does the middle number (cluster) mean?

Each standard code consists of three components separated by periods (e.g., R.1.03):
R, W, or L
Reading, Writing, or Language anchor standard
1, 2, 3, or 4
Cluster (e.g., Key Ideas and Details is cluster 1 for Reading
01–10
Standard number


PRE-K to GRADE 5
Page 13                       Reading Pre-K to 5 (1-4)
1.      Key Ideas and Details
2.      Craft and Structure
3.      Integration of Knowledge and Ideas
4.      Range of Reading and Level of Text Complexity

Pages 20-21                 Foundational Reading Skills Pre-K to 5 (1-4)
1.      Print Concepts
2.      Phonological Awareness
3.      Phonics and Word Recognition
4.      Fluency

Page 23                       Writing Pre-K to 5 (1-4)
1.      Text Type and Purposes
2.      Production and Distribution of Writing
3.      Research to Build and Present Knowledge
4.      Range of Writing

Page 29                       Speaking and Listening Pre-K to 5 (1-2)
1.      Comprehension and Collaboration
2.      Presentation of Knowledge and Ideas

Page 33                       Language Pre-K to 5 (1-3)
1.      Conventions of Standard English
2.      Knowledge of Language
3.      Vocabulary Acquisition and Use

GRADES 6-12
Page 47                       Reading 6-12 (1-4)
1.      Key Ideas and Details
2.      Craft and Structure
3.      Integration of Knowledge and Ideas
4.      Range of Reading and Level of Text Complexity

Page 53                       Writing 6-12 (1-4)
1.      Text Type and Purposes
2.      Production and Distribution of Writing
3.      Research to Build and Present Knowledge
4.      Range of Writing

Page 60                       Speaking and Listening (1-2)
1.      Comprehension and Collaboration
2.      Presentation of Knowledge and Ideas

Page 64                       Language (1-3)
1.      Conventions of Standard English
2.      Knowledge of Language
3.      Vocabulary Acquisition and Use

LITERACY IN HISTORY/SOCIAL STUDIES, SCIENCE, AND TECHNICAL SUBJECTS 6-12


Page 73                       Reading in the Content Area (1-4)
1.      Key Ideas and Details
2.      Craft and Structure
3.      Integration of Knowledge and Ideas
4.      Range of Reading and Level of Text Complexity

Page 76                       Writing in the Content Area (1-4)
1.      Text Type and Purposes
2.      Production and Distribution of Writing
3.      Research to Build and Present Knowledge
4.      Range of Writing

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