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Preparing Your Child for Testing Santa Ana Unified School District Dept. of Research and Evaluation 7/28/2012 Presentation Goals By the end of this presentation… You will know how to help your child prepare for testing 7/28/2012 Think back to when you were a young student. . . What do you remember about the tests you took? ◦ What kinds of tests did you take? ◦ How did you feel? ◦ What was learned from the tests you took? 7/28/2012 Q: What tests do we administer in Santa Ana Unified School District? Standardized Testing And Reporting California Standards Test (CST) (our focus today) California Modified Assessment (CMA) California Alternate Performance Assessment (CAPA) Standards Based Test in Spanish (STS) (Your child may have taken one or more tests) Early Assessment Program (EAP) 7/28/2012 When and Where? Q: When Does My Child Take the Tests? A: STAR is every Spring Q: Where Does My Child Take the Tests? A: STAR tests are administered at your child’s home school 7/28/2012 Q: How Are STAR Results Used to Help Students? Answer: STAR -Identify Academic Strengths and Needs -Meetings with Teachers -Alignment to Standards -California Reading List -A More Complete Picture 7/28/2012 Q: What might the test look like? Let’s see what it looks like . . . And let’s try a few 7/28/2012 Let’s try an example. . . What do our children need to know? How are they tested? In 5th grade students must be able to: 7/28/2012 From the 5th Grade CST in Mathematics. . . What is the correct answer? A. B. C. D. 7/28/2012 Now, something a little harder. . . 7/28/2012 Standardized tests look different from regular classroom tests •Students will be asked to read questions in a test book and, then, mark their answer in the same book or on an answer document •Students must follow directions for making allowable marks •Neatness is important The STAR Student Report You should receive your STAR Student Report in the mail in September. A guide in multiple languages also comes with the Student Report. Your student’s current teacher also has your child’s STAR results so that he/she can assist your student better. 7/28/2012 STAR Student Report (Sample) Source: California Department of Education (CDE) 7/28/2012 STAR Student Report (Sample) Source: California Department of Education (CDE) 7/28/2012 STAR Student Report (Sample) Source: California Department of Education (CDE) 7/28/2012 What Does the Scale Score Tell Us? A scale score is a number that tells you more information about how a student did on the CST. Scale scores range between 150 (low) to a 600 (high). Scale scores determine the performance level and tell us how close the student is to the next performance level 7/28/2012 What does the Performance Level Mean? The performance level tells you how your student is doing based on the California standards, which is what the state identified as expectations for each grade level. Advanced: Approximately one or more grade levels ABOVE the grade level at the time of test. Proficient: Approximately AT grade level at the time of the test Basic: Approximately one grade level BELOW the grade level during the test Below Basic: Approximately two grade levels BELOW the grade level during the test Far Below Basic: Approximately three or more grade levels BELOW the grade level at the time of the test 7/28/2012 STAR Student Report (Sample) Range of percent correct scores on the reporting cluster for students who scored proficient on the total test 7/28/2012 STAR Student Report (Sample) Percent correct and # obtained by the student on the reporting cluster For example, this tells us exactly which part(s) of math the student is the strongest in and which part(s) he/she needs more help in. This student is strongest in Estimation, Percents and Factoring (83% correct) and needs the most help with Measurement and Geometry (73% correct). 7/28/2012 STAR: Student Report http://www.cde.ca.gov/ta/tg/sr/readinglist.asp Source: California Department of Education (CDE) 7/28/2012 STAR: Student Report http://www.cde.ca.gov/ta/tg/sr/ Source: California Department of Education (CDE) 7/28/2012 How can parents help their child/children prepare for testing?? 7/28/2012 What can I do to help my student prepare for the STAR? At the beginning of and throughout the year: Review the California Content Standards (with your child’s teacher) for each subject area Ask for the results of your child’s benchmark tests Encourage your child to read everyday Connect with your child’s teacher about his/her progress ◦ Say, “Hi!” to your child’s teacher ◦ Attend conferences ◦ Attend parent meetings ◦ Review your child’s STAR Student Report with your child ◦ Review your child’s report card with your child During testing: Ensure Proper Diet and Adequate Rest Before Testing Help Your Child Understand Teachers’ Behaviors During Testing Help Your Child Understand Their Own Behaviors During and After Testing Avoid Stressful or Emotional Situations in the Home, if possible 7/28/2012 How to Reduce Test Anxiety . . . Before and/or during a test, What can parents do to students may: help? • Feel panic • Keep practice times • Forget what they learned pleasant • Have shaky or sweaty • Teach your child to ease palms an anxious mind and body • Need to go to the • Silently count backward from 10 restroom • Take a deep breath • Have a stomach ache • Tense and relax muscles • Imagine being in a peaceful place • Be positive! Testing Tips and Questions •Listen carefully to spoken directions •Read through the written Ask your child’s directions teacher for other tips. Write them down . . . •Glance through the problems __________________ __________________ •Read all the questions or __________________ problems __________________ •Read the entire question or __________________ problem __________________ •Look at any pictures •Go back and check answers Frequently Asked Questions 1. Is it okay to guess on a test? 2. Are the STAR tests timed? 3. Can parents take a look at the tests? http://www.cde.ca.gov/ta/tg/sr/css05rtq.asp 7/28/2012 Benchmark Student Exam Report 7/28/2012 Benchmark Student Exam Report 7/28/2012 Name three things that you will do to help your child/children prepare for testing?? 7/28/2012 Review - Quiz What is the name of one of the significant tests administered to your child in the spring every year? Name two ways you can help prepare your child for testing. 7/28/2012 Reference and On-line Resources (2010). A parent’s handbook: Your child and standardized tests, grades 3-5. Channing Bete Company. California Department of Education STAR website at: http://www.cde.ca.gov/ta/tg/sr/ 7/28/2012 Contact Information Dept. of Research and Evaluation Santa Ana Unified School District (714) 558-5850 Phone (714) 558-5573 FAX 7/28/2012
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