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									 Michigan Educational Assessment Program (MEAP)
            Michigan Merit Exam (MME)




           English Language Arts Update

10/25/06
            Grade 3 Reading Assessment
   • Measuring state-assessable reading GLCE for K-2
   • Paired reading selections
     – Text 1 (8 m.c. items) + Text 2 (8 m.c. items)
     – 5 cross-text m.c. items
     – 6-point Response to Reading (2 pages max)

   • Independent reading selection
      Text 3 + 8 m.c. items

   • Total = 35 reading points

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            Grades 4-8 Reading Assessments
     • Measuring state-assessable reading GLCE
     • Paired reading selections
       – Text 1 (8 m.c. items) + Text 2 (8 m.c. items)
       – 5 cross-text m.c. items
       – 6-point Response to Reading (2 pages max)

     • Independent reading selection
        Text 3 + 8 m.c. items

     • Linking text from previous grade + 8 m.c. items
     • Total = 43 reading points

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            Grades 4-8 Linking Reading Texts

  • Linking texts = Text 1, 2, or 3 from previous
    grade with the associated 8 m.c. items
  • Approved for and field-tested in lower grade
  • Not a mistake
  • To study growth for groups of students
  • Linking items are scored, and reported, but do
    not count toward the students’ scale scores or
    proficiency levels

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              Grades 3-8 Reading Items/Domains
            Grade 3 – 35 total points across 3 texts
            29 m.c. items = WS* + NT + IT + CM + CS
            6-point Response to Reading (CM)

            Grades 4-8 – 43 total points across 4 texts
            37 m.c. items = WS + NT + IT + CM + CS
            6-point Response to Reading (CM)

            * GLCE code

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            Writing: Grades 3-8

  Writing from Knowledge and Experience
    • 6-point holistic rubric
    • Students choose genre, format of response
    • Two pages max
    • No resources
    • Scored as first draft, not polished response
  Student writing sample
     • Peer response (4-point rubric)
     • Five multiple-choice (m.c.) editing and revising items

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            S07: HSTs in Reading and Writing

            Seniors get one last shot at MEAP
            – Reading
              • Texts 1 and 2 with nine associated m.c.
                items each
              • Cross-text: 7 m.c. items, plus one response
            – Writing
              • Writing from Knowledge and Experience
              • Reporting and Reflecting
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            MME Reading Components

                          MME Total
                        Reading Score




              ACT Reading                ACT WorkKeys
            40 multiple-choice       Reading for Information
                 items               33 multiple-choice items



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              ACT Reading

            • 4 texts, 40 questions, 35 minutes
               – Literary
               – Social science
               – Humanities
               – Natural science




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             ACT Reading Items
            • Items ask students to:
               – determine main ideas and significant details
               – understand sequence of events
               – make comparisons
               – comprehend cause-effect relationships
               – determine meaning in context of words,
                 phrases, statements
               – draw generalizations
               – analyze author's/narrator's voice/method


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             ACT WorkKeys: Reading for Information

            • 33 items, 45 minutes
              – measures skills used when reading
                and using written text to do a job
              – memos, letters, directions, signs,
                notices, bulletins, policies, regulations
              – not necessarily well-written or
                targeted to appropriate audience
              – all text, no graphics



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            MME Writing Components
                         MME Total Writing Score




               ACT Writing Test               MEAP Social Studies Response

                 6 pt. ACT rubric             Writing Score = 6 pt. MME rubric
            X 2 ACT scorers = 12 pts.           X 2 MME scorers = 12 pts.


                               ACT English Test
                            75 multiple-choice items



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             ACT Writing
            • Persuasive writing
            • Given issue
            • Given two perspectives on issue
            • 6-pt. rubric
            • Scored by two ACT scorers


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               ACT English
            75 multiple-choice items, 45 minutes

            Includes items that ask students:
               – to be aware of writing style
               – about specific portions of underlined text and
                 elements of writing, such as tone or emphasis,
                 in that portion
               – about whole sections or whole passages with
                 no underlined parts
               – about more than one aspect of writing

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            Double-scoring the Social Studies Response:
            How Does It Work?

        For MME Writing :              For MME Social Studies:
        • Scored by two                • Scored by two
          independent MME                independent MME
          scorers, using new             scorers, using standard
          MME 6-pt. persuasive           MEAP social studies 5-
          writing rubric                 pt. rubric
        • Scored for persuasive        • Scored for social
          writing                        studies content
        • Contributes to MME           • Contributes to MME
          total writing score            social studies total
                                         score

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            Tips for Improvement

  •Teach your curriculum year-round!
  •Don’t limit yourselves to teaching the assessable content.
  •Don’t “drill and kill” just before the test!
  •Watch for “Released Items” on our website
  (www.michigan.gov/meap)
  •Compare scoring guides to the rumors about how “you,
  too, can raise your MEAP scores.”
  •Call us to check on rumors. Rumor control is a big part of
  our job!

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            Contact Information
  Jane Faulds
  English Language Arts Assessment Consultant,
    MDE/MEAP
  fauldsj@michigan.gov

  For more information:
  • about MEAP, go to: www.michigan.gov/meap
  • about MME, go to: www.michigan.gov/oeaa
  • about ACT, go to: www.act.org


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