Zooming in on the new ELAR TEKS and the State Assessments Presented by Lora Darden and Caron Sharp
Our objectives today: Review the differences between the old and new ELA/R standards Discuss the upcoming state TAKS Test in terms of the ELA/R standardsProvide an overview of state information regarding the new STAAR test (what has been proposed to date) Build test capacity with independent reading Learn a new reading strategy: RAP
What are the new strands in English Language Arts and Reading?ReadingWritingOral & Written ConventionsResearchListening & SpeakingFigure 19
2009-2010Comprehension Figure 19Thinking about thinking while reading Purposeful Meaningful engagement with the text Do lessons and activities help students develop metacognitive reading skills?
Both:ReadingWritingListening/Speaking 2009:ResearchOral andWrittenConventionsViewingandrepresentingembedded inReading andWriting strands
1997:Viewing andRepresentingResearch andOral and WrittenConventions embedded inReading andWriting
The strands now and then
KS Statements - K - 12
KS StatementsResearch K - 12
K123456789101112Research PlanGathering SourcesSynthesizing InformationOrganizing and Presenting Ideas
KS Statement Listening and Speaking K-12
KS StatementsWriting K - 12
K123456789101112ProcessLiterary TextsPersonal ExperiencesExpository/ProceduralPersuasive
KS Statements Oral and Written Conventions K - 12
K123456789101112ConventionsHandwriting, Capitalization, PunctuationSpelling
TAKS UpdateThe assessment division at TEA has reviewed the questions in the test bank in light of the new curriculum. As a result, many questions have been removed from the "old test bank."
The TAKS tests to be administered in 2009-2010 and 2010-2011 will contain items previously developed and field tested. The state assessment administered in 2010 and 2011 will be the TAKS test.
TAKS Update The state has determined that questions currently eligible for inclusion on the TAKS Test will continue to be eligible in the 20092010 and 20102011 school years (until the new tests are implemented).
There will not be new types of test items on a state administered test until the stand-alone field tests in 2011 and the new STAAR assessment in 2012.
TAKS UpdateTeachers are required to teach with the new ELA & Reading (ELAR) standards beginning in the 2009-2010. The test reports districts receive beginning this school year will be correlated to the new standards.
TAKS UpdateThe state has done side-by-sides (for all reading/writing/ ELA grades) to show the correlation between the new TEKS and each TAKS objective. The state is in the very final stages of proofing and plan to post the charts this week.
TAKS UpdateIf teachers are teaching the new TEKS, they are still covering everything included on TAKS (and then some). The state will not assess all the reading genres until the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) starts.
Building Test Capacity with Independent Reading
How much are our students reading? Why arent most of our students reading? How do we get our students to read? 3 Questions
If most of the books IN school are difficult,Some Common Senseand most of the technology OUT of school is enjoyable,what chance does reading have?
RememberFor many readers, especially struggling ones, school may be the only place where these children have the opportunity to read for fun.
The Power of Reading by Stephen KrashenFree voluntary reading (FVR) is one of the most powerful tools we have in language education. - Stephen Krashen
Krashens evaluation of 41 studies that implemented free voluntary reading (FVR) revealed that 93% of the readers in the study performed as well or better than students who were engaged in traditional language arts programs on standardized reading comprehension tests.
RAP StrategyStep 1: Read a paragraph (and underline important words or phrases in the paragraph).Step 2: Ask yourself, what is the most important who or what?Step 3: Put this (the big idea) in your own words in the margins.
RAP Strategy TipsTeach Students how to annotate in the margins effectively.Provide direct, explicit instruction.Model, model, model how to determine the key ideas in a paragraph.
Demonstration1. Kid-friendly text2. Adult learning text
Secondary Wikihttp://dive-into-language-arts.wikispaces.com/ Kid-friendly text
***Information on the various breakdown across the strands AISD Professional Development*Content Starter Set*Use the Venn diagram template to show overlapping categories. It shows relationships among separate ideas, terms, or zones of influence.Note. PowerPoint has a Venn diagram tool, but it is limited in how you can position shapes.The areas are translucent. For each area, you may need to adjust its order, animation sequence, and degree of fill transparency to get just the effect you need.
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