HB 930 - VDOE :: Virginia Department of Education Home

HB 930 - VDOE :: Virginia Department of Education Home

2014 English SOL Institutes Q&A October 2014 HB 930 2014 General Assembly legislation amended 22.1-253.13:3.C of the Code of Virginia to eliminate five Standards of Learning (SOL) tests, which included Grade 5 Writing. Local Alternative Assessment Guidelines were approved at the Board Meeting on September 18, 2014. The Board will review the guidelines after the 2014-2015 school year and will likely

revise them based on the experiences of the first year of implementation. http://www.doe.virginia.gov/boe/meetings/2014/ 09_sep/agenda.shtml October 2014 Board Approved Guidelines for Local Test Guidelines BOE recommends school divisions assess a sampling of SOL content for each subject and grade level for 20142015. Comprehensive coverage may be required in subsequent years. Guidelines encourage divisions to document costs associated with local assessment creation and

administration including costs related to professional development. Scores from local assessments will not be reported to VDOE. VDOE staff will make site visits or desk reviews to determine how divisions are verifying that required SOL content is still being taught and types of alternative assessments being administered. October 2014 VATE Recommendations Virginia Association of Teachers of English (VATE) recommendations: Minimum of two summative assessments included in the

student writing portfolio: On-Demand Writing Sample A timed response to a given prompt that is completed in one session without collaboration or feedback Cross-Curricular Research Product A culminating product that is the result of the writing process, which includes planning, drafting, revising, editing, and publishing October 2014 State Accreditation 2014-2015

2013-2014 State Accreditation 2014-2015 Reading October 2014 State Accreditation 2014-2015 Writing October 2014 SOL Reading Pass Rates 2013-2014

74% of students passed their grade level reading test 48 school divisions improved their overall reading scores 20 school divisions remained the same in reading EOC Reading had the highest pass rate 81 school divisions improved on EOC Reading 121 School divisions achieved pass rates of 80% or higher on EOC Reading All school divisions had pass rates of 70% or higher on EOC reading October 2014

SOL Reading Scores 2013-2014 October 2014 SOL Reading Scores 2013-2014 100 90 80 70 60 2012-2013

Pass Rate 2013-2014 Pass Rate 50 40 30 20 10 0 October 2014 Using Statewide SOL Test Results to Guide Instruction

Assessment Reading PowerPoint Presentations EIRI Regional Workshops K-3 Classroom Teachers Reading Specialists Date Region Location Nov. 13, 2014

VII Cantrell Banquet Hall, UVA Wise, VA Nov. 19, 2014 VI/VIII Higher Education Center Roanoke, VA Feb. 19,

2015 IV/V Zehmer Hall, UVA Charlottesville, VA Mar. 18, 2015 I/II/III Library of Virginia, Richmond, VA

Interested teachers should contact their PALS Division Representative as they are handling registration. Making the Most of PALS Reports and Resources Early Reading Instructional Strategies and Resources: Library of Virginia & VDOE October 2014 SOL Writing Pass Rates 2013-2014 75% of students passed their respective writing test 43 School divisions improved their scores in

writing 13 School divisions remained the same in writing 37 School divisions improved on EOC Writing 87 School divisions had a pass rates of 80% or higher on EOC Writing 124 School divisions had pass rates of 70% or higher on EOC Writing October 2014 SOL Writing Scores 2013-2014

October 2014 SOL Writing Scores 2013-2014 100 90 80 70 60 50 40 30 20 10

0 October 2014 Understand Scoring Writing Prompts 11 new EOC prompts this year Use of Automated Scoring for the SOL Writing Tests Currently two human readers score the SOL short papers

Feasibility studies conducted summer 2013 Studies successful; scoring engine trained on all current SOL prompts Fall 2014 automated scoring to be used as the second reader for grade 8 writing and EOC writing. Should reduce turnaround time for delivery of scores Assessment News SOL Reading and Writing tests will be released in spring 2015.

Please note the released EOC Reading will not have paired passages. Paired Passages tested in 6, 7, 8, & EOC Technology-Enhanced Items (TEI) Currently all grades (3- EOC) include TEI that do not specify number of correct answers. October 2014 Stand-Alone Directions READ EVERYTHING ON THE PAGE

End-of-Course Grade 3 Assessment Multiple Answers Assessment Not / Except Sentence Corrections Q & A READING Is there a list of affixes and root words for which SOL

questions will be drawn? NO Check readwritethink.org for most common words. Are the reading SOL tests two to three grade levels above, and if so why? A variety of reading levels appear on the assessments. The reading passages will reflect the increased rigor of the tests. A variety of readability formulas are run on each passage. Teacher Content Review Committees review all reading passages for grade-level appropriateness. For additional information contact: [email protected] October 2014

Q & A READING When will paired passages be tested? 6-8 and EOC, however, there will be none on the released tests. Why is there no partial credit given on SOL tests? TestNav is not set up for partial credit at this time. How was the length of the SOL test determined? How many passages on each test? There is not a pre-determined # of passages per test. Tests are made according to the blueprints. The number of passages varies per grade level and test. We have started using more and shorter passages. October 2014

Q & A READING Why cant the Reading SOL be taken over 2 days for 4 th and 5 th graders? The Assessment Office is reviewing this option. See Contact Information on the last slide. Why is visualizing never mentioned in the SOL when we know that it is a key reading strategy that skilled readers use? Visualization is listed in grades 4 & 7. The CF states, Students are expected to continue to apply knowledge, skills, and processes from Standards of Learning presented in previous grades as they build expertise in English.

October 2014 Q & A READING To what extent is poetry part of SOL testing? Poetry is tested on EVERY SOL Reading Test. How can we show student growth in reading? Many measures are available including PALS, and other reading measures. The Office of Teacher Licensure will be posting examples of SMART goals with data sets. The Lesson Plans and question stems on the VDOE Web site are fantastic. What are your plans to increase them? New PPTs from this years testing are currently be

written; they will be posted this semester. For Reading Only. October 2014 Q & A READING The Lexile and Quantile Measures that have been provided by MetaMetrics and published on SOL score reports will be discontinued beginning in fall 2014. These measures will no longer appear on the SOL student score reports for the grades 3 through 8 reading and mathematics tests. The elimination of Lexile and Quantile Measures is for cost savings and will have no impact on the SOL test results reported for students.

http://www.doe.virginia.gov/administrators/superintenden ts_memos/2014/282-14.shtml October 2014 Q & A READING When will the CAT be given in reading? As stated in Superintendents Memo No. 189-14, the Departments initial plans were to implement CAT for grades 6, 7, and 8 mathematics in fall 2014 and grades 3, 4, and 5 mathematics in spring 2015. Due to funding constraints, however, only grade 6 mathematics will be administered in a CAT format beginning in fall 2014. Additional tests will be converted to the CAT format as

funding becomes available. http://www.doe.virginia.gov/administrators/superintenden ts_memos/2014/282-14.shtml October 2014 Q & A WRITING Is it true the SOL writing tests are scored in 15 seconds? No When SOL Prompts ask for a specific format (letter, directly address principal, etc.) should the formatting reflect this? Prompts MUST BE multiparagraphed. Student wont be scored down if not in letter format, but it is a good idea to

write as the prompt asks. Different types of writing on SOL per grade level test? Grade 8 expository or persuasive EOC is persuasive October 2014 Q & A WRITING If prompts were used last year, will they be repeated? Yes When will SOL test be released? Spring 2015 Is there a reason that all EOC writing prompts cannot be topics that are more relatable to teens more directly?

Prompts are chosen by teachers who serve on assessment committees. Once field tested, all writing results are reviewed by the assessment content committees for approval for use in live testing. October 2014 Q & A WRITING You mention that student choice is important, does that align with VDOE future plans to allow students choice in selecting prompts? All the Prompts must be field tested prior to live testing. Papers are then reviewed for how students responded and any probable bias. Research shows that students

are actually more confused by choosing prompts. Is there a practice testing program or resource that is aligned to the SOL Writing test? We are unable to recommend resources as it could be seen as a state endorsement. October 2014 Q & A WRITING Will students be penalized for writing a 5 paragraph paper? No, however forcing a student into a specific # of paragraphs produces formulaic writing. THERE IS NOT A REQUIRED # OF PARAGRAPHS ON THE TEST.

The Daily Theme Eye Atlantic Monthly in 1907 expounded on 5 paragraph paper as the correct way to write a theme. Forcing students into ANY formula takes away creativity and individuality. Most writing shows lack of thought and forced conclusions; this is especially true for 5x5. October 2014 Q & A WRITING How do you teach students to add a counterclaim in persuasive papers? Readwritethink.org Teach students the parts of an argument:

The claim (that typically answers the question: What do I think?) The reasons (that typically answer the question: Why do I think this?) The evidence (that typically answers the question: How do I know this is the case?) The Counterclaim (what is my argument against the opposing point of view?) Use Mentor Texts- Model October 2014 Q & A WRITING What is the WorkKeys Writing assessment?

WorkKeys Business Writing is a substitute test for the EOC SOL Writing test. The current list of substitute tests approved by the Board of Education may be found at http://www.doe.virginia.gov/testing/substitute_t ests/index.shtml . At the time that these tests were approved as substitute tests, they were judged to measure content that incorporated or exceeded the Standards of Learning (SOL) in effect. October 2014 Q & A WRITING

How is overall writing calculated? MC v. short paper 8th= 24 points MC/TEI 24 points Short Paper EOC= 30 points MC/TEI 24 points Short Paper October 2014 Q & A General When will the English Standards be updated next? By the Code of VA, Standards are reviewed and revised every 7 years. The next revision will take place in 2016 with drafts, public hearings, and public comment. There is a role for teachers on the committees to assist with the

revision process. New English Standards of Learning should be approved by the BOE in January 2017. Curriculum Framework follows and will be written in 2017. October 2014 Q & A General When will MORE reading and math resources be added to the VDOE Website to help teachers prepare students for the test? We cannot speak for math, but the following resources are coming this year: English SOL Institutes presentations 6

Institutes Text-dependent Questions with paired passages- secondary resources featuring Poe Assessment PPTs (2013-2014) Using Statewide SOL Test Results to Guide Instruction RELEASED SOL TESTS IN SPRING 2015 October 2014 Q & A General What are some resources for teaching media literacy? Frank Bakers Media Literacy Clearing House Center for Media Literacy NCTE

Readwritethink.org Incorporate media literacy into regular classroom instruction- not as a separate unit October 2014 Q & A General Will VDOE consider sending booklets of readings for reading SOL, so that students are able to mark in the books? (the MC questions would still appear online) Online testing required by the Appropriations Act in the General Assembly. Printing reading passages would be an extra

cost $$$$ [email protected] October 2014 Q & A General SOL Tests contain TEI questions. When will VDOE release technology software so that teachers can create their own questions for student practice? (When will VDOE make TEI Practice accessible to schools?) Some possibilities to create TEI include: Eduwidgets- drag and drop, hot spots, fill-inthe-blank, text boxes iPad app- Move and Match ( see next slides)

October 2014 Move and Match iPad App Choose Make to create and share projects Choose Use for students to interact with an existing project

without changing that project Send a working Move and Match project to other iPads with Move and Match Send an image of a project by email JPG or PNG or PDF Save your projects by emailing them or store them in the App Store your projects in your Dropbox or Google Drive Choose background pictures for gap fill activities No advertisements

Creating TEI Microsoft Word Released Practice Item MS Word Created Item

Assessment Updates Assessment Content Committee applications now open. Deadline to apply February 13, 2015 Updated Process and Nomination Form for Additional Substitute Tests for Ve rified Credit for Standards of Learning (SOL) Tests Previously, the fall and spring SOL writing test administrations have been managed as two separate test administrations in the assessment management system. Beginning in 2014-2015, the fall and spring writing tests will instead be managed as one test administration. School and division staff will experience differences when managing the combined test administration; however, the changes will be transparent to students and will have no impact on SOL writing test dates. Individual student score reports will be available to schools within the Web-based assessment management system after the fall writing test is administered. School divisions may print

reports from this system if they choose. In addition, school divisions will have the option to receive no-cost, printed copies of fall and spring writing score reports after the spring writing tests have been reported. October 2014 Assessment Updates Assessment Content Committee applications now open. Deadline to apply February 13, 2015 Updated Process and Nomination Form for Additional Substitute T ests for Verified Credit for Standards of Learning (SOL) Tests SOL tests to be released in spring 2015:

Grade 3 Reading Grade 4 Reading Grade 5 Reading Grade 6 Reading

Grade 7 Reading Grade 8 Reading (Item Set) End-of-Course Reading

Grade 8 Writing (Item Set) End-of-Course Writing October 2014 Assessment Updates In previous test administrations, term graduates who completed their SOL writing test but did not pass the test would automatically have their short paper component rescored if a

higher short paper score could result in an overall passing test score. Beginning in fall 2014, the automatic rescore of eligible term graduate tests is discontinued. Rather, school divisions will apply the same procedure used with all other non-term graduate SOL writing tests to determine whether requesting a rescore for a students writing test is appropriate. It is important to note that automatic rescores for eligible term graduates were implemented when the writing test was administered only in a paper/pencil format. With the improved turnaround time for term graduate writing results and the need to reduce program costs, the term graduate rescore will no

longer occur automatically. The same policy will be implemented for Virginia Substitute Evaluation Program (VSEP) assessments submitted for term graduate students. October 2014 Teacher Direct October 2014 Disclaimer Reference within this presentation to any specific commercial or noncommercial product, process, or service by trade name, trademark, manufacturer or otherwise does not constitute or

imply an endorsement, recommendation, or favoring by the Virginia Department of Education. October 2014 Contact Information Tracy Fair Robertson English Coordinator [email protected] 804-371-7585 Thomas Santangelo Elementary English/Reading Specialist

[email protected] 804-225-3203 Virginia Department of Education Assessment Office [email protected] 804-225-2102

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