Monthly Archives: April, 2012

Additional Info on NYS Grade 4 – Question #58

From NYSED:   We are not recommending that proctors advise all students before the test begins that there are two acceptable answers for this test question. This is because we expect that most 4th graders will follow the math lessons that they have been taught in school and gravitate to only one answer. We suspect …

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Important Notice from NYSED – 8th Grade Math Assessment

FROM NYSED: IMPORTANT NOTICE Notice to Teachers 2012 Grade 8 Mathematics Test Book 1, Form C Only This notice pertains to Question 13 on Form C only of the 2012 Grade 8 Mathematics Test, Book 1. Due to a typographical error, there is no correct answer to Question 13 on this test form. Proctors may …

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Important Notice from NYSED – 4th Grade Math Assessment

From NYSED: IMPORTANT NOTICE Notice to Teachers 2012 Grade 4 Mathematics Test Book 2, All Forms (A, B, C, and D) Question 58 Only This notice pertains to Question 58 in Book 2 of the 2012 Grade 4 Mathematics Test, all forms (A, B, C, and D). Question 58 on all test forms has two correct …

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Minitab 16 Statistics Software available

We now have Minitab 16 computer software for student and teacher use at school.  Minitab is one of the leading statistical software applications in use in education and business and will give our statistics students a real world tool. Minitab is a statistics software that will primarily be useful for statistics classes, but could be applicable …

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NYS Math Scoring – April 30th – Grades 4 and 7

On April 30th we will score grade 4 and 7 exams.  The MITs, 6th grade teachers, and 4 fourth grade teachers will score the 4th grade assessments.  Meanwhile the 7th grade exams will be scored by the 7th and 8th grade teachers. Below are the specific scoring assignments for April 30th for the Math scoring or here …

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GCSD Primary Benchmark Issues

Two issues so far with the benchmarks and both fairly easily corrected. K – Benchmark  There are two sets of addition problems instead of one addition and one subtraction. Solution: District data will not be collected on the addition problems in questions 7 as they are now just duplicates of question 5.  Teachers should not have …

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Student Assessment Self-Reflection/Analysis at ARMS

While at Arcadia Middle School in Mrs. Norton’s room, I noticed her students working independently on what appeared to be review.  On closer inspection each student was working on an individualized remediation and review plan following their last assessment. After each test Mrs. Norton’s students complete a self-reflection/analysis that shows them where they struggled and …

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New York State Math testing reminders Grades 3-8

Below are some documents I shared with the Middle School Math Leadership group yesterday afternoon about the New York State Math Assessments for grades 3-8. I am working on finalizing scoring plans and will email teachers that will need to score on May 4th and 8th over April break.   Notes on the 2012 NYS …

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