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Spring Testing: Parents Can Help Improve Their Child's Test Scores
Ohio Achievement Testing will be given between April 21st and May 16th this year. Each building will develop a schedule for testing. The testing period has been extended by the Ohio Department of Education this year because of the extreme weather conditions.
Parents can help their child to "survive and thrive" during OAA Tests. Some suggestions:
- Maintain a positive attitude about school and testing
- Avoid scheduling appointments (doctor or dentist) or vacations during testing periods
- Focus on your child's strengths and use them to improve weaker areas
- Help your child rest and relax. Discourage anxiety about taking the tests (classroom or achievement)
- Attend school events (conferences, open house, concerts, etc.)
- Stay in contact with your child's teachers
- Keep teachers informed of events that might impact your child's performance or behavior (family illness, death of a pet, a move to a new home, etc.)
- Read to your child or have your child read to you
- Encourage your child to write (notes, directions, letters, etc.)
- Discuss current events
- Practice math facts--practice for short periods of time on a regular basis
- Visit the library and discuss the books they read
- Have your child verbally explain step-by-step problem solving
- Ask to see their papers, projects, etc.
- Display their work
- Monitor/check homework daily
- Be sure your child is in school every day, if possible
- Increase your child's confidence by emphasizing what they are doing correctly
Student Growth has always been an important concept in schools, but recently we have been hearing about it more and more. For the last few years Ohio has been measuring individual student growth using Ohio Achievement Tests in grades four through eight (English Language Arts and Math). Starting this school year most districts will also be required to demonstrate individual student growth in all subject areas, and that student growth will be linked to the teacher evaluation system.
For the purpose of use in Ohio's evaluation systems, student growth is defined as the change in student achievement for an individual student between two or more points in time.
In the past, Ohio only measured the achievement of groups of students in a specific grade-level and subject area. Each year a different group of students were being compared with the previous years' students in a subject area. That told us about teaching, curriculum, and resources, but it did not tell us much about individual student growth.
There are many changes in Ohio schools, and Woodmore students and staff are working hard to implement these changes.
Student Learning Objectives (SLOs)
Ohio districts have been legislated to link student growth to teacher evaluation (Ohio Teacher Evaluation System) and must develop a district student growth plan. Districts must create high quality assessments and associated SLOs. An SLO is a goal that demonstrates a teacher's impact on student learning within a given interval of instruction. An SLO is a measurable, long-term academic target written by an individual teacher or a teacher team. SLOs reinforce promising teaching practices and connect teacher practice to student learning. They can be used in all subjects and content areas. SLOs are adaptable and encourage collaboration.
Our district is currently collaborating with a North Point Educational Service Center Cohort to begin the SLO Development Process. Nine of our teachers and our curriculum director have had the opportunity to work collaboratively with teachers from twenty-three other districts on the "Standards and Content" and "Assessment" sections of the Ohio Department of Education SLO Process. The other sections of the SLO Process will be developed by the district. A district approval team, including teachers who have been part of the North Point ESC Cohort will determine how the district will implement the local measures process.
OHIO'S NEW LEARNING STANDARDS
Ohio is a standards based, test taking state. As a result, our teachers are required to know and teach Ohio's New Learning Standards (Common Core and Ohio Revised Standards). They are required to prepare students to be "College and Career" ready. Some of the skills that will be required of our students include creativity, innovation, critical thinking, problem solving, communication, and collaboration. Businesses and colleges will expect students to be proficient in technology, personal time management, productivity, accountability, leadership and responsibility. There are hundreds of standards for teachers to teach and students to learn. All of this needs to be part of the daily curriculum, with just a few additional requirements: classroom discipline, different learning styles and abilities, locker combinations, lunch money, missing books, limited supplies, schedule disruptions, collecting fees, lost teeth, parent and student conferences, or students who did not get enough sleep or enough breakfast. The list goes on and on, but I see our students and teachers juggling all of these things daily. They are doing it all, and both students and teachers are learning. If you would like to explore Ohio's New Learning Standards or ways to help students improve test scores, you can view Ohio Achievement Assessments or Ohio Graduation Test released/practice questions by scrolling to the top of the page. Go to "Departments", then "Curriculum", then to "Resources" on the right side of the Curriculum Link. You will find Parent Resources, Student Resources, and Teacher Resources. We are all working toward a great year!
Understanding Learning Styles Can Lead to Success
By Barbara Hipp, Curriculum Consultant
Do you remember faces, but forget names? Does your child have trouble concentrating when asked to sit and read? We all learn in different ways, and understanding learning styles can help both adults and children be more successful.
There are three main learning styles (also called modalities): AUDITORY (hearing), VISUAL (seeing), and KINESTHETIC (moving). We actually use all three, but most of us use one learning style more than the others. AUDITORY learners learn by listening. They enjoy discussions, and like to talk out solutions. They remember names, but forget faces. They are....
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