Assessment Update

Prepared for the

Florida Organization of Instructional Leaders (FOIL)

November 6, 2008

Cornelia S. Orr & Renn Edenfield

Office of Assessment

Florida Department of Education


Topics


Concordance Scores Update


Concordance Update (cont.)

http://www.fldoe.org/articulation/perfCPT/default.asp


Florida Writes!


FCAT Writing Goal


Writing Process

The writing process is the progression of stages a writer goes through to create a product, from conception to birth. –Ruth Culham

Process: Planning, Drafting, Revising, Editing, Publishing


Appropriate Instructional Practices

Research cannot identify one single approach to writing instruction that will be effective with every learner because of the diverse backgrounds and learning styles of students…Still, current research on writing makes these things clear: Instructional practices, writing genres, and assessments should be holistic, authentic, and varied.

James R. Squire Office of Policy Research ~ includes research-based recommendations for effective writing instruction and assessment: .

2008 Policy Research Brief - Writing Now


FCAT Writing and
Inappropriate Instructional Practices

Students are trained to write using the following template:


Example: Grade 4 Template Phrasing


More Template Wording – Grade 4


Other Replicated Phrasing


Collectively – A Pattern Emerges!


Is this cheating?

Although the instructional method in question may not be defined as cheating in the traditional sense, it violates the explicit requirement that each student’s writing is his or her original work.


What’s wrong with this method?


Is this the same as formulaic writing?


Mode Matters


Purpose:

The unmistakable purpose of this type of writing is to recount a personal or fictional experience based on a real or imagined event and to create a central theme or impression in the reader’s mind.

Goal:

The goal of this mode is to use insight, creativity, drama, suspense, humor, or fantasy to develop an identifiable story line (one that is easy to follow and paraphrase) through use of events and details that work together.

Mode Matters
Grade 4 – Narrative Writing


Mode Matters
Grade 4, 8, 10 – Expository Writing

Purpose

The unmistakable purpose of this type of writing is to inform, clarify, explain, define, or instruct.

Goal

The goal of this mode is a carefully crafted presentation of facts, examples, or definitions that create a clear, central focus and enhance the reader’s understanding; although objective (not dependent on emotion), the writing is often lively, engaging, and reflective of writer’s commitment to the topic.


Mode Matters
Grades 8 and 10 Persuasive Writing

Purpose

The unmistakable purpose of this type of writing is to convince the reader that a point of view is valid and/or that the reader should take a specific action.

Goal

The goal of this mode is a clearly stated topic, issue, or opinion with elaboration that indicates the writer’s understanding and conviction; the writer may refute counterarguments to clarify the position.


National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP)


FCAT Transition Plans (11/08)

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FCAT High School
Assessments Transition


2008 Writing Legislation

s. 1008.22, F.S. “Beginning with the 2012-2013 school year, the comprehensive assessments of writing shall be composed of a combination of selected-response test items, short-response performance tasks, and extended-response performance tasks, which shall measure a student's content knowledge of writing, including, but not limited to, paragraph and sentence structure, sentence construction, grammar and usage, punctuation, capitalization, spelling, parts of speech, verb tense, irregular verbs, subject-verb agreement, and noun-pronoun agreement.”


FCAT – Impact of Budget Reductions


New FTCE/FELE Services


FTCE Middle Grades Integrated Curriculum (MGIC) Examination


Elementary K-6 FTCE Teacher
Certification Examination


Elementary K-6 and MGIC Teacher Certification Exams – Two-Phase Plan

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FTCE/FELE Fee Increases and Registration Limits


FTCE/FELE Fees

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