The Weeks Ahead...

CAASPP is Nearing...Are We Ready?


1. Are your students consistently and daily interacting with Informational Text?

2. Are your students providing text based answers to your questions about the text?

3. When writing about text, are your students' answers grounded in text?

From the Common Core Standards...

Reading, writing, and speaking grounded in evidence from texts, both literary and informational

The Common Core emphasizes using evidence from texts to present careful analyses, well-defended claims, and clear information. Rather than asking students questions they can answer solely from their prior knowledge and experience, the standards call for students to answer questions that depend on their having read the texts with care.

The reading standards focus on students’ ability to read carefully and grasp information, arguments, ideas, and details based on evidence in the text. Students should be able to answer a range of text-dependent questions, whose answers require inferences based on careful attention to the text.

Frequently, forms of writing in K–12 have drawn heavily from student experience and opinion, which alone will not prepare students for the demands of college, career, and life. Though the standards still expect narrative writing throughout the grades, they also expect a command of sequence and detail that are essential for effective argumentative and informative writing. The standards’ focus on evidence-based writing along with the ability to inform and persuade is a significant shift from current practice.

Possible Test Prep Resources

Here's That Word Again.............STRUCTURE

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STRUCTURE...We need to do it!

As we move toward the finish line, I am seeing a relaxing of the STRUCTURE we established at the beginning of the year. I noticed multiple students running across the main campus to and from the play area. I noticed several students walking around during lunch time. What happened? Let's tighten up, and let's finish tighter than we started. Why? Because we want to finish the year the way we want our students to begin the year when they return next year. We do not want to retrain all over again. Tighten the reigns.

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Let's Transfer the Skills to CAASPP!