Science Tidbits

March 2018

Assessment Dates

K-8 ASSESSMENT DATES

· Special Populations (LAA 1 and EL): Now-March 16

LEAP Connect: Grades 3-8 (ELA and Math)

LAA 1: Grades 4, 8 (Science)

ELPT: K-8


· LEAP 360 Interim Assessments Grades 3-8 ELA and Math

March 5-16: mandatory administration window

ELA: Form 2B

Math: Form 2

March 23: scoring deadline


· LEAP 2025 Grades 3-8 (some exceptions by school may apply)

Week 1 (April 9th – April 13th): 8th Grade Computer-Based

Monday: ELA - Session 1

Tuesday: ELA - Sessions 2 and 3; Day 1 Make-Ups

Wednesday: Math - Sessions 1, 2 and 3; Days 1 & 2 Make-Ups

Thursday: Social Studies - Sessions 1, 2 and 3; Days 1, 2, & 3 Make-Ups

Friday: Remaining make-ups and Science Field Testing*


Week 2 (April 16th – April 20th): 7th Grade and 5th Grade Computer-Based

Monday: ELA Session 1

Tuesday: ELA Sessions 2 and 3; Day 1 Make-Ups

Wednesday: Math Sessions 1, 2 and 3; Days 1 & 2 Make-Ups

Thursday: Social Studies Sessions 1, 2 and 3; Days 1, 2, & 3 Make-Ups

Friday: Remaining make-ups and Science Field Testing*


Week 3 (April 23rd – April 27th): 6th Grade and 5th Grade (overflow only) Computer-Based

Monday: ELA - Session 1

Tuesday: ELA - Sessions 2 and 3; Day 1 Make-Ups

Wednesday: Math - Sessions 1, 2 and 3; Days 1 & 2 Make-Ups

Thursday: Social Studies - Sessions 1, 2 and 3; Days 1, 2, & 3 Make-Ups

Friday: Remaining make-ups and Science Field Testing*

LEAP 2025 - Algebra I will also be administered during this week to middle school students enrolled in Algebra I


Week 4 (April 30th – May 4th): 3rd and 4th Paper-Based (the schedule for PBT is set by the LDOE and cannot be adjusted)

Monday: ELA - Session 1; Math - Session 1

Tuesday: ELA - Session 2; Math - Session 2; Day 1 Make-Ups

Wednesday: ELA - Session 3; Math - Session 3; Days 1 & 2 Make-Ups

Thursday: Social Studies - Sessions 1, 2 and 3; Days 1, 2 & 3 Make-Ups

Friday: Remaining make-ups and Science Field Testing*

LEAP 2025 - Geometry will also be administered during this week to middle school students enrolled in Geometry.


HIGH SCHOOL ASSESSMENT DATES

· Special Populations (LAA 1 and EL): Now-March 16

LEAP Connect: Grades 3-8 (ELA and Math)

LAA 1: Grades 4, 8, 11 (Science)

ELPT: K-12


· LEAP 360 Interim Assessments (Algebra I, Geometry, English I and English II):

Form 3: March 5-16 (mandatory administration)

March 23rd (all scoring must be completed)


· ACT (all 11th grade students and selected 12th graders)

Initial Test Date: March 20

Accommodated Testing Window: March 20 – April 3

Makeup Test Date: April 24


· WorkKeys

March 21-April 4: Paper-Based

Now-April 13: Computer-Based


· EOC and LEAP 2025

April 23-27: Graduating Seniors, re-testers not currently enrolled, 3rd year cohort without scores in ELA and/or Math

April 23-27: English III, Biology, Algebra I

April 30-May 4: Geometry and English I

May 7-11: English II and U.S. History; All makeups must be completed by May 11.


· CLEP: All must be completed by May 11

· Advanced Placement (AP): May 7-11

Online Tools Training (OTT)

Online Tools Training (OTT): provides students and teachers opportunities to become familiar with the tools available in the online testing platform. Click on the picture to the left to visit the DRC Link.

Remembering Stephen Hawking

"So remember to look up at the stars and not down at your feet. However difficult life may seem there is always something you can do. It matters that you don't just give up." - Stephen Hawking


Click on his image to watch a short clip about Stephen Hawking.


Click HERE to read the article, A Life in Science: Stephen Hawking

How can science help you find a 4-leaf clover? Click on the image to the left to learn how.

Goldfish named George gets life-saving tumor surgery

Have you ever seen a goldfish surgery? Click on the article HERE to read about George and his miraculous surgery.


Click on the image to watch a video about George

Joint LATM LSTA Conference

The joint LATM LSTA Conference will be held in Shreveport, La from October 22-24 at the Shreveport Convention Center. Mark your calendar and plan on being there.

Don't Forget Your Complimentary LSTA Membership

Good News!

In an effort to support teachers of science this year during the implementation of the revised LSSS, LSTA is extending a complimentary membership to ALL Louisiana teachers of science, administrators, and informal educators until October 24, 2018.


All you need to do is complete and send in a membership form!! Contact your regional representative or download a form from our LSTA web site!

And more good news for current members. While the LSTA Board is celebrating with the 1000 + Louisiana science teachers who attended the NSTA Area Conference in New Orleans, the board acknowledges the high cost of a national event. As a result, the Board has approved extending membership expiration dates from November of 2017 to November 2018.

LOUISIANA CONNECTORS FOR SCIENCE FOR STUDENTS WITH SIGNIFICANT DISABILITIES

LA Connectors for Science:

Are you interested in participating on an educator review committee for science?

Through participating on educator review committees, teachers and supervisors ensure that tests are aligned to the standards, appropriate for the grade or course, and appropriate for Louisiana students. Additionally, the educators that do this work learn how to better use assessments.


Interest Surveys for 2018 Committees

Rangefinding Committees:

Biology

Meeting Date: May 21 - 25

Survey Closes: April 13

Science Grades 3 & 6

Meeting Date: June 18 - 22

Survey Closes: April 20

Science Grades 4, 5, 7, & 8

Meeting Date: June 25 - 29

Survey Closes: April 20


Data Review Committee:

Science Grades 3 & 6

Meeting Date: Sept. 13-14

Survey Closes: June 29

Science Grades 4 & 7

Meeting Date: Sept. 17-18

Survey Closes: June 29

Science Grades 5 & 8

Meeting Date: Sept. 19-20

Survey Closes: June 29

Biology

Meeting Date: July 31 - Aug. 2

Survey Closes: May 4


Item Content and Bias Review Committee

Biology

Meeting Date: June 12

Survey Closes: April 13

Science Grades 3 & 6

Meeting Date: June 13

Survey Closes: April 13

Science Grades 4 & 7

Meeting Date: June 14

Survey Closes: April 13

Science Grades 5 & 8

Meeting Date: June 15

Survey Closes: April 13

Upcoming Applications and Events

The Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST)

The Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) is currently accepting nominations in honor of outstanding math and science (including computer science) teachers of K–6. The award recognizes those teachers who develop and implement a high-quality instructional program that is informed by content knowledge and enhances student learning. Awardees join a network of more than 4,700 past recipients and receive a certificate from the President of the United States, a trip to Washington, DC, and $10,000. Educators are invited to nominate a teacher or begin an application on the PAEMST website.


Nominations close on April 1, 2018; applications must be completed by May 1, 2018.

Link: https://www.paemst.org

Upcoming Workshops

Literacy in Science

Teachers will learn how to integrate literacy into science lessons to improve reading comprehension.


When: March 20, 2018

4:30-6:00


Where: Room 1


Presented by:

Merrill Davis, Fair Park High School

Malisha Means, CMCTC

Betsy Willis, Ridgewood Middle School


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Exploring Louisiana Student Standards for Science Using BreakOut EDU boxes

Teachers will use Breakout EDU boxes to explore the 3 Dimensions of science learning. A BreakOut Box will be given to each school that sends a teacher.


When: March 22, 2018

4:00-6:00


Where: PD Auditorium


Presented by:

Lynda Delo, MST Coordinator

Eunhee Chol, CMM


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Using HHMI Resources

Teachers will learn how to integrate HHMI Resources into the new Louisiana Student Standards for Science. HHMI BioInteractive offers a wide variety of engaging lessons to to encourage active learning.


When: April 5, 2018

4:30-6:00


Where: Captain Shreve High School

Room 315


Presented by:

Katie Strong, C.E. Byrd High School

Amy Douglas, Captain Shreve High School

Lisa Nance, 6-12 Science CIS


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Grants and Scholarship Opportunities

Louisiana Grant Watch

Grants for public school teachers for the improvement of education, grants for classroom supplies, innovative teaching strategies and professional development teaching opportunities. Find classroom grants for school funding, grants to public school educators to enhance teaching, provide support for STEM professionals and for the pursuit of careers in teaching.

What's New with Symbaloo?

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All About STEM


Code.org - Code.org® is a nonprofit dedicated to expanding access to computer science in schools and increasing participation by women and underrepresented minorities. Our vision is that every student in every school should have the opportunity to learn computer science, just like biology, chemistry or algebra. Code.org organizes the annual Hour of Code campaign which has engaged 10% of all students in the world and provides the leading curriculum for K-12 computer science in the largest school districts in the United States. Code.org is supported by generous donors including Amazon, Facebook, Google, the Infosys Foundation, Microsoft, and many more.


STEM Teaching Tools - The STEM Teaching Tools site has tools that can help you teach science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). We are currently focused on supporting the teaching of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). Each tool is focused on a specific issue and leverages the best knowledge from research and practice. Under the News section, you can learn a bit more about how you might use them.


Try Engineering - Tryengineering.org is a resource for students, their parents, their teachers and their school counselors. This is a portal about engineering and engineering careers, and we hope it will help young people understand better what engineering means, and how an engineering career can be made part of their future.


Teach Engineering - TeachEngineering is a searchable, web-based digital library collection comprised of standards-based engineering curricula for use by K-12 educators to make applied science and math come alive through engineering design in K-12 settings. The TeachEngineering collection provides educators with *free* access to a growing curricular resource of activities, lessons, units, maker challenges, and sprinkles for use in informal education settings.

When Ordering Chemicals for High Schools

Caddo Parish Schools recently completed a monumental chemical cleanup. 100's of bottles of out-dated, corroded, and not used chemicals were removed from high schools to ensure the safety of our students and teachers.


In order to safely remove chemicals from classrooms we must work through the Department of Environmental Equality (DEQ) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to bring in qualified technicians to log chemicals, properly package chemicals, and safely dispose of chemicals stored in lab closets. This process is exceptionally expensive and time consuming. To limit the amount of unnecessary chemicals Caddo Parish has on hand, I asked your principals to include me in the ordering process for purchasing chemicals for your classroom using classroom fees. Please sent the purchase request to Lisa Nance at lmnance@caddoschools.org or fax to 318-603-6368 to request my signature for chemical purchases. I will send your school a copy of the SDS for each chemical ordered along with a signed copy of the purchase request.

Microscope Repairs?

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Quick Link to Useful Science Documents



  • In 2017-2018, the higher of the 2016 or 2017 science scores will be counted in SPS.
  • In 2018-2019, the higher of the 2017 or 2019 science scores will be counted in SPS*.


*Please see the John White's 10/24/17 newsletter for more info.

2017-2018 Assessment Calendar

Science Field Test Overview


6th Grade

LEAP 2025 Field Test Guide for 6th Grade

6th Grade Task Energy

6th Grade Task Energy PDF

6th Grade Task Phase Changes

6th Grade Task Phase Changes PDF

6th Grade Task Gravitational Waves

6th Grade Task Gravitational Waves PDF

6th Grade Task Chemical Reactions

6th Grade Task Chemical Reactions PDF

6th Grade Task Refraction

6th Grade Task Refraction PDF


7th Grade

LEAP 2025 Field Test Guide for 7th Grade

7th Grade Task Cell Transport

7th Grade Task Cell Transport PDF

7th Grade Task Food Webs

7th Grade Task Food Webs PDF

7th Grade Task The Gulf of Mexico Dead Zone

7th Grade Task The Gulf of Mexico Dead Zone PDF

7th Grade Task Genetic Probability

7th Grade Task Genetic Probability PDF

7th Grade Task Genetic Variation and Survival

7th Grade Task Genetic Variation and Survival PDF


8th Grade

LEAP 2025 Field Test Guide for 8th Grade

8th Grade Task Gravity

8th Grade Task Gravity PDF

8th Grade Task Climate and Weather

8th Grade Task Climate and Weather PDF

8th Grade Task Coastal Erosion, Preservation, and Restoration

8th Grade Task Coastal Erosion, Preservation, and Restoration PDF

8th Grade Task Water is Life

8th Grade Task Water is Life PDF

8th Grade Task The Development of Scientific Theories

8th Grade Task The Development of Scientific Theories PDF


High School Biology

Biology Assessment Guidance

LEAP 2025 Field Test Guide for Biology

Biology Science Curriculum

Biology Blackline Masters

Biology GLEs

Biology EOC Released Test Questions 2013

Biology EOC Released Test Questions 2012

Biology EOC Released Test Questions 2011

Biology Task Comparing Organs

Biology Task Comparing Organs PDF

Biology Task DNA-RNA-Protein

Biology Task DNA-RNA-Protein PDF

Biology Task Animal Behavior

Biology Task Animal Behavior PDF

Biology Task Comparing viruses to other types of cells

Biology Task Comparing viruses to other types of cells PDF

Science and Biology Field Test Item Types

The field tests include the following stimulus-based item types:

• selected-response (multiple choice and multiple select)

• technology-enhanced (dropdown menus, drag and drop, hotspots, etc.)

• fill-in-the-blank

• two-part items made of a combination of item types

o--- two-part dependent, where the score in part B is dependent on the response in part A

o--- two-part independent, where the responses in each part are related in content but not in scoring

• constructed-response

• extended-response


More information on the upcoming Science Field Test found HERE.

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