CIA Review

From the Office of Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment

Edition 11 Februrary 19, 2016

Spotlight on Strategies

Flip Flop

This strategy is based on the “I used to think…. Now I think…” Visible Thinking Routine, developed by Harvard’s Project Zero. It challenges students to reflect on their own thinking as it relates to the content being addressed in a topic or unit of study. This type of thinking requires students to carefully consider their preconceptions and how their thinking changes over time.

This simple strategy provides a guide for student reflections and forces them to slow down and exercise metacognition. In the midst of a unit, this routine could be used as both a self-assessment and a formative assessment that could guide lesson planning and instruction.

Download the how-to pdf or watch the strategy in action below.

Flip Flop
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Bridge 2015 Academic Champs

Bridge Magazine recently recognized 44 high schools across the state earning top marks for preparing students for college or career success. Winning schools were chosen from among nearly 770 traditional public and charter high schools across Michigan. Rankings were based on the percent of students at each school deemed career or college ready by ACT Scores, when adjusted for student poverty levels.

The report compared how high schools across the state perform against schools in counties of a similar size and with similar student income levels. The income adjustment, based on the percent of students who meet federal requirements for free or reduced-price lunch, recognizes the demonstrated impact that poverty typically exerts on student achievement.

The report calculated “predicted” scores for each school on the ACT, given the percentage of poorer students. Then it looked at the school’s actual scores to see if they were above or below expectations for a school of that poverty level. A score of 100 indicates a school is meeting expectations; those above 100 exceed expectations and those scoring below 100 are not meeting them.

Berrien Springs HS was ranked #1 in the category middle-income in medium-sized counties with a score of 109. Great job Shamrocks!

To view the report, click here.

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Bridge M-STEP Report

Bridge is not recognizing State Champs at the elementary or middle-school level this year; that’s due mostly to the state’s switch from MEAP to the M-STEP last year. Bridge concluded that one year of testing is not sufficient to accurately evaluate a school’s performance.

Bridge’s M-STEP database shows how individual elementary and middle schools performed on the test, and then compares that performance with schools across Michigan with a similar socioeconomic profile. Poverty levels are considered a critical (though not sole) factor in academic success.

Bridge measures poverty levels by the percentage of students eligible for a free or reduced-priced lunch under federal guidelines.

Sylvester Elementary and Berrien Springs MS outscored their similar schools in every grade level and content area. In some content areas Berrien Springs students were four times more proficient than students in similar schools. Great job teachers and students!!

To view the report, click here.

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With + Math = I Can

Negativity about math runs deep. Over 50% of people in the United States ages 18 to 34 say that they can't do math according to a 2010 survey conducted by Change the Equation.

''With Math I Can…'' was born from the sobering realization that more and more kids and adults believe that they aren’t good at math. It is a mentality that is all too common and accepted in our society. It's a mentality that can have a profound and lasting negative impact on an individual. The group's mission is to change that mentality and provide support tools to help teachers, educators, and parents deliver the message ''With Math I Can…''

This site provides valuable classroom resources from Stanford University PERTS lab, information about the WOOP technique and many more helpful links and videos available to help bring growth mindset into your math classroom.

Click here to visit the site.

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M-STEP Practice Problems

The preview is intended to provide students and teachers with a brief look at the English language arts (ELA), mathematics, science and social studies technology-enhanced item types.

The M-STEP Spring 2016 Preview must be used in Google Chrome. Copy and paste this link into Google Chrome:

Click on the 2016 Preview Link, you will then need to click to sign on. Once on the sign in page, use the username and password displayed on the screen to log in.

M-STEP Computer Adaptive Test

This year's ELA and Math M-STEP tests will be computer adaptive (CAT). This means students will be asked different questions at varied DOK levels based on how they are answering the questions. The test will stay in the grade level being tested; for example, all 3rd grade questions will be testing 3rd grade standards.

This means students will not be able to go back to previous questions or skip ahead. There will not be any flagging of test questions to return to at the end of the test. The only exception is the ELA test where students will be able to click back a screen to re-read an individual passage. To submit a test, all questions must be answered and no review screen will be provided.

The Performance Tasks will remain fixed forms, as do the Science and Social Studies tests.

MDE has created training videos for the ELA and Math computer adaptive tests (CAT). You can view those below.

Navigating the ELA M-STEP Computer Adaptive Test
Navigating the 2016 Mathematics CAT