These arent your Mamas Test Questions! A New Generation of Assessments Presented at NC SS Leaders Conference, October 2014 Courtney Tuck & Melissa McGready- WSFCS Session Goals
Why Old School testing wont work anymore What todays testing needs to accomplish What makes a strong conceptual Multiple Choice or Constructed Response question Time to practice writing questions The Big Picture
Ancient Egyptians used shaduf to move water to their crops. An extensive canal system was used in the Indus Valley Civilization of Harappa. The Ancient Chinese created an irrigation Regulators were used system capable of on canals in water storing,
Mesopotamia to control channeling, the level of water in the irrigating and draining irrigation ditches. in the Western Zhou Dynasty Your Mamas Test Questions Memorization of facts Never-ending lists of people,
places, dates, & events Small % is retained Your Mamas Test Questions 1. Which of the following acts required colonists to pay a tax on paper products? A. Quartering Act B. Stamp Act C. Tea Act D. Paper Act Your Mamas Test Questions Matching: 1. written language using wedge shaped
characters 2. civilization on Tigris and Euphrates River 3. written language using symbols and pictures 4. some of historys first written laws 5. civilization on the Nile River A. Egypt B. cuneiform C. Mesopotamia D. Code of Hammurabi E. hieroglyphics Your Mamas Test Questions Fill in the Blank:
1. ___________________________s 95 Theses resulted in the start of the Protestant Reformation. 2. The Catholic Church charged ___________________ with heresy because he said the earth revolved around the sun. 3. ____________________________ believed that all people have natural rights, including life, liberty and property. 4. _______________________ expressed the importance of a government with checks and balances and a separation of powers. Galileo John Locke Martin Luther Montesquieu Need for something new
Conceptual teaching requires a new generation of assessments o Based on standards - not just facts o Application of knowledge - not memorization and regurgitation o Requires students to use primary sources & stimulus material (maps, graphs, charts) o Requires student to think critically How to write strong assessment items
Start with the standard you want to assess Take note of the verb and what students should be able to do/understand 6.G.1.2 Explain the factors that influenced the movement of people, goods, and ideas and the effects of that movement on societies and regions over time. How to write strong MC assessment items
Phrase the item as a question The first President of the United States of America was A. Abraham Lincoln B. Thomas Jefferson C. George Washington D. John Adams How to write strong MC assessment items Avoid using NOT or All
except in your questions Which of the following was NOT a motivation for European Exploration? A. Spread Christianity B. Slave trade C. Resources and Riches D. Fame and stature among leaders How to write strong MC assessment items Create answer choices that are all approximately the same length
What development marks the transition from the Paleolithic Era to the Neolithic Era? A. Use of irrigation B. Ability to farm C. Knowledge of fire D. Humans developed advanced weapons that allowed them to protect themselves. How to write strong MC assessment items All answer choices must be plausible What was main complaint of the American colonists
that pushed them toward revolution? A. Taxation without representation B. Limits on trade and economic affairs C. Extreme dislike for the British flag design & colors D. Disagreements on how colonies should be ruled How to write strong MC assessment items Avoid answer choices All of the Above, None of the Above, etc How did the economies of the East African citystates influence their culture?
A. Arab traders shared their culture with the Africans B. Arab traders forced the Africans to give up their way of life C. African merchants refused to trade with Muslims How to write strong MC assessment items ___ 2. How did the religion of Judaism transform (change) the society in Mesopotamia? A. B. C. D.
Abraham was no longer the ruler of Ur. It introduced monotheism to a polytheistic society. The 10 Commandments replaced the Code of Hammurabi. It caused the overthrow of the Babylonian Empire. 6.C.1.2 Explain how religion transformed various societies, civilizations and regions. How to write strong MC assessment items ___ Which statement best describes the information shown in the image above? A. Taxation Rate - those at the top pay
the highest taxes B. Population - it shows how the number of people increased in Egypt over time C. Social Structure - each level was more important than the one below 6.C.1.3 Summarize systems of social structure within various civilizations and it societies over time. D. Religious Beliefs - each level How to write strong MC assessment items
Use the table below to answer the question. Federalist Democratic-Republican Strongest support in New England Favored a strong central government Supported by bankers and big business owners Led by Alexander Hamilton and John Adams Strongest support in the South Favored states rights
Supported by farmers and shopkeepers Led by Thomas Jefferson and James Madison Which of the following individuals would have been most supportive of the Federalist Party in 1800? A a large plantation owner in Virginia B a small grocery store owner in Georgia
C a small farmer in rural Pennsylvania D a large shipping company owner in Massachusetts AH1.H.4.1: Analyze the political issues and conflicts that impacted the United States through Reconstruction and the compromises that resulted. How to write strong Constructed Response items
Start with the standard you want to assess Take note of the verb and what students should be able to do/understand 6.G.1.2 Explain the factors that influenced the movement of people, goods, and ideas and the effects of that movement on societies and regions over time. WH.H.6.4 Analyze the effects of industrialism and urbanization on social and economic reform. How to write strong Constructed Response items
When possible, mirror the verb from the standard Use quantifiers in your prompt to guide student responses Incorporate choices Stimulus material - quotes, reading passages, charts, graphs, maps, images, timelines
How to write strong Constructed Response items Why did the world go to war in 1939? Discuss how alliances changed the outcome of WWI. How was the South affected by the Civil War?
How to write strong Constructed Response items Mount Rushmore- USA Abu Simbel- Egypt Compare how these monuments reflect how the Ancient Egyptians and Americans value their leaders. Explain one way they are alike and one way their values are different. Explain the impact of the printing press on the Renaissance/Reformation. Give two examples of how it impacted society. How to write strong Constructed
Response items 1820 Missouri Compromise 1850 Compromise of 1850 1854 Kansas-Nebraska Act Choose one of the items listed and explain how political conflict led to the creation of the compromise or act. Then, explain why the compromise or act failed to resolve this conflict. (2 points) AH1.H.4.1: Analyze the political issues and conflicts that impacted the United States through Reconstruction and the compromises that resulted. Explain how the physical geography of a place influenced the
development of industry. Then, provide one example of how industrialization changed the environment. WH.H.6.3 Explain how physical geography and natural resources influenced industrialism and changes in the environment. Unit Test Suggested Breakdown Unit Questions vs. Final Exam
Questions for summative tests at the end of your units will contain content specific material. Questions on the NC Final Exam will most likely be more broad in their scope and not focused on a specific time or event. We suggest you Throw them a Curve on every assessment throughout the year. Ask a question that applies the same concept but uses a new example with stimulus material students must use to answer it.
Practice Time Within groups, practice writing a few questions o Copies of Unpacked Standards for your foundation o Stimulus material related to content o Tips for Effective Questions Thank You! We love our Mamas. We can even love your
Mamas. But we cant use the same test questions she took when she was in school. Its time for a change Contact Information Courtney Tuck - Middle School SS, WSFCS [email protected] Melissa McGready - High School SS, WSFCS
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