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Title: Demystifying the Michigan Merit Exam


1
Demystifying the Michigan Merit Exam
  • October 9, 2006

2
Agenda
  • Welcome
  • Purpose
  • ACT and Michigan Developed Overview
  • WorkKeys Overview
  • Sample Items/Processing
  • Debrief
  • Q A
  • Next Steps
  • Evaluation

3
Purpose
  • Provide a clear understanding of the components
    of the new Michigan Merit Exam
  • Provide an opportunity to read and discuss sample
    assessments
  • Provide an opportunity to discuss implications of
    the MME on classroom assessment and instructional
    practices
  • Share quality resources

4
Michigan Merit Exam
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MME ELA Score Components
  • Reading
  • ACT Reading
  • WorkKeys Reading for Information Items
  • Writing
  • ACT English
  • ACT Writing
  • Michigan Developed Social Studies

7
ELA Reading
  • Measures students reading comprehension
  • Referring to what is explicitly stated
  • Main idea
  • Significant details
  • Relationships
  • Reasoning to determine implicit meanings and draw
    conclusions, comparisons and generalizations
  • Infer main ideas or purposes
  • Demonstrate understanding of the text
  • Determine word meanings

8
ELA ACT Reading (40 MC items)
9
ELA ACT English (75 MC items)
10
ELA ACT Writing
  • 30-minute essay test
  • A prompt that defines an issue and describes two
    points of view on that issue
  • Essays are evaluated based on the students
    ability to
  • Express judgments by taking a position
  • Maintain a focus on the topic throughout the
    essay
  • Develop a position by using logical reasoning and
    supporting ideas
  • Organize ideas in a logical way
  • Use language clearly and effectively

11
ELA Components (cont.)
  • Michigan Developed Items
  • Social Studies Prompt
  • Persuasive Writing Scoring Guide (6 point rubric)
  • Quality of the writing

12
MME Mathematics Score Components
  • ACT Mathematics
  • WorkKeys Applied Mathematics
  • Selected ACT Science Items
  • Michigan Developed Items

13
ACT Mathematics
  • Requires knowledge of basic formulas and
    computation skills.
  • Requires students to use reasoning skills to
    solve practical problems in mathematics.
  • Tests students abilities to transfer
    quantitative reasoning and problem solving skills
    from one context to another.

14
ACT Mathematics
  • Knowledge and skills solve problems that are
    presented in purely mathematical terms.
  • Direct application solve straightforward
    problems set in real-world situations.
  • Understanding concepts reasoning from a concept
    to reach an inference or a conclusion.
  • Integrating conceptual understanding achieve an
    integrated understanding of two or more major
    concepts to solve non-routine problems.

15
ACT Mathematics (60 MC items)
16
Math Components (cont.)
  • Selected ACT Science Items (MC)
  • Michigan Developed Math Items (13 MC)
  • Currently based on MCF
  • Starting in the Spring 2008 based on HSCE

17
MME Science Score Components
  • ACT Science
  • 40 MC items
  • Michigan Developed Science Items
  • 52 MC items
  • Currently based on MCF
  • Starting in Spring 2008 based on HSCE

18
ACT Science
  • Measures skills in these areas
  • Interpretation
  • Analysis
  • Evaluation
  • Reasoning
  • Problem Solving

19
ACT Science
  • Scientific information in three formats
  • Data Representation
  • Research Summaries
  • Conflicting Viewpoints
  • Test items require students to
  • Examine the relationships between the information
    provided and the conclusions drawn or hypotheses
    developed
  • Generalize from information provided to gain new
    information, draw conclusions or make predictions

20
ACT Science (40 MC items)
21
Science Components (cont.)
  • Michigan Developed Items
  • 52 MC Items
  • Currently based on MCF
  • Starting in Spring 2008 based on HSCE

22
MME Social Studies Score Components
  • Michigan Developed Social Studies
  • 57 MC items
  • 2 Prompts, social studies content rubric (5 pts)
  • Currently based on MCF
  • Starting in Spring 2008 based on HSCE

23
HST … MME
  • Whats new…
  • Reading ACT WorkKeys
  • Writing ACT Social Studies prompt
  • Math ACT WorkKeys
  • Science ACT
  • Items Counted in two Content Areas
  • Social Studies prompt (SS ELA)
  • Selected ACT Science Items
  • (Math Science)
  • Less writing/fewer constructed response items
  • Whats the Same…
  • Math Michigan developed items
  • Science Michigan developed Items
  • Social Studies Test

24
Things to Keep in Mind MME
  • For students…
  • Timed test
  • ACT college-reportable score
  • Obtain information about skills needed for a job,
    technical training or college success

25
WorkKeys Information
  • WorkKeys Applied Mathematics
  • MC 33 Items 45 Minutes
  • WorkKeys Reading for Information
  • MC 33 Items 45 Minutes

26
WorkKeys Information
  • What is WorkKeys?
  • WorkKeys is a job skills assessment system
    measuring real world skills that employers
    believe are critical to job success.
  • WorkKeys predicts career/workplace success
  • WorkKeys connects learning to career success.
    Educators and workforce developers use it to
    translate a vague statement like "we need more
    math" into a precise set of teachable skills
    really used in a workplace.

27
Establishing Skill Criterion
Job or Occupational Profiles identify the skills
required for a job or program. This sets the
Bar.
28
Profiling Individuals Skills
Assessments show how an applicant, employee or
student performed. This establishes a skill
profile of the individual.
29
Skill Gap Analysis
Gap analysis shows how the person performed
relative to the bar. Training is available to
close any gap.
30
WorkKeys Information
  • Applied Mathematics
  • AM is the skill people use when they use
    mathematical reasoning and problem-solving
    techniques to solve work-related problems.
  • Employees may use calculators and conversion
    tables to help with the problems, but they still
    need to use math skills to think them through.

31
Comparison ACT WorkKeys - HSCE
32
WorkKeys Information
  • Reading for Information
  • RFI is the skill people use when they read and
    use written texts in order to do a job. The
    written texts include memos, letters, directions,
    notices bulletins, policies and regulations.
  • It is often the case that these workplace
    communications are not well written or targeted
    to the appropriate audience.

33
Comparison ACT WorkKeys - HSCE
34
Take the Tests … ACT WorkKeys
35
Debrief
  • As I went through the ACT/WorkKeys subtests, what
    surprised me was…
  • As I took this test from a students perspective,
    the strategies I used were…
  • Now that I have taken the ACT/WorkKeys, these
    are some of the implications I see for
    instruction in my classroom…
  • Now that I have taken the ACT/WorkKeys, these
    are some of the implications I see for assessment
    in my classroom…

36
Questions Answers
37
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38
Evaluation
39
Contact Information

  • Denise Brady, Shiawassee RESD
  • brady_at_sresd.k12.mi.us or 989/743-3471
  • Theron Blakeslee, Ingham ISD
  • tblakesl_at_inghamisd.org or 517/244.1201
  • Nancy Fahner, Ingham ISD
  • nfahner_at_inghamisd.org or 517/244.1225
  • Cindy Leyrer, Ingham ISD
  • cleyrer_at_inghamisd.org or 517/244.1338
  • Sue Stephens, Shiawassee RESD
  • stephens_at_sresd.org or 989/743.3471
  • Kelly Trout, Ingham ISD
  • ktrout_at_inghamisd.org or 517/244.1261
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