January 11, 2007 How to Use TAKS Results to Focus Programs Dr. Cyndi Louden, TAKS Science Manager Irene Pickhardt, Assistant Director Science Texas Education Agency Why Look at TAKS Results? TAKS provides information about student knowledge of the TEKS A New Resource is Available Access is provided through the Pearson Educational Measurement Texas Assessment website located at http://k12testing.tx.ncspearson.com/ Using this System Select “Assessment Results” Decide whether you want: – Statewide – Regional by the 20 ESC’s – District-wide – By school (when interpreting data at the school-level, be aware that numbers under 5 students are ‘masked’ Directions Select “April TAKS 3-10 and Exit Level (English) “ Select a subject and grade (e.g. science is tested at Grades 5, 8, 10 and Exit Level at Grade 11). Example: Let’s select Burnet MS in Austin ISD P. 1 Select Phase In Report – Look at how well “All Students” did at two Standard Errors of Measurement (SEMS) below the passing standard – What percentage of students would have met the standard at the Panel Recommendation cut score? – Compare the performance of males and females Summary Report All Students-p.14 Examine how well students did in each of the 5 objectives at Gr. 8 Science If you have any questions about what TEKS are included in each objective, go to the TAKS Information Booklets at http://www.tea.state.tx.us/student.ass essment/taks/booklets/index.html Questions? If you have any questions about accessing the website or the reports, please call Pearson Educational Measurement's Austin Operations Center at 800-252-9186 or send an e-mail to mailto:[email protected] Let’s look at the April 2006 Science TAKS Results for Region XIII What do these results tell us? What do they not tell us? Item Analysis Summary Report 04/06 Which questions did the students have the most difficulty with? Your Task Working in a group of 3-4, Identify One (1) area of need in a school or district you work with. For example, reading comprehension at Gr. 3 is weak; e.g. the Life Science objective at Grade 5 Science is an area of weakness. Suggest one Resource or Workshop your TEEAC program can offer to this school. What are the Implications? There is a need for support with the earth sciences. Students and teachers needs to obtain conceptual understanding more than the factoids. – This exact question will not show up again. – But the concept of the processes and forces that form the earth’s surface probably will. TEA’s Assessment Page http://www.tea.state.tx.us/student.assessme nt/reporting/ Spending a little time here will inform you of the challenges in your area. Target your programs more accurately to what students need. Who to Contact: Curriculum Division 512-463-9581 Chris Castillo-Comer Director of Science [email protected] Assessment Division Science Specialists: 512-463-9536 Dr. Cynthia Louden [email protected] Shannon Miller [email protected] Magda Wolk [email protected] Irene Pickhardt Janine Samer Assistant Director of Science [email protected] Robert Bingham [email protected] [email protected] Copyright and Terms of Service Copyright © Texas Education Agency, 2002. These materials are copyrighted © and trademarked ™ as the property of the Texas Education Agency and may not be reproduced without the express written permission of the Texas Education Agency, except under the following conditions: 1) Texas public school districts, charter schools, and Education Service Centers may reproduce and use copies of the Materials and Related Materials for the districts’ and schools’ educational use without obtaining permission from the Texas Education Agency; 2) Residents of the state of Texas may reproduce and use copies of the Materials and Related Materials for individual personal use only without obtaining written permission of the Texas Education Agency; 3) Any portion reproduced must be reproduced in its entirety and remain unedited, unaltered and unchanged in any way; 4) No monetary charge can be made for the reproduced materials or any document containing them; however, a reasonable charge to cover only the cost of reproduction and distribution may be charged. Private entities or persons located in Texas that are not Texas public school districts or Texas charter schools or any entity, whether public or private, educational or noneducational, located outside the state of Texas MUST obtain written approval from the Texas Education Agency and will be required to enter into a license agreement that may involve the payment of a licensing fee or a royalty fee. Contact TEA Copyrights with any questions you may have.