Webinar 4 - PSAT SOAS

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NC AP Partnership:

NC AP Partnership Ensuring College and Career Success for North Carolina’s Students Using the Summary of Answers and Skills (SOAS) Report to Improve Students’ Skills

What is the PSAT/NMSQT?:

What is the PSAT/NMSQT? A comprehensive academic reasoning test which focuses on the skills required for success in high school and for college level coursework, many of which are the same skills/performance expectations articulated within the NC State Standards for grades 9/10 and 11/12. The skills measured focus on three main academic areas, but their attainment affects all areas of learning, and are transferable to manage and apply knowledge, regardless of content orientation These skills are relevant to all students, and are needed by all students, thus the strong focus on inclusion when testing with the PSAT/NMSQT . 2


Critical Reading Two 25-minute sections 48 questions total : - 13 sentence completion - 35 passage based reading 50 mins Mathematics Two 25-minute sections 38 questions total: - 28 multiple choice - 10 student produced response 50 mins Writing Skills One 30-minute section 39 questions total: - 20 improving sentences - 14 identifying sentence errors - 5 improving paragraphs 30 mins PSAT/NMSQT Overview Content and Question Types 3

Benefits of SOAS:

Benefits of SOAS The SOAS report can help schools improve students’ skills by analyzing group strengths and weaknesses. Use SOAS to: See how students performed against comparable national and state groups on identical PSAT/NMSQT test items. Identify skills in need of attention. Link classroom activities to the skills the PSAT/NMSQT measures. Foster discussion among faculty on implementing additional means to develop student skills and improve performance.

SOAS Data :

SOAS Data The following data is provided for each grade level that included at least 10 test-takers: Overall performance data: Information about participation, scores, and the percentage of students on track to be college ready. Skill analysis: Insight into student performance on the skills measured by each section of the PSAT/NMSQT, giving a complete picture of relative strengths and weaknesses. Question analysis: Information about performance on each question, helping educators pinpoint specific problems their students had when they took the test. Comparable group analysis: Comparisons that help schools identify skill areas where students performed below the expected level for their score profile.

Logging In Scores.collegeboard.org :

Logging In Scores.collegeboard.org

Logging In:

Logging In Access Code If it’s your first time, you’ll need your school’s SOAS access code, found on your PSAT Roster .

Your Reports:

Your Reports What do these numbers mean? Grade, School Code, Test Day

Supporting Materials SOAS Resources :

Supporting Materials SOAS Resources

Supporting Materials Test Questions & Answer Explanations:

Supporting Materials Test Questions & Answer Explanations

Report Orientation:

Report Orientation Page(s) Title Page Performance Overview 1 Skills Analysis 2, 6-7, 11 Question Analysis 3-4, 8-9, 12-13 Comparable Group Analysis 5, 10, 14 Table of Contents

Performance Overview:

Performance Overview Number of students in report Mean scores and score distribution College & Career Readiness Benchmarks Page 1

Skills Analysis:

Skills Analysis Pages: 2, 6-7, or 11 Skills Triangles show a comparison to the state and nation Each test question is linked to a skill

Activity A: Review Skills Analysis:

Activity A: Review Skills Analysis Suggested Data Analysis Activity Have staff work within their own school group/academic area, using your school’s SOAS report. Identify the skill that your students performed the worst on . Using the Test Question and Answer Explanations, look at each question aligned to that skill. Things to look for: Skills furthest below the state/national average. Skills that are furthest to the left (i.e. those that are the weakest for the group).

Activity A: Review Skills Analysis:

Activity A: Review Skills Analysis Questions for Consideration Within your discussion, consider the following: Is there any pattern in the skills you identified as problematic? Are there actions or strategies that might help address where students are struggling with certain skills? What skills are relatively strong for your students? Why?

Question Analysis:

Question Analysis Student responses and answer patterns Comparisons to the state and nation Pages: 3-4, 8-9, or 12-13

Question Analysis:

Question Analysis Tips: Look for questions Your students answered incorrectly that the students in the state and nation answered correctly. Look for commonly wrong answers.

Activity B: Review Question Analysis:

Activity B: Review Question Analysis Consider the following: Are there any patterns in the questions you identified as problematic? Are there actions or strategies that might help students master the skills assessed by these questions?

Comparable Group Analysis:

Comparable Group Analysis Pages: 5, 10, or 14 Darker blue = s ignificantly worse than comparable group Lighter blue = significantly better than comparable group

Activity C: Comparable Group Analysis:

Activity C: Comparable Group Analysis Questions for Consideration Is there a pattern in the skills aligned with the test questions on which your students performed below expectation? Is there a pattern in the skills aligned with the test questions on which your students performed above expectation? What new information , if any, have you learned from this analysis?

Suggested Classroom Activities:

Suggested Classroom Activities Share questions with students to debrief them on their performance, and prepare them for future PSAT/NMSQT and SAT exams. Improve the academic skills and behaviors that are necessary for college and careers Improve academic content knowledge (vocabulary, grammar, math formulas) Create awareness of specific skills and knowledge that have been targeted for improvement at the school level 21

Short Activities - Multiple Standards:

Short Activities - Multiple Standards Brief classroom activities can address multiple standards. Spend 5 to 15 minutes reviewing test items in small groups : Discuss why a particular answer choice is the worst choice. Record your responses, then vote as a group. How would you explain to another student that his answer choice was incorrect? Decide which group member’s advice was the most helpful, and write down that advice. Each group can present their findings back to the class.

Contact Information::

Contact Information: Kathleen Koch Director, NC AP Partnership 704.534.6455 (phone) 850.521.4921 (fax) kkoch@collegeboard.org Jerry McMahan Associate Director, NC AP Partnership 704.575.7375 (phone) 850.521.4921 (fax) jmcmahan@collegeboard.org

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