Union County Middle School

Presented by

Kevin Raczynski

Agenda

  • Review the open-ended items on Milestones
  • Try a few on for size
  • Look at some students’ responses

Workshop objectives

  • Increase familiarity of structure of open-ended items
  • Increase knowledge of how they are scored
  • Discuss implications for instruction, feedback, and tracking student progress

2-pt. Examples

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What is the central idea of the passage?

Support your answer with details from the passage.

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Excerpt 1

Taylor Swift's promotional run for 1989 is a case study on what a full court blitz looks like in 2014. Before 1989's release, she coached and performed on NBC's The Voice. She made an appearance on The View. She shut down Hollywood Boulevard for a performance broadcast on Jimmy Kimmel Live. She sat down with David Letterman, who called her "Mother Teresa." Swift made an appearance on Good Morning America to announce that she'd become the global ambassador of New York City, even though she just moved there. She spent time on Ryan Seacrest's morning radio show, and he played big chunks of the album on his program the day of its release. And it didn't just begin a few weeks ago. Earlier in the year, Taylor Swift wrote an optimistic op-ed in The Wall Street Journal on the future of the industry (more on that later). And the announcement of her album and its first single, "Shake It Off," were also social media events.

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Excerpt 2

And when it comes to Twitter, maybe no artist uses the platform better than Swift. She's got over 46 million followers on the site.

Taylor Swift is spending her evenings on social media looking for her fans, and connecting with them. The hashtag is [#taylurking]. It could be #TaylorStalking. She responds personally to fans' tweets to and about her all the time. She'll retweet their tweets about her, or photos of them buying her albums. She even used Twitter to invite a small number of fans to her house for a private 1989 listening party. And of course, they all tweeted about it, further increasing the hype around 1989.

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A framework for crafting the response

Answer → The central idea is that 1989 was a success because Taylor Swift worked hard to promote it.

Support → According to article, Swift took to Twitter and retweeted a picture of a fan buying the album; she invited select fans via Twitter to a listening party at her house.

Explain → All of this creates “hype around 1989,” likely

leading to more sales.

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Grade 7: 2-pt CR item

Consider the expression 6r r + 8 (15 – r) + 23 – 6 .

Part A: Is –3r + 137 equivalent to the given expression?

Part B: Explain how you determined whether the expressions are or are not equivalent .

Source: GaDOE—2015-16 EOG Study Guide (Grade 7)

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Rubric

  • 2: correct answer; correct explanation

  • 1: correct answer but no explanation or the explanation is inaccurate; or, an incorrect answer but an appropriate explanation

  • 0: incorrect/missing answer and explanation

Response 1

These expressions are equivalent. I worked it out in my head and both are

–3r + 137,

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Response 2

No, the given expression is way more complicated than the expression in part A.

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Response 3

Yes. In the given expression, I followed the order of operations and combined like terms:

6r –r - 8r

120 + 23 - 6

This is equal to 137 – 3r.

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4-pt. Examples (ELA and Math)

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Some biggies for the 4-pt narrative

  • Understand plot of the reading passage
  • Understand theme of the reading passage
  • Understand characters in the reading passage
  • May be asked to recreate a scene (e.g., beginning portion, middle portion, final portion, perhaps from a different point of view.

Milestones ECR Example

Write a conclusion to the story in which Maura goes home with her mother and expresses what she learned from her day on the farm. Be sure to include what they say to each other and what Maura plans to do after they talk. Write your answer on the lines provided.

Source: GaDOE—2015-16 G6 EOG Study Guide

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Tips for narratives

Excerpt from Rubric

Effectively uses narrative techniques, such as dialogue, description, and pacing…

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4-pt. Response

I followed Mother into the kitchen. Mother asked, “How was your day?”

“Good. Grandpa bought a new metal detector, so we went looking for Grandma’s ring again.”

“Did you find it?”

“No,” I said. “But somehow I think we actually might find the ring this summer. We did find a box of old toys and a tarnished hair clip. Grandpa and I polished it up, and it looked brand-new. Grandma was pretty excited when we gave it to her.”

Mother pulled dinner out of the refrigerator. “Sounds like you have a new summer plan.”

“Yep. When we find that ring, Grandma’s going to be so happy.”

As I climbed the stairs toward my room, Mother asked what I was doing. “I’m headed off to polish one my drawings,” I said.

 

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3-pt. Response

Mother and I went to the kitchen. She asked me about my day, and I told her that

Grandpa had bought a metal detector that we’d used to find some old toys and a hair

clip.

“We polished that dirty hair clip until it looked brand-new. Grandma was so happy.

Next time I go to the farm, I will help Grandpa find her missing ring.”

“Sounds like you have a new summer plan.”

I ran upstairs to my room to pick out an art project to finish. “I have a few things I want to polish up myself,” I said.

 

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2-pt. Response

Mother and I went into the kitchen, and she asked me about my day. I told her about my

adventures with Grandpa and how we found an old hair clip and made it look brand-new.

I told Mother that Grandma loved the clip, but we still had to look for her ring. I told her

Grandpa and I would find it next time.

I ran upstairs to my room.

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1-pt. Response

Me and Mom went to the kitchen. I told her about my day and she was happy that I had

finished something. Talked to Dad about quitting baseball.

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4-pt. Mathematics

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Scoring, in general (there are variations on the point combinations noted below)

  • 2 parts – each part worth two points
  • 3 parts – two parts worth one point each, one part worth two
  • 4 parts – each part worth one point

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Source: GaDOE, 2015-16 EOG Study Guide (Grade 7)

Grade 7: 4-pt. item

The selling price of a house dropped from $250,000 to $210,000 over a period of 5 years.

 

Part A: By what percent did the selling price decrease?

 

Part B: Explain how you found your answer.

 

Part C: By what percent does the price need to increase in order to return to its original value of $250,000?

 

Part D: Explain how you found your answer.

Rubric

  • 4: All parts correct and complete
  • 3: 3/4 parts correct and complete
  • 2: 2/4 parts correct and complete
  • 1: 1/4 parts correct and complete
  • 0: No parts correct and complete

Response 1

Part A: 16%

Part B: I subtracted the new price ($210,000) from the original price ($250,000) to get $40,000. Then, I divided $40,000 by the original price ($250,000). This gave me 0.16. So, the price went down by 16%.

Part C: About 19%

Part D: I divided the difference in the two prices ($40,000) by the new price ($210,000). This gave me about 0.19. So, the price would need to go up about 19% to return to its original value.

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Response 2

Part A: 16%

Part B: I set up a proportion: 210/250 = x/100. Solving for x, I got 84. This tells me that 210 is 84% of 250. This means the price went down by 16%.

Part C: 16%

Part D: It just needs to go back up by the same percentage that it went down.

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Response 3

Part A: It went down by $40k.

Part B: I subtracted $210k from $250k.

Part C: Uh, won’t it just need to go back up by the same % it went down?

Part D: Common sense.

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7-pt. ELA Example

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Extended-Response Prompt

Write an informational essay describing the consequences of the water crisis that some African countries face. In your essay, be sure to:

  • Cite at least two examples from Passage A.
  • Cite at least two examples from Passage B.
  • Explain how these examples illustrate the consequences of the water crisis.

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Source: GCA Informational Assesslet (Grade 7)

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Passage A

--people have become sick (par. 3)

--kids miss school (par. 3)

--wildlife have died (par. 6)

Passage B

--people must spend a lot of time finding clean water (par. 2)

--kids get sick or die (par. 4)

--dreams are crushed (par. 5)

Consequences of Water Crisis

Milestones ER Argument Rubrics (there is another, similar rubric for informational/explanatory)

Trait 1: Idea Development, Organization, and Coherence

Trait 2: Language Usage and Conventions

Note: the following slides are not intended to replace the rubrics; they simply provide a gloss.

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Trait 1: Idea Development, Organization, and Coherence

Score Point 4

  • Clearly addresses the prompt
  • Develops the essay with relevant details from the passage(s)
  • Consistent elaboration on these details
  • Effective intro and conclusion
  • Consistently clear internal organization (i.e., of the body paragraphs)

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African countries are facing a crisis. The crisis is that their countries have a lack of clean water. Because of this crisis, there have been several serious consequences.

One of the many consequences is death. People are being killed because of the polluted drinking water. An example of this comes from “The Story of Etana.” The passage says, “some of her friends have died from diseases they contracted from the polluted water.” This means if the water wasn’t polluted her friends would not have died.

Another consequence is the sickness that people have gotten sick from the polluted water. I know this because in “The Story of Etana” it says, “she has known many people who have become sick from drinking the polluted water.” This means the polluted water is not only killing people, it is making them sick as well.

Continues on next slide….

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In addition to sickness and death, kids are missing school because of the water crisis. Kids are missing school because they are sick or dying. An example of this comes from the passage “Concerns About the Water Supply in Parts of Africa.” The passage states, “children in some African countries often miss school because of the illness resulting from unclean water and poor sanitation practices.” When kids miss school, they miss out on their dreams. For example, Etana wants to be a doctor, but without education, how can she get ahead?

The last consequence is because of the oil spills. Both plants and animals are dying. I know this because it says in “Concerns About the Water Supply in Parts of Africa” that, “the oil floats on the waterways, killing and contaminating plants and animals.” This could have a lasting impact on food webs.

In conclusion, the water crisis is a major and continuing problem is Africa. Because of the water crisis, people, plants, and animals are have to face many and serious consequences.

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Trait 1: Idea Development, Organization, and Coherence

Score Point 3

  • Clearly addresses the prompt
  • Develops the essay with relevant details from the passage(s)
  • Some elaboration on these details; elaboration may be inconsistent
  • May have a relatively weak intro or conclusion
  • Generally clear internal organization (i.e., of the body paragraphs)

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African countries are facing a crisis. The crisis is that their countries have a lack of clean water. Because of this crisis, there have been several serious consequences.

One of the consequences is death. People are being killed because of the polluted drinking water. An example of this comes from “The Story of Etana.” The passage says, “some of her friends have died from diseases they contracted from the polluted water.”

Another consequence is the sickness that people have gotten from the polluted water. I know this because in “The Story of Etana” it says, “she has known many people who have become sick from drinking the polluted water.”

Continues on next slide….

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Kids are also missing school because of the water crisis. Kids are missing school because they are sick or dying. An example of this comes from the passage “Concerns About the Water Supply in Parts of Africa.” The passage states, “children in some African countries often miss school because of the illness resulting from unclean water and poor sanitation practices.” When kids miss school, they miss out on their dreams. For example, Etana wants to be a doctor, but without education, how can she get ahead?

The last consequence is because of the oil spills. Both plants and animals are dying. I know this because it says in “Concerns About the Water Supply in Parts of Africa” that, “the oil floats on the waterways, killing and contaminating plants and animals.”

In conclusion, the water crisis is a major and continuing problem is Africa.

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Trait 1: Idea Development, Organization, and Coherence

Score Point 2

  • The student is attempting to address the prompt in some part of the response.
  • Incorporates few relevant details from the passage(s)
  • May paraphrase details from the passages in a general way
  • Little, if any, elaboration
  • Limited clarity in internal organization (i.e., of the body paragraphs)

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African countries are facing a crisis. The crisis is that there countries have a lack of clean water.

One of the consequences is sickness. People are getting sick because of the polluted drinking water some of Etana’s friends have got sick.

Kids are also missing school because of the water crisis. Kid are missing school because they are sick or dying. We learn about this in the second passage.

The last consequence is because of the oil spills. Both plants and animals are dying I know this because it says in “Concerns About the Water Supply in Parts of Africa” that, “the oil floats on the waterways, killing and contaminating plants and animals.”

In conclusion the water crisis is a major and continuing problem is Africa.

Continues on next slide….

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Trait 1: Idea Development, Organization, and Coherence

Score Point 1

  • Often talks around the prompt
  • Controlling idea may need to be inferred
  • Little clear development of the prompt
  • May simply summarize the passages

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the first passage talk about the water supply in africa there alot of bad things going on there there is all kind of oil spills and people dumping trash in they water that nasty you can only make it like 3-4 day without water so they better fix this mess

the other passage talk about this girl etana she trying to get educate but she got to get water instead that messed up kid should get they education they are are future.

Now you no about the the 2 articles they pretty good you should read them

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Trait 1: Idea Development, Organization, and Coherence

Score Point 0

  • The student simply copies from the prompt and/or the reading passages.
  • The response is mostly irrelevant (i.e., off topic).
  • The response is blank.
  • Or other non-scorable

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And now, trait 2

Language usage and conventions

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Trait 2: Language Usage and Conventions

Score Point 3

  • Few errors, particularly in sentence formation and usage
  • Appropriate variety
  • Errors don’t interfere with meaning.

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African countries are facing a crisis. The crisis is that their countries have a lack of clean water. Because of this crisis, there have been several serious consequences.

One of the consequences is death. People are being killed because of the polluted drinking water. An example of this comes from “The Story of Etana.” The passage says, “some of her friends have died from diseases they contracted from the polluted water.”

Another consequence is the sickness that people have gotten from the polluted water. I know this because in “The Story of Etana” it says, “she has known many people who have become sick from drinking the polluted water.”

Continues on next slide….

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Kids are also missing school because of the water crisis. Kids are missing school because they are sick or dying. An example of this comes from the passage “Concerns About the Water Supply in Parts of Africa.” The passage states, “children in some African countries often miss school because of the illness resulting from unclean water and poor sanitation practices.” When kids miss school, they miss out on their dreams. For example, Etana wants to be a doctor, but without education, how can she get ahead?

The last consequence is because of the oil spills. Both plants and animals are dying. I know this because it says in “Concerns About the Water Supply in Parts of Africa” that, “the oil floats on the waterways, killing and contaminating plants and animals.”

In conclusion, the water crisis is a major and continuing problem is Africa.

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Trait 2: Language Usage and Conventions

Score Point 2

  • More is correct than incorrect, particularly in sentence formation and usage
  • Some variety
  • Errors generally don’t interfere with meaning.

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African countries are facing a crisis. The crisis is that there countries have a lack of clean water.

One of the consequences is sickness. People are getting sick because of the polluted drinking water some of Etana’s friends have got sick.

Kids are also missing school because of the water crisis. Kid are missing school because they are sick or dying. We learn about this in the second passage.

The last consequence is because of the oil spills. Both plants and animals are dying I know this because it says in “Concerns About the Water Supply in Parts of Africa” that, “the oil floats on the waterways, killing and contaminating plants and animals.”

In conclusion the water crisis is a major and continuing problem is Africa.

Continues on next slide….

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Trait 2: Language Usage and Conventions

Score Point 1

  • More is incorrect than correct, particularly in sentence formation and usage
  • These errors may interfere with meaning.

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the first passage talk about the water supply in africa there alot of bad things going on there there is all kind of oil spills and people dumping trash in they water that nasty you can only make it like 3-4 day without water so they better fix this mess

the other passage talk about this girl etana she trying to get educate but she got to get water instead that messed up kid should get they education they are are future.

Now you no about the the 2 articles they pretty good you should read them

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Trait 2: Language Usage and Conventions

Score Point 0

  • The student simply copies from the prompt and/or the reading passages.
  • The response is mostly irrelevant (i.e., off topic).
  • The response is blank.
  • Or other non-scorable

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EOG Study Guides

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EOC Study Guides

Keep in touch!

Kevin Raczynski

Assistant Director

The Georgia Center for Assessment at UGA

706.542.5063

http://gca.coe.uga.edu/

kraczyns@uga.edu

Twitter: @GCAatUGA

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Questions?

Open-ended questions on the GA Milestone - Google Slides