Friday, April 25, 2014

Weekly Class Summary: Apr. 21-25

SOLs Covered:  SOL 7.11 & 8.13 Statistics
Math Dictionary Sections:  32 Measures of Center; 33 Graphical Methods
Upcoming Assessments:  SOL Quiz #2 (Thurs. 5/1/14)

We started the week by working on our final Math 7 unit, data analysis with an emphasis on histograms.  We'll have a few Math 8 topics to cover after our SOL test as part of the county's Middle School Math 2 curriculum, but since students will not see them on their SOL test and we missed so much time due to weather this year, we decided to save them.

Part of Wednesday was devoted to our first SOL mini-assessment.  Students will be taking five of these in total (10 questions each), which together will represent one practice SOL test.  Students should be familiar with these from last year along with progress charts that will be hanging in the classroom so they can gauge how close to a passing score they'll be at this moment.  While of course we want the students to get the maximum score possible, they need to average 6.5 on each to reach an approximately passing score on the state assessment.  I understand that many parents aren't happy with the major focus being on testing (overall I agree), but it is important that students be prepared for these state tests while they do remain the focus.

We were in the computer lab on Thursday and Friday for the county's SOL simulation test.  Students out on Friday for the chorus field trip will be able to finish the test next week when I booked the lab for one of our fun review days.  I'll use these results along with the SOL mini-assessments to determine areas of strength and weakness for each student, which will then allow me to help students plan out their study plans.  We still have a paper-pencil portion of the test to complete next week, so I'm hoping to have feedback forms to students by the end of next week. We still have several weeks before our test (scheduled for Math 7 on May 28-29), so we'll be reviewing everything we've covered thus far throughout that time.

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