Reading & Writing to Succeed on the EAS

Reading & Writing to Succeed on the EAS

Reading & Writing to Succeed on the EAS Organized by Writing Across the Curriculum Presented by Samuel Gold and Francois Kiper 1 What is the EAS? The Educating All Students (EAS) Test measures

professional and pedagogical knowledge and skills necessary to effectively teach all students in New York State public schools. 2 What to Expect Format 40 selected-response (multiple choice) items 3 constructed-response (short answer) -- "Exhibits" to use to answer the questions

Computer-based Time 2 hours 15 minutes (135 minutes) Test Dates By appointment year-round, Monday through Saturday Passing Score 520 (on a 400-600 scale) 3 Question Types

3 "exhibits": a set of two short opinion pieces and a visual representation of data related to the same topic (think of an exhibit as a case study) Each question asks you to refer to one or more exhibits to answer the question. All sets of exhibits have selected-response questions, and 3 sets of exhibits have constructed-response questions.

4 EAS Competencies Five competencies (subject areas) will be assessed: Diverse Student Populations English Language Learners Students with Disabilities and Other Special Learning Needs

Teacher Responsibilities School-Home Relationships 5 How You Will Be Evaluated The selected-response items count for 70% of the total test score and the constructedresponse items count for 30% of the total test score. 6

Strategy You can determine how much time you spend on each question. The test suggests that you spend 10 minutes on each constructed-response item and up to 105 minutes on all of the selected-response items. 7

Selected Responses (Multiple Choice) Each selected-response question in this test is presented with four answer choices. Read each question and answer choice carefully and select the ONE best answer. You should answer all questions. Even if you are unsure of an answer, it is better to guess than not to answer a question at all.

8 Multiple Choice Strategies Read the question and choices before reading the exhibit material Note key words and phrases before reading remaining materials 9

Constructed Responses (Short Answers) 3 Short responses (150-200 words total each) Competencies assessed: Diverse Student Populations (10%) English Language Learners (10%) Students with Disabilities and other Special Learning Needs (10%) Respond to bulleted questions based on case

study material Original answers 1 Scoring Guide for Constructed Responses Your response will be read for the following criteria: Relevant engagement with the prompt

(identify, describe, explain) Understanding of the exhibits Use of evidence to support your argument 1 Constructed Responses Strategies Read and analyze the exhibits provided, noting key words

Draw from your notes on the case study material Respond to each part of the prompt: identify, describe, and explain Give evidence from the case materials 1 Effective Reading Strategies Identify key points and clues for answering the

questions Think about evidence relevant to the prompt Make notes about your thoughts as you're reading 1 Reading Activity Read questions six through ten on your handout. Then read each exhibit, underlining information

or data relevant to the questions. Effective Writing Strategies Organize your thoughts before you write Use the elements of the prompt to shape your outline (identity, describe, explain) Get to your point quickly (no fluffy introductions) Allow yourself time to review and re-read what you've written

1 Homework for Workshop 2 1 Sample Response 1

Workshop 2 November 15, 2018: 1-2PM Our Website: openlab.citytech.cuny.edu/writingacrossthecurriculum/ 1

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