Chamber meeting at school
by Hawkins Teague
Jan 16, 2008 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Nick Wright assists Shari Littlejohn in answering an open-response question taken from a state arts and humanities test.
Nick Wright assists Shari Littlejohn in answering an open-response question taken from a state arts and humanities test.
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Many adults think they have it tough at their jobs. That is, until they’re shown what students in the public school system have to do to score proficient on an open-response question from a state test.

Last week, the Cadiz /Trigg County Chamber of Commerce had its monthly meeting in the Trigg County Middle School library to see “who was smarter than a CATS student.” Before the members started eating the meal furnished by the schools’ food services, Superintendent Tim McGinnis thanked them for their support for the school system and for partnering with them on the Youth Leadership program. He said he thought it was appropriate that the Chamber honored the schools with the title of “Educator of the Year” at their annual November banquet because they had met their No Child Left Behind goals for the 2006-2007 year. To see what goes into doing well on the spring tests, several students were there to demonstrate how to answer an open-response question.

Middle School Principal James Mangels said that it isn’t enough for students to be familiar with the subject matter of the open-response questions. He said that when he and others reviewed past open-response questions, they noticed that students often had trouble organizing their thoughts to give as good an answer as possible and making sure that the scorers know exactly what they mean. He said that his staff was doing an excellent job coaching students to use a “rubric” to write their answers.

“The rubric explains to the student what is expected in a completely answered question,” Mangels said.

For the rest of this story, read this week's Cadiz Record.
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