Reflection: Standardized Tests (PARCC/Smarter Balanced) First Day: Goal Setting & Introduction To Earth Science - Section 3: Introduction to the Regents Exam


During this section of the lesson, I always have students think and talk about some key pieces of rationale as to why this Regents exam (the summative course exam administered by the state) is so important. For one, in the state of New York, it is required that all students pass a minimum of two (2) Regents examinations in the sciences in order to graduate from high school. As a 9th grade teacher, my students have already passed one (the same Living Environment/Biology exam mentioned in the narrative), and now need to pass my Earth Science examination in order to fulfill their graduation requirements. This serves as a great external motivator for them, both initially and throughout the year.

Additionally, I tell all my students that success on the Regents course (and exam) will set them up for further opportunities in the sciences later on in high school, as their course grades communicate their scientific understanding for future challenging work. Additionally, I also communicate that unlike in middle school, all of their grades go on a transcript that gets reported to colleges and universities. So I usually insist that they start proactively think about "not failing" and start thinking about how to frame their grades and performance in way that will get them into the college or school of their choice. Finally, as a last piece of rationale, I note that if students receive a score high enough on their science exams, they get a special designation on their high school diplomas, which they can put on their applications to those same competitive colleges and universities. 

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  Standardized Tests (PARCC/Smarter Balanced): Exam Rationale
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First Day: Goal Setting & Introduction To Earth Science

Unit 1: Rocks & Minerals
Lesson 12 of 12

Objective: SWBAT understand the components of the Earth Science curriculum and the parts of the Regents examination | SWBAT create a personal goal that will guide their learning for the academic year

Big Idea: Students will create personal course goals, hear about important logistical information, and understand how science works in a high-school setting.

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