Teaching Adults: A 2014 GED® Test Resource Book Exciting Strategies to Prep Learners for the New Test March 26, 2013 COABE LAPCAE Conference New Orleans, LA Meagen Farrell Author, trainer, consultant GED instructor @farrellink Facebook.com/farrell.ink Farrellink.com Agenda 1. What to expect in January 2014 2. Implications for instruction & curricula 3. Facilitating engaging lessons: “Up in Arms Over the Second Amendment” 4. Fun and prizes! Rules for the Road • Stay with the group! Don’t get distracted by your mobile device or side conversations. • Questions? Yes, please! Just raise your hand and tell me your name & location. • Prizes! We will hand out raffle tickets and pick five winners at the end. What can we expect in January 2014? The Big Changes Common Core State Standards Depth of Knowledge New Test Pricing 100% ComputerBased Testing Four Intertwined Subjects Common Core State Standards • GED assessment targets are based on the CCSS and other career & college readiness standards • Also used for standards-based instruction • Skills standards in English Language Arts & Mathematics (not content standards) • “Fewer, clearer, higher” Depth of Knowledge 1 • Verbatim Recall • Paraphrasing 2 • Main point, patterns • Identify relationships 3 • Inference & synthesis • Prediction, elaboration 4 • Generating hypotheses • Complex analysis Replaces Bloom’s Taxonomy. Measures cognitive complexity of a task. GED test items: • 20% level 1 • 80% levels 2 & 3 Computer-Based Testing 2012 CBT Testing Results (2002 series test) Partnering with computer-based testing provider Pearson VUE 2014: Automated scores available within 3 hours Overall Passing Rate 88% on computer 71% on paper Math Passing Rate (1st Time) 83% on computer 30% on paper Reduced Stress! Increased scores Time left over New Price for GED Test • Cost for test battery $120 for 2014 & 2015-Jurisdictions may set student fee higher/lower Value for the GED Test • Adults with a high school equivalency diploma earn $250,000+ more over their lifetime. • GEDTS is protecting the value of the credential for test-takers: – Litigate to protect GED name: 40 fraudulent companies shut down already – Improve customer service to test-takers: great YouTube videos & tutorials! – Continue to research value of passing the GED Test & market to colleges and employers Four Intertwined Subjects Reasoning through Language Arts Science Social Studies Mathematical Reasoning Content from Real Life Scenarios Reasoning through Language Arts Science Social Studies Mathematical Reasoning Writing Constructed Responses Reasoning through Language Arts Science Social Studies Mathematical Reasoning Interpreting Data Reasoning through Language Arts Science Social Studies Mathematical Reasoning Questions? Implications for Instruction & Curricula Find a Partner • Take 5 minutes to discuss how you think the new 2014 GED test will impact instruction & curricula. How will it affect you? your students? your program? • As a reminder, the 5 changes we discussed: – – – – – Common Core State Standards Depth of Knowledge 100% Computer-Based Testing New GEDTS Funding Model Four Intertwined Subjects Implications for Instruction & Curricula • Who would like to share? – Name one effect on you – Name one effect on your students – Name one effect on your program My Two Cents on Teaching Adults • • • GED test prep programs are like marathon training programs at a gym. Single-subject instruction is like running alone on the treadmill, day after day. Interdisciplinary group instruction is like working out with a team. My Two Cents on Teaching Adults Q: How do we keep it fresh? A: The book provides strategies, you add the content. Look Inside 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. Introduction The 2014 GED® Test Teaching Adults Selecting Instructional Materials Using an Interdisciplinary Approach to Prepare Students for the GED Test 6. Reasoning through Language Arts 7. Mathematical Reasoning 8. Science 9. Social Studies 10. Digital Literacy Questions? Facilitating Engaging Lessons: Up in Arms Over the Second Amendment Field Tested in Cleveland, Ohio Interdisciplinary Lesson Analyze reading passages Interpret data Social Studies content 2nd Amendment Write a response and cite evidence This Lesson Combines At least 8 different activities from the book Several teaching approaches A theme chosen by the learners Why Are We Learning as a Group? How Do We Want to Act as a Group? • • • • One person talks at a time. We do not have to agree. Everyone can share their thoughts and feelings. Respond to the topic, not to others’ comments. Are there rules you want to change, delete, or add? Activity • Read and analyze the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution and two different viewpoints on what it means from two active U.S. citizens’ groups. • Choose a position to support, and select evidence to support that position. Before We Read • What is the U.S. Constitution? • What is the Bill of Rights? • What is an amendment? The Second Amendment A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed. Two Groups, Two Meanings We will now read about two different citizens’ groups that interpret this amendment in two different ways. National Rifle Association (NRA) The NRA believes the Second Amendment means that most U.S. citizens have the right to personal gun ownership and use. Why? They believe “a well regulated militia” means all citizens have the right to defend themselves with guns. Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence The Brady Campaign believes that the Second Amendment means that we should enact stronger regulation to protect citizens from gun violence. Why? They believe that “A well regulated militia” means just people in regulated categories are authorized to own and use guns. Why Do They Think Differently? The NRA looks at evidence that handgun bans increase murder rates. Why Do They Think Differently? The Brady Campaign looks at evidence that there are too many victims of gun violence. The Second Amendment A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed. What Do You Think? • What does “a well regulated militia” mean? • If you had to choose between the Brady Campaign and the NRA, which would you support? Why? • What evidence supports your choice? Summarize Your Thoughts Write a few sentences explaining whether you would support either the Brady Campaign or the NRA. Why? Use at least one quote or statistic we looked at today. Questions? Prize! • Thank you for coming! • Pre-order sale: 20% off the book until April 30, 2013 with promotion code: GEDSO. • We will draw five raffle tickets and award a free copy of Teaching Adults: A 2014 GED® Test Resource Book plus a set of 2014 GED Scoreboost! GED® is a registered trademark of the American Council on Education and may not be used without permission. The GED® and GED Testing Service® brands are administered by GED Testing Service LLC under license.