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Re: Kentucky Alternate Portfolio
Carrie Keown

    On 11/19/06, Alexis Varney wrote: > If you have samples of any of your work I would greatly appreciate
    your sharing the
    > info. Am trying to provide support to my teachers as much as
    possible. Many thanks in
    > advance
    I have 5th grade progress. I have delved into that pretty deeply and
    probably can't help much in any other area. Some of the teacher's
    editions and grade level practice books have the core content listed
    in the table of contents or at least the topic that your core content
    statement covers. For example, the 5th grade Treasures Practice O
    book by Macmillan/McGraw-Hill has "Text Features:Photgraphs and
    Captions.....pg.5" in the table of Contents. Page five is a very good
    page that is easily adapted to use for content standard RD-05-5.0.3.
    I am modifying that particular resource for my student because he is
    at the progress level so I will have to find a way for him to answer
    the question using pictures. I also will cut the picture from the
    worksheet out and enlarged it for my student.If I had an attainment
    student I would think that I might be able to use the worksheet as
    is. I am using this resource as a student work sample for my student.

    Another resource that has been very useful to me is out fifth grade
    health book,Your Health, by Harcourt Brace. Even though I am
    assessing reading and math core content I am often using books from
    other content areas to show that I am teaching "across the curriculum"
    The great thing about our health book is that it gives a main idea
    for each chapter. I am using that feature to teach main idea and
    supporting details (Standard RD-05-3.0.4) to my student. I am using 4
    pictures that represent details that can be arranged to best support
    the main idea.
    For that pre-test and those assessment probes I have developed a
    scoring rubric.
    So, look at the standard and read the intent statement that goes with
    it. Try to find that standard in a grade level text to see how it is
    taught or accessed at grade level and then ask yourself, "How can I
    provide conditions and modify the work to teach and assess my
    student? For documentation save information on or copies of the grade
    level material that you are working from. This shows that you are
    providing access to the grade level curriculum for your special needs
    student.
    Once you have activities and a pre-test worked up for your student go
    back and reread the intent and core content statement. Ask yourself
    if what your student is doing truly assesses the
    measurable/observable skill. If not, stop and look at other
    materials. It is amazing how quickly something that started out as
    one thing is simplified to the point that it no longer truly relates
    back to where you started. The math especially can become a matching
    or a memory skill instead of what you intended to do.
    I hope this helps. This is new for all of us. I am hoping that our
    county will develope a task bank with what individual teachers are
    developing for this year. It won't be so time consuming once we have
    the materials that relate to the assessed items together and
    accessable to each other. I am saving copies of everything that I do
    and I am dating everything.