Thursday, May 16, 2013

Alex's MAP Testing Math / Reading Comprehension Scores



Song:  Yet Another Movie

Group:  Pink Floyd



Alex's school is going through MAP
 (Measures Of Academic Progress)...for one week.  
Alex took the Math portion yesterday...
and the Reading Comprehension portion today.

Alex is currently 12 years old and he is in the 7th grade.

He had greatly improved in both areas.
Tomorrow he will be taking the Science portion...
and on Monday...he will be taking the Language portion.

These tests are designed to see where the child tops out...
and in how much he has improved over his last test.


In Math (Alex's strongest area)...
He went above the accurate measuring threshold of even the 11th graders 
(above the 99th %).

He had scored 290.

Neither his raw score, nor his improvement over his last test...
had surprised us.

However, his steady improvement in Reading Comprehension 
gratified us greatly (Alex's weakest area).


Alex had scored 249...
which is in the 97th percentile of 7th graders...
and in the 92nd percentile of 11th graders.

We have been steadily working on Alex's 
Reading Comprehension on a daily basis.

Although his rate of improvement is less than in his strongest area (Math)...
it is to be expected.  He has still made a sizable gain in his weakest area...
and with our continued daily work with him in Reading Comprehension...
we fully expect that he will just keep improving.

Alex reads every day...
usually his AR books and then takes tests at school on them.

His mother reads selected books with him before bedtime...
and questions him on the salient points of the passages.

I have him read a portion of famous criminal cases...
and then read one witness testimony at a time for our daily discussion.




I have Alex play the opposite attorney of whichever witness affidavit 
is presented and to have him first, write down the salient points...
and then to present them as if he were addressing the jurors.

I will then play the opposing side...
and hope to initiate a debate.

Alex is getting a grasp of the legal system...
and while he is still new to the value of evidence...
and to, especially that of forensics...
he is learning them (I explain them as we go).

His mother had bought us our next court case book...
this time on famous Supreme Court cases.

I will have Alex refer to his books on the Constitution... 
and the Bill of Rights, to try to decide the validity
of the claimants' position or of the Supreme Court's decisions.

I will, of course, take the opposing side...
and we will enter into our debate from there...
portion by portion.

We do this on a daily basis to have Alex improve his Reading Comprehension...
and to improve his ability to rationally discuss issues in a group setting
through intelligent interjection and involved participation
(another formally weak area).

I have found that our debate sessions have improved all of these areas...
as he has to support his assertions using his critical reasoning skills.

I had initially attempted to use an online world news source for our
discussion issues...however, as I am sure most of you have noticed... 
the news doesn't report on all of the necessary information
 in order to come to a rational decision.  

It is also so frequently heavily biased...
and has so many inherent conflicting implications...
as to render it almost unusable.

I have found that using famous court cases to be a great way
to have a child exercise his critical reasoning skills.

This particular book is a starter
(we are discussing the Lindbergh kidnapping as of now).
I will be getting more in depth case studies for our future discussions.

I plan to intermingle our discussions with famous passages
of the teachings of the West's most famous Philosophers...
and we can then discuss the value and validity of each
(I will ask Alex to fully support all of his positions).

The ability for Alex to rationally discuss issues in group or individual settings...
to be able to fully support his assertions through effective recitation
of empirical supporting evidence and/or through the use of supported rationales... 
is going to be one of his most used skills in University...and in life.

As time goes on...
we will be increasing his studies in this extremely important area...
and it will be primarily through the above exercises 
(which will become increasingly more in depth)
that we shall constantly improve his weakest areas...
day by day.










2 comments:

  1. Very interesting way to teach critical thinking and reading comprehension. I did not learn about the legal system or court cases until much later, but probably would have enjoyed it if exposed earlier. Obviously, with the improvement Alex is showing, your methods are having great success. Congratulations!

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  2. Thank you. Alex has improved so much in this area. Through these exercises, we have seen his abilities rise so quickly.

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