Golden Horseshoe 2013



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Golden Horseshoe 2013

  • WVDE Office of Instruction
  • Veronica Barron –Special Programs Assistant
  • Joey Wiseman – WVDE Social Studies Coordinator
  • FAYETTE COUNTY SCHOOLS
  • Mary Ann Freeman -Director of Federal Programs
  • George Sumner - Education Specialist

Golden Horseshoe Test

  • Essay Test February 12th, 2013
  • Multiple Choice Test March 21st, 2013

Student Test Registration

  • WVDE aggregates the data available on WVEIS for automatic registration of each teacher’s class
  • Students are registered for the test based on the class information in WVEIS
  • Students use online practice quizzes to prepare for test.
  • Student Acuity user ID and password remains the same for the actual test.
  • WV History Teachers share this information with test moderator on test day in the event that a student forgets this procedure.

Golden Horseshoe Test Administration

  • Essay Test administrator can be the social studies teacher.
  • Test Administrator for the online test must not be the  regular classroom teacher for West Virginia History.
  • Test Administrator may be the school  counselor, county coordinator, an administrator, or a teacher from a different curricular discipline.

Confidentiality Agreement

  • The confidentiality agreement must be completed by each test administrator (for the essay and the online test administrators) and needs to be sent to the WVDE by February 8.
  • Substitutes on the day of the test must fill out a confidentiality agreement and fax it to the WVDE that date.

Sample Test Items for Practice

  • Available from mid-January 2013
  • There is no teacher access to these items.
  • The items cannot be printed as a whole document.

Home School Students

  • Home school students are to contact the school in their district and inform the principal that they need to register:
    • School/Golden Horseshoe Contact will need to complete a Golden Horseshoe Registration form for the student. The form will need to be e-mailed to rjwisema@access.k12.wv.us and/or vbarron@access.k12.wv.us. All fields must be completed or the form will be returned.
    • Access to practice quizzes
    • Make arrangements with the principal and the WV Studies teacher to take the essay test at the school on the essay test day ONLY.
    • Make arrangements to take the multiple-choice test at the school on the county designated day ONLY

Private School Students

  • Private schools need to contact the County Golden Horseshoe Contact, Mary Ann Freeman
    • School contact will need to complete a Golden Horseshoe Registration form for the student. The form will need to be e-mailed to rjwisema@access.k12.wv.us and/or vbarron@access.k12.wv.us. All fields must be completed or the form will be returned.
    • WVDE assigns passwords to all students who are listed on the spreadsheet
    • Private school students have access to all practice quizzes, essay test and multiple-choice exam
    • Private schools must give the exam on their designated county exam day.

Sample Test Items

  • Good practice for using the test site
  • Trial and practice prior to test day ensures easy access for the student when test day arrives
  • All students who plan to take the Golden Horseshoe Test must login to Acuity by March 1, 2013.
  • Important to afford them the opportunity to practice prior to test day
  • Check your rosters and have everyone log on to Acuity to make sure everyone has access to the test site.

2013 Golden Horseshoe Test Format – Multiple Choice Portion

  • Multiple choice exam is to be given on the designated county test day, March 21st for Fayette County.
  • The multiple choice exam is 50 questions and must be given in a 45 minute time period
  • The test will be turned on at the beginning of the school day 7:00 am and off at the end of the school day at 3:45 pm on the designated day of your county exam.
  • Test Administrator must not be the regular classroom teacher for West Virginia History
  • Test Administrator may be the school counselor, county coordinator, or teacher from a different curricular discipline.

2013 Golden Horseshoe Test Format – Essay Portion

  • Essay test must be completed in class on February 12, 2013.
  • Essay must be written entirely within the space provided with no attachments.
  • Essays will be sent electronically from my office to the school coordinator one week prior to the test date.
  • Essay test administration details will be sent electronically with the essay test.
  • Time allotted for the essay will be one 40-45 minute class period.
  • If an emergency should occur causing a county school system to be closed on the day of the essay test, the makeup day for the essay will be the first day students return to class.
  • Essays are to be mailed back to the central office. All essays are due to Mary Ann Freeman by February 15, 2013.
  • (Do NOT send essay tests to the office by Van)

2013 Essays for Practice

  • Practice essays can be accessed from the wvde.state.wv.us/socialstudies/ website
  • You can access the WVDE social studies website off of the wvsocialstudies.com site.
  • Please use these as class assignments to help improve your students’ writing ability
  • Please make sure to use the past essays as writing prompts and NOT the actual Golden Horseshoe Essay prompt.

Accessing Practice Test on Acuity

  • Prior to the actual test be sure to Log onto Acuity before March 1st to test your access to the site
  • Log on to Acuity at https://www.acuityathome.com or https://acuity.south.k12.wv.us
  • Type in your assigned username and password
  • On the next screen you will select TAKE A TEST
  • Select Subject: SOCIAL STUDIES
  • Pick one of the practice tests
  • You will navigate through the test answering questions
  • At the end of the test, you have 2 choices you can SAVE & EXIT and go back to the test later or you can click on FINISH & TURN IN TEST. This screen also shows you any questions that you have forgot to answer.
  • On the day of the actual Golden Horseshoe test be sure to click on FINISH & TURN IN TEST or it will NOT be scored.

Golden Horseshoe Test Administration Reminder

  • Test Administrator must not be the regular classroom teacher for West Virginia History
  • Test Administrator may be the school counselor, county coordinator, or teacher from a different curricular discipline.
  • Confidentiality agreement must be completed and sent to the WVDE prior to testing- (If there is a change in the test administrator on the test day the agreement must be faxed prior to testing)
  • Absentee rosters are due to Joey Wiseman at the WVDE the next day after the test (Can be faxed or emailed)

Parents of Winning Golden Horseshoe Recipients

  • Golden Horseshoe Ceremony is at the West Virginia Capitol on May 3rd
  • Winners will be notified by the state
  • Each student will be issued two tickets
  • Reception is for the winners and their parents (to be held at the state capitol following the knighting)
  • Parking space is limited

Reference & Special Needs

  • If you have any questions regarding the test
  • (i.e. needing large print or Braille, or any other circumstances need to inform Mary Ann Freeman by JANUARY 11th)
  • WVDE
  • rjwisema@access.k12.wv.us and/or vbarron@access.k12.wv.us.
  • FAYETTE COUNTY
  • mafreema@access.k12.wv.us
  • gsumner@access.k12.wv.us

Specific Resources for preparing your students for success

  • wvsocialstudies.com
  • www.wvculture.org
  • WVDE website http://wvde.state.wv.us
  • WVDE social studies site http://wvde.state.wv.us/socialstudies/goldenhorseshoe.html
  • Field trips, (e.g. Clay Center, Youth Museum of Southern WV, etc.)
  • Current Events, Videos, Novels
  • West Virginia Cultural Center
  • Libraries
  • Local Historical Societies
  • WV Humanities Council

mywvhome.com

Opportunities for online preparation at WV Culture Site

  • The next set of slides will give you a view of the materials available online at the WV Division of Culture & History site for your students to use both in your class and on their own for Golden Horseshoe Test preparation.
  • These are screenshots from the site:
  • www.wvculture.org

Need more support?

  • If you should have any further questions or need additional help, please contact
  • Mary Ann Freeman
  • 304 574-1176 ext 2131
  • mafreema@access.k12.wv.us
  • or
  • George Sumner
  • 304 673-8634
  • gsumner@access.k12.wv.us

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