Thursday, March 22, 2012

SOL 22 Testing 1, 2, 3,...

In some states, they're over and people await the results.  In New York, they're looming.
I keep searching for the best way to  prepare for this annual event that challenges students and teachers.  In my searching, I came across the article by Guthrie at this site:

It's long, but filled with lots of great points.  A few (familiar) points are with putting on posters in the teachers' lounge!

* Students who read widely and frequently are higher achievers (Guthrie, Wigfield, Metsala, & Cox, 1999).

* When students are provided opportunities to connect reading and writing in integrated language arts, their reading increases and achievement improves (Morrow, Pressley, Smith, & Smith, 1997).

* Scores may be low for motivational reasons (Sugrue, 1995; Waid, Kanoy, Blick, & Walker, 1978).

* While some exposure is effective, excessive time in format practice is not (Yen & Ferrara, 1997).

* Effective teaching strategies (encouraging, connecting, questioning, modeling, scaffolding) for reading and writing are the best way to prepare for high stakes assessments!

                                   Got a poster maker? 


maria.selke said...

Nice! Slap those posters up on the walls.

My building is now officially done the reading and math portions. Whew.

Beth said...

Thanks for the reminder! We too in Florida have these looming.

Becky said...

I do wish state tests could be given after I've covered the entire year. And with the children who have been in my class all year. I think my mobility rate is around 30%.

SueB said...

Everyone works so hard yet is so stressed by the prospect of these high stakes tests. There must be a better way to truly assess the learning.