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Engaging in a Process of Formative Assessment

With everything being said today about assessments, we should fully understand the process and how it impacts learning. But I fear that many educators fail to use formative assessments to their maximum potential. Much of the fault lies in thinking about … Continue reading

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The Testing Bribe

Many schools give various rewards to students for their performance and/or hard work on a high-stakes test.  Young people like to have a reward for working hard, and I can’t say I blame them.  I like to have a reward … Continue reading

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Motivate Students for “The Test”

With testing season on us, here are some tips for helping build enthusiasm and motivation for that high-stakes test: Parents write letters of encouragement for their kids to read. Pass the letters out on the first day of the test … Continue reading

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Are We Expecting Too Much from Kindergarteners?

With limited seats available in top-quality public schools in many larger districts, a trend is occurring that shouldn’t surprise most educators.  Parents are hiring tutors to prep their pre-schoolers for screening tests. In Chicago, for example, 13,058 applications are on … Continue reading

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Teaching Students How to Improve Test Scores

In the current world of increased school accountability and high-stakes testing, there is a natural resistance to focusing on skills that can help our students improve scores on a single test. I understand that.  After all, we teach math, reading, … Continue reading

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Is Rote Memorization Getting a Bad Rap?

As an asst. superintendent of curriculum and instruction, I struggled with the balance between encouraging teachers to engage students with higher-order learning activities and the need to ensure that students simply must know certain facts that are learned by rote … Continue reading

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Prepare Students for Success on a Test

A middle school teacher shared with us her use of the acronym PIRATES to help her students develop test-taking skills. She trains her students to remember: P     Preview the test and Prepare for success. I     Inspect the Instructions on every … Continue reading

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