Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Practice Makes Perfect-Achievement Test Preparation

Today we took a practice run at the Ohio Sixth Grade Achievement Test. We tried to make today as similar to the actual test as was possible. The test format was the same. Passages and questions were from a previous test. The time allotted and class structure was the same as when students will take the reading test on May 5.

On March 28, Mrs. Stevenson, Mrs. Caudill, and I will score the tests using the same score sheets/rubrics as the state used. I will share the results with students on the week of March 31, and we will review areas of difficulty.

The practice today serves several purposes. When students take the actual test in six weeks, hopefully they will be familiar and comfortable with the process. This should allow them to perform at their highest level. The data from the test results will help me intervene on an individual and classwide level. I will be able to see specific academic areas that need addressed, and other areas that students have mastered. I can tailor instruction to best help the students learn what they need to learn.

The Ohio Department of Education has set up a website with a lot of usual information. There is a section just for the Ohio Achievement Test. Students can practice using test passages and questions from previous years. They have a choice of setting up an account to save their results, or they can Take a Test without Logging In. Parents and students can see what is expected, scores, and what they mean.

Students worked extremely hard, and with their accomplishments, the results will help us do the best job possible in preparing for the test, and learning what students need to be successful in upcoming grades.

Great job to all of the sixth graders for their effort!

9 comments:

kyle said...

I thought a few of the questions on the test was hard. Overall the test was not too hard. I did not like the idea but, I think that this was a good way to find out what students need help on and what they are fine at and don't need help on. I predict that teachers will do this for many years to come. I think that this was a good experiment for the teachers to do on the students.

Chris L. said...

I thought that the test wasn't to hard, a few of the questions were hard but it was alright. I hope all of the students did well.

Connor H. said...

I think taking this test is very good practice. There were some questions that I thought were hard. Overall I thought this was fun.

Anonymous said...

I thought that the reading test was kinda hard.









laney stephens

kyah said...

I thought the practice test was okay it really fried my brain. It really made me think hard so now my brain hurts.I don't think I feel good about the test that are coming up. Because I know they are going to be longer.

Dimitri said...

The reading test was fun. The other reading test will probable take longer.

Connor H. said...

I hope you all have a good Easter.

Molly V. said...

Something that I think is really gonna suck is that, tomorrow I'm not going to be here. Which means I'm going to have to make up the math practice achievement test tomorrow. Also, my best friends Dakota and Chelsy will have to make up the test too, because they're are going with me to this place I'm going to.

Katie W said...

I think some of the questions were hard. Some of the other questions were easy. I think I did good on the practice test.