Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Getting Ready for "The Test"

Test TakerCopiers are firing off worksheets and pencil sharpers are grinding away. This time of year, The Reading Workshop, like almost every other classroom in the United States is focusing on preparing for the Achievement Test. Last year, Laurelville students received an excellent rating. This sets a high standard for this year, and students are working hard to prepare for testing beginning the week of April 20.


Some of the activities include:

1. Before school intervention classes with small groups of students are held each morning to assist fifth and sixth grade students with specific skill needs.
2. Peer tutoring on Study Island in areas of specific weaknesses help students address each content area.
3. The sixth grade will have a practice run-through of the Achievement test on Monday, March 23 for reading, and Wednesday, March 25 for math.
4. Students will review scored practice tests and rewrite incomplete or wrong short answer and extended response questions.
5. Students are taking past OAT written response questions and learning the proper format to most-likely answer correctly.
6. The 2006 Seventh Grade Reading Achievement Test is being used to practice on typical, although somewhat harder passages.
7. Group work and cooperative learning activities help students share techniques for comprehension and finding information with peers.
8. Daily class discussions focus on addressing students' needs and sharing ideas that make success more likely.

Students are working hard and learning many skills that will make them better test takers. When the time comes, I am sure their results will reflect the effort they are putting forth each day in class.

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2 comments:

Brianna H. said...

I can't wait until the test. I think I will the pass. I will keep going to Mr. McGuire and Ms. Blubaugh until the test is here. I will do all I can to pass this and go on to the 7th grade.

Paitaan W. said...

I can't wait until the test I am going to pass it this year I will keep trying until I can't try anymore.