She told the teacher giving her the practice test, "I don't need to look back. I know the answer." And maybe she did. I will know today when we start to score the Ohio Reading Achievement Assessment practice tests. She might have gotten a perfect score, but probably not.
The OAA doesn't test how smart you are. It doesn't test your reading. It doesn't show if you are a good student or not. It doesn't show if I am a good teacher or not. The OAA shows how well students can use test taking strategies. That's pretty much it. When the whole achievement test process is over, basically the student, the teacher, the school, and the district will be judged on how well students used test taking strategies.
Don't get me wrong, being a good reader and writer helps, but without using test taking skills, it won't get you a good score. Why else would a lot of teachers drill and kill all year using achievement test passages and questions? They want to get you "practiced up" so you can score well.
So back to this student. Do you think she scored well? If she didn't use the most basic strategy of going back in the passage to find/verify her answer, then I have to wonder what other strategies she ignored. And knowing this is a test of students' ability to use test strategies, I know she could score higher than she did if she had used all of the strategies she knows.
What about you Reading Workshop students? What strategies did you use? How did it work out for you?
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