how do you review for state tests with your students?

Discussion in 'Elementary Education' started by Emerson Squirl, May 8, 2011.

  1. Emerson Squirl

    Emerson Squirl Rookie

    Joined:
    Jan 31, 2008
    Messages:
    70
    Likes Received:
    0

    May 8, 2011

    I'm kinda at a loss as to how I should prepare students for their tests. As a first year teacher I don't have experience to guide me. On top of that I am unfamiliar with which objectives are typically on the test and, therefore, which to spend time reviewing. It's making my stress level rise!! Any ideas on how to make this task more manageable?
     
  2.  
  3. luckyal29

    luckyal29 Companion

    Joined:
    Oct 17, 2008
    Messages:
    197
    Likes Received:
    1

    May 8, 2011

    Our school purchases Test Prep booklets.

    Not sure about your state, but my state releases questions that were on the state tests from previous years. I suggest you search and if Utah doesn't have it, try CA or Texas.

    So with either test prep questions, we'll correct it together and I or the students will model their thinking out loud. I'll also try and teach strategies. I make sure they show evidence or find evidence for their answer.
     
  4. nstructor

    nstructor Cohort

    Joined:
    Dec 28, 2010
    Messages:
    588
    Likes Received:
    46

    May 8, 2011

    Most states also have copies of the most frequently tested indicators and/or standards.
     
  5. teacherintexas

    teacherintexas Maven

    Joined:
    Jul 7, 2005
    Messages:
    5,280
    Likes Received:
    748

    May 8, 2011

    Look at your state site. Released tests and testing objectives should be listed.
     
  6. mb_teacher

    mb_teacher Companion

    Joined:
    Mar 9, 2011
    Messages:
    202
    Likes Received:
    0

    May 9, 2011

    I would look at the objectives on the review booklets and make a note of them.
    Review the objects through the whole year. Then, you aren't cramming last minute and wasting precious instruction time.
    This is what the schools I have taught in and observed in have always done and the students to very well on the tests.
     
  7. newbie23

    newbie23 Comrade

    Joined:
    Jul 10, 2009
    Messages:
    476
    Likes Received:
    0

    May 9, 2011

    I try to make test prep as enjoyable for the kids as I can because the last 2 weeks before the test is a lot of heavy review. Prior to that I try to pepper in questions at least once a week for each subject area (math and reading for me) using clickers, a computer program like classmarker, or study island. I get these questions from released test questions on my states DOE website, test prep workbooks from years past, and other supplemental books.

    The last two weeks we play Jeopardy with clickers, "grade" already completed tests (I fill in the test and students have to justify their grading of the test. It forces them to think about the value of each answer and rationalize their decisions), and creating our own test questions. This way they're reviewing but it's in a more creative and deeper-thinking level.

    Next year I want to use the test prep workbook (need to remember to order those).

    Perhaps the best preparation you can do is helping the kids to understand the logic behind the different question types because you cannot possibly know everything that will be on the test but if you give them tools to eliminate answers and evaluate questions they'll be able to apply those to those "thinker problems."
     
  8. JustMe

    JustMe Virtuoso

    Joined:
    Jun 7, 2006
    Messages:
    7,946
    Likes Received:
    3

    May 9, 2011

    "Test prep", or "anything done to purposefully raise test scores" are not technically allowed (for us). Stupid, stupid.
     
  9. Aliceacc

    Aliceacc Multitudinous

    Joined:
    Apr 12, 2006
    Messages:
    27,534
    Likes Received:
    6

    May 10, 2011

    Does that mean you're not even allowed to go over the directions with them?

    I can see not teaching to the test, but I would hate to think that they're walking into a test having no idea what to expect, even in terms of question type.
     

Share This Page

Members Online Now

  1. Jeremy Provost,
  2. Bệnh viện Kangnam,
  3. lindataylor11,
  4. gr3teacher,
  5. agdamity,
  6. Backroads
Total: 472 (members: 7, guests: 437, robots: 28)
test