ERIC Number: ED429987
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Helping Children Master the Tricks and Avoid the Traps of Standardized Tests. ERIC Digest.
Calkins, Lucy; Montgomery, Kate; Santman, Donna
This Digest lists some of the common mistakes made by young readers and suggests teaching strategies that may be useful to teachers who are preparing their classes to take standardized tests. Children must learn to use the text to pick the answer, rather than relying on memory, especially when the story is a familiar one. Teachers can help students learn to look through the text and can provide practice opportunities with easy or familiar text in a format that resembles that of the test. Teachers can also help students create a context for words that may be on a test by relating those words to their own experiences. Learning to read the questions accurately is important, as is practicing choosing the answer based on the true meaning of the questions. Teachers should also advise students not to overlook an answer choice because it contains an unfamiliar word. Students can also be taught to check their answers without reviewing every single response. In addition to teaching students these strategies, teachers need to set a positive tone for the day of the test. (Contains four references.) (SLD)
Descriptors: Elementary Education, Elementary School Students, Reading Skills, Reading Tests, Standardized Tests, Teaching Methods, Test Coaching, Test Wiseness
ERIC Clearinghouse on Assessment and Evaluation, 1129 Shriver Laboratory, University of Maryland, College Park, MD 20742 (free).
Publication Type: ERIC Publications; ERIC Digests in Full Text
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Assessment and Evaluation, College Park, MD.