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A Teacher's Guide to Standardized Reading Tests

Knowledge is Power

Lucy Calkins, Teachers College Reading and Writing Project, Columbia University, Beverly Falk, The City College of New York, Kate Montgomery, Editorial, Donna Santman, Intermediate School 89, New York City

ISBN 978-0-325-00000-8 / 0-325-00000-X / 1998 / 199pp / Paperback
Imprint: Heinemann
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Grade Level: K - 5th
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In recent years, the increasingly high stakes attached to norm-referenced reading tests have made it harder to hold onto what we believe about language arts education. Now, Lucy Calkins, Kate Montgomery, and Donna Santman meet us in the true trenches, offering companionship and guidance in the most lonely, complex, and sometimes heartbreaking area of our teaching: preparing students for standardized reading tests.

Written with the intimacy, inspiration, and classroom-based practicality we've come to expect from The Art of Teaching Writing, A Teacher's Guide to Standardized Reading Tests reflects the authors' belief that in order to be less victimized by tests, we need to be more knowledgeable about them. To that end, their book:

  • provides a complete overview of tests, showing us how to use this information to be more powerful and more articulate participants in today's political conversations and in our interactions with colleagues, parents, and our students
  • demonstrates how the methods we've come to trust in the reading and writing workshop can be built upon and adapted as we do test-preparation work with our students
  • rethinks the reading workshop in light of standardized tests, describing predictable challenges children will face when taking tests and ways we can help children develop the capabilities to meet those challenges
  • provides guidelines for reading and interpreting test results, enabling us to minimize the damage caused by troubling scores.
"If our students do well on tests," write the authors, "we are in a far stronger position to be critical of those same tests." With A Teacher's Guide to Standardized Reading Tests, educators can achieve these results, and advocate for and use forms of assessment that inform teaching and support student learning.

I. Confronting the Tests
1. The Challenge
2. Testing 101: Learning Enough to Talk Back to the Tests
II. Teaching Reading in the Shadow of Standardized Tests
3. When a Concern for Scores Drives the Curriculum
4. The Overlap of Good Teaching of Reading and Good Reading Test Scores
III. A New Curriculum for Test Preparation
5. Rethinking Test Preparation
6. Reading the Test Passages
7. Navigating the Format of Tests
8. Mastering the Tricks and Avoiding the Traps
9. The Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day
IV. The Politics of Testing: A Guide to Survival
10. The Politics of Reading Scores and the Community
11. Taking Our Place at the Policy Table

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