You asked how we prepare our students for standardized tests. First of all, we do hope that what we teach on an everyday basis is constantly preparing our students to perform well on standardized tests. However, we also know that students do need to learn test taking strategies and practice the types of questions found on these tests. Since our state test is given shortly after students start school in the fall, we do not have much time to spend "prepping" them for the test. For that reason, we spend time at the end of the year doing a mini test-taking genre study to prepare our current students for the test they will take as 4th graders in the fall, and then we review the test-taking skills at the beginning of the year that our new students were taught in 2nd grade. A group of teachers in our county developed a unit plan that we use with our students during these times.
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