You bet I have had to deal with a lot of pressure regarding state testing. Does it ever seem to end?!? In fact, my current school and last school both have some of the highest test scores in the state. No pressure there, right? In my situation, it is a push to make sure all students are in the advanced category in every subject. Thinking about that task almost gives me a panic attack!
Regarding worksheets and practice sheets for reading- Yes, I try to incorporate 1 traditional worksheet in a week (usually as a warm-up) with another being higher level.
~Sorry for not going through my library to answer this, but there is a great resource written by the author of Mosaics of Thought. It offers leveled reading passages with higher-ordered reading comprehension strategy questions. I think it is worth looking into (Blue and gold book)
~ If your school uses Thinklink through Discovery, they have some great online practice probes that can really focus in on your students' problem areas.
Hope that helps!!!
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