You asked how we address test prep in our district. We actually take our state test at the beginning of October, so we do not have much time at the beginning of the school year to prepare our students for the test. (We start school after Labor Day.)
We like to think that the teaching we are already doing is preparing our students to perform well on the standardized test. However, we do build in some time for test taking strategies. At the end of the school year, our last units in reading workshop are "Making Plans for Summer Reading" and "Test-Taking Strategies." Since we are limited to a few weeks in the fall before students are expected to take the test, we know that we must do some work at the end of the school year as well. When students do return to school in the fall, we review the test-taking strategies that were taught the year before. However, we make sure that it does not conflict with our launching of reading and writing workshops. Some districts do all test prep until the test and do not launch their workshops until after the test. With this approach, students are not even reading self-selected texts at their own level until the end of October. We try to make sure that test prep takes the place of a different subject whenever it is done. For example, it might take the place of reading workshop one day, math another day, social studies another day, and science on a different day. This way regular routines are established in all subject areas instead of pushing good teaching aside to focus just on test taking.
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