Why is this teaching to the test? Using state blueprints and formatting an assessment helps students prepare for tests. Teachers model close reading and annotating text as they prepare and these are college and career ready skills. It just makes sense to align blueprints and assessments. It also makes sense to assess to determine mastery. How many of us have taken classes to prepare for the GRE, the LSAT, or entrance tests for college? Modeling how to prepare for and take a test may be a life-long skill.
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