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Teach Reading, Not Testing : Best Practice in an Age of Accountability - Professor Liz Hollingworth

Teach Reading, Not Testing

Best Practice in an Age of Accountability

Paperback Published: 10th January 2012
ISBN: 9781412997737
Number Of Pages: 127

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Finally, a responsible approach to reading instruction that does not require teachers to abandon everything they know about teaching students how to be literate and how to LOVE reading! Test preparation worksheets and drill and kill activities do not make children into life-long readers. Hollingworth and Drake provide research from the academic community to support the instructional strategies that are offered in this very practical book. In addition, they include stories from the field about the ways the accountability movement is influencing teaching practice and what can be done about it. These authors mix an insiderAEs perspective on assessment research and development with a practitionerAEs experience in achieving reading outcomes at the elementary and secondary levels. Their aim is to show how all students can be prepared for standardized tests, without oteaching to the test.oe The key components of their approach are: 1) aligning instruction to the state or national core standards, 2) using formative assessment, 3) connecting units to real-world contexts, 4) motivating students effectively, and 5) holding on to best practice in literacy instruction. This book affirms the professionalism of the classroom teacher without vilifying standardized tests.

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"This timely book addresses issues that we all deal with on a daily basis because of NCLB and high stakes testing. Teachers are in a quandary because they are often directed to provide exercises and activities in the classroom that contradict what they know to be good literacy instruction. This book provides suggestions for maintaining excellent instructional standards which will result in improved test scores." -- Janice C. Brunson, Coordinator of Elementary Literacy
"This is a useful resource for teachers and administrators who aspire to ramp up their knowledge of current practices and policies driving the myriad changes swirling in the field of literacy instruction. It is a friendly overview and navigation guide by a knowledgeable author team." -- Paula J. Leftwich, Senior Director, K-12 Curriculum and Instruction

Forewordp. vii
Acknowledgmentsp. xi
About the Authorsp. xv
Introductionp. 1
Conducting an Alignment Studyp. 9
Conducting an Alignment Studyp. 10
What Is Alignment?p. 10
Teaching to the Test: Just Say Nop. 18
Key Points to Rememberp. 22
End-of-Chapter Quizp. 23
Using Formative Assessmentsp. 25
What Does Formative Mean?p. 26
How Are the Scores of Test Takers Analyzed?p. 32
Differentiated Instructionp. 33
Tests as a Snapshot: The Jacuzzi Metaphorp. 34
Test Quality and District Assessmentsp. 38
End-of-Chapter Quizp. 40
Struggling Readersp. 41
Accommodations Versus Modificationsp. 42
Modifications and High-Stakes Tests: Alternative Assessmentsp. 43
Accommodations and High-Stakes Testsp. 44
Assistive Technology (AT)p. 45
Response to Intervention (RTI)p. 50
Differentiated Instruction (DI)p. 50
English Language Learners (ELLs)p. 52
End-of-Chapter Quizp. 53
Attitude and Motivationp. 55
Motivation Researchp. 59
Incentivesp. 62
Goal Settingp. 63
What to Do If Your Principal Wants to Use Pizza Parties to Bribe Studentsp. 65
The Use of Practice Tests: Preparation or Motivation?p. 66
Test Preparation: Analyzing Tests as a Reading Genrep. 67
Communication With Stakeholdersp. 71
End-of-Chapter Quizp. 72
Engaged Independent Readingp. 73
Connect Your Reading Units to Real-World Contextsp. 74
Teaching Students to Read for Pleasurep. 75
Reading at Home: W.E.I.R.D.p. 78
What's the Deal With Boys?p. 79
Literature Circles and Book Clubs What Is Normal in the Real World?p. 79
Best Practice for Book Clubsp. 81
Summaryp. 83
End-of-Chapter Quizp. 84
Best Practicep. 85
What Do Quality Inservices Look Like?p. 87
Theory and Practice at the Elementary Level: Best Practices Primerp. 88
Know What Works for Youp. 95
End-of-Chapter Quizp. 95
Implications for Your Teaching and Beyondp. 97
Holding Your Groundp. 97
Test Misuse in the Early Days of Testingp. 99
The Need for a Supportive Principalp. 100
No More Teaching to the Testp. 101
Next Stepsp. 102
Final Thoughtsp. 103
Answers to Quizzesp. 105
Five Ways to Teach Vocabularyp. 109
General Glossary of Assessment Termsp. 11
Referencesp. 117
Indexp. 125
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ISBN: 9781412997737
ISBN-10: 1412997739
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 127
Published: 10th January 2012
Publisher: CORWIN PR INC
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 25.15 x 17.53  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.3

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