Last year, when I asked my students to graph their MCT2 test scores, they were shocked when they began to realize how many people really looked at their individual test data. One said, "Does Mrs. Smith and Mr. Bohannon really know what we make?" I was even in a meeting with a group of parents and a father said he never really understood when he was in school taking the California Achievement Test that anyone every cared about his scores.
The world of education has evolved in a practice of science, with research and best practice strategies that depend of data to drive the instructional practices of the educator.
Research says that students grow in reading and comprehension with practice, sustained reading. Reading Workshop give students time to cultivate this sustained reading period.
Vocabulary graphic organizers help student match meaning to new terms, but using the Fryer model that encourages students to write definition in their own words, use it in context, draw an illustration, find a synonym or a antonym. This is a six step process that includes games with the words. There must be time allowed between the steps, because research shows that is the best way to make new vocabulary stick!
I have also found that when students take part in graphing their own work, they get more serious about it. Here is an example of how I have students track their test scores.
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