Educators understand and value the importance of formative and summative assessments. However, it can be difficult to find tests with appropriate length, with rigor, and with a measured range of difficulty. In most cases, educators must rely on released state tests from previous years with which to accurately assess students’ knowledge and understanding of grade-level concepts. This product offers an alternative.
As an independent contractor for a well-known testing service, I have written both passages and test items for year-end assessments in various states. For this product, I have written two original, engaging paired passages: one fiction (“A Dog’s Best Friend”- detailing a boy’s adventure rescuing a dog) and one non-fiction (“Crabtree Falls – Beautiful, But Dangerous” – a examination of one of nature’s wonders). Thirty test questions for each of these passages are included, as well as a third paired assessment that uses some questions from each passage, seven new questions relating to both passages, and three stand alones (not-text related).
Tested items include: figurative language, organizational patterns, connotations, author’s voice, prefixes, imagery, writing style, inference/conclusion, conflict, multiple meanings, text features, mood, tone, transition words, etymology, roots, antonyms, prefixes, synonyms, analogies, plot elements, theme, main idea, characterization, summary, supporting details, antonyms, conflict, literary devices, simile, metaphor, point of view, signal words, cause and effect, and others. Also included is a detailed answer key for each of the three passages explaining the rationale for every answer (so even a sub or a student teacher could take charge in your absence, if needed). In order to tailor the assessments to your needs, the product (word documents) is totally editable. You can change, rearrange, or omit certain questions, thereby creating your own test, etc. to focus on your teaching
goals or to increase/decrease the difficulty level of the assessment.
The tested vocabulary within the passages is primarily grade 8 (according to EDL Core Vocabularies – our guide when constructing state assessments). These assessments would be suitable for grade 8, advanced grade 7 (probably as a year-end assessment), or grades 9 and above (to gauge students’ understanding of the concepts listed above).
The original assessments in this product are aligned with common core standards and are designed to address important content mastery, which is crucial for satisfactory performance on high-stakes assessments.