Involve your students in active Learning! Teach your students how to write a correct written response by: ¹identifying the number of parts to a question, ²analyzing student response and, finally, ³assigning points , students learn how to write complete responses.
I use Ohio Department Education (ODE ) practice tests, and released test materials from previous Achievement tests. They make excellent materials to familiarize students with how the test will “look.” Although I use this strategy periodically, throughout the school year, I begin concentrated review about three weeks before testing. I have used (ODE) Ohio Department of Education practice materials to include in this packet. However, they are suitable for use by teachers in any state.
My lessons begin with teacher modeling and guided reading, then, progress to small group work. Students are actively involved in identifying, analyzing and evaluating responses written by students in previous years.
This is a classroom-tested strategy. By using this strategy, not only do my students feel more at ease taking Achievement Tests, but their responses become more complete and correct.