When we saw our students scoring lower than expected on standardized tests, we wanted to learn why. What we discovered was they didn't know what the questions were asking them to do. They didn't know how to answer because they were uncertain what was required for a correct answer, This was true for a range of test-takers from above average to below average learners.
We researched standardized test questions to learn the most frequently used question words, the testing vocabulary. From that list, we developed exercises to teach the HOW of testing, We implemented the resulting workbooks in schools in the St. Louis area and discovered the students scored higher on the subsequent test.
Initial teacher instruction is require during which the teacher encourages thorough but concise anwers for best results. Students monitor their own responses through scoring guides for each question. An answer key is provided for the teacher.
Anchoring a Testing Vocabulary is our 5th grade addition to the Test Decoder series which covers 5-8th grades (Anchoring, Acquiring, Building and Constructing a Testing Vocabulary) now uploaded to TPT. For Special Education, reading and language impaired and ESL students we recommend using a workbook 1 to 2 grades below grade level to start. All units in the series follow the same format and no identification of grade level appears on the student materials, so they are discreet to use in multi level settings.
Key words; standardized tests, printables, test-taking strategies, test preparation, sentence writing, self-scoring guides.