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Test-writing skills focus of teacher work day

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Indian Lake Schools teachers studied their own tests Friday during a staff in-service day with testing specialists Dr. Rachel Vannatta Reinhart and Dr. Toni Sondergeld from the Bowling Green State University College of Education and Human Development.

The presenters said tests should measure what students know in a straightforward manner using an appropriate mix of multiple choice, short answer and extended response questions.

The pair helped teachers re-work actual test questions. Elementary teachers also worked with math consultant Ann Carlson to match upcoming lessons with state standards.

Many teachers expressed concerns that required standardized tests do not practice the same clear testing philosophy. The presenters advised testing students fairly in the classroom, but prepare them for the tricks that are often used on state tests.

Third-grade teacher JoAnne Brademeyer said students are asked a “Question of the Day” to demonstrate the different styles of questions they may encounter on standardized tests. (PHOTOS | I.L. SCHOOLS)

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