Reflection: Standardized Tests (PARCC/Smarter Balanced) Reviewing Criteria Of Explanatory Writing On Standardized Tests - Section 2: Reading Of Explanatory Writing Samples


This lesson, and really the unit as a whole, will most definitely change once we start focusing on PARCC assessments next year. This is the last year New Jersey will be administrating the NJASK. Regardless of which standardized test is begin given, one of the best teaching tools is to show students models of writing. This gives them a lot of confidence for when they take the test because they feel as though they can do it as well. If their confidence goes up, their scores go up. Although teaching a test is not a good strategy to live by, at a certain time in the year and done in a certain way, it can prove to be helpful to both the teacher and student.

Overall, my students usually have many questions regarding the background of the scorers and the scoring process. At times it can be frustrating for them when I can't give them certain answers but at least they feel comfortable enough that they will be able to succeed on the test.

  Standardization Test Preparation
  Standardized Tests (PARCC/Smarter Balanced): Standardization Test Preparation
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Reviewing Criteria Of Explanatory Writing On Standardized Tests

Unit 13: Standardized Test Preparation
Lesson 3 of 3

Objective: SWBAT analyze graded writing samples on kindness to understand writing criteria of explanatory/informative writing for the NJASK.

Big Idea: Agree or disagree? Looking at scored explanatory/informative writing samples.

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English / Language Arts, Expository Writing, Writing, explanatory writing, test prep
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