Monday, August 10, 2009

NCLB standardized tests

Hi, I'm not sure if I'm a fan of standardized testing or not. To be honest, I know I'm not. Who likes testing? Nevertheless, I'd like my kids to do well. I'm not a big fan of last-minute test prep are spending a lot of time worrying about test-taking tricks. I'm more a believer in the idea that kids' scores will reflect their skills so they should build skills and then not worry about the tests.

I found an educational website that has the same mentality that I do. They talk only about building fundamental skills, never about test taking tricks. and they have useful info for most states nclb stuff. Here....

Standardized Test by State
Standardized Test
AlabamaAlabama Reading and Mathematics TestsARMTMontanaMontana Comprehensive Assessment SystemMontCAS
AlaskaTerra Nova-NebraskaNebraska Content StandardsL.E.A.R.N.S.
ArizonaArizona’s Instrument to Measure StandardsAIMSNevadaNevada Proficiency Examination ProgramNPEP
ArkansasArkansas Comprehensive Testing, Assessment and Accountability ProgramACTAAPNew HampshireNew Hampshire Educational Improvement and Assessment ProgramNHEIAP
CaliforniaStandardized Testing and ReportingSTARNew JerseyNew Jersey’s Core Curriculum Content Standards-
ColoradoColorado Student Assessment ProgramCSAPNew MexicoNew Mexico Statewide Articulated Assessment Program-
ConnecticutConnecticut Academic Performance TestCAPTNew YorkNew York State Testing Program-
DelawareDelaware Student Testing ProgramDSTPNorth CarolinaNorth Carolina Standardized Test-
FloridaFlorida Comprehensive Assessment TestFCATNorth DakotaNorth Dakota’s State Assessment-
GeorgiaCriterion-Referenced Competency TestsCRCTOhioOhio Graduation TestsOGT
HawaiiHawaii Content and Performance StandardsHCPS IIOklahomaOklahoma Core Curriculum TestsOCCT
IdahoIdaho State Achievement TestsISATOregonOregon Statewide Assessment System-
IllinoisIllinois Standards Achievement TestISATPennsylvaniaPennsylvania System of School AssessmentPSSA
IndianaIndiana Statewide Testing for Educational ProgressISTEP+Rhode IslandRhode Island State Assessment Program-
IowaIowa Test of Basic SkillsITBSSouth CarolinaSouth Carolina Statewide Assessment Program-
KansasKansas Assessment System-South DakotaDakota State Test of Educational ProgressSTEP
KentuckyCommonwealth Accountability Testing SystemCATSTennesseeTennessee Comprehensive Assessment ProgramTCAP
LouisianaLEAP Alternate AssessmentLAATexasTexas Assessment of Knowledge and SkillsTAKS
MaineMaine Educational AssessmentMEAUtahUtah Basic Skills Competency TestUSBCT
MarylandMaryland School AssessmentMSAVermontVermont Comprehensive Assessment SystemCAS
MassachusettsMassachusetts Comprehensive Assessment SystemMCASVirginiaVirginia Standards of LearningSOL
MichiganMichigan Educational Assessment ProgramMEAPWashingtonWashington State Assessment of Student LearningWASL
MinnesotaMinnesota Comprehensive AssessmentsMCAsWest VirginiaWest Virginia Educational Standards TestWESTEST
MississippiMississippi Subject Area Testing ProgramMSATPWisconsinWisconsin’s Model Academic Standards-
MissouriMissouri Department of Education Standardized Tests-WyomingWyoming Comprehensive Assessment SystemWyCAS

Sunday, August 9, 2009 is amazing

I just found and am really enjoying this great vocabulary and spelling website. I'm using it to help my kids get back into the academic mind set this August.

I found their resources section particularly useful:

Contractions - You can build lists using words like: I’ll, we’ll, shouldn’t, and they’re. There are lists of what contractions supports.
Abbreviations - You can build lists using abbreviations such as titles (Mr. Dr, Mrs.), measurements (oz., pt, qt.), and geographic terms (Blvd., Pkwy., and Rd.)
Possessives - SpellingCity has added some sample possessive forms of nouns, both plural and singular, for spelling and grammar practice. For example: aunt, aunts, aunt's, aunts', boy, boys, boy's, boys', lady, ladies, lady's, ladies', doctor, doctors, doctor's, doctors'. As background, SpellingCity has always included both the singular and plural forms of nouns and the the forms of verbs (ex play, playing, played).

What's the Most Popular?

Dolch Words - This collection of Dolch or Sight words is perennially useful. There is both background information and lists ready-to-use.
Compound Words - Kids love studying compound words. Teachers love teaching them. Does your school have a Compound Word Day? It should!
Sound Alike Words or Homophones - All students and many adults benefit from practice distinguishing the right spelling and usage of its and it's; they're, there, and their; and to, too, and two.
Word Confusion - This article reviews homophones, homonyms, homographs, and synonyms. Need a quick reminder? Here it is.

The Heavy Stuff: Research and Articles on Spelling has two articles on the importance of spelling to building successful readers and writers: The Importance of Spelling and Research on Spelling Automaticity.