Taking tests always made me panic with fear, even if I was well prepared for them. So, when spring rolls around and students are required to take the mandated state tests, I feel their anguish and understand their fear. Our third graders must take the IREAD-3 test to assess their reading and comprehension at the third grade level. If students fail this test in March, they have another chance in the summer to retake it. As a Title I interventionist it is my job to arm these at risk students with the strategies they need to master these tests. Our Title I team compiled a list of test strategies and then created a "test prep boot camp" for these third graders. We met every day for three weeks starting with a mini-lesson and then breaking into smaller groups. Students were called "recruits" and were expected to memorize the cadence of strategies as we marched through the halls.
|Our Boot Camp Manual|
|Portion of our "Sound Off " cadence|
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|Runner of Strategies|
|Boot Camp mission statement|
|Entrance to third grade hall...ready for the test!|
|My school, a wonderful learning community|
Good luck to all students taking the state standardized tests. Especially my third graders!