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What Every Elementary Teacher Needs to Know About Reading Tests

  • Title:What Every Elementary Teacher Needs to Know About Reading Tests (From Someone Who Has Written Them)
  • Author:Charles Fuhrken
  • Publication Date:2009
  • Grade Level:K-5
  • ISBN:9781571107640
  • Publisher:Stenhouse

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When he was a student struggling to concentrate on dreadfully boring passages of standardized reading tests, Charles Fuhrken remembers thinking to himself, "Who writes this stuff?" He had no idea that one day it would be him.

Fuhrken has spent years working as a writer for several major testing companies, and he believes that what he's learned about testing could be very useful — even liberating — for teachers interested in teaching effective reading strategies as well as preparing students for reading tests. In What Every Elementary Teacher Needs to Know About Reading Tests, Charles takes the mystery out of reading tests. He explains how reading tests are created, how standards are interpreted and assessed, and how students can apply their knowledge of reading to standardized tests.

What Every Elementary Teacher Needs to Know About Reading Tests sets the record straight about the myths and realities of tests and offers extensive, practical strategies that help students perform well on test day. This ready to use, easy to understand resource provides a wealth of information about reading tests, including high-quality preparation materials; samples of the most frequently assessed reading standards; and more than thirty engaging, core-reading activities. Tests require a special kind of savvy, a kind of critical thinking and knowledge-application that is not always a part of classroom reading experiences. That's why teachers need to provide students with sound, specific information about reading tests. Only then can students feel prepared and confident on test day.

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Author Bio

For the past twelve years, Charles Fuhrken has worked in assessment for three major test publishers and on testing programs for many states, including California, Georgia, Mississippi, Texas, and Virginia, as well as on norm-referenced achievement tests such as Stanford and Metropolitan. "Through the years, from talking to teachers in various arenas, I came to understand that teachers want and deserve to be informed about tests, but currently they feel either uninformed or misinformed." After completing a PhD in curriculum and instruction at the University of Texas at Austin, Charles began writing down everything he could think of to help teachers who are preparing students for their state's reading test. The results are his two books: What Every Elementary Teacher Needs to Know About Reading Tests (From Someone Who Has Written Them) and What Every Middle School Teacher Needs to Know About Reading Tests.

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