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Old 04-29-2010, 06:56 PM
 
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As odd as this sounds, are the weekly stories designed to be assessed with the textbook at hand? I am finishing my second year with Reading Street, and I am still bothered by the weekly assessments. Many stories ask page specific questions that can only be answered if you use the book on the test, or point out info specifically.

I do like the series because it is thought provoking, yet many times the assessments leave a bitter taste.

Anyone know if it is designed with or without the book?


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When we had training, we were told that the tests were designed to have the children use their books. We are teaching them how to skim and scan for information to improve comprehension. I also do my test over two days. The first two pages we do one day, and the second two we do two days later. I've had them do their tests online as well.
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Selection tests
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We also do the Rdg. Street selection tests open book and sometimes switch off to the "Fresh Reads" which are a single passage with multiple choice and are not directly linked to the main story.
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My students use their textbooks.
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This is my second year with the Reading Street series, as well. I allow the students to use the textbook for the test (some do and some don't bother which baffles me). With our state tests, students are encouraged to look back in the passages for answers so having them do this on Main Selection Tests should be fine.


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Old 05-01-2010, 07:23 PM
 
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My students always used their book - my explanation was that on the state test they would read a selection then answer the comp questions and be able to refer back to the story to "prove" their answers. I wanted them to always go back in the story so I wanted them to practice this skill. Also when a student bombed the test I always wrote "Open Book Test" across the top of the test.
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This is our first year of using Reading Street in our district. Though we really like all the reading materials, the selection tests are very badly written. I always let my students take the test open-book.

Sometimes I go through and cross out certain confusing or poorly written questions. I find that the 3 open-ended questions usually focus on the weekly skill so sometimes I just give those....

Our Reading Specialist is (supposedly) working with the publisher to re-create some of those tests (to 10-questions) so I'm looking for to seeing if that pans out!
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The Scott Foresman trainers came to our district and told us the tests were designed to be used open book. It's a different philosophy than perhaps people are used to. We are teaching them how to look back and find information. I really like the series.
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Poorly designed series!
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The tests are designed to be open book.

I have used the Reading Street series for a few years and I can't stand it. I end up using LOTS of supplemental materials and novels to cover my curriculum standards. The next time we adopt a textbook, I will throttle anyone who votes for this cruddy series!
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