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Teach Reading, Not Testing Best Practice in an Age of Accountability

by Professor Liz Hollingworth, Hilleary M. Drake

Teach Reading, Not Testing Best Practice in an Age of Accountability Synopsis

Finally, a responsible approach to reading instruction that does not require teachers to abandon everything they know about teaching students how to be literate and how to LOVE reading! Test preparation worksheets and drill and kill activities do not make children into life-long readers. Hollingworth and Drake provide research from the academic community to support the instructional strategies that are offered in this very practical book. In addition, they include stories from the field about the ways the accountability movement is influencing teaching practice and what can be done about it. These authors mix an insiderAEs perspective on assessment research and development with a practitionerAEs experience in achieving reading outcomes at the elementary and secondary levels. Their aim is to show how all students can be prepared for standardized tests, without oteaching to the test.oe The key components of their approach are: 1) aligning instruction to the state or national core standards, 2) using formative assessment, 3) connecting units to real-world contexts, 4) motivating students effectively, and 5) holding on to best practice in literacy instruction. This book affirms the professionalism of the classroom teacher without vilifying standardized tests.

Teach Reading, Not Testing Best Practice in an Age of Accountability Press Reviews

This is a useful resource for teachers and administrators who aspire to ramp up their knowledge of current practices and policies driving the myriad changes swirling in the field of literacy instruction. It is a friendly overview and navigation guide by a knowledgeable author team. -- Paula J. Leftwich, Senior Director, K-12 Curriculum and Instruction This timely book addresses issues that we all deal with on a daily basis because of NCLB and high stakes testing. Teachers are in a quandary because they are often directed to provide exercises and activities in the classroom that contradict what they know to be good literacy instruction. This book provides suggestions for maintaining excellent instructional standards which will result in improved test scores. -- Janice C. Brunson, Coordinator of Elementary Literacy

Book Information

ISBN: 9781412997737
Publication date: 10th January 2012
Author: Professor Liz Hollingworth, Hilleary M. Drake
Publisher: SAGE Publications Inc
Format: Paperback / softback
Pagination: 144 pages
Categories: Teaching of a specific subject, Educational: English language: reading & writing skills,

About Professor Liz Hollingworth, Hilleary M. Drake

Liz Hollingworth is a professor in the College of Education at the University of Iowa. Her research and teaching interests are centered on curriculum, leadership, and assessment. In particular, her work explores how federal school reform policies affect classroom practice. Her other books include Organization and Administration of Iowa Public and Private Schools and Complicated Conversations: Race and Ideology in an Elementary Classroom. Dr. Hollingworth grew up in San Diego, taught in Chicago and Michigan, and now lives in Iowa City with her husband, Andrew, and teenaged daughter, Emily. Hilleary Drake has taught fifth grade for six years in Riverton, ...

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