Parents/Guardians: Today in class, your child took an EOC-style exam as their final assessment for the novel Jane Eyre.
There were a few things that were notably different about today’s exam that I would like to go over with you so that you are prepared to discuss the exam with your child:
- Time Limit – today was the first time that I strictly observed the 45-minute time limit. Prior to today, students were allowed extra time to finish if necessary. It’s very important that students be able to complete the 38-question test in a 45-minute time period. Many students continue to struggle with pacing during tests. After Christmas break, we will spend some time working on strategies to assist with this issue.
One strategy that you may try yourselves right now is to print out some practice ACT reading tests. Give your child one passage (8 – 10 questions) and set a timer for 12 minutes. This is more than enough time. Once they get used to comfortably answering the questions in that time frame, set the timer for 11 minutes and so on. Students should not spend more than 7 – 8 minutes on a single passage.
- Independence – Students will not be able to ask or have questions answered during the EOC exam. They must be able to deal with issues that arise on their own (not understanding the wording of a question, not knowing what a word means, et cetera). I did not allow students to ask questions today. So you are aware, if this happens during the EOC, students need to make a note of the question and report the issue after the test.
- Test Corrections – On most assessments in my class, I allow retakes if the average is below a 75%. Because this is a true EOC-style assessment (38 questions, 45 minutes), it’s very important that students learn from their mistakes. Therefore, we will be doing test corrections. Each student will receive a printout from me that lists the answers they gave on the test. They will receive 25% back for each correct LETTER answer and 50% back for a quality test correction.
Example of a quality correction: “I know the answer is simile because the phrase included the word ‘like’.”
Example of a poor correction: “This is the answer because it’s a simile.”
We will continue to work on improving performance in reading comprehension after the break. This is a critical skill for the EOC, ACT, and college courses. As always, if you feel as though your child would benefit from individual tutoring or assistance, you are welcome to contact me to arrange a time before/after school. I am available every day except Monday morning.