Evaluation and Assessment

Review of “Linking Classroom Instruction and Assessment to Standardized Testing” By Elizabeth Hammerman

Review of “Linking Classroom Instruction and Assessment to Standardized Testing” By Elizabeth Hammerman


When I was younger I was never a good standardized test taker.  I struggled with timed tests and answering questions that were supposed to be things that I have already learned.  I remember saying to myself why can’t I be a good test taker like some other students in the class. However, I realized that I had something that the other students who were good test takers did not have and that was good grades throughout the year. I knew that my strong suit as a child was that I could produce in the classroom but not on a standardized test.  However, as a teacher in training, I am quite nervous as too how I can help the students prepare for this and tell them that everything will be okay. Having to teach students to be good test takers is something I never thought teachers would have to do but how can I teach my students to be good test takers when I was never a good one either.


In this article, I have found out how to be that strong force for the students.  The article highlighted that if you use alternate forms of assessment then the students will be able to describe what they learned and apply it.  If a student can apply what they learned then they truly understood the lesson. I will definitely use formative assessments and use either charts or labs to keep records of observations and predictions. Students will be able to use these skills during the standardized tests and do well since they are used to this during class. My teachers in high school helped us learn how to make predictions and do lab reports so when it came to the ACT we would all be great.  I actually remember doing better in the ACT than the SAT because I was able to use my science skills that the teachers help us receive. I remember my teachers helping us with research questions and inquiry activities. Just like in this article my teacher made sure that they incorporated these skills into the lessons as a part of our activities. The teachers would make sure that we could do our best especially if they were thorough in describing the topic. It was all thanks to them when we did very well on the test.  If the teachers create lessons to help the children with specific skills they will see success in their students.


I think that this article is something that every teacher should read because it gives you great advice for the future.  Thanks to Elizabeth Hammerman I do not feel nervous anymore when it comes to helping the students prepare for standardized testing.   

Samantha Sebbio
Samantha Sebbio
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