Depending on my students and their needs, I may pull small groups to practice going through the portal and using the tools in a beneficial way. It is definitely not perfect, but it helps keep the students focused on what they are reading and it keeps them reading for meaning and understanding which is always my ultimate goal.
Teach the students to summarize passages, write the main idea after reading, or take brief notes as they read.
The first year that my students took the online assessment, they were exposed to the online testing tools the week before the assessment.
The new assessment system was then used in the pilot study given to 13, students nationwide. Of the 60 fourth-grade participants, percent of the students reported having access to a computer at school, while 93 percent reported having access at home and 92 percent reported previously taking a computer-based assessment.
The notes need to be quick and to the point because the students are limited on time.
The majority of students about 61 percent who were given two minute prompts scored at least a 3, meaning that they wrote enough to be assessed, included ideas that were mostly on topic and used simple organizational strategies in most of their writing.
The scoring rubric includes multiple criteria, including development of ideas, organization, language use and grammar. You want to make sure the tools are closely aligned if not identical to the tools your students will see. They would set their papers up with the symbols they normally use to annotate and then mark with a tally mark each time they had that thought.