Have you ever worked hard at teaching your class something only to discover that they don’t apply that learning on the test? I’ve noticed many students seem to struggle with on-demand writing during test taking.
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On-demand writing: a situation in which students are presented with a prompt (question or scenario) and are given a specific time limit to complete it.
Standards based assessments call for both types of Response to Text writing. Arlynn King and I continued our conversation on Smarter Balanced and PARCC testing with an emphasis on text-dependent vs. non-text dependent questions.
Non-text dependent questions ask students to communicate their own thinking, self expression and exploration. Text-dependent questions ask students to respond to sources and answer questions by drawing on evidence from the text in support of their ideas.
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