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Should elementary schools ban spelling tests?

Two of the biggest school districts in St. Louis, Missouri, recently eliminated spelling tests. This may be part of a larger trend. Spelling will still be taught in these districts, but kids won't be explicitly tested on the subject.

What do you think: Should spelling tests be banned? Is it a good idea to move away from testing? Will kids still be held accountable for understanding spelling?

Read this article for more info: http://www.fox2now.com/news/morningshow/ktvi-ki...
In Topics: Tests (preparing, taking, anxiety!), Motivation and achievement at school
> 60 days ago

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pigtoria
pigtoria writes:
Hiâ¦.

You asked an interesting question and one that Iâve asked myself since my son started second grade this year.  My sonâs teacher doesnât give a spelling test.  She gives what she calls âa pretestâ.  Hence, every Friday, the kids are âpretestedâ on 10-15 words.  The number of words missed will determine their spelling words list for the following week.  (Yes, in theory, there could be 21 different spelling words lists for each of the student in class).  There are various assignments for the spelling words list Monday through Thursday including writing the spelling words four times, definitions, spelling sentences, grouping the words into categories, word shapes, etc.  However, there is NO spelling test on these spelling words on Friday.  So on Friday, my son does not have a spelling test â he has a âpretestâ which is randomly selected words that he never studied for.

My son has a great memory so not having a spelling test doesnât bother me.  However, since August until now, Iâve asked myself these questions - what is the benefit of spelling tests?  What is the purpose of spelling?  Does a good speller makes a good reader or vice versa?  I donât know if Iâve found the answers to these questions yet. So for the time being, I continue to do my part.  I have my son take a spelling test â on the spelling words list that he worked on from Monday through Thursday â every Thursday night.

There is no perfect school district, school, nor teacher.  There will always be something missing from the puzzle.  As parents, we need to supplement our childrenâs education, and fill in those missing pieces of the puzzle.  This way we can give our children a well-rounded âwholeâ (puzzle) education.

Hope this helps!

Vicki
> 60 days ago

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