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The Cloze Story Word Test and Sentence Dictation Test are different from a Friday Test in:

1. purpose benefit: These tests gather information about words a student cannot spell to target practice for the long-term mastery of the words, while a Friday Test assesses short-term spelling retention and culminates study of words. 2. pre/post study benefit: When students prestudy the words prior to testing, the test does not assess long-term mastery of words, but only short-term memory. 3. assessment format benefit: Assessment of words within the context of writing provides a more accurate assessment than words tested in isolation. 4. options for testing benefit: Multiple testing options within the program that include two tests of differing difficulty per unit increase flexibility to meet the needs of diverse learners and provide accurate feedback on progress, rather than one short-term memory test" per unit. 5. recycling of words benefit: Conscientious study is enhanced when students know that words must be learned long-term rather than short-term; ongoing practice of words ensures their mastery. 6. learning outcome benefit: Long-term learning of high-frequency words, rather than short-term learning of low-frequency words, enables studen_ to write the words they need most often with ease and accuracy. 7. time frame benefit: An adjustable testing schedule provides teaching flexibility.

THESE TESTS GATHER INFORMATION SO THAT INSTRUCTION AND PRACTICE CAN BE SPECIFICALLY TARGETED TO IMPROVE LEARNING.

INCREASING STUDENT SPELLING ACHIEVEMENT Copyright 2003 Egger Publishing Inc. Reprinted with permission 1-888-937-7355

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