Here is the situation: the unit is taught and is almost complete. It is time to review for the test. I planned a two-stage review. The first stage included a study guide which mirrored the content of the test. The guide was written using various assessment options (multiple choice, true false, short answer, short essay) giving students practice with different testing options and giving me an opportunity to routinely review how to manage these questions. Completion of the study guide was worth half of the points of the test. Stage Two included a Quiz Bowl. Those students who completed the study guide (100% of the students completed it regularly) were able to participate in a Quiz Bowl. Items from the study guide were cut up and put into a bowl. The class divided into teams of 5-6 students. Students took turns answering questions. A question was selected out of the bowl. If the question was answered correctly on the first try, the team received 10 points. If the student was unable to answer the question, he could caucus with his team. A correct answer received 5 pts. If the question could not be answered, then the question was passed to the next team. If it was answered, then the team received 15 pts. If it was not answered, the answer was provided by the teacher and the question returned to the bowl. Play proceeds until all questions are answered or until the time runs out. The test is taken on the day following the Quiz Bowl. I have found that my most resistant students responded positively to this multiple stage review process.
Those who question this process tell me that they don't have the time in their curriculum for a two day review and test process. It is true that this process does take time. But, it is also true that teachers can expect almost 100% of their students to succeed. I believe in structuring our classrooms for success. This process allows success to happen! Plus, teachers will feel like their effort is worthwhile. Testing for Learning is a win-win situation for all!