Schools explore alternatives to spelling tests

Some elementary schools are doing away with spelling tests while still teaching students how to become good spellers. One Virginia school district has students in kindergarten and first grade study patterns in words and their contribution to spelling, while others employ a combination of this "word study" method with traditional spelling instruction and assessment. Some critics say eliminating spelling tests lowers expectations for students, while supporters say the conceptual approaches are more effective.

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