11/16/2011

Some elementary schools across the country are doing away with spelling tests in favor of alternative methods for teaching students how to become good spellers. In one Virginia school district, students in kindergarten and first grade study patterns in words and how they contribute to spelling, while others employ a combination of this "word study" method with traditional spelling instruction and tests. Some critics say eliminating spelling tests is lowering expectations for students, while supporters say the conceptual approaches are more effective.

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