Celebrate with The Test Ladies

Celebrate with The Test Ladies

Ever since Kristina Smekens introduced the idea of a Test LadyTM, signs of that lady’s true identity have been popping up all over. Here are some great examples of how different schools are celebrating the idea of making the audience for test-writing a...
Watch the Test Lady Sisters Style Show

Watch the Test Lady Sisters Style Show

During the 2010 Literacy Retreat, the Smekens Education consultants and staff participated in a Test LadyTM Style Show. To provide students a stronger sense of audience, the scorers behind the state writing assessments need to be humanized. Giving students a person to...
Motivate Students for Test Taking

Motivate Students for Test Taking

Several teachers sent information about ISTEP Pep Assemblies they hosted prior to testing week. Many hosted special dress-up spirit days. There are some really creative educators out there delivering test-prep tips and Test LadyTM reminders to students! Here are a few...
Look for the Test Lady

Look for the Test Lady

In preparing his 4th graders for an Indiana writing assessment, David Henry (teacher at Sweetser Elementary in Sweetser, IN) shared Kristina Smekens idea of the “Test LadyTM” with his students–that a particular woman who lives in the state capitol...
Introduce the Test Lady

Introduce the Test Lady

Here are some great ways to introduce the “Test LadyTM”: Cathy Strawer, Colleen Hostetler, and Jenni Kramer are fourth grade teachers at Topeka Elementary. Here’s what they did — “We had our own ISTEP Lady come and review key prompt...