Bilingual Education Specialists is a
specialized standardized test preparation service that is based primarily on the Texas
curriculum but that also incorporates skills tested by other national tests similar to
Stanford-9 and Aprenda. Being Web-based allows Bilingual Education Specialists to
very quickly update to the changes made to the curriculum by any testing entities. With a
combined total of seventeen years of teaching experience in the test-taking grades, we
understand the frustration of preparing students for a test with almost no
materials. It is especially difficult to find materials in Spanish for our students
in Bilingual or Dual Language programs. We realize that our students deserve better.
They deserve quality, grammatically correct test preparation material that is both
interesting and exciting for them to work with.
Our Preparation Materials
We have created an interactive
learning program that prepares students for standardized tests in the most effective
manner possible. Most test prep materials teach the objectives individually, but
when the teacher wants to test only a particular objective, there are no materials that
test that objective by itself. From the start, we realized that each objective must
be taught individually and tested individually. That is why we have developed a
method that assesses each particular objective with ten to fifteen questions* using the
different variations of questions for that objective that students would normally find in
the official test. In this manner, a teacher is able to have a much clearer idea as to the
proficiency of his or her students as far as that objective is concerned. In
reading, for example, each passage has ten to fifteen questions that deal with word
meaning, ten to fifteen questions that deal with sequence, and so on for all the
objectives that are applicable to that passage. We want to make sure that our
students practice each objective thoroughly so that they understand the concepts
completely when they take the test.
Test-taking Strategies for All Objectives
We have developed a complete
learning program that covers all areas of the curriculum: reading, math and
writing. All of the objectives are covered with a large number of questions dealing
with each particular objective. Test taking strategies for individual objectives are
available at the click of a button for students (and teachers) as they prepare to conquer
On-line Assessment and Testing
One of our most exciting features, as far as teachers are concerned, is
our on-line testing. Members may log on at any time and have their students practice
their objectives and take the tests. But what is really remarkable is that teachers
will no longer have to do any grading. The test scores and detailed results will be
automatically mailed directly to the teacher via e-mail. The moment a student clicks
on the submit button, he or she will receive a score with a list of all the incorrectly
answered questions. The student can print out this list and use it as a study guide
to master the objective that is being tested. At the same time, the teacher is being
sent an email with the same results along with the correct answers to the questions that
the student missed. Teachers can then print these results for their records.
They can also drop them into an Excel worksheet and keep track of their students' progress
throughout the year with very little effort. .
Some teachers have little or no access to computers or printers in their
classrooms. Our membership entitles teachers to print out the testing and study
materials that they need for their classroom.
Interactive Stories with an On-line Dictionary
One of the most difficult aspects of standardized testing
preparation is keeping the students interested in studying for the test. Most
teachers have problems in this area simply because studying for standardized tests is both
difficult and boring, especially for those students who have difficulty with reading. We
have developed our materials specifically to attack both of these problems. We
created high-interest stories and passages with plots and subject matter that appeal to
students. The fact that a student is able to do all the work on a computer is an added
plus. Students love to use the computer and to be in charge of their learning
We have provided an added feature to help those students who have problems
with reading. Many students don't like to read simply because they do not understand
the vocabulary and they feel embarrassed to ask the meaning of the words that they do not
understand. All our stories have vocabulary words linked to a
Spanish-Spanish/Spanish-English dictionary. Students merely have to click on the
word that they do not understand and they will be taken directly to the meaning of the
word in Spanish and in English.
*In mathematics up to twenty questions are used to assess one objective.
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