Sometimes students understand content, but they struggle with the way a test question is worded or the Tier II vocabulary in either the question or the possible multiple choice answers. Other students have test anxiety and become overwhelmed by assessments, especially those they consider important.
One simple strategy that can help alleviate student anxiety and can help the teacher recognize vocabulary issues or misconceptions is called “What Else?”
Here’s how it works: At the completion of the test, the students are able write any additional information about the topic that they want on the back of the test. Teachers can prompt students by writing a “What else?” question on the board. For instance, teachers could ask, “What do you know about the Underground Railroad that I did not ask about on the test?” This allows teachers to see what students are thinking about and what they valued from their learning experience.