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How do you prepare students for a second-grade reading test?

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Practice the second-grade reading objectives from your state or territory to prepare your students for reading tests. The common core standards are available online at CoreStandards.org. The second-grade standards focus on phonics, word recognition, fluency and identifying key details in literature and informational text.

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Under the Common Core State Standards Initiative, second graders are tested in three language arts areas: reading foundational skills, reading literature and reading informational texts. Second-grade students are expected to decode words using grade-level phonics and word-analysis skills. When reading literature and informational text, second graders should be able to ask and answer questions such as who, what, where, when, why and how.

Have your students practice reading out loud to correct pronunciation and improve fluency. Lead your students in guided discussions to identify key components of a story and develop an understanding of structure, detail and integration of ideas. Encourage students to read age-appropriate books at home with their families. Share best practices with other teachers to get the most out of your school district's reading curriculum.

As of April 2015, 43 states, four territories, the District of Columbia and the Department of Defense Education Activity have adopted the Common Core State Standards. CoreStandards.org publishes information about how each state or territory has chosen to adopt the new academic standards. If you teach in a common core state or territory, contact your Department of Education to locate additional resources they have prepared to help students and teachers adjust to the new standards.

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