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Glossary of Terms

Glossary of Terms

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ACT - is a national college admission examination that consists of subject area tests in English, mathematics, reading, and science. On the web: The ACT Test.

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NCLB - See No Child Left Behind.

No Child Left Behind - is federal legislation that has specific mandates for states and their public school districts. Those mandates are or are related to (1) stronger accountability for results; (2) more freedom for states and communities; (3) proven education methods; and (4) more choices for parents. On the web:U.S. Department of Education.


SAT - is a national college admission examination that consists of subject area tests in writing, math, and critical reading. On the web: The SAT Test.

Six Traits of Writing - A learning model 
that helps students understand what is working well and what needs to be improved in their writing. The traits give teachers a focus for their writing instruction. The traits give all a common language for talking about and celebrating writing. The Six Trait model breaks down writing performance into a manageable group of teachable and assessable skills. On the web: NW Regional Education LaboratoryThe six traits of writing are

Content / Ideas - the heart of the paper - what the writer has to say.
Organization - the road map which directs the reader through the paper.
Voice - 
the personality of the writer coming through on the page.
Word Choice 
what gives an exactness to details and helps the writer paint memorable pictures in the reader¹s mind.
Sentence Fluency - 
In any piece of writing, there are many possible ways to write any sentence correctly, but usually, of those correct versions, one or two will sound better than others. A writer who can pick out those versions and can use them frequently will have a strong sense of sentence fluency.
Conventions - 
the rules of a language. 

Related Links

The ACT Test

A student website for ACT test takers.


No Child Left Behind

Get full details of the "No Child Left Behind" federal legislation at the U.S. Deparment of Education's website.


The SAT Test

A website for SAT test takers, students, parents, and educators.


Six Traits of Writing

Official site of the Six Traits of Writing learning model.


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