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In my view, if you teach the Utah core, you teach the test. The USBE has improved their standards, their assessments, and their alignment. "Teaching the test" isn't teaching a strange multiple choice test without relevance any more. Today, if you master the core, you've mastered a 21st century education, and you've mastered the test.
Of course, you might want to teach test specific strategies and question stems. These are like teaching one test-specific genre, not like adapting your whole instruction to a test. Sometimes we read folk tales, sometimes we read biographies, and sometimes we read test questions! Students just need a little instruction to apply Utah Core reading skills to the test, and, voila, you've basically "taught the test."
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