There is a lot of talk about spelling tests. Should we use them or not? I think what is important here is to think about the WHY.
What is the purpose of your spelling test? If it is simply to have kids memorize words for the week and then move on, does that really serve your students? (To be clear, I do not think this is ever the intention of the teacher but some programs teach this way).
I realized that my kids would memorize their words just for the test and then guess what? Within the next few days, they forgot them! This goes back to how our brains store words and the orthographic mapping process.
For most of us, the goal is for kids to really learn these words right? And to learn words, kids need skills. So why not test skills rather than words? Let me show you what I mean by that.