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5 Mistakes that Schools Do That Hurt Standardized Test Scores

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Today Dr. Brad Johnson @drbradjohnson talks about the mistakes schools make that hurt their standardized test scores. Consider this feedback as you prepare to administer testing this spring. In today’s show, Brad discusses standardized testing mistakes schools make.

Project-based learning and standardized tests don’t mix

The Hechinger Report

Standardized tests don’t measure student engagement or deep thinking about relevant, meaningful content. Is the goal to improve test scores or prepare students for adulthood? The post Project-based learning and standardized tests don’t mix appeared first on The Hechinger Report.

How Playful Assessment Unseated Standardized Tests at One School


And perhaps most novel, instead of traditional tests, they’re using “Sparkle Sleuths,” one in an emerging set of assessment tools to measure their mastery. But with MIT reinforcing its work, Community Middle has become a test site for schools nationwide. Escaping Standardization Every two weeks, Community Middle introduces a new school-wide project that all 45 students work on simultaneously for about two hours per day.

Union supports standardized tests boycott

The Innovative Educator

The Seattle Times reports the teachers union shares concerns the faculty at Garfield High has raised about district-required standardized tests. As a result, the Garfield teachers announced that no teachers at the school would be giving the tests this winter, even though the district requires them to do so. Seattle standardized tests Seattle teacher boycott Seattle union boycott Standardized Testing

How Standardized Testing Is Like Airline Thinking


The only student test data that really matters, says education consultant Debbie Silver, is timely, diagnostic information telling educators what their students know and can or cannot do. Articles Assessment Debbie Silver standardized tests student test data teacher input test-retest

Intrinsic Motivation vs. Standardized Tests


Illustration credit: ©AndSim/ Valencia Clay Education Equity Low standardized test scores are a reflection of being uninspired, not unknowledgeable.

OPINION: Standardized tests offer ‘a neutral yardstick’ in college admissions

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. To what extent should standardized tests play a role in college admissions? For many college admission officers, standardized tests provide a neutral yardstick for measuring student potential and performance. Higher Ed Opinion Testing

Is Assessment Ready to Move Beyond Standardized Tests? These MIT Researchers Think So.


The beauty of playful assessment, she says, is that it can be done without interrupting the rhythm of learning, thereby alleviating student anxiety around testing. Teachers are evaluated on those standardized tests. Going Meta on Building Rubrics Researchers at the lab understand that while “most people recognize the limitations of standardized testing,” they may still rely on it because it’s hard to know what to do instead.

PBL and Standardized Tests? It Can Work!


Andrew Miller PBL Assessment Blogger Andrew Miller acknowledges the tension between project-based learning and standardized testing prep, yet he also finds a wide swathe of common ground between both teaching methods

Taking the Stress out of Preparing for Standardized Tests

Gaggle Speaks

Standardized tests can seem like the bane of an entire school’s existence. Minimizing stress for test day is one of the most important factors for preparing your students to take any test. Here are a few ways to take the stress out of preparing for standardized tests.

Students suggest how to fix standardized testing

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Fifth graders give notes on how to fix the ‘many things wrong’ with Tennessee state tests. “We knew we would have to take that test soon,” student Christopher Romero said.

Prepareing Our Kids for Life … Not Standardized Tests


The post Prepareing Our Kids for Life … Not Standardized Tests appeared first on TeacherCast Educational Broadcasting Network. In this episode of the TeacherCast Podcast, we speak with TED speaker Ted Dintersmith about his new movie “Most Likely to Succeed” and ask the question, “what should our students be learning in school?”

What Would Accountability Without Standardized Tests Look Like?


Standardized tests were introduced during President Lyndon Johnson’s administration to prove the extra funds going to low-income schools were working. That’s why many civil rights groups adamantly defend the tests as crucial for accountability and equality. Now, parents and students are opting out of the tests, arguing the testing detracts from learning. America’s obsession with standardized tests is harming our kids.

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Standardized Testing (HBO)

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

This is not a form of humor that I enjoy, and the content rating here is sadly and unnecessarily PG-13, but this is one of the most cogent criticisms of our standardized testing system, its absurd limitations, and its associated for-profit drivers, that the general public will get.

States will soon be free to transform standardized testing, but most won’t

The Hechinger Report

In the early 1990s, Kentucky districts were among those grading student portfolios and assessing performance tasks, instead of standardized tests, and they found themselves on the cutting edge of educational assessment. K-12 News Law and policy Personalized Learning Testing

a.) Standardized Testing b.) Multiple Choice c.) Kahoot! d.) All of the above

Inquire and Inspire

For three consecutive years of my career I taught grade 6, which is one of three grades in which students in Ontario write the Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO) standardized exam.

Children Stressed to the Breaking Point Due to Standardized Testing

A Principal's Reflections

Recently New York City made public teacher evaluations based on student standardized test scores. This proceeded the state of New York''s decision to change how educators are evaluated, in part by connecting the standardized test scores of students into final ratings.

How Standardized Tests Are Scored (Hint: Humans Are Involved)

NPR Learning and Tech

We know very little about what goes into standardized tests, who really designs them and how they're scored. Take a peek into the nation's largest test-scoring facility in the country. »


Teaching Beyond the Standardized Test – Preparing Our Kids for Life | @Edu21Century


The post Teaching Beyond the Standardized Test – Preparing Our Kids for Life | @Edu21Century appeared first on TeacherCast. In this episode of the TeacherCast Podcast, we speak with TED speaker Ted Dintersmith about his movie “Most Likely to Succeed.". In this episode of the TeacherCast Podcast, we speak with TED speaker Ted Dintersmith about his movie “Most Likely to Succeed” and ask the question, “what should our students be learning in school?”. About our Guest.

ASCD Calls for Move Away from Sole Reliance on Standardized Testing for Accountability

The 21st Century Principal

One of the leading educator organizations in this country is calling for an end to the over-reliance on standardized testing in accountability practices. They are calling for what is called "multimetric accountability" by which, according to their press-release includes: not using standardized test scores as the "sole measure of student achievement, educator effectiveness, or school quality." ASCD High Stakes Testing standardized testing testing and accountability

Can a Test Ever Be Fair? How Today's Standardized Tests Get Made.


After politics and religion, few issues are as contentious as standardized tests. To some, standardized testing overwhelms our schools and helps eradicate differences between students. Whatever your thoughts, there’s no denying that students are taking lots of tests. students were taking about eight tests a year. Predictably, a big business has sprung up around testing. What you want is a test where the items on it don’t play favorites.

What Happens When Standardized Test Scores Don’t Reflect Student Growth?


It is painful when all of the effort that teachers and students put into teaching and learning becomes summarized by standardized test results—especially when hard-working students that have demonstrated massive growth over the course of the year receive poor scores. This past April, while administering the 5th grade ELA standardized test in Louisiana, I did as I was supposed to—I circulated and stuck to the script. Would it just add to his test anxiety in the future?

5 Ways ESSA Impacts Standardized Testing


Anne OBrien Education Trends One of the biggest complaints about NCLB was the test-and-punish nature of the law. Read about how ESSA could change that.

Standardized Tests & Comparing Student Scores: Relics of 20th Century Ed Systems

The 21st Century Principal

“Developing better tests of student learning in the 21st century is as futile as attempting to find a faster horse and buggy would have been in the 20th century.” We need assessment conditions that are variable rather than standardized.

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What I’ve Been Up To & a Quick Reminder of Our Undying Standardized Testing Fetish in US

The 21st Century Principal

What I hope to be able to do expose even more of the bizarreness behind our continued fetish with using standardized tests to measure everything in education. Somehow, we in the United States just can’t let go of this “If-it-breathes-let’s-test-it approach to education. And, I am still just as critical of our accountability and testing fetish as ever. Accountability PISA standardized testing Testing

One Standardized Tests Provider Looks to Gaming and Personalized Learning to Innovate Exams


When the Opt-Out movement gained traction in 2015, more than 20 percent of New York students (about 200,000) in grades 3 through 8 declined to take state standardized exams, a statistic that raised questions about the future of such testing. The Educational Testing Service (ETS), a New Jersey-based nonprofit, is one of the largest high-stakes testing providers in the United States. Aligning tests with the ways students learn in the classroom is one of Gorin’s goals.

What Does Growth Look Like for a Student Who Isn’t Having Success on Standardized Tests?


Over the course of my career, I’ve had some years where my students’ standardized test scores were on the rise , and other years where they stagnated. While educators are engaged in long-winded conversations about how these tests don’t accurately reflect student success, kids are losing out every day. Just a few weeks before he took this diagnostic writing test, his Lexile score was assessed and his level was 1100 (the low end of high school equivalency).

How to Overcome Apathy and Disillusionment When Standardized Tests Fail Kids


Many educators recognize that standardized tests don’t measure everything—and that some of the most critical types of growth can’t be measured by a numerical score. Seven years ago, during my first year of teaching, all of my eleventh graders failed the Georgia State End of Course Test in American Literature. McClarin Success Academy in College Park, GA is an alternative high school and many of our students have never passed a standardized test.

Three Reminders for Educators on the Eve of the Spring Standardized Testing Onslaught

The 21st Century Principal

Of course we all acknowledge state standardized tests can't possibly measure everything that matters. Our state even forbids the use of state test scores as the sole basis of making high-stakes decisions. Yet, as the season of testing falls upon us, the obsession with bubble sheets and number two pencils begins anew. But we need to be reminded that tests are only a small piece of information that matters about our students and our teachers.

App Ed Review Roundup for August 2015: Test Prep Apps


It’s Never Too Early to Start Preparing for Critical Standardized Tests Standardized tests can be as scary as just the letters ACT, SAT, and AP and these tests can send shivers down students’.

Harvard Study of Value Added Teachers Misses the Mark

Brilliant or Insane

Opinion Harvard standardized testing Brilliant or Insane. There’s nothing worse for education reform than bad or misinterpreted research, like the study shared by education blogger, Joanne Jacobs, about value added measure of teacher effectiveness.

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Prepfactory - free online test prep tips and practice

Educational Technology Guy

PrepFactory is a site that offers students free SAT + ACT instructional videos and practice questions (kind of like Duolingo meets Khan Academy, specifically for test prep). It''s easy to use and offers tips for taking the tests as well as practice questions and videos.

Engaging classes vs. test prep: Can we have both?

Ditch That Textbook

To make matters worse, high-stakes tests can sap the joy out of teaching very quickly. Teaching creative teaching education reform standardized tests student engagement test preparation

Pass That Test! 18 Test Taking Resources and Strategies!

Teacher Reboot Camp

“… these tests are unable to measure all of what it is that makes you the valued person who you are.” – Principal Len Christie. Even though I’d like to abolish them completely, I realize standardized testing is part of the education system and not going away anytime soon.

Most Teachers Are Like Leaping Salmon


Most teachers Mary Tarashuk knows are salmon, with a deeply embedded instinct that urges them to keep swimming upstream against mighty currents (including CC standardized testing) to find their way back to real teaching that makes real sense for real kids.

15 Simple Tips To Keep Your Sanity During Testing

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15 Ways To Make Testing Fun–Or At Least To Keep Your Sanity While It’s Happening. Right, so, testing. With that in mind, we thought a few tips might help get you through the testing period and ready to ease into those looming long summer mornings, afternoons, and nights.

Avoiding the Reefs as We Navigate Testing Season


Without turning his classroom into “test prep central,” teacher Kevin Hodgson is working to anticipate what his state's evolving standardized tests will contain and how best to help his sixth graders prepare themselves with plenty of reading and writing strategies.

District Offers Secure Exams with Hapara and GAFE


There is a reason that standardized exams are so simplistic in nature. It is a lot easier to standardize procedures if every student takes the same exam at the same time and the scores can be tabulated by a machine that counts black and white circles. GAFE Edtech Update Hapara Highlights hapara workspace standardized testingOffering a secure examination experience for teachers and students in the cloud can be a daunting task.

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How Prodigy helped Texas schools improve STAAR scores


School leaders Game-Based Learning Standardized Testing teaching toolsLike educators across the United States, those in Texas are under pressure to help students achieve positive scores on assessments. We compared State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) results across 170 schools — 51 do not use Prodigy, while 119 have at least 20% of students on Prodigy. The study shares our analysis. […].

Dealing with Anxiety about State Testing in Elementary Schools [Infographic]

Where Learning Clicks

Test anxiety starts early for many students, so we share some tips for eliminating the stress many students experience during testing in elementary school. The post Dealing with Anxiety about State Testing in Elementary Schools [Infographic] appeared first on Where Learning Clicks.