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5 Mistakes that Schools Do That Hurt Standardized Test Scores

The CoolCatTeacher

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.

How to Use Prodigy to Prep for Standardized Tests

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Can game-based learning improve standardized test scores? improvement on standardized test scores. Here’s how you can use Prodigy to help prepare your class for state or provincial standardized tests: ??

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 Playful Assessment Unseated Standardized Tests at One School

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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.

Do We Still Need Standardized Tests? A Bold New Approach

CUE

— Special Guest Editorial to the CUE Blog — Over the past several years, there has been an ever-increasing uproar about the over-testing of our children, especially the big standardized tests imposed by the No Child Left Behind Law.

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 Standardized Testing Is Like Airline Thinking

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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

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

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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.

Intrinsic Motivation vs. Standardized Tests

Edutopia

Illustration credit: ©AndSim/iStock.com 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

The Hechinger Report

. 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

PBL and Standardized Tests? It Can Work!

Edutopia

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

eSchool News

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

TeacherCast

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?”

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

Edsurge

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?

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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?

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.

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

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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.

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.

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

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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. »

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

Edsurge

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

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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.

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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.

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

What Would Accountability Without Standardized Tests Look Like?

MindShift

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.

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

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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.

5 Ways ESSA Impacts Standardized Testing

Edutopia

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

Learning That Matters

A Principal's Reflections

The other day I posted the following statement on Twitter, Facebook, and Google+, "When was the last time any of us had to take a standardized test in our careers? I should have clarified my comment a bit more by explaining that I was referring to repetitive standardized tests being taken while in the same job with the same school, company, or corporation. Many, however, do not require another test once a passing score has been achieved.

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

EmergingEdTech

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’.

10 Smart Test-Taking Tips for Students [Infographic]

Where Learning Clicks

Download our smart test-taking tips to help students mentally prepare for tests and cut down on stress before it negatively affects their performance. The post 10 Smart Test-Taking Tips for Students [Infographic] appeared first on Where Learning Clicks.

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.

Pass That Exam! 14 Test Prep 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. Research has shown standardized test scores do not reflect many students true knowledge and skills. What are the testing accommodations?

Testing For What?

A Principal's Reflections

I recently came across an opinion piece titled Putting New Jersey''s High School Diplomas to the Test. The article focused on NJ''s relentless push to increase standardized testing and institute end of course exams that students would have to pass in order to graduate.

District Offers Secure Exams with Hapara and GAFE

Hapara

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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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