Get Ready, Set, Test Team 7 Special Services Teachers State Department of Education
Good Instruction… Good Test Scores? w One would expect that good instruction automatically leads to good test scores. Unfortunately, this deduction is not true. w What do you think?
Factors That May Decrease Students’ Performance w Poor curriculum/test match w Uncertainty with test format w Time management w Improper mechanics/item attack strategies
w Lack of effort/motivation w Student anxiety w Teacher attitude w Lack of understanding test vocabulary w Inadequate last minute preparation
Poor Curriculum/Test Match w Study Compendium Supplement for types and numbers of questions. w Match textbook with what is taught and tested. w Review pacing guide. w Use charts, tables, graphs, analogies, and synonyms in all content areas.
Uncertainty with Test Format w Provide opportunities for students to answer in SAT format. w Limit the number of times directions are given. w Utilize some SAT format within classroom evaluations.
Time Management w Give timed tests occasionally. w Design tests up to 50 minutes. w Announce and enforce time limits on certain assignments. w Practice time awareness.
Improper Mechanics/Item Attack w Multiple choice items w Levels of difficulty w Accuracy w Guessing w Determining the answer w Use of time
Motivation/Lack of effort w Discuss reasons and uses of test. w Have pep rallies, theme days, and competitions. w Create bulletin boards, door decorations, and posters. w Provide incentives.
Student Anxiety w Provide training in test-taking. w Allow discussion about anxieties. w Explain purposes and uses of test. w Practice positive thinking. w Help students to relax.
Teacher Attitude w Model positive attitude and enthusiasm. w Be sure classroom reflects “up beat” view. w Show students a belief in their capabilities. w TEESA
Lack of Understanding of Testing Vocabulary w Incorporate testing vocabulary into daily instruction. w Initiate testing vocabulary in kindergarten. w Familiarize students with testing vocabulary…TEACH!