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Taking the Horror Out of High-Stakes Testing

Just the term 'standardized testing' can cause teachers and students alike to cower in fear. The emphasis placed on outcomes in terms of academic standing and professional evaluation can create anxiety in even the calmest people. The resources in this collection include strategies for teacher and student test preparation, tips for test-taking, and so much more that make testing less like a bad horror movie, and more like what it is - an opportunity to demonstrate knowledge.
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Taking the Horror Out of High-Stakes Testing
  • Tracy Pinkard says:
    The suggestions in this blog post almost make me wish I was in primary school preparing for standardized testing all over again. Truly, if the creative suggestions provided here were used when I was in school, testing would have taken on a totally different, much more positive perspective.
  • Tracy Pinkard says:
    Given the stress of high-stakes testing, a little humor can work wonders. While comical, the suggestions in this LoveTeachBlog blog post are actually really good. From ab exercises (yes, ab exercises) to contemplating how your class would survive the zombie apocalypse, there's a little bit of everything here. What I really, like, however, is that the suggestions can be shared with students as ways they can creatively use that extra time between test sections without distracting other students.
  • Tracy Pinkard says:
    The ct4me website has created a comprehensive page dedicated to preparation for standardized testing and it is amazing! The insights alone make this web page worth bookmarking and sharing, but the links to additional resources really set this resource apart.
  • Tracy Pinkard says:
    This Edmentum blog post offers some of the best advice I have ever read regarding preparing students for high-stakes testing. The "Day of Testing Tips" are pure gold (for example, seated stretching to help break the monotony) and the link to the test-taking checklist is a treasure within itself. Bookmark this post, print it, share it - it's worth it!
  • dailyteachingtools.com
    dailyteachingtools.com

    Tips for Test Taking: Strategies for Teachers and Activities for Students

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    Tracy Pinkard says:
    This article on the DailyTeachingTools website is awesome! The tips are well-organized, practical, and concrete. What I particularly love, though, are the explanations that accompany each tip. I highly recommend this resource.
  • educationworld.com
    educationworld.com

    Boosting Test Scores: Strategies That Work

    8 minute read
    Tracy Pinkard says:
    EducationWorld does an excellent job of providing strategies for ensuring students demonstrate their knowledge on high-stakes testing. Taken from the perspective of principals, the tips here center on the "big picture" issues sich as addressing 'bubble' or borderline students, analyzing data, engaging parents in the process, etc. I definitely recommend reviewing this resource due to the added dimension of insight it adds to the testing process.
  • actsanantonio.com
    actsanantonio.com

    How To Ensure Your Students Pass Those End Of Year Exams

    4 minute read
    Tracy Pinkard says:
    The suggestions, tips, and strategies provided in this Act San Antonio blog post are concise while at the same time being quite useful. Included is great advice on building student confidence regarding the test, reviewing the material, offering additional test preparation assistance, and providing study tips.
  • Tracy Pinkard says:
    This MiddleWeb article by Curtis Chandler addresses test anxiety in a creative and personal way. By providing examples of how feelings of anxiety in general impacted his life, as well as by explaining the difference between healthy, productive anxiety and debilitating anxiety, Chandler provides teachers with great insight into testing anxiety. The strategies he includes for addressing test anxiety are useful and practical, earning this article a 'thumbs up'!
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BloomBoard Asks:How do you encourage excitement and extinguish anxiety in your students as it relates to high-stakes testing?