ERIC Number: ED189143
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Oct
Reference Count: 0
A Large-Scale Assessment of an Instructional Program to Improve Test-Wiseness in Elementary School Students.
Shuller, Stephen M.
Test wiseness (TW) has been recognized as an important source of variance on standardized achievement tests, independent of content or random error. To help students develop the type of TW skills necessary for optimal performance on reading achievement tests (ie. time using, guessing strategies), a comprehensive TW skills instructional program called Mini Tests was developed. The program consists of two sets of one page worksheets, one set designed to introduce TW skills, the other to provide practice in using them on materials similar to standardized reading achievement test items. As a preliminary assessment of the effectiveness of Mini Tests, data available regarding their use in the New York City Public Schools (grades 2-9) in 1974-76 were analyzed. The results indicated that New York City Elementary Schools which purchased Mini Tests made statistically significant gains in the numbers of their students scoring on grade level over those schools not purchasing Mini Tests. (GSK)
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Instructional Materials, Reading Achievement, Reading Tests, Standardized Tests, Test Coaching, Test Wiseness
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Identifiers: Metropolitan Achievement Tests; Mini Tests; New York (New York)