ERIC Number: ED218319
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981
Reference Count: 0
Preparing Students for Standardized Testing: One District's Perspective.
Ligon, Glynn; Jones, Phil
So that comparisons of achievement test scores across campuses would be unaffected by variations in test preparation activities, the Austin Independent School District has set out to standardize all testwiseness instructions and practice testing across the school system. Appropriate preparation activity was defined as that which contributes to students' performance on the test near their true achievement levels, and which contributes more to their scores than would an equal amount of regular classroom instruction. The program concentrated on basic testwiseness skills, as advanced tactics often required more skill than the skill being measured by the test item. Research showed that test practice was beneficial if done once, near the time of the actual test. Skills taught to all students included: following directions, understanding item formats, understanding a test's terminology, symbols and procedures, using time wisely, checking answers, marking answers properly, knowing how to ask questions about the test, being physically ready to take the test, and thinking logically. The attached materials for preparing students (and teachers) for standardized tests include: Guidelines for Test Administrators, Packets for the Preparation of Students for Standardized Testing, All-Purpose Answer Sheet, and Explanation and Examples of Testwiseness Cues. (PN)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Austin Independent School District TX; Texas
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