ERIC Number: ED318739
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1987-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
A Comparison of the Effectiveness of Four Test Preparation Programs. Final Evaluation Report.
Chicago Public Schools, IL.
Four commercial test preparation programs were evaluated for their effectiveness in increasing scores of elementary school student on standardized multiple-choice tests. Focus was on determining whether: formal training increases students' test-taking skills, students can generalize the test wiseness strategies to improve their scores on standardized tests, and increased knowledge of how to take tests reduces students' test anxiety. "Scoring High" (Random House), "Improving Test-Taking Skills" (Riverside), "On Target for Tests" (Continental Press), and "Reading Skills for Standardized Testing" (Hammond) were compared with no formal test wiseness instruction, using about 12,000 students in grades 2 through 8. The reading comprehension subtest of the Iowa Tests of Basic Skills was used to determine if such instruction improved the students' performance on standardized tests. A Test-Taking Survey, Test Anxiety Survey, and Teacher Survey were developed for the study. Although teachers usually liked the instructional packages, no decisive differences were found between those who received test taking instruction and those who did not. Teachers apparently gave informal test wiseness instruction; the comparison group was therefore not a valid control. No recommendation could be made for purchases of these packaged programs. Six graphs and seven tables are provided. (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Chicago Public Schools, IL.
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Iowa Tests of Basic Skills