ERIC Number: ED447561
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000
Reference Count: N/A
Schoolwide Test Preparation: One Elementary School's Instructional Approach That Dramatically Raised Standardized Test Scores. ERS Monograph.
Smith, Steven H.
This book describes how educators at Harrison Elementary School in Twin Falls, Idaho, used the Standardized Timed Curriculum (STC) to raise students' standardized test scores. The monograph, which is divided into eight chapters, opens with an overview of testing in schools, the growth of the test-preparation business, and the need for school action. Chapter 2 examines the experiences at Harrison Elementary, emphasizing that preparing students for such tests does work. The next chapter lists some schoolwide strategies to improve test scores, such as developing positive attitudes toward standardized tests. Chapters 4 and 5 then discuss the basics of the STC, offering advice on using computation practice tests and strategies students can use to take timed tests. Chapter 6 focuses on the teaching of test-taking skills for mathematics and includes suggestions for helping students in organizing their desks, in completing as many problems as possible, and in enlisting parents to help with homework. The next chapter looks at test-taking skills for reading and language and offers specific suggestions regarding the subtests in each of these sections. The last chapter describes program dynamics, materials, and costs. Five appendices feature a calendar and checklist for implementing the STC approach, exercise worksheets, and other information. (RJM)
Descriptors: Curriculum Development, Elementary Education, Instructional Effectiveness, Instructional Materials, Program Descriptions, Standardized Tests, Test Coaching, Test Wiseness, Testing, Testing Programs
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