ERIC Number: ED459522
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2001
Meeting the Challenges of High-Stakes Testing. Essentials for Principals[TM].
The often-competing issues that accompany high-stakes testing pose challenges for even the best and most experienced principals. For example, time allotted for teaching test-taking skills and practice is sometimes "stolen" from science and social-studies courses. Some parents are concerned that students are missing out on a critical part of their education as a result. This publication discusses many of the elements surrounding high-stakes testing. Its focus is on providing the school leader with tools to make it a less stressful and more successful situation for staff and students. Topics include test-preparation issues, the pros and cons of test prep, how much time should be spent, and what approaches will be most helpful to students. Tips are given on how teachers can use classroom activities, homework, and ongoing assessment practices to help students perform well on tests. Examples are given of what schools have learned from experience about providing a calm, structured environment that decreases student stress. Other issues discussed are children with special needs, integrating assessment and instruction in ways that support student learning, and effectively communicating test results to parents and enlisting assistance from parents. (Contains 87 references.) (RT)
Descriptors: Administrator Guides, Administrator Responsibility, Administrators, Educational Environment, Elementary Secondary Education, High Stakes Tests, Integrated Activities, Learning Activities, Parent School Relationship, Principals, Special Needs Students, Teaching Methods
National Association of Elementary School Principals, 1615 Duke St., Alexandria, VA 22314-3483 (Order #EHST, $24.95). Tel: 800-386-2377 (Toll Free); Fax: 800-396-2377 (Toll Free); Web site: http://www.naesp.org.
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Educational Research Service, Arlington, VA.; National Association of Elementary School Principals, Alexandria, VA.
Note: "With Deborah Perkins-Gough."