ERIC Number: ED481116
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2003-May
Using Test-Taking Skills to Improve Students' Standardized Test Scores.
Bowker, Mary; Irish, Barbara
As an action research project, a program was developed to improve test-taking skills to increase standardized test scores. The targeted population was high school juniors in a small Midwestern community in west central Illinois. The problem of low standardized test achievement was documented through data that revealed that students fell below the state average in every category. The analysis of probable cause data revealed that students had not been prepared for standardized testing. Faculty reported that they believed in the importance of the tests, but did not take class time to coach for them. Reviews of statistics and research revealed that causes are rooted at home in economics and at school in instruction. A review of solution strategies suggested by knowledgeable others, combined with an analysis of problem setting, resulted in the selection of two major categories of intervention: encouraging students to become motivated to do well on standardized tests and designing and teaching test taking strategies to students. Postintervention data indicated that test-taking strategies could be taught. Based on the analysis of the data, the students showed an improvement on tracking during tests. With good teaching and the proper approach to tests, students scores increased. Teachers need to learn to teach such skills as: tracking, vocabulary clues, and reviewing answers to raise test scores. The research showed that with some effort this could be achieved. Four appendixes contain supplemental information. (Contains 2 tables, 4 figures, and 29 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Masters Theses; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Masters action research project, Saint Xavier University and SkyLight Field-Based Masters Program.