Category Archives: Testing

Engaging in a Process of Formative Assessment

With everything being said today about assessments, we should fully understand the process and how it impacts learning. But I fear that many educators fail to use formative assessments to their maximum potential. Much of the fault lies in thinking about … Continue reading

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The Testing Bribe

Many schools give various rewards to students for their performance and/or hard work on a high-stakes test.  Young people like to have a reward for working hard, and I can’t say I blame them.  I like to have a reward … Continue reading

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Motivate Students for “The Test”

With testing season on us, here are some tips for helping build enthusiasm and motivation for that high-stakes test: Parents write letters of encouragement for their kids to read. Pass the letters out on the first day of the test … Continue reading

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Teaching Students How to Improve Test Scores

In the current world of increased school accountability and high-stakes testing, there is a natural resistance to focusing on skills that can help our students improve scores on a single test. I understand that.  After all, we teach math, reading, … Continue reading

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Motivate Students for “The Test”

Fifth-grade teacher Kristin W. shared the following idea to help motivate students do their best her state’s upcoming high-stakes test: Last year, I called every parent before Spring break and asked them to send me two things in a sealed envelope and not let … Continue reading

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