How to Ace Standardized Tests

It’s the time of year when standardized tests take center stage in schools.  My students (third grade) took a high-stakes standardized test; for most, it’s the first time in their young lives in the testing environment.  I wrote about this challenge last year:

How kids take standardized testsHow to make State Achievement Test week AWESOME (for teachers)

Dos and Don’ts for the State Writing Test

Links for parents looking for information on how to help their students:

Disney Family Website Article: What Every Parent Should Know About Standardized Testing  “Thirty years ago, American school children spent two or three days a year bubbling in answers on standardized tests. Today, children in some school districts spend as much as 18 days per 180-day school year on standardized testing.”

 Testing Our Schools: A Guide for Parents  “This guide will answer some of your questions and give you information about testing. Use the guide to help you understand more about school testing, define your questions and concerns, and help your child prepare for taking tests.”

There’s an entire section of my new book, Best Multiplication Workbook EVER!  that deals with standardized test taking strategies.  Most students take standardized tests for the first time in third grade, and third grade is when the curriculum emphasizes developing multiplication skills.  My workbook deconstructs word problems and strategies to identify the correct answer to multiple choice questions, skills that apply to far more than just getting multiplication problems right.

Posted in Academics,Classroom Management by Corey Green @ May 16, 2011

 

2 Comments »

  1. Here’s a better question for you to ponder than how to “ace” standardized tests:

    Why are we giving third graders high-pressure, high-stakes tests? Why do teachers jobs and pay hinge on how 8 year-olds do on some idiotic multiple-choice test? And how much does it say about what “knowledge” and “learning” are viewed as in this country when an elementary school teacher is writing about how to game the tests? We’re hurtling towards a precipice behind horrid policies like NCLB, Race To the Top, and the thoughtless expansion of high-stakes tests that have no real substance and tell us little or nothing about students that can meaningfully be used by classroom teachers or parents to make things better. You’re young: you have an ethical obligation to think harder and better about what you’re doing to kids and what’s being done to you.

    Comment by Michael Paul Goldenberg — May 16, 2011 @ 7:36 PM

  2. “Why do teachers jobs and pay hinge on how 8 year-olds do on some idiotic multiple-choice test?” I totally agree with you on that! Teachers don’t have a choice about standardized testing, nor do students. While policies are being debated at the highest levels, my students are in school now, and it’s my job (and my passion) to help them learn. They’re young. They’ve never seen anything like the high-stakes tests they’re required to take. Teaching them how to analyze a test question is a skill that they’ll be using for many years in the future. I wrote a post last year to show what my students face on the day they take these tests: http://classantics.com/archives/483

    Thank you for commenting.

    Comment by Corey Green — May 18, 2011 @ 11:17 AM

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