Standardized Testing Articles

Standardized testing is:

in theory: a tool to ensure that student knowledge and aptitude in a given subject are examined with the same criteria across different schools.

in practice: a test used across schools, mostly composed of multiple-choice and true-false quizzes, and short-answer or essay writing requirements which are assigned a score by people other than the student's teacher.

Standardized testing is any test that is used across a variety of schools or other situations. Designers of such tests must specify a discrete correct answer for every question. This type of test includes both achievement (which measures knowledge already known) and aptitude (which attempts to predict future performance or potential) tests given to grade-school students, the British GCSEs, and the American SATs. Source: Wikipedia.

1: Breathe and Stretch (Not Rated)

December 2008 By Nancy Rowland Stress and Children The life of the children and adolescents in the new millennium is one of cell phones, iPods, computers, emails, text messages and Wii games but it also the life of high stakes testing, organized competitive sports, divorce, financial crisis, terrorism and wars. Gone are the days when kids went out and played basketball in a neighbor’s driveway until dusk. This generation has scheduled play dates with

2: How to Get a 12 on the SAT Essay (Not Rated)

The SAT essay can produce time management challenges and difficulties for SAT-takers. Many students score poorly on this section; however, using the AEC TP IT 2B RCP strategies will help SAT-takers significantly increase their SAT scores on the SAT essay section. Prewriting (5 minutes) Spend no more than five minutes on the AEC TP planning. You get no points for planning. 1. First, read the one-sentence question that begins the Assignment section. This

3: How to Learn SAT Vocabulary (Not Rated)

SAT-takers generally find the critical reading sections challenging because both the sentence completion and passage-based reading sections are so vocabulary dependent. You may not have a huge academic vocabulary, but some concentrated study and knowing the following strategies can make a significant difference in your scores on the critical reading and multiple-choice writing sections. Sentence Completion Strategies Vocabulary recognition is critically important for both the Passage-based Rea

4: How to Answer the SAT Sentence Completion Test Problems (Not Rated)

SENTENCE COMPLETION STRATEGIES: 1. Read the sentence, paying special attention to the TONE of the sentence. The sentence may have a positive or a negative tone and the answer choice must match that tone. Examples: The happy and _____________ young woman left without complaint. Feeling _____________ and angry, the teacher rejected his proposal. 2. While reading the SAT sentence completions, circle any KEY words that may affect the meaning of the sentence. AMOUNT WORDS alw

5: GMAT - Top ten best methods to improve your mathematical skills (Not Rated)

A high score in the GMAT exam is essential to get admission in top business schools. The GMAT exam is made of three parts: GMAT Verbal, GMAT Math and Analytical Writing. Usually GMAT Exam takers have years of training and practice in the verbal and writing part. However, the same is not true for GMAT Math. A high GMAT score, therefore, is largely dependent on high GMAT Math score. What can students do to get a high score in GMAT Math? What are the best methods and strategies that are taught

6: Knowledge Achievement Tests (4.00/5)

by Margene Smith Knowledge Achievement Testing "When performance is measured performance improves. When performance is measured and reported the rate of improvement accelerates." Quote from Thomas S. Monson There are many different types of testing. As home school parent teachers we test all the time. We ask questions of our children. Asking questions of what they have done is a form of testing. Testing in and of itself can be good or bad. The deciding factor is how we use it;

7: Parenting Tips: SATS! - A Daunting Educational Yardstick (Not Rated)

by Dr. Noel Swanson It's time again for the dreaded and stress inducing SATS. Teachers and students alike are stressing. The principal or head teacher wants to look good on the national league tables. The teachers want everyone to know that they're the best. As for the students, they've heard so much about these tests that they're terrified of failing, or at least not doing their best. There are some children who excel at tests and love them. At the other end of the spectrum are those who be

8: Education - The Fallacy of Teaching to the Test (Not Rated)

By Leanne Hoagland-Smith With the passage of the No Child Left Behind Law, each state is required to set their own performance benchmarks and through a series of tests assess the academic improvement of all students to ensure accountability for the billions of dollars being invested within the American public education system. One of the most repeated arguments is that this law or any accountability law mandates teachers to teach to the test and that teaching to the test is wrong. From a

9: Standardized Testing Teaching Tips (Not Rated)

By Freda J. Glatt, MS Standardized tests can be very stressful for children. Here, therefore, are some tips for parents and children that may help. Before the Test...for Parents and Children 1. Have children study every night during the year so they will understand the material as their teacher is presenting it. Clear up any confusion as they go. This will make them confident in their knowledge and lead to a review for the test rather than to learning new information. 2. The night before th