How to Raise Test Scores

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					How to Raise Test
     Scores

It’s not Rocket Science
Teach for the Test, Not to the Test

  Teach    life skills
  If it’s not worth teaching, it’s not worth
   testing
  There is nothing on the test that should
   not be in the curriculum
  Create bridges between students
   natural intelligences and learning styles.
Expect the Best; Accept No
Less

 Each learner is unique.
 Approach learning through different
  pathways.
 Expect everyone to achieve.
Structure With Cooperative
Learning
 Research  has found that cooperative
 learning is the number one strategy
 for increased student achievement.

 Students need to work frequently in
 small groups to improve their ability
 to be part of a team effort
Teach test-taking Strategies
Explicitly

 Test-takingskills are a metacognitive
 strategy that empowers students.

 Teachersteach students how to be
 good learners as well as good test-
 takers.
Stress Prelearning Strategies


         use what they know to help
 Learners
 them understand something new.
Chunk the Material for Deep
Understanding

      students to look for similarities,
 Teach
 common groupings.

       meaning to a subject by linking it
 Attach
 to something familiar.
Organize with Graphics
           things graphically, students
 Displaying
 must organize large amounts of
 knowledge.

 Makes   students think visually.
Reflect Through Mediation


 Usequestions to probe for what
 students do not understand

 Think   aloud activities
Express Idea with Mnemonic
Devices and Visual Cues

 Remembering lists, e.g., states
 Remembering data, e.g., formulas
 Remembering rules, e.g., i before e, etc.
Seek Student Choices in
Learning Situations
 Teacherscan establish broad
 parameters and still give students
 choices.

 When  students are interested in
 knowing something, they are much
 more likely to learn it.