However you feel about them, standardized tests are integral to public education. Discover ways to prepare for, cope with, detox from, and even be creative with high-stakes assessments.
- High-stakes tests often measure how well students cope with stress rather than how much they know, but they can prepare for the stress.
- Tying fun goals to standardized test preparation helps students stay focused as they review several months’ worth of content.
- There’s a tension between project-based learning and standardized testing prep, but also a wide swath of common ground.
- Gather and use valuable student data to inform your classroom practice.
- Explore an educator's guide to websites, organizations, articles, and other resources looking at the new system of standards and how they will be assessed.
- You can’t make timed tests go away, but you can help make the stress more manageable for students.
- A neurologist shares ideas for beating stress before and during test time.
- Teaching students mindfulness can help them counteract the negative emotions and low self-esteem associated with a culture of standardized testing.
- Educators from Manor New Technology High School in Manor, Texas, part of the New Tech Network of schools, have provided these resources and tools for project-based learning.
- Use these games built around standardized tests to build engagement and fuel learning.
- Discover a project-based learning model that motivates students to pursue knowledge and drives academic achievement.
- Help your students use technology and build their confidence—and teach them to speak the tests’ language.
- Guest blogger Denise Pope, senior lecturer at Stanford's Graduate School of Education, looks at the culture of desperation that encourages widespread student cheating and suggests five steps toward academic integrity in the classroom.
- Blogger Terry Heick looks at the nebulous term "understanding" and how its many interpretations can make student assessment so difficult.
- We've compiled a resources list to help families understand various uses of assessment in schools, what questions to ask, how to help children prepare, and all about standardized tests.