George Lucas Educational Foundation

Standardized Testing

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.

  • Study Strategies Beyond Memorization

    Using a metacognitive exercise helps students know what they should and shouldn’t study.
    Kasey Short
  • New Research Casts Doubt on the ‘Summer Slide’

    Under closer scrutiny, the idea of dramatic learning loss over the summer doesn’t seem to hold up, according to a recent study.
  • Building Metacognition Into Test Prep

    High-stakes tests often measure how well students cope with stress rather than how much they know, but they can prepare for the stress.
  • 3 Ways Student Data Can Inform Your Teaching

    Gather and use valuable student data to inform your classroom practice.
    Rebecca Alber
  • Resources for Understanding the Common Core State Standards

    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.
  • A Game-Based Approach to Test Prep

    Tying fun goals to standardized test preparation helps students stay focused as they review several months’ worth of content.
  • Tips for Tackling Timed Tests and Math Anxiety

    You can’t make timed tests go away, but you can help make the stress more manageable for students.
  • Brain-Based Strategies to Reduce Test Stress

    A neurologist shares ideas for beating stress before and during test time.
  • PBL and Standardized Tests? It Can Work!

    There’s a tension between project-based learning and standardized testing prep, but also a wide swath of common ground.
  • Teach Mindfulness, Invite Happiness

    Teaching students mindfulness can help them counteract the negative emotions and low self-esteem associated with a culture of standardized testing.
  • Resources and Tools for PBL Start to Finish

    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.
  • Play as a Test Prep Tool

    Use these games built around standardized tests to build engagement and fuel learning.
  • A Step-by-Step Guide to the Best Projects

    Discover a project-based learning model that motivates students to pursue knowledge and drives academic achievement.
  • Test Prep Doesn’t Have to Be Overwhelming

    Help your students use technology and build their confidence—and teach them to speak the tests’ language.
  • Academic Integrity: Cheat or Be Cheated?

    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.