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Teaching Strategies That Prepare Students for High Stakes Tests

Teaching Strategies That Prepare Students for High Stakes Tests Author Donna Walker Tileston
ISBN-10 9781452294360
Release 2008-05-22
Pages 104
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Teach for declarative and procedural knowledge and boost student achievement with these practical, research-proven strategies for incorporating state standards and benchmarks into lessons and assessments.



The Paradoxes of High Stakes Testing

The Paradoxes of High Stakes Testing Author Michael Russell
ISBN-10 9781607529835
Release 2009-02-01
Pages 265
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As a nation, we spend more than $1 billion a year on federally mandated educational tests that 30 million students must take each year. The country spends an additional $1.2 billion on test preparation materials designed to help students pass these tests. While test mandates were put in place with good intentions, increasingly educational leaders and policy makers are questioning these test based reform efforts. Some question whether these programs are doing more harm than good. Others call for the development of more and better tests. Given the vast amount of resources our nation pours into testing, is it time we pay closer attention to these testing programs? Is it time we hold the testing industry and policy makers accountable for the tests they make and use? Is it time we invest resources to develop new ways of testing our students? The Paradoxes of HighStakes Testing explores these and other questions, as it helps parents, teachers, educational leaders, and policy makers better understand the complexities of educational policies that use tests as a lever for improving the quality of education. The book explores: >> how testing is used to enable teachers and schools to be more effective and improve student learning, >> why testing is so ingrained in the American psyche and why policy makers rely on testing policies to reform our educational system, >> what we can learn from a long history of testbased reform efforts that have occurred over centuries and across continents, >> what effects testing has on teaching and learning in our schools when it is used to solve political, social, or economic problems. Most importantly, the book describes several ways in which testing can be improved to provide more accurate and more useful measures of student learning. Many of these improvements capitalize on technology to provide teachers with more detailed, diagnostic information about student learning and measure skills that some leaders argue are essential for the 21st century work force. Exploring what is within reach is critical because current testing policies are hindering these improvements. Finally, given that testing is and will continue to be an integral part of our educational system, the book concludes that, like other sectors of our society, educational testing must be more closely monitored to ensure that high quality tests are used to measure student achievement and to minimize the negative effects that testing has on students, schools, and our society. Given the opportunity our nation has to rethink and redesign its testing policies, The Paradoxes of HighStakes Testing presents a clear strategy to maximize the positive effects of educational testing.



The Unintended Consequences of High Stakes Testing

The Unintended Consequences of High Stakes Testing Author Gail M. Jones
ISBN-10 9781461715474
Release 2003-04-09
Pages 192
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To better understand how high-stakes accountability has influenced teaching and learning, this book takes an in-depth look at the myriad consequences that high-stakes tests hold for students, teachers, administrators, and the public. By focusing on these tests and spending large amounts of time on test preparation and driving teachers to teach low-level, rote memorization, schools are essentially wiping out non-tested subjects such as science, social studies, physical education, and the arts. Although testing is promoted as a strategy for improving education for all, research shows that testing has differential effects on students with special needs, minority students, students living in poverty, and those for whom English is a second language. The Unintended Consequences of High Stakes Testing unpacks the assumptions and philosophical foundations on which testing policies are based. The authors' arguments are grounded in extensive interviews and research. Through an examination of research, these authors show that high-stakes testing promotes students' dependence on extrinsic motivation at the cost of intrinsic motivation and the associated love of learning—which has tangible impacts on their education and lives. Features: -Examines how high stakes testing from the perspectives of teachers, students, and adminstrators. -Considers how testing impacts the curriculum including tested subjects such as reading, writing, and mathematics as well as non-tested subjects such as science, social studies, physical education, and the arts. -Documents how teachers and administrators engage in test preparation and discusses ethical and unethical test preparation practices. -Reviews the evolution of testing through history and how it mpacts the curriculum. -Examines the differential effects of testing on students with special needs, minority students, students living in poverty, and those for whom English is a second language.



Teaching and Evaluating Writing in the Age of Computers and High Stakes Testing

Teaching and Evaluating Writing in the Age of Computers and High Stakes Testing Author Carl Whithaus
ISBN-10 9781317441434
Release 2005-04-27
Pages 208
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Teaching and Evaluating Writing in the Age of Computers and High-Stakes Testing offers a theoretical framework, case studies and methods for evaluating student writing. By examining issues in writing assessment the book discovers four situated techniques of authentic assessment that are already in use at a number of locales throughout the US.



What Every Parent Should Know About Schools Standards and High Stakes Tests

What Every Parent Should Know About Schools  Standards  and High Stakes Tests Author Donna Walker Tileston
ISBN-10 9781483361451
Release 2005-10-13
Pages 88
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Help parents understand educational standards, mandated tests, No Child Left Behind, and other issues affecting their children's schools with this reader-friendly guide.



Addressing Test Anxiety in a High Stakes Environment

Addressing Test Anxiety in a High Stakes Environment Author Gregory J. Cizek
ISBN-10 1412908906
Release 2006
Pages 178
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This research-based guide offers recommendations for dealing with test anxiety, and includes suggestions on reducing its effects and identifying situations in which it can actually be helpful.



High Stakes

High Stakes Author Committee on Appropriate Test Use
ISBN-10 9780309062800
Release 1998-12-16
Pages 352
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Everyone is in favor of "high education standards" and "fair testing" of student achievement, but there is little agreement as to what these terms actually mean. High Stakes looks at how testing affects critical decisions for American students. As more and more tests are introduced into the country's schools, it becomes increasingly important to know how those tests are used--and misused--in assessing children's performance and achievements. High Stakes focuses on how testing is used in schools to make decisions about tracking and placement, promotion and retention, and awarding or withholding high school diplomas. This book sorts out the controversies that emerge when a test score can open or close gates on a student's educational pathway. The expert panel: Proposes how to judge the appropriateness of a test. Explores how to make tests reliable, valid, and fair. Puts forward strategies and practices to promote proper test use. Recommends how decisionmakers in education should--and should not--use test results. The book discusses common misuses of testing, their political and social context, what happens when test issues are taken to court, special student populations, social promotion, and more. High Stakes will be of interest to anyone concerned about the long-term implications for individual students of picking up that Number 2 pencil: policymakers, education administrators, test designers, teachers, and parents.



Self Driven Learning

Self Driven Learning Author Larry Ferlazzo
ISBN-10 9781317921615
Release 2013-09-05
Pages 224
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In this lively, research-based book, award-winning educator Larry Ferlazzo tackles everyday classroom challenges with creative instructional techniques to help middle- and high-school teachers develop self-motivated and high-achieving students. The practical tips, online resources, and mini-lessons in this book encourage students to take charge of their own learning, boosting their success in and outside of the classroom. Detailed lesson plans in every chapter align with the Common Core English Language Arts Standards and cover a variety of valuable skills, including: Personal responsibility and perseverance Social and emotional learning Standardized test-taking strategies And much more!



What Every Teacher Should Know About Student Assessment

What Every Teacher Should Know About Student Assessment Author Donna Walker Tileston
ISBN-10 9781483360263
Release 2003-10-30
Pages 136
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Gain a solid foundation for understanding the implications of standards-based instruction in the classroom and sharpen your skill in enhancing student understanding.



What Every Teacher Should Know About Student Motivation

What Every Teacher Should Know About Student Motivation Author Donna Walker Tileston
ISBN-10 9781452271415
Release 2010-03-30
Pages 136
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Powerful, brain-friendly strategies for motivating, challenging, and celebrating your students! This second edition is filled with practices for motivating even the most at-risk and reluctant students. Informed by current research on the plasticity of the brain and new insights on the relationship between culture and student motivation, the book features an extended classroom example of motivational techniques in action and vocabulary pre- and post-tests for teachers and details how: Technology influences the brain and motivation Intrinsic and extrinsic motivation are related to celebrations and rewards Specific strategies can motivate students to begin and finish a task Teachers can foster students' positive self-talk and on-task behaviors



Closing the Poverty and Culture Gap

Closing the Poverty and Culture Gap Author Donna Walker Tileston
ISBN-10 9781412955317
Release 2009-03-31
Pages 98
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Improve achievement in diverse classrooms with a six-part framework to help learners become motivated, create connections from prior knowledge, and acquire procedural and declarative knowledge.



What Every Teacher Should Know About Effective Teaching Strategies

What Every Teacher Should Know About Effective Teaching Strategies Author Donna Walker Tileston
ISBN-10 9780761931218
Release 2003-10-30
Pages 115
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The innovative strategies presented in this volume will give you a bag of tools to help your students achieve higher-level learning.



Tests That Teach

Tests That Teach Author Karen Tankersley
ISBN-10 9781416612216
Release 2010-06-22
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Now that the No Child Left Behind Act has left its mark on public education, educators across the United States are all the more invested in preparing their students for state and national assessments. In Tests That Teach: Using Standardized Tests to Improve Instruction, Karen Tankersley guides you with proven tips and instructional strategies to help your students perform to their potential. Covering all core contents areas--language arts, social studies, math, and science--and respecting all levels of student performance, Tankersley *Examines the various types of questions that routinely appear on these assessments; *Provides sample multiple-choice and constructed-response questions from the tests; *Offers guidelines on how to create daily lessons that encourage students to practice the skills and demonstrate the knowledge they'll need to use on the high-stakes tests; *Suggests word lists, games, discussion topics, and testing ideas for your classroom; and *Describes how school staff can create a learning community that fosters collaboration among teachers and high performance in students. Also included are a wealth of online resources for lesson plans, daily classroom activities, and virtual field trips, as well as links to every state's released materials on its own assessment. As Tankersley explains, teaching students the skills they need to do well on constructed-response tests will better prepare students both to score well on state and national assessments and to take their place as thoughtful and organized thinkers in a rapidly changing, competitive society.



Teaching Strategies A Guide to Effective Instruction

Teaching Strategies  A Guide to Effective Instruction Author Donald Orlich
ISBN-10 9781111832636
Release 2012-01-01
Pages 384
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TEACHING STRATEGIES: A GUIDE TO EFFECTIVE INSTRUCTION, now in its tenth edition, is known for its practical, applied help with commonly used classroom teaching strategies and tactics. Ideal for anyone studying education or involved in a site-based teacher education program, the book focuses on topics such as lesson planning, questioning, and small-group and cooperative-learning strategies. The new edition maintains the book’s solid coverage, while incorporating new and expanded material on InTASC standards, a new chapter on teaching in the inclusive classroom, and an up-to-date discussion of assessment as it relates to inclusion. The text continues to be supported by a rich media package anchored by TeachSource Video Cases, which bring text content to life in actual classroom situations. Important Notice: Media content referenced within the product description or the product text may not be available in the ebook version.



What Every Teacher Should Know About Instructional Planning

What Every Teacher Should Know About Instructional Planning Author Donna Walker Tileston
ISBN-10 9781483360232
Release 2003-10-30
Pages 128
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How will teachers know when students understand? This lesson planning guide provides the answers based on current, quality research on instructional planning.



Ten Best Teaching Practices

Ten Best Teaching Practices Author Donna Walker Tileston
ISBN-10 9781412973939
Release 2010-11-29
Pages 134
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This third edition of Tileston's classic methods text includes current examples and updated chapters on formative assessment, integrating technology, differentiated instruction, and fostering collaborative learning.



What Every Teacher Should Know About Diverse Learners

What Every Teacher Should Know About Diverse Learners Author Donna Walker Tileston
ISBN-10 9781412971751
Release 2010-06-04
Pages 101
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This updated edition presents critical information about teaching diverse learners, including brain-compatible teaching strategies, six signs of bias to avoid, how culture affects learning styles, and more.