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Jan 10

Teaching Tip: Quick Easy Review for Better Test Scores

Quick Easy Review for Better Test Scores

Stupid Testsvia
In this day and age in teaching I am always looking for ways to help my students increase their standardized test scores not only for their sake but mine as well.  Like most states the one I work in has a list of tests for students to pass before they can graduate high school, and the ability to keep my job is partially based on how many of my students I can get to pass the tests.  So like I tell my students all the time, we are in the same boat together counting on each other to get the job done.

Now one of the more affective things that I have found to help students retain information and prepare for the test is to give them good practical review quizzes every week.  Once a week (usually on Friday) I give my students a 10 question quiz over past material.  I try to make them as close to the end of the year test as possible by using released test items from any state that I can find them and matching up those questions to my states testing blueprint.

Once the students have finished the test we grade it as a class and review the questions discussing the questions and answers and using that time to quickly reteach the material.  It takes about 20 to 25 minutes of class time for my social studies class, but I have found it to be a very practical and easy way to review, refresh, and retain the material for my students.

The main thing to remember about creating these weekly quizzes is to make them as closely resemble their standardized test at the end of the year as you can.  Another important thing to do to make it meaningful to the students is to have them track their own data seeing if they are mastering each standard.  It is also a very good way to track each student’s progress and what standards are mastered and which one needs additional help.

  • Quick Easy Review for Better Test Scores Break Down
    1. Give Weekly Quizzes
    2. Cover what is going to be on the Standardized Test
    3. Use Released Test Items where you can find them
    4. Review the Quiz, Reteach the Material, Explain the Question
    5. Track the Data

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