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Sequoia Middle School. School Counseling and Guidance Program CST Goal Setting & Test Taking Strategies. National Standard. Academic Standard A Students will acquire the attitudes, knowledge, and skills that contribute to effective learning in school and across the life span. .

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Sequoia Middle School

School Counseling and Guidance Program

CST Goal Setting & Test Taking Strategies


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National Standard

Academic Standard A

Students will acquire the attitudes, knowledge, and skills that contribute to effective learning in school and across the life span.


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Student Competency

A:A1 Improve Academic Self-Concept

A:A3 Achieve School Success


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Target Group

7th & 8th Grade “Bubble-ups” (Students scoring

347 – 335 in LA and/or Math CST in 2006).


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Why did we do this?

  • Goal setting lessons were well received by students.

  • CST Math 24.3% LA 29.6% PRO/ADV 2006

  • No Child Left Behind – Need to raise test scores!


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Grades 7 & 8

April 2007

Bubble up Students in small groups

Reviewed Goal Setting

Reviewed Test Taking Strategies PPT

Set a personal CST goal

Developed a Plan

CST Goal Setting Groups


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Questions discussed were:

What do YOU need to do to improve your test scores?

What is your goal for this year’s CST/CAT6?

What is your 3-5 step plan?

How will you know you have met your goal? (Evaluate)

Name two people who can help you reach this goal.

CST Goal Setting Groups


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ExplanationData Mining!

  • Student data shows that:

    • 72% of 7th graders improved their 2007 CST scores in one or both areas.

    • 66% of 8th graders improved their 2007 CST scores in one or both areas.


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Results


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ExplanationData Mining!

  • Further research of student data showed that:

    • 77% of 7th graders that had improved their test scores scored PRO or ADV on their 2007 CST.

    • 62% of 8th graders that had improved their test scores scored PRO or ADV on their 2007 CST.


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Improvement Results


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September 2007 Session included:

  • Students received a copy of their goal-setting sheet from their April group.

  • Students could see their 2006 scores, their 2007 scores and review their goal and plan.

  • Students reviewed 7th grade test results of all students participating in goal-setting group.

  • Students participated in an electronic survey.


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Did you reach your CST goal?

Yet, the data shows 72% of 7th graders improved their 2007 CST scores even though they may not have met their goals.


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Did you follow your plan?


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What obstacles made it difficult to achieve your CST goal?


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On next year’s CST, you will…


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Results

  • 72% of students reported that the test taking strategies lesson was helpful to them.

  • 53% of students reported that the goal setting activity was helpful. 38% stated they left the office and never thought about it again!

  • 85% of students intend to use a goal setting plan to help them on their 2008 CSTs!


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Trends

  • 68% of students that improved their scores felt the goal setting activity was helpful.

  • 60% of the students that didn’t improve their scores felt the goal setting activity wasn’t helpful to them.

  • YET, 85% of total students intend to use a goal setting plan to help them on their 2008 CSTs!


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We did this group activity with 116 students. Do you think it would be effective to…


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Lessons Learned

  • Groups were successful.

  • Pre and Post surveys will allows us to find out true impacts on attitudes, knowledge, and skills.

  • While many things impact student success on CSTs, students that met their goals had a tendency to feel that the goal setting activity was helpful.

  • Those students who did not improve, generally didn’t follow through with their plan after the group.

  • Students felt that this activity would work with other bubble-up kids, but not many thought it would work with BBS or FBB students.


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Implications

  • We have used thi same activity with our AB1802 students to see if they will be successful at moving their scores in an upward motion.

  • All 7th graders have set testing goals.

  • All 8th grade Bubble Ups have set testing goals.

  • We incorporated the goal setting process into our career guidance lessons with 95% success on the post test.

  • We will continue to report our results!


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Thank you!

  • Teachers who participated and supported.

  • Administration for consultation and support of the program.

  • Working together we are succeeding!


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The Sequoia School Counseling program is committed to contributing in a meaningful way to the academic achievement of all students The End

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