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How to Raise Test Scores. It’s not Rocket Science. T each for the Test, Not to the Test. Teach life skills If it’s not worth teaching, it’s not worth testing There is nothing on the test that should not be in the curriculum

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How to raise test scores

How to Raise Test Scores

It’s not Rocket Science


T each for the test not to the test
Teach for the Test, Not to the Test

  • Teach life skills

  • If it’s not worth teaching, it’s not worth testing

  • There is nothing on the test that should not be in the curriculum

  • Create bridges between students natural intelligences and learning styles.


E xpect the best accept no less
Expect the Best; Accept No Less

  • Each learner is unique.

  • Approach learning through different pathways.

  • Expect everyone to achieve.


S tructure with cooperative learning
Structure With Cooperative Learning

  • Research has found that cooperative learning is the number one strategy for increased student achievement.

  • Students need to work frequently in small groups to improve their ability to be part of a team effort


T each test taking strategies explicitly
Teach test-taking Strategies Explicitly

  • Test-taking skills are a metacognitive strategy that empowers students.

  • Teachers teach students how to be good learners as well as good test-takers.


S tress prelearning strategies
Stress Prelearning Strategies

  • Learners use what they know to help them understand something new.


C hunk the material for deep understanding
Chunk the Material for Deep Understanding

  • Teach students to look for similarities, common groupings.

  • Attach meaning to a subject by linking it to something familiar.


O rganize with graphics
Organize with Graphics

  • Displaying things graphically, students must organize large amounts of knowledge.

  • Makes students think visually.


R eflect through mediation
Reflect Through Mediation

  • Use questions to probe for what students do not understand

  • Think aloud activities


E xpress idea with mnemonic devices and visual cues
Express Idea with Mnemonic Devices and Visual Cues

  • Remembering lists, e.g., states

  • Remembering data, e.g., formulas

  • Remembering rules, e.g., i before e, etc.


S eek student choices in learning situations
Seek Student Choices in Learning Situations

  • Teachers can establish broad parameters and still give students choices.

  • When students are interested in knowing something, they are much more likely to learn it.


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