TESTING TIPS

KNOWLEDGE x APPLICATION x MOTIVATION = PERFORMANCE

 
Try to determine student performance levels based on their KAM =P score.
KAM scores follow the rules of multiplication. They are set on a scale of 0-9, with 0 being the lowest score and 9 being the highest. Improvement efforts are most effective when they are targeted in an area of deficiency and when there is more than one area of focus.
 
Determine the area that would produce the biggest jump in performance.
 
Practice using a timer prior to the standardized test. Students tend to fall into a rythym when they are answering the questions and either do not take time to justify their answers or they try to justify their answers but cannot.
 

                                            Did you know?

 
Students remain on-task during testing for only the first 20 minutes. After the first 20 minutes 20% of efficiency is lost. Give students permission to be the last one done.
Prior to testing practice testercises. www.braingym.org/
 
Use pencils without erasers! Pentel High Polymere Erasers, or Sanford Rubber Erasers are better suited for testing purposes.
 

                                   Question/ Answer Relationships

 
1." Right There Questions", require you to go back to the passage and find the correct answer. The questions may include words such as, "according to the passage...", "how many...", "who...".
 
2." Think and Search Questions", require you to think about how ideas or information in the passage relate to each other. Ex; "What caused...".
 
3. "Author and You Questions", require you to use ideas and information that is not stated directly in the passage to answer the question. These questions require you to think about what was read and formulate your own ideas or opinions.
 
4. "On My Own Questions", require using background knowledge of a topic.
 
 

                                                Personal AYP

 
If a teacher has 20 students, focus on 2 students who barely made AYP last year, and 2 students who did not make AYP. These are called "bubble students".
 
Conduct AYP conferences to show students how they did last year, and allow students to set goals for performance on the current year's test.Talk to your students. "What is proficiency?" "Do you want to be proficient?" " What are you willing to do to get there?"
 
Tutor students who score low on the KAM=P indicator focusing on strategies and process and not curriculum. Tutoring should be during the school day.
 

                                        Question Type Examples

 
Multiple Choice/Selected Response
 
Use testing strategy;
1. slash and trash, get rid of answers you know are wrong
2. identify distractors, silly answers
3. identify the correct answer or guess at this point
 
Constructed Response/ Short Answer (Analytical)
1. Practice year-long underlining in text where correct answers are found.
2. Simulate testing conditions year round
3. In Math, points are given for the correct answer and for the showing of the process
4. Practice "not running out of space" "less is more"
5. Restating the question is a powerful tool to make sure students are focused on the question
6. Students can use THE INSURANCE STRATEGY when asked to give 2 examples, they should give 3
 
Constructed Response ( Holistic )
A writing prompt is scored holistically. www.thewritingsite.org
Practice Kay Davidson's Simple Six strategy;
 
1. Stick to the topic
2. Present ideas in logical order using transition words
    Be sure to use important words specific to the topic of the essay
3. Use interesting words
4. Insert different sentence patterns throughout the essay;
    connecting yourself to the story
5. Make sure writing is appropriate for the audience
6. Use sensory details to help the reader feel what is being written
 

                                               Test Anxiety

 
         Causes;
1. fear of the unknown
2. unpreparedness
3. not sure of what to study
 
           5-P's
 
1. Prepare  - year long
2. Peppermint - scientifically proven to improve test scores
3. Physical activity- practice testercises http://www.braingym.org/
4. Powerful phrases - be positive, get kids to laugh; it cancels tension, applaude those who try the hardest, motivate by confidence, ex: "I need you to do well", "Can I count on you?". .
5. Processes- use an effort rubric

                                                  Motivation

Motiviate your students.  Applause and cheering is the most important step in building confidence. (View motivational videos on podcast, "Lean on Me", "October Sky", "Remember the Titans", " Kung Fu Panda", "Michael Jordan Failure")
 
Ideas for trips/parties;
  • bowling
  • movie
  • amusement park
  • all you can eat buffet
  • luau
  • celebration dance
  • water balloon fight
  • dunking booth
  • lazer tag
Ideas for Privileges;
  • text message privileges
  • listen to Ipod
  • Electronics day
  • get into activities free
Ideas for things and awards;
 
  • testing t-shirt
  • wristband
  • ice cream sandwiches at lunch
  • drawings for rewards
  • snow cones
  • free time
  • extra P.E.
  • Wall of Fame
  • olympic medals
  • free admission to a game
  • free items from concession
                                             HELPFUL WEBSITES
 
Podcast on this web page contains motivational videos for teachers and students. DIRECTIONS: Podcast is only available to teachers. You must sign in with your groupwise password. Then the podcast link will appear on the left hand side along with the others. Once you are on the podcast page, if you receive a 403 error, you must download some type of video playing device.  
 

                                                REMEMBER: HARD WORK ALWAYS

                                                  PAYS OFF IN THE END!!!!!