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In today's classrooms, every teacher is quite familiar with the challenge of how to prepare students for standardized testing. This week's tips focus on strategies you can practice with your students to help them master standardized tests.


Since no two students are exactly the same, in every classroom there will be students of various abilities and skill levels. This week's tips focus on ways that teachers can intervene to assist the struggling student to improve his or her performance.


The end of the year means that tests and assignments are coming due. Your job is easier when students are on task and prepared for tests. This week's tips will help you give your students valuable strategies for getting through the last few weeks of school.


Fair evaluation of subjective work is an issue faced by many classroom teachers. Rubrics offer an equitable manner in which to apply objective standards to seemingly subjective assignments. This week, we offer tips dealing with the definition, purpose, and types of rubrics.


Standardized tests and test-taking situations vary greatly and chances are your students are not familiar with each type or situation. You can help them become successful test-takers by taking the time to prepare them for the testing situation. Use these tips to get your students in top shape for test day.


Increasingly, students are required to demonstrate proficiency in planning, writing, and revising an essay during high stakes tests. As students prepare for such tests, practicing skills related to structure may improve performance on such tests. This week, we offer tips to improve the structure of essays for High Stakes Testing.


Standardized tests and test-taking situations vary greatly and chances are your students are not familiar with each type or situation. You can help them become successful test-takers by taking the time to prepare them for the testing situation. Use these tips to get your students in top shape for test day.


Help students to improve their performance on high stakes tests by teaching them specific strategies for taking multiple choice tests. You can teach students how to approach a test, eliminate choices, and even effectively guess at answers. This week, we offer tips to present to students on taking multiple choice tests.


School-to-work programs ensure all students a smooth transition from high school to work, college, and/or military training. A typical school-to-work program includes school-based learning, work-based learning, and connecting activities in middle and high school. This week, we look at a variety of ways of promoting school-to-work activities in your classroom.



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This handy reference tool can be given to students and/or used as a guide when teaching basic test-taking strategies.


Use this Remediation Plan template to lay out a plan for students who are in need of intervention/remediation. It can be used for high stakes testing situations, if there is no formal remediation plan required by your school or district. It can also be used for mid-semester reviews or project-based work.


Raise students' awareness of career choices by having them complete this career categorization activity. Students will learn what occupations are available in a wide variety of fields.


This activity will help students determine the types of skills they enjoy using in hobbies, work and other activities.


This activity will lead students through three important steps involving envisioning and researching their ideal job.


This activity helps students learn how to develop a competitive resume.


This sample rubric is designed for a ninth grade writing assessment. It clearly shows one way of designing a rubric that is easily used and can be shared with students.


This easy-to-use worksheet will help guide students through the initial step of key word clustering.


This guide presents seven easy steps to mastering stress. It is an excellent resource to give to students, particularly at the end of the year.


This handout provides students with ten tips to improve performance on essay exam questions.


Students taking tests regularly skip over directions only to find they have misunderstood what they were being asked to do, and hence, performed poorly on the test. This exercise is designed to give them practice in reading test directions and locating key words. Regardless of the subject you teach, this exercise should prove useful for improving test-taking skills.


Use this graphic organizer to map ideas generated from brainstorming sessions, lectures, and readings.


Use these sample prompts when teaching students essay test writing skills.


This exercise will engage your students in a critical review of two essay exams. It provides a prompt, a sample essay which is to be graded by students, followed by a written analysis of each essay.


Help students recognize successful techniques for answering test questions.



Feature Articles

As the No Child Left Behind Act becomes a reality, teachers across the nation are scrambling to prepare their students for the slew of high stakes tests that will determine whether students, teachers, and schools are performing at acceptable levels. While the tests are increasingly becoming routine, the results are too important to treat any part of the process lightly. This month, we focus on teacher and student preparation for the high stakes test.


In this new era of the No Child Left Behind Act, teachers across the nation are working hard to prepare students for the slew of high stakes tests that will determine whether students, teachers, and schools are performing at acceptable levels. While the tests are quickly becoming routine, the results are too important and far-reaching to treat any part of the process lightly. This month, we focus on teacher and student preparation for the high stakes test.








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