Raising Test Scores for All Students: An Administrator's Guide to Improving Standardized Test Performance / Edition 1

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This unique resource marries knowledge about testing and test preparation with school improvement, providing a comprehensive guide for administrators.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761945284
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 1/28/2003
  • Series: One-Off Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 152
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Eugene Kennedy is an Associate Professor of Educational Research Methodology at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He is the Interim Chair for the Department of Educational Leadership, Research and Counseling. He teaches courses in educational measurement, statistics, and research. His current research interests include school effectiveness and accountability. He has published numerous articles and written several chapters in books. He has been a national consultant on test preparation for more than two decades.

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Table of Contents

About the Author
1. A Review of the Nature of Standardized Tests
A Brief History of Standardized Testing in America
Basic Characteristics of a Standardized Test
Sources of Information and Additional Readings
2. Standardized Test Preparation for Schools: A Model
The Bandwagon of School Change
Lessons Learned and the Essential Elements of School Change
A Model for Changing Student Outcomes on Standardized Tests
Sources of Information and Additional Readings
3. Adopting a Systemic Approach to Improvement and Change
What Is Systemic Change?
Creating an Environment for Positive Systemic Change
Steps Toward Realizing Systemic Change for Test Preparation
Sources of Information and Additional Readings
4. Aligning with the Educational Process With Desired Outcomes
Defining the Outcome
Determining Information Needs of Stakeholders
Collecting and Analyzing Data on School Test Preparation Practices
Analyzing and Summarizing School Test Data
Identifying and Prioritizing Problem Areas
Sources of Information and Additional Readings
5. Aligning the Educational Process With Inputs
Techniques of Data Collection
Factors Which Impede Standardized Test Performance
Teacher and Staff Characteristics Which Impede Students' Standardized Test Performance
Social and Environmental Factors Which Impede Students' Standardized Test Performance
Sources of Information and Additional Readings
6. Creating Positive Change
Identify the Causes of the Problems
Identify Solutions to the Problems
Develop a School Improvement Plan
Sources of Information and Additional Readings
7. A Case Study of an Elementary School - Leslie Jones-Hamilton, Ph.D.
The Setting
Washington Elementary School
Language Arts Percentile Ranks: Trends
8. Conclusion
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