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

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

by Eugene Kennedy
     
 

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

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Overview

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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780761945277
Publisher:
SAGE Publications
Publication date:
03/26/2003
Series:
One-Off Series
Pages:
152
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.22(h) x 0.58(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
About the Author
1A Review of the Nature of Standardized Tests1
A Brief History of Standardized Testing in America1
Basic Characteristics of a Standardized Test7
Conclusion21
Sources of Information and Additional Readings21
2Standardized Test Preparation for Schools: A Model24
The Bandwagon of School Change24
Lessons Learned and the Essential Elements of School Change25
A Model for Changing Student Outcomes on Standardized Tests30
Conclusion35
Sources of Information and Additional Readings36
3Adopting a Systemic Approach to Improvement and Change38
What Is Systemic Change?38
Creating an Environment for Positive Systemic Change40
Steps Toward Realizing Systemic Change for Test Preparation47
Conclusion56
Sources of Information and Additional Readings58
4Aligning the Educational Process With Desired Outcomes59
Defining the Outcome60
Determining Information Needs of Stakeholders61
Collecting and Analyzing Data on School Test Preparation Practices63
Analyzing and Summarizing School Test Data70
Identifying and Prioritizing Problem Areas79
Conclusion80
Sources of Information and Additional Readings80
5Aligning the Educational Process With Inputs81
Techniques of Data Collection82
Factors Which Impede Standardized Test Performance85
Teachers and Staff Characteristics Which Impede Students' Standardized Test Performance87
Social and Environmental Factors Which Impede Students' Standardized Test Performance87
Conclusion89
Sources of Information and Additional Readings89
6Creating Positive Change90
Identify the Causes of the Problems91
Identify Solutions to the Problems94
Develop a School Improvement Plan95
Conclusion97
Sources of Information and Additional Readings101
7A Case Study of an Elementary School102
The Setting103
Washington Elementary School104
Language Arts Percentile Ranks: Trends111
8Conclusion118
References121
Index123

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