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Ch 28: Understanding Standardized Test Preparation

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Get a better understanding of standardized test preparation by studying the lessons in this chapter. See information about how assessment is important in education, the pluses and minuses of standardized tests, and how standardized testing affects students.

Understanding Standardized Test Preparation- Chapter Summary

Study the lessons in this chapter for the most recent information on standardized test preparation. Get familiar with formative versus summative evaluations and standardized assessments, advantages and disadvantages of norm-referenced versus criterion-referenced scoring, and more lesson topics, like:

  • Basic statistics of score distribution in summarizing assessment results
  • Comparison of test scores to a larger population
  • Assessment by the use of mean, median, and mode
  • Problems and accountability with regard to high-stakes testing
  • Assessment cultural bias, testing bias and language differences

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11 Lessons in Chapter 28: Understanding Standardized Test Preparation
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The Importance of Assessment in Education

1. The Importance of Assessment in Education

Assessment is a critical piece of the learning process. This lesson gives an overview of assessment, why it benefits both teachers and students, and the three most common forms of assessment.

Standardized Assessments & Formative vs. Summative Evaluations

2. Standardized Assessments & Formative vs. Summative Evaluations

If you have ever attended a public school or college you have been subjected to a form of standardized assessment. These assessments serve multiple purposes and provide valuable information regarding one's abilities, understanding and potential. This lesson will introduce you to the types of standardized assessments commonly used in schools and discuss two other types of assessments: formative and summative.

Summarizing Assessment Results: Understanding Basic Statistics of Score Distribution

3. Summarizing Assessment Results: Understanding Basic Statistics of Score Distribution

Summarizing test results is a critical component of the assessment process. In order for results to be used effectively, they must be summarized in a way that allows educators to compare the achievement of one student to others. This lesson will describe the first step in summarizing results: understanding the basic statistics of score distribution.

Summarizing Assessment Results: Comparing Test Scores to a Larger Population

4. Summarizing Assessment Results: Comparing Test Scores to a Larger Population

Assessment results can yield valuable information about the individual test-taker and the larger population of test-takers. This lesson will describe how to compare test scores to a larger population by explaining standard score, stanines, z-score, percentile rank and cumulative percentage.

Norm- vs. Criterion-Referenced Scoring: Advantages & Disadvantages

5. Norm- vs. Criterion-Referenced Scoring: Advantages & Disadvantages

Assessment results allow educators to make important decisions about students' knowledge, abilities and future educational potential. There are multiple ways to summarize and interpret assessment results. This lesson will discuss ways to summarize norm-referenced assessments and criterion-referenced assessments.

Using Mean, Median, and Mode for Assessment

6. Using Mean, Median, and Mode for Assessment

How does a teacher decide what is a good exam score and what is a bad one? This lesson focuses on classroom assessment, but instead of different types of assessment (such as essay versus true/false questions), we'll discuss statistical methods for summarizing scores on any form of testing. Specifically, this lesson covers the statistical tools known as the mean, median and mode.

Standardized Tests in Education: Advantages and Disadvantages

7. Standardized Tests in Education: Advantages and Disadvantages

Standardized tests are used frequently in educational settings. This lesson will help you understand the advantages and disadvantages of these tests and also explore factors that impact standardized test performance.

High-Stakes Testing: Accountability and Problems

8. High-Stakes Testing: Accountability and Problems

Do high test scores equal high achievement? Many politicians and educational reformers think the answer is yes. High-stakes standardized testing has become commonplace in American schools. This lesson will define high-stakes testing and accountability and present problems associated with these types of tests.

Testing Bias, Cultural Bias & Language Differences in Assessments

9. Testing Bias, Cultural Bias & Language Differences in Assessments

Assessments are used to gain useful information about test-takers' knowledge, skills and progress. Sometimes, however, the results of these assessments are incorrect due to biases. This lesson will differentiate and discuss types of testing bias and differences among test-takers that may lead to testing bias.

The Effects of Standardized Testing on Students

10. The Effects of Standardized Testing on Students

Standardized testing is everywhere in education these days. It's important for teachers to understand how these tests work and particularly the effects of standardized tests on the students taking them!

Preparing Students for Standardized Tests

11. Preparing Students for Standardized Tests

Standardized testing has become a common practice in every classroom. This lesson will provide several tips and strategies to help you prepare your students to take these often stressful tests.

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