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6 Tips for Helping High-Schoolers With Learning and Attention Issues Cope With Test Anxiety

6 Tips for Helping High-Schoolers With Learning and Attention Issues Cope With Test Anxiety | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Does your teen feel nervous or anxious about tests? Try these tips to help high-schoolers with learning and attention issues feel more confident about taking tests.
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Overcoming Test Anxiety: A High School Student's Perspective and Solutions

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SmartBrief ICYMI: Most read by educators

SmartBrief ICYMI: Most read by educators | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Are AP courses worth it?
Participation in Advanced Placement courses has doubled over the past decade, but there has been little research on their academic benefits. Russell Warne, an assistant professor of psychology at Utah Valley University, notes that when it comes to colleges accepting AP credit -- one of the key reasons students take AP courses -- there is no coherent data on the subject.
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Educator considers positive side of disruption
Teacher expectations about student behaviors that lead to school success may not leave room for valuing the unique qualities of a "rebel" student, asserts English teacher Ashley Lamb-Sinclair. In this commentary, she reflects on such students' positive qualities.
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How some schools teach social-emotional skills
Research correlating social-emotional learning with positive student outcomes has contributed to more schools testing such strategies. In one California elementary school, writing workshops have been designed to help develop listening and feedback skills.
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7 ideas to help students find purpose
A sense of purpose can be a long-term motivator, but it may be something missing for many students, asserts author and researcher William Damon. Damon and others offer practical ideas to help students find purpose.
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Brain-boosters help ready students for testing
Students at an Ohio middle school are participating in brain-booster exercises each morning before standardized testing. Educator Melissa Colarik said research supports use of such activities to improve focus and cognitive processing.
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Finally, the College Board makes it easier for students with disabilities to get SAT accommodations

Finally, the College Board makes it easier for students with disabilities to get SAT accommodations | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
College counselors expressed delight at the changes, with some noting that they will especially help students who do not have the resources to fight the College Board for accommodations. In the past, winning accommodations for the SAT was often a timely and laborious process requiring extensive documentation of a disability.
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Dear School Committee: Please Trust Us

"Here in Lewiston, Maine, a small group of experienced elementary school teachers put their thoughts together in an eloquent letter, which they presented to the local school committee on Monday night.  Their thoughts will ring true with teachers and parents everywhere."

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PARCC's 'College-Ready' Score Reflects Rigor of College Work, Study Finds

PARCC's 'College-Ready' Score Reflects Rigor of College Work, Study Finds | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
The first study to explore how well PARCC predicts college grades and remediation finds only modest correlations to both, but concludes that PARCC's cutoff score does reflect college-level work.
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Draft Rules on ESSA Provide Testing Protections for Students With Disabilities

Draft Rules on ESSA Provide Testing Protections for Students With Disabilities | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
States would have to prove that students who take the SAT or ACT have the testing accommodations they need.
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Opt-Out Round II: States Walk a Line Between Boycotters’ Demands and Feds’ Funding Threats

Opt-Out Round II: States Walk a Line Between Boycotters’ Demands and Feds’ Funding Threats | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it

Education commissioners and school administrators across the country are increasingly faced with two competing pressures: to work toward complying with federal requirements for annual testing or to yield to a grassroots, politically influential opt-out movement that wants to put the brakes on assessments.

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Maine signs $4.14 million contract for standardized student testing

Maine signs $4.14 million contract for standardized student testing | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
A New Hampshire-based company will develop and administer new English and math tests for students in third through eighth grades.
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Obama Administration Calls for Limits on Testing in Schools

Obama Administration Calls for Limits on Testing in Schools | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
The administration acknowledged its own role in the proliferation of tests, and urged schools to make exams less onerous and more purposeful.
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What Would Accountability Without Standardized Tests Look Like?

What Would Accountability Without Standardized Tests Look Like? | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Communities are looking for ways to hold schools accountable for closing achievement gaps without losing sight of good teaching strategies and challenging work for students.
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How People Around the World Take Exams

How People Around the World Take Exams | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
In America, perhaps all the testing helps explain why “all-nighters” and Adderall abuse are the norm on many college campuses. But there is an unhealthy obsession with acing the test abroad, too.
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One of the things that students dread the most are taking tests. In the article, “ Exam Around the World,” helps the readers know more about test taking that occurs everywhere. Exams are a very serious matter to education, the author states that in “India there was a cheating scandal, In India’s cheating scandal earlier this year, parents and relatives were literally stacked on top of each other clinging to the outside walls of a high-story school building to hand the test answers to their children.” I was not shock at all because I do believe that many parents would anything for their children in order for them to succeed. I think that it is shocking how the parents needed to do that. The author also takes about how students in China would use drones to get test answers. I’m realizing how students are afraid of exams and their results. It is getting to the point where students and even parents are desperately willing to do anything to get great results.
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States Should Ditch 'Cut Scores' on New Tests

Raising standards should be about helping students achieve them over time, not condemning students to failure, argues Randi Weingarten.
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Test Prep & Review Strategies for Grades 9-12

Help students in grades 9-12prepare for and take tests of all kinds.
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Test Anxiety: Causes and Remedies - Faculty Focus | Higher Ed Teaching & Learning

Test Anxiety: Causes and Remedies - Faculty Focus | Higher Ed Teaching & Learning | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Those who don’t suffer from test anxiety—and I’ll bet that’s most faculty—can find it hard to be sympathetic. But test anxiety is a legitimate problem.
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I Can't Answer These Texas Standardized Test Questions About My Own Poems

I Can't Answer These Texas Standardized Test Questions About My Own Poems | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Teachers are also trying to survive as they are tasked with teaching kids how to take these tests, which they do by digging through past tests, posted online. Forget joy of language and the fun of discovery in poetry, this is line-by-line dissection, painful and delivered without anesthetic.
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Study: Colleges Put Students Into Remedial Classes Who Don't Need Them

Study: Colleges Put Students Into Remedial Classes Who Don't Need Them | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
High school GPA is a better predictor of ability to pass college English and math than placement exams or SAT scores, research finds.
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Seven scientific ways to beat the onset of panic in an exam

Seven scientific ways to beat the onset of panic in an exam | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Read the question twice without holding your pen and stick to the plan – these psychology-inspired tips will help your students keep their cool
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Teachers union survey blasts Maine’s new standardized tests

Teachers union survey blasts Maine’s new standardized tests | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it

Maine’s teachers union on Monday released survey results that are strongly critical of the standardized exams. 

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Will States Swap Standards-Based Tests for SAT, ACT?

Will States Swap Standards-Based Tests for SAT, ACT? | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Moving to a college-entrance exam such as the SAT or ACT, which are designed to predict the likelihood of students' success in college, would mean that states had chosen instead to measure college readiness.
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Everything You Need to Know About the New SAT

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Here’s what experts say about the redesigned test, based on practice questions. Tip: Go to a good school, and read a lot.
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Test Scores Under Common Core Show That ‘Proficient’ Varies by State

Test Scores Under Common Core Show That ‘Proficient’ Varies by State | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
For tests given last spring under the new Common Core requirements, the description of the results comes down to the different labels each state uses to describe the exact same scores on the same tests.
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College Board waiving fee for students who took June 6 SAT and want to take it again

College Board waiving fee for students who took June 6 SAT and want to take it again | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
A printing error in the June 6 SAT testing booklet used in the United States has caused problems for the College Board, which is discarding two whole sections of the test.
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Standardized testing opt-out bill revived by Maine House, Senate

AUGUSTA, Maine — A bill seeking to spell out the rights of parents to excuse their children from taking standardized tests in school was revived Monday when an amended version of it received initial approval from the Maine Senate.
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