Standardized Tests Are Here to Stay

Standardized Test Preparation

By now, there isn’t a U.S. household with school-age children that hasn’t experienced a standardized test, be it national assessments like the SAT-9, SAT-10,MAT-8,Iowa Test of Basic Skills (ITBS), or TerraNova Assessment Series (CTBS/5 and CA STAR), or state tests like the FCAT (Florida), TAKS (Texas), and MCAS (Massachusetts).

The test preparation is very important and there are many forms of preparation such as tutoring, workbooks, and now some sophisticated powerful software.  And I quote:

Prepworks Learning Positioning System® translates the science of one-to-one tutoring to an adaptive, online program for test preparation. Prepworks LPS is the educational equivalent of a GPS navigation system, producing customized learning paths specific to your needs.

Prepworks LPS gathers hundreds of data points by analyzing your individual responses as you learn, and then re-calculates your learning path along the way, ensuring that you learn and practice what you need to, when you need to.

While each state debates the merits of various approaches to assessment and testing,  its clear that standardized tests are a fact of life.

I’ve been looking at finding a good current list and description of the different state tests.  Found it (but I’d like to find a more current one, any ideas?)!  Here is a very useful resource about the state tests and how to think about preparing for them.  However, this could be updated….

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