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5 Mistakes that Schools Do That Hurt Standardized Test Scores

Today Dr. Brad Johnson @drbradjohnson talks about the mistakes schools make that hurt their standardized test scores. You might be surprised that sometimes the things schools do may have the opposite impact of what they intend. Consider this feedback as you prepare to administer testing this spring.

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In today's show, Brad discusses standardized testing mistakes schools make. He will share:

  • Mistakes we make in routines
  • How keeping kids “quiet” and limiting activities may be a mistake
  • The importance of resource classes
  • Important things for administrators to consider
  • Perspective on testing

I hope you enjoy this episode with Brad!

Want to hear another episode on improving learning? Listen to Eric Sheninger talk about digital pedagogy that actually improves learning.

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Dr. Brad Johnson

Dr. Johnson is a speaker in the fields of education and leadership. He is the author of six books including, From School Administrator to School Leader, & Learning on Your Feet: Incorporating Physical Activity into the K-8 Classroom (Routledge). He teaches graduate-level leadership courses and other educational courses.

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Vicki Davis is a full-time classroom teacher and IT Director in Georgia, USA. She is Mom of three, wife of one, and loves talking about the wise, transformational use of technology for teaching and doing good in the world. She hosts the 10 Minute Teacher Podcast which interviews teachers around the world about remarkable classroom practices to inspire and help teachers. Vicki focuses on what unites us -- a quest for truly remarkable life-changing teaching and learning. The goal of her work is to provide actionable, encouraging, relevant ideas for teachers that are grounded in the truth and shared with love. Vicki has been teaching since 2002 and blogging since 2005. Vicki has spoken around the world to inspire and help teachers reach their students. She is passionate about helping every child find purpose, passion, and meaning in life with a lifelong commitment to the joy and responsibility of learning. If you talk to Vicki for very long, she will encourage you to "Relate to Educate" or "innovate like a turtle" or to be "a remarkable teacher." She loves to talk to teachers who love their students and are trying to do their best. Twitter is her favorite place to share and she loves to make homemade sourdough bread and cinnamon rolls and enjoys running half marathons with her sisters. You can usually find her laughing with her students or digging into a book.

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Jolene Bullis May 1, 2017 - 1:36 pm

Here are some other things for schools to consider:
Don’t start your testing on Monday morning, or plan to end on Friday afternoon.
Your highest-stake tests are math and reading; don’t make those the first or last tests students take.
Have snacks before students start testing, and maybe mints during (obviously, consider allergies).
Stretches and bathroom breaks between tests.

Vicki Davis May 1, 2017 - 1:50 pm

Yes, some of those are similar to what we discussed but very important! Thanks Jolene!


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