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Interpreting Standardized Test Scores: Strategies for Data-Driven Instructional Decision Making is designed to help K-12 teachers and administrators understand the nature of standardized tests and, in particular, the scores that result from them. This useful manual helps teachers develop the skills necessary to incorporate these test scores into various types of instructional decision making—a process known as “data-driven decision making”—necessitated by the needs of their students.

Standardized Test Administration and Preparation
Standardized test administration and preparation

In this module, we focus our attention on the administration of standardized tests. Although we touched on this process in Module 1, we will focus on aspects such as the types of preparation practices in which teachers engage with students—some of which they should do, and others that they should not do. We will examine various skills that students can gain to help facilitate their performances on these tests. Finally, we discuss the meaning behind the phrase teaching to the test.

Standardized Administration Procedures

Since most standardized tests are given in classrooms—or, in the case of individually-administered tests, in some other school-based environment—teachers are typically responsible for administering them to students. The most crucial aspect of administering standardized ...

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