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Myth: Teaching “test-taking skills” is the best way to raise test scores

by Anne-Evan Williams, LGL Director of Educational Development

Test prep can indeed give schools a short-term boost in state scores.  But long-term sustained improvement of school or district wide student achievement can only be gained through understanding underlying reasons why students are not scoring well. Instead, using regular diagnostic assessments will give educators a clear understanding of each student's individual successes and struggles.  Additionally, diagnostic assessment can be used to drive differentiated instruction and modify academic curricula.  Addressing individual student learning is the only way to effectively raise test scores over the long term and to ensure that students are learning necessary skills and material to continue successfully in school and out.

Tags: test prep, diagnostic assessment, district improvement

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