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Students across Ohio take the Ohio Achievement Assessments in reading, math and science this week.
They’re kind of a big deal.
These state tests:
- Help decide if third graders can read well enough to advance to fourth grade;
- Largely determine schools’ state report card grades; and
- Are a factor in some teachers’ job evaluations.
Earlier, Case Western Reserve University Professor Tony Jack shared some advice for students about taking standardized tests:
- If you get nervous during tests, try sitting down and writing about your fears before the exam. It doesn’t have to be 10 minutes before the test–even the night before or days earlier can help.
- Try mimicking the exam environment as much as possible when studying for the test and writing practice exams.
And state superintendent Richard Ross has this advice for teachers and school administrators. He says, remember to “place the tests in their proper perspective:”
These test results are not career makers or career breakers, but valuable sources of data that confirm good classroom practices and identify needed improvement. Teachers will find that the Ohio Teacher Evaluation System includes strong support for teachers who want to improve their classroom effectiveness in any area.