Standardized Testing: Think Beyond the Numbers

A few weeks ago, we shared how CTB looks at the analysis from standardized testing as a valuable tool: Data informs instruction and instruction informs data. The result: Overall student achievement.  The results and numbers aggregated from a standardized test do more than just proving a district or school is up to par with neighboring schools or even nationwide standards.

Frequently, districts and schools get bogged down with the results and numbers from these tests. What do they mean and where do they go from there? What’s important to remember is that with the appropriate use of test data, there is incredible value to the usage of achievement tests that accurately measure the things that a student knows and can do. Test results from a well-planned and comprehensive assessment program can not only provide a detailed evaluation of student progress, but it can support teaching and give administrators direction on how to use curriculum and improve their instructional plans.  Teachers can use these evaluations to keep parents informed about their child’s progress and students aware of the areas they need to focus and improve upon.

So how do you interpret achievement results and make the most of this data? CTB/McGraw-Hill is pleased to offer a complimentary eGuide, which explains testing guidelines and how to use norm-referenced information, criterion-referenced information, and performance level information. Other important assessment basics such as standard error of measurement and score interpretation are highlighted as well. Complete with a glossary of assessment terms and publications that provide additional information on testing, this eGuide is really a wonderful roadmap and supplement for administrators and instructors wanting to think beyond numbers and turn the results into actionable data.

For more information, download our Beyond the Numbers eGuide today! Be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter for updates on all of our assessment and Common Core aligned resources, including regular webinars.

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