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How do you get kids to take assessments seriously?
Old 06-29-2021, 03:17 PM
 
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I am a certified substitute teacher who is teaching summer school (I get the same pay as the regular teachers). This summer, we are testing a program (Education Galaxy). The kids (2nd and 3rd graders) had to take a placement test 3 weeks ago (at the beginning of summer school). They have spent 2-4 hrs a day working this program (2 hrs for Reading and 2 hrs for Math). I have a class of 14 (2 morning only, 2 afternoon only, 10 all day). Some of the kids have shown tremendous growth while others haven't. Yesterday and today, they took their post test (same questions and some of them blew through it). Admin has decided that they must show 20 points of growth (i.e. 54 to 74) in order to be promoted. I went through today and about half actually went down (just clicking or "remembering" the answer). I have the ability to make them do it again but it can take up to 30-45 minutes per test. How would you make them take it seriously? I don't want a bunch of my students repeating due to not showing growth just because they are clicking.


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Oh wow! I hate that they have so much testing to do, but we know that's how the cookie crumbles sometimes.

Would it help to have a class meeting and discuss their feelings towards the tests? Maybe after that, you can discuss the importance of having a growth mindset and trying their best. Be honest and tell them what is at stake in private or let the parents know. Then, show them their scores and have them make growth goals before trying again.



If all else fails.....bribery may work (it's summer)


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As a specialist I don't have to do that testing, but what I've seen our teachers due is have the students compete against themselves to improve their scores on each successive test. Maybe you could even give them a chart to mark after each test so they can see their scores go up.

Also, may not work for summer, but the computer reading program used (I don't remember what it is called) automatically moves students to the next level when they've improved. Whenever a student moves up a level, their name is included in morning announcements and then hangs a certificate with their name outside the classroom door. They also get a certificate the take home to parents, and some teachers include a small prize (an individual bag of crackers or candy). I walk a few students to the bus at the end of the day, and one of the girls is always excited to tell me when she's moved up a level, so for her, at least, the is exciting information.
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That is so frustrating. We were struggling with this at the end of our school year as our spring testing window was so late. One of our sixth graders had a growth of -38%!

As a Catholic school, one thing we did was to initial a “most growth scholarship” for each grade level. I’ve heard of schools having a breakfast for students who showed a certain amount of growth.
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Old 06-30-2021, 06:35 PM
 
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That's easy...take it seriously or you could be retained. Obviously the way you phrase it depends on grade level.


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And this is one problem with test score only used for assessments. Plus, we over test these kids. Anyway, for the short term, threatening with holding back isn't really going to help. They're 7 and 8 years old so doesn't mean much to them, plus retention has proven to not help.

I'd spend some time a day or 2 before comparing this to a video game with them. What's similar what's not? Emphasize that the scores do mean something so they need to do their best as trying to tie or best their last score. I hope parents are also aware of the admins parameters so perhaps they can be emphasizing at home and/or at least doing a bit of reading and math with them to support classroom instruction.

I had some this year who couldn't even read the test it was so above their reading level so I knew their scores were pointless as I watched them just click away. No amount of me reminding them to slow down, etc. did any good because they seriously couldn't read the majority of the words on the screen

Good luck---I hate the emphases on online assessments.
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We use education galaxy for practjce/acceleration. No more than 30 to 45 min at a time though. I teach 5th grade. I cannot imagine sitting 2nd graders on this and expecting them to "take it seriously" for 2 to 4 hours. I know that doesn't help you but your administration expectations is totally ridiculous.
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Most students this age donít relate to test scores, grades, promotion or things coming down the road. They live in the moment. About five minutes on a good day is reality. Do you have to give the test in one session? Breaking it up into manageable chunks - five minutes at a time - would help. Perhaps five minutes, put it away and do other activities then bring it back out for five minutes etc. After all, are you testing learning or perseverance?
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