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The Educator’s Ultimate Guide to Preparing for High-Stakes Testing

The Educator’s Ultimate Guide to Preparing for High-Stakes Testing

Between making sure that you are staying on pace with curriculum guides, practicing test-taking procedures and strategies, and providing the targeted preparation and reinforcement individual students need, spring state testing can quickly begin to feel overwhelming for educators. The good news is that a little research and planning can go a long way toward ensuring that you’re able to provide the support students need to be successful on their state assessments. We’ve gathered some of our top resources on test preparation to help you do just that.

Classroom Practice Tips, Tricks, and Best Practices

Test prep doesn’t have to dominate your classroom agenda this spring. By utilizing formative assessment strategies and making the most of practice testing, teachers can provide students with individualized support without sacrificing time from the standard curriculum (and of course, some fun!). Check out these resources to get started.

[Classroom Practice] Are Your Students Using Effective Learning Techniques?

With so many study techniques out there, how do you know which ones work? In this post, we dive into the research and discover which techniques can improve knowledge attainment and retention, and which aren’t worth spending time on.

5 Proven Ways to Get the Most Out of Practice Testing

The old adage “practice makes perfect” is a familiar turn of phrase for a reason. Ensure that you’re getting the most out of every minute your students are spending on practice testing.

3 Ways Online Practice Can Support Your Test-Prep Program  

As you are considering different options to ensure that your students have achieved standards proficiency, it’s critical that you have a program that’s aligned to your state's standards. Consider this and other benefits of using an online program.

4 Best Practices to Use Midyear Benchmark Assessment Data

Like any assessment, midyear benchmarks are only as valuable as the strategies you employ using the data. Here are four ways to make these assessments a truly valuable exercise for you and your students.

Marzano-Validated Best Practices for Online Practice

The Edmentum research team partnered with Marzano Research to conduct a peer review of research that Edmentum conducted for the classroom practice and assessment program, Study Island. Marzano confirmed our findings about the effectiveness of Study Island, and their work helped uncover four best practices to help students get the most out of online practice.

Testing Tips for Educators, Administrators, and Parents

No matter the exact situation, testing is a stressful process. But, successful test taking, beyond content knowledge, is also a skill that can be taught, acquired, and mastered. Here are some of our best general test taking tips to help ensure upcoming state assessments go as smoothly as possible!

10 Classroom and School Tips to Improve Test Scores

Helping students achieve assessment success is about much more than targeted practice in the classroom. Check out these 10 holistic tips to make sure that your students are ready for their assessments in all ways.

8 Last-Minute Steps Districts Can Take to Improve Test Scores

Administrators may not feel like they have a direct hand in making sure that students are well-prepared for state assessments. But, there is no shortage of steps administrators can take to ensure that their teachers and students have what they need for a successful state testing—even when it comes down to the wire.

6 Tips for Teachers to Help Students Manage Stress

State testing inevitably means classroom stress will hit a new high. So, how can you keep anxiety levels in check and help your students stay cool, calm, and collected when test day rolls around? Here are six tips for low(er) stress state testing.

8 Tips for Parents to Help Your Child Prepare for High-Stakes Tests

Parents and other caregivers are critical to every student’s education journey. So, get them involved in the test preparation process! Share these eight simple tips with parents to help them support their learners on testing days.

[Teacher Tips] Preparing YOURSELF for Testing Season

Yes, believe it or not, your human nature is not suspended just because it’s time for assessments. And you know that deep down you won’t be on top of your game unless you’re taking care of yourself. As the expression goes, you can’t pour from an empty glass. So, educators, here are a few healthy reminders to help you stay sane through another testing season.

Ready to take your test preparation program to the next level? Check out Study Island, Edmentum’s online solution for classroom practice and formative assessment. You can even start your FREE Study Island trial today! If you’re looking for more test-preparation resources, check out and download our FREE test preparation toolkit!

This blog post was originally posted on January 25, 2019 and has been updated.

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Beth Holine

Beth Holine joined Edmentum in 2011 as a Marketing Specialist. In her role, she works to provide teachers and educators with innovative, useful resources. Beth has a B.S. in Psychology from the Iowa State University.