It is not surprising that 2005 average ACT scores remain unchanged from 2004.
ACT’s national score report once again indicates that high numbers of graduates may struggle or need remediation to succeed in college or job training programs.
Standardized test developers construct assessment instruments so that scores remain stable across test administrations. It takes extraordinary circumstances to alter average scores, and those circumstances can call the validity of test results into question.
So, what are teachers to do to meet expectations that average test scores rise for each classroom? That’s the high stakes question for teachers to answer while implementing each lesson plan each moment of each school day. But, it’s not rocket science.
Keep schooling simple and on a straight line to criteria referenced learning.
For one thing, teach to “above the mean” students, if you want above the mean scores on standardized tests. To do this, give the best students in classes subject matter information directly and quickly. Others will follow. Don’t make any students play hide-and-seek for subject matter facts and processes leading to facts.
Second, let students learn beyond lessons. Let them stretch beyond your expectations. Use direct learning tools, such as advanced textbooks and Tablet PCs software, along with direct instruction. Both work. Both can advance student academic performance.
Third, consider using your Tablet PC, as many “good” teachers do, to make group presentations, as well as to organize and correct student work. This tool appears to help learning efficiency.
Further descriptions of 2005 ACT test results.