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Facts about Stanford SAT-10 testing

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 26, 2016 12:01 PM

The Stanford Achievement Test Series, Tenth Edition, includes 13 grade-related levels of exams for students in kindergarten through 12th grade. A state department of education may opt to use the SAT-10 to assess student learning. Read on to learn some facts about these exams:

  • The SAT-10 covers reading, mathematics, language arts, social studies and science.
  • School districts use SAT-10 scores to measure achievement and assist education policymakers in allocating attention and funds as needed.
  • Students earn the following scores: below basic, basic, proficient or advanced.
  • Test proctors provide several reports, including: reports to students and their parents, group reports noting scores for the entire school or grade level, and a performance standards report that shows what standards the students have mastered.
  • Educators teach students the topics and skills necessary to succeed on the SAT-10 during the second half of one school year and the first half of the next. This aligns with testing time in the spring and fall so the children have recently covered all the information they must know to tackle the exams.
  • Unlike past standardized testing, the SAT-10 isn't all multiple-choice questions. There are also short-answer and extended-response options. These may better assess what the students understand about the subject matter instead of simply asking them to memorize facts and figures.
  • The tests are not timed, providing students with a less stressful environment. Many kids find that this lack of pressure helps them reduce testing anxiety and perform better on the exam.
  • Parents can help students succeed on the testing by providing ample opportunities to do practice tests. These online programs offer example questions and answers to familiarize children with the exam format and give them a taste of what the real test will be like.