We have been in the era of high stakes testing for over a decade now. As educators we must both prepare our students to take standardized tests and regularly give them tests ourselves. Yet we know that some students don’t do well with tests and can even get extremely anxious about them. This anxiety can manifest itself during the testing experience, and cause some students to perform well below their abilities. In addition to poorer performance on tests themselves, some students in a high stakes testing environment may exhibit a decreased interest in learning, increased levels of chronic stress, and even begin to harbor negative attitudes towards themselves, their schooling, and future tests.
The purpose of this course is to help the educator understand what test anxiety is, see how it differs from normal nervousness, understand what factors contribute to it, and acquire effective intervention strategies for helping their students. This independent study course is appropriate for K through grade12 teachers, administrators, support staff and parents.
We advise you to review and download a summary of the course syllabus before registering.