Side effects may include confidence and higher scores.
Recommendation: Focus teachers on a four-month plan to help students learn strategies to show what they know on test day.
The Power of a Practice Test
For Schools and Districts
Early and frequently practice testing allows administrators
and teachers the opportunity
to identify potential weaknesses and address them.
Recommendation: Combine practice testing effort with campaign to encourage students to take the October and December ACT tests (and subsequent ACT tests, depending on college plans).
Recommendation: Highlight and address weaknesses on the item analysis that have already been covered in curriculum up to that point. How much of a student’s score reflects content not yet covered vs. content covered, but not mastered?