Capstone/Dissertation Title

How teaching test taking strategies to students with special needs impacts test taking confidence and performance

Term

2009

Capstone

Thesis

Degree Name

MAEd

Abstract

The research question addressed in this project was, in what ways does the teaching of test taking strategies to students with special needs impact their confidence and performance on standardized tests? It documents a ten day window in which students were taught test preparation skills in order to improve their standardized testing scores. The outcomes of the study were based on data collected from teacher journaling, student surveys, student interviews, practice tests, and teacher observations. Results indicated that students showed improvement in reading areas on segments one and two and decrease in segment three. In math students also showed increases on segments one and two with decreases on segment three.

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