Friday, October 1, 2004

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SPECIAL REPORT: TEST STRESS
Schools grapple with test stress
Doctors know when it's test time
Did you know?
Some Views on Test-Taking and Stress
Educators take steps to reduce test stress
Parents can ease stress of tests
• Each Ohio achievement or proficiency test administered in grades 3 (reading and math), 4 (all five subjects), 5 (reading) and 6 (all five subjects), and the Ohio Graduate Test take 2.5 hours to administer. That means a student could spend at least 45 hours taking Ohio state tests before they graduate - longer if they fail any section and must retake it.

• Each Kentucky state test administered in grades 3-12 takes 90 minutes. All grades have four tests, except for grades 3, 6 and 9, which have one each. That means a student also could spend 45 hours taking state tests before they graduate. Students who fail any portion of the tests do not retake them.

• College entrance exams have spawned a $250 million test prep industry that includes books, online tutorials and classroom courses or tutors that cost more than $800.

• SAT verbal scores this year rose 1 point to 508. Average math scores fell 1 point from last year to 518, but average math scores are up 14 points compared to 10 years ago.

• The number of SAT takers among the high school class of 2004 rose to an all-time high of 1,419,007.

• The national average ACT composite score for 2004 was 20.9, an increase from 20.8 in 2003.

• About one in 5,000 of the 2004 graduates who took the ACT scored a perfect score of 36.

• Ohio is among the top five states in numbers of ACT-tested graduates

Sources: Ohio Department of Education, Kentucky Department of Education, Education Industry Association, College Board and ACT




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SPECIAL REPORT: TEST STRESS
Schools grapple with test stress
Doctors know when it's test time
Did you know?
Some Views on Test-Taking and Stress
Educators take steps to reduce test stress
Parents can ease stress of tests

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