Wednesday, March 14, 2018

8:30 am - 3:00 pm

Registration: 8:00 am  

Cost: $120 per person for members/$240 per person for non-members

***Participants will receive 6.5 hours of CTLE credit*** 

UAlbany Health Sciences Campus - Room 110 A

"A child has done all his/her homework, studies hard and thinks she has a handle on the material but when the day of the test comes s/he blanks out, freezes up, zones out or feels so nervous that she can't respond to the questions she knew the answer to last night."  This happens to approximately 50% of school aged students.  The good news is there is much we can do to help.

This presentation will engage school administrators, teachers, and pupil services staff in an overview of the research base for test anxiety and equip them with the knowledge and skills to more effectively intervene with students who experience test anxiety.    Dr. Kristin Miller of Siena College will provide assessment guidelines, instruction and specific materials related to the implementation of interventions at the universal/preventive, targeted and tertiary levels in a highly-interactive session. 

Participants will also be provided turnkey training materials for a brief in-service on test anxiety to use back in their schools.


Learning Objectives

Participants will:

  • Recognize triggers and cognitive, physical and behavioral symptoms of test anxiety.

  • Identify prerequisites for optimal test performance.

  • Engage with specific, research-based practices related to prevent test anxiety.

  • Recognize students at risk for test anxiety.

  • Practice assessing test anxiety and choosing an appropriate intervention.

  • Teach effective test-taking skills.

  • Construct “student-friendly” tests.


8:30-9:30      Characteristics of Test Anxiety (Symptoms, Risk Groups, Triggers)
9:30–10:00    Identification and Assessment of Test Anxiety
10:00-10:15  Model for Addressing Needs of All Children
10:15-10:30  Break
10:30-12:00  Universal Interventions for All Students (Study and Test-Taking Skills, Climate Training)
12:00-1:00    Lunch
1:00-2:00      Targeted Group Interventions (Relaxation, Attribution Training)
2:00-2:50      Tertiary, Individualized Approaches (CBT, Desensitization, Accommodations)
2:50-3:00      Reflection

Conference Presenters 
Rebecca Gardner -  CASDA Faculty

Dr. Kristin Miller - Associate Professor of Psychology, Siena College

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