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Reducing Test Anxiety and Improving Test Performance in America’s Schools

Raymond Trevor Bradley, Ph.D., Rollin McCraty, Ph.D., Mike Atkinson, Lourdes Arguelles, Ph.D., Robert A. Rees, Ph.D., and Dana Tomasino

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This Executive Summary provides an overview of the purpose, research methods, and major findings of the TestEdge National Demonstration Study, conducted by researchers at the HeartMath Institute in collaboration with faculty and graduate students at Claremont Graduate University.

This study determined the correlates and consequences of stress and test anxiety in a large sample of students (980) and investigated the effects of HeartMath tools among 636 of them who were part of an experimental group compared to the other 344 who were in a control group.

Teachers received instruction in the Resilient Educator®, which is designed to boost teacher performance, strengthen resiliency and improve school relationships, and students participated in the TestEdge® program, which features tools for reducing stress and test anxiety, improving academic performance and enhancing emotional and relational competence.