State Testing will begin for Grades 3, 4, and 5 on February 24th. Classes will be testing at different times on different weeks, so for more detailed information, check with your child’s teacher. As a general rule, please observe posted signs that give reminders about keeping our hallways quiet. When testing has concluded for the day, we will take them down. If a sign is posted on a classroom door and the door is close, please do not enter that testing environment, as that is considered a breach of our testing security. Also please avoid setting appointments or having students out during the day whenever possible.
State tests can be stressful for our students, but our teachers do an amazing job of making sure they are prepared, focused, and relaxed during the testing time. We make a point to let your child know that state tests, while important, are just one picture of their ability. I always tell students that if they are doing their best work, how could we ask for anything more?
More tips on preparing students for testing are below from www.barrow.k12.ga.us:
Test Taking Tips for Parents & Students
1. Make sure your child gets an ample, normal amount of sleep the night before the test
2. Mark testing days on your calendar to help remind you and your child when the testing will take place and plan your preparations.
3. The student should eat a nutritious and filling breakfast. Avoid high sugar cerealswhich can make the student hyper and/or unfocused.
4. Make sure the student is on time on the day of testing
5. Set a backup alarm to avoid the possibility of oversleeping
6. If your child is sick please contact the school immediately to inform them.
7. Try not to put too much pressure on the student. Reinforce that as long as they worked hard in preparation and did their absolute best you will be proud of them.
8. Have the child visualize success. Encourage them to rehearse what it will feel like to get a good score on the test.
9. Work with them to focus on breathing. Stress is often caused by insufficient oxygen to the brain. Work with the student to take time before the test begins to take a number of deep, cleansing breaths, exhaling slowly. Focusing on breathing by taking some time when stress levels rise helps to focus the mind during testing.
10. Plan for a fun outing or treat for your child after the test has been completed.
11. Keep a positive attitude about testing in general around your child and emphasize their ability to demonstrate what they have learned rather than the consequences of not passing.