Standardized tests are a fact of life. Yet many parents don’t understand the information that these tests provide. As test time approaches, it’s crucial to communicate as much information as you can to parents.

  • Provide information outlining (in clear and simple language) the purpose of each test and its implications. Include specific ways parents can help at home, too.
  • Post testing dates and information on your school website and social media accounts.
  • Emphasize the importance of regular attendance, daily reading, good study habits, setting high expectations for achievement, monitoring homework, a positive attitude about school and regular communication with teachers.

 

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Help students do their best on tests

When students feel comfortable and know what to expect in a testing situation—and when they believe they can do well—their scores generally improve. Here are some things teachers can do to motivate students to do their best on tests:

  1. Tell students you expect them to do well.
  2. Let students know what to expect. Share information about what will be covered, how the questions will be asked, how much time they will have, etc.
  3. Teach students strategies for dealing with test anxiety such as positive visualization and breathing exercises.
  4. Prevent noise and distractions while students are taking tests.
  5. Provide prompt feedback.
  6. Reward improvement and celebrate success.

did-you-know  Did You Know?

A study found that when elementary school students have classmates from the previous school year in their current classes, they have higher attendance rates. Researchers believe that elementary school students benefit from peer stability.

J.J. Kirksey and M.A. Gottfried, “Familiar Faces: Can Having Similar Classmates from Last Year Link to Better School Attendance This Year?” Elementary School Journal.

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