We will be administering our tests on February 27th, February 28th, and March 2nd. This portion of the ISTEP+ is written response. Your child will be testing in the morning only. You play an important part in helping students give their best performance on this important test. As you know, we have been busy preparing and reinforcing the skills necessary for students to demonstrate their learning. Even though this assessment is a snapshot—one single perspective – it is important that our students have every advantage to do their very best. We don’t want to cause test anxiety, rather we want our students to be as prepared as possible. There are many ways in which you can help your child put his/her best foot forward. The following suggestions can help set our students up for success:
The days before the test:
1. Make sure your child goes to bed on time so he or she is well-rested.
2. Keep your routine as normal as possible. Upsetting natural routines may make children feel insecure.
3. Be positive and confident in the fact that you know your child will do his/her best.
4. Plan ahead to avoid conflicts on the morning of the test.
The mornings of the test:
1. Get up a few minutes early to avoid rushing and make sure your child arrives at school on time.
2. Have your child eat a nutritious breakfast. There is a strong correlation between eating breakfast and memory & cognitive functioning. (Breakfast is not served at school if we have a delay.)
3. Have your child dress comfortably and without distractions.
4. Stay positive and communicate that this is your child’s chance to show what he/she knows. They are more than prepared for this test and will do great!
5. Send a snack. Snacks will be provided, but a back-up snack will help in the event that your student does not like the one provided.
After the test:
1. Talk to your child about his/her feelings about the test.
2. Explain that performance on a test does not define him or her as a person. It is just one opportunity to demonstrate learning.