Nowadays, it’s common for students to take standardized tests during their school career. In our state, students must take standardized tests and also benchmark tests several times a year to determine if they have learned the required amount of information. If they haven’t learned the information, they are required to take after school tutoring, or attend summer school. Another round of testing is scheduled after winter break too!
Testing can be stressful for students, their parents, and their teachers. There are some things that parents can do to make sure that their children are well prepared for the standardized testing sessions. Being well prepared can help to lower children’s stress levels, which is a great thing!
One of the easiest ways to help your child prepare for their standardized tests is to make sure that he is well rested and has eaten a good breakfast the day of the tests. Your child can’t do his best if he’s tired or if he’s hungry.
Stay in School
Regular school attendance is important. If your child is absent a lot, he will miss learning important concepts and skills. This will make it harder for him to do well on the tests because he will have missed important information during his absence. If your child is ill, ask if you can have notes from the classes he’s missed. It’s also helpful to schedule doctor and dentist appointments after school or on the weekends when possible.
Because teachers need to cover so much material in a short amount of time, it may not be possible to review a topic until every student masters that topic. If your child is having trouble with an educational topic, ask about tutoring options for your child. He will do better in school, and also on the standardized tests.
There are many resources available both online and offline to help your student review and prepare for standardized tests. In my children’s school, they are able to log onto a state website where they can practice taking standardized tests. They can also review concepts too and see if they’ve mastered certain topics. This is extremely helpful.
Locally, I’ve noticed that many of the “parent and teacher” stores also offer workbooks designed to review concepts. These workbooks also offer “mock tests” which can help to reduce your child’s anxiety levels about the whole testing process.
If you have additional concerns about the whole testing process, it’s best to contact your child’s teacher.