Test Time!

Next week students in Grades 3-5 will begin Smarter Balanced Testing.

The schedule is as follows:

Week 1: May 8-12 Grades 3-5 Language Arts

Week 2: May 15-19 Grades 3-4 Mathematics, Grade 5 Science

Week 3: May 22-26 Grade 5 Mathematics

In order to create an optimal testing environment for our students, parent volunteers will not be permitted on campus between 8:10-10:10 each morning for the three weeks of testing.

As a parent, there are a number of ways that you can support your child before and after taking a standardized test, as well as a number of ways you can support your child's learning habits on a daily basis that will help her be more prepared when it's time to be tested.

  • Tip #1: Get your child to school on time the day of the test. Make attendance a priority, especially on days that you know Smarter Balanced tests will be administered. Making sure your child is there when the test is taken helps to ensure your child won't lose more learning time because he/she has to make up a test during school.
  • Tip #2: Make a note of test days on your calendar – This will help remind you and your child when testing will take place and plan your preparation accordingly.
  • Tip #3: Make sure your child gets a good night’s sleep the night before the test. Your child will probably perform better if well rested. Tired children have difficulty focusing and are easily flustered by challenges.
  • Tip #4: Make sure your child has enough time to wake up fully before going to school. Just as rest is important, so is having enough time to get your child’s brain engaged and in gear. If the test is first thing in the morning, your child can't afford to spend the first hour of school groggy and unfocused.
  • Tip #5: Make sure your child eats a healthy breakfast. Your child should eat a nutritious breakfast. Avoid high sugar cereals. Provide a high-protein, healthy breakfast for your child. Kids learn better on full stomachs, but if their stomachs are full of sugary, heavy foods that will make them sleepy or slightly queasy, it's not much better than an empty stomach.
  • Tip #6: Talk to your child about how the test went. Keep in mind that your child may have to test over several days. Talk to your child about what he/she did well and what he/she would have done differently. Think of it as a mini-debriefing or brainstorming session. You can talk about test-taking strategies after the fact as easily as beforehand.
  • Tip #7: Encourage your child to do well but don't pressure him/her. You may stress him/her out. It is important for your child to stay relaxed for the test. Keep a positive attitude about tests.

With your support and involvement, your child(ren) will be well on her way to her own bright future! Thank you for your continued support of the academic progress and achievements of our students.