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What You Can Do To Prepare Your Child for Assessment Testing

02/04/2016 Published by: Amy Soupene

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Categories: Your Child's Ages & Stages

Many schools are preparing for their spring assessment testing.  There are so many ways you can help your child prepare. 

Our blog today comes from the SchoolQuest Resource Library article, “Preparing Your Child for Standardized Testing”.  

(Part of this article is summarized from the MCEC® publication Chart Your Course: Preparing for the Journey which is available through the MCEC® store).

What is the best way to help prepare your child for success on standardized tests? Let’s consider which continuous activities help to encourage test preparation, test awareness, and those physical things that work right before testing.

The best way to be ready for a test is to be a good student every day. Long term activities that encourage test preparation include:

  • Model and practice good study habits.
  • Help with homework – the amount changes from direct assistance to monitoring as your child gets older.
  • Discuss what your child is learning in school.
  • Encourage critical thinking.
  • Encourage reading skills from birth! Provide a variety of reading materials.
  • Stay in communication with your child’s teacher so you can address weak spots.

Next, how does test awareness prepare a child for the test?

Families need to know what a test is all about and what it really measures. For example, teachers prepare students differently for a multiple-choice test that lasts 1 hour than an un-timed test that has 20 multiple-choice questions and 10 open-ended response questions.

Some additonal criteria that parents need to know other than which test will be administered on what day:

  • What is the format of the test?
  • How long is the test and is it timed?
  • What does the test measure and is it correlated to the school curriculum?
  • When will you receive the test results?
  • Does your child’s performance on the test affect promotion status? If your child does not pass the test, will he be required to retake any portion of the test?
  • Is there a parent’s study guide that helps to explain the test program?

Finally, how do you help your child prepare physically for the test?

  • Get a good night’s sleep prior to testing.
  • Eat a good breakfast on the day of a test. Caution: if your child does not normally eat much breakfast, a too full tummy may be worse than an empty tummy.
  • Talk about the test but try not to convey stress to your child.
  • Lay out clothes and school supplies the night before.

Military families face additional challenges in preparing their children for assessment programs. The family that moves during the school year may encounter more than one assessment program when one state tests in the fall and another in the spring. Ask for a test calendar and post it where you won’t forget the dates when you schedule any doctor’s or dentist appointments around test time.

Find more helpful articles in the SchoolQuest Library!  Visit the SchoolQuest State Education Resources to learn more about Assessment Testing in your State.

 

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