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Wildcat Parents~ Standardized State Testing starts soon for Grades 3rd - 5th! 

It’s almost that time again – standardized testing is right around the corner. 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.  The students have taken several practice tests and are well prepared. 

  • 5th Grade tests 4/29 - 5/6.  5th graders take two math tests, two english language arts tests, a science test and a physical fitness test.
  • 3rd & 4th Grades begin 5/6 - 5/16.  3rd and 4th graders will take two math tests, two english language arts tests.  

POSTERS: Start making motivational signs to surprise your Wildcat the week of testing! Shhhhh don’t let them know! AND if you are feeling particularly crafty and want to make an extra that is just general (without a specific name) we can make sure every 3rd-5th grader has one! BTW: Our test is called the CAASPP....). You can bring your sign to the office anytime before the 26th.

EAR BUDS: Students may bring their own ear buds to school.  We have headphones at school, but students may feel more comfortable with their personal ear buds. 

GUM:  Students may bring and chew gum while they are testing.  (Research shows that mint flavor may improve test performance). 

  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 guidelines can help set our students up for success:

The night 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 morning 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 and cognitive functioning.
3. Have your child dress comfortably.
4. Be positive and communicate that this is your child’s chance to show what he/she
knows. The most important thing you can do right before the test is to build
confidence about doing his/her very best.

After the test:
1. Talk to your child about his/her feelings about the test.
2. Discuss what was easy and what was hard; discuss what your child learned from
the test.
3. Explain that performance on a test does not define him or her as a person. It is
just one opportunity to demonstrate learning.

 

Thank you for your continued support and involvement. Together we make a difference! 

GO WILDCATS!