There's a lot that's new about the state assessments—everything from what's in the tests to how your child will be taking them—and we'll provide you with resources on that after the jump cut. But in the end, some things about testing will never change, like making sure your child gets a good night's sleep before the day of the test.
Here are a few things you can do:
- As mentioned, a full night of sleep is priceless.
- Provide a healthy breakfast that isn't too heavy or too loaded with sugar—being groggy or hyperactive won't help.
- Talk to them about the test. Are they nervous? What do they expect from the test?
- Get to school on time!
- Afterward, check in to see what they thought was easy and what was difficult. Emphasize that it's not about scores, but rather about understanding the material.