Preparing your child for spring testing season can be stressful, and it’s all too easy to pass on your own anxieties around to your child. At AmeriSchools Academy, we are happy to help parents put test scores in perspective so they and their children can be put at ease about the process. Our goal is to create lifelong learners who love education and can transfer their skills and knowledge to the community.
Here are three important tips parents should know about test scores and how they can support their child during testing:
- Testing is Only One Piece of the Puzzle
Although high stakes tests have become more common across the nation, it is important to keep in mind that standardized test scores are just one piece of the puzzle. When your student’s teacher is evaluating your child’s academic strengths and weaknesses, their ability to score well on standardized tests simply isn’t the only metric that matters. At AmeriSchools Academy, we have a variety of extracurricular programs and activities, as well as Project Based Learning, that are pivotal in assessing your child’s skills and knowledge. We understand that if your child has a poor test score, this doesn’t define him or her.
- Help Your Child Put Testing In Perspective
Testing stress can take a major toll on both parents and kids, alike. As testing season nears, education experts recommend that you manage your own anxiety around test scores to prevent modeling stress to your child. Offer them encouragement, plenty of rest and good nutrition, and opportunities to practice their skills at home, but be sure to put testing in a larger perspective.
Children should view testing as an opportunity to show what they know, not the sole measure of their success. No test is worth your child feeling anxiety, stomach problems, or low self-esteem, so work towards making sure your family has a balanced approach to testing season to prevent bigger health and performance issues later on.
- Personalized Instruction is the Goal
For educators, test scores are a great opportunity to obtain some clear data that can help drive better instruction. Experienced educators know how to interpret pre-test data, as well as post-test scores to develop individualized instructional plans to support a range of learning needs. At AmeriSchool Academy, we provide personalized instruction to every child to best meet their needs and level. We also take the time to talk about your child’s development with parents and address any concerns.
Contact us today at AmeriSchools Academy for more information on the personalized education we provide at our four campuses throughout Arizona so your child can thrive. Schedule a tour at your convenience.