Students in grades 3-6 will be taking the New York State ELA and Math Exams in the next weeks. As you know New York State has adopted the Common Core Learning Standards. These standards are designed to ensure all students learn the skills necessary for college and career readiness.
The upcoming ELA and Math tests are based on the Common Core Learning Standards and our curriculum and our instructional approaches are geared to prepare our students for success on these exams. Please reassure your child that they have been prepared to take both the ELA and Math exams and to just do their best. It is the work they do each day under the guidance of their teachers that really counts in their learning. Emphasize the importance of daily effort in class assignments, discussions and unit tests. It is the work and learning that occurs in the classroom each and every day that will determine their academic success.
The following are strategies for you to review with your children to help alleviate some of the anxieties and feelings of pressure they may have about the exams:
- Make sure your child gets adequate sleep in the night before the exam. Avoid foods with sugar and/or caffeine which can negatively impact your child's quality of sleep.
- Make sure your child eats a well balanced breakfast the day of the exam. A heavy breakfast may make the child feel sluggish and a breakfast that is too light may leave the child feeling hungry.
- Stay calm and remind your child that they have been well prepared to take this exam.
- Listen to and discuss the fears and anxieties your child may be experiencing about taking the exam. Try to minimize any fears they may have by letting them know that no matter what happens you will still love and support them.
- Please be on time the day of the exam. Try to keep your morning calm and stress free. A rushed morning causes anxiety for everyone especially a student who is taking an already stressful exam.
Visit the NYS website, www.engageny.org and click on Parent and Family Resources for additional ways you can support your child's learning. We encourage you to contact your child's teacher if you have any questions or concerns regarding the ELA and/or Math exams.
As always, we appreciate and value your partnership with our school and your involvement in your child's education.