Dear parents and scholars,
There are 81 days left until all scholars from 3rd grade to 8th grade will take the AZmerit assessment. This is a “standardized” test. Standardized means that it is the exact same test for each grade level and is to be given in the exact same way for every scholar. This can be a stressful time for our scholars, teachers and parents. Over the next 81 days the school will provide tips for the teachers, scholars and families to help prepare for the AZmerit.
Here’s the tip for today.
Note: To learn more about standardized testing, please see the Parents’ Guide to Standardized Testing.
Standardized tests currently play a major role in the United States public schools. Your child may take one or more standardized tests during the school year, and your child’s teacher may spend class time on test preparation throughout the year. As a parent, there are many ways you can support your child before and after taking a standardized test, as well as a number of ways you can support your child’s learning habits on a daily basis that will help her be more prepared when it’s time to be tested.
While many parents, educators, school leaders, and policymakers disagree about the kinds of tests administered, how the scores should be used, and how frequently students should be tested, it is important to be supportive of your child’s efforts on standardized tests, and to help her do her best. You can also learn more about testing from teachers, parent liaisons, and your local PTA organization to better understand how testing is being carried out at your child’s school, and how the results are being used.
Please note that these tips have been adapted from articles published by Scholastic, Inc., the National Parent Teacher Association, and the International Reading Association, and that the sources are indicated after each section of tips.