Tips for Students and Families
Your child’s school has many ways to tell how well students are learning, including class work, projects, and quizzes. The State tests that are coming up soon are just another method of finding out how your child is progressing in math and English Language Arts. They are
important for students, but also for teachers and schools, who use the results to improve instruction and to provide support to all students. Here is what you need to know about State exams: Moving on to the next grade and admissions to other schools are not based mainly on State exams. A school’s staff and parents know their school best. We honor that knowledge and give the school community the opportunity to work together to develop and implement a plan to make their school better and improve outcomes for all students.
Responding to concerns from parents and educators, last year, the State made these changes to the tests that remain in effect this year:
No time limit for students as long as they are working productively—reducing stress for
students and allowing them to work at their own pace
Teachers have a stronger role in developing the tests, and test outcomes do not affect teacher evaluations. NYC teachers are in the classroom to lead rich academic instruction, not teach to a test!
The night before each test, don’t have your child try to cram
Enjoy a favorite meal and share a relaxing evening together
Make sure your child gets a good night’s sleep; rest is important
In the morning, encourage your child to have breakfast, either at home or in school
Remind your child that everyone feels stressed at times, and that some stress can be helpful to complete tasks
Tell your child you have confidence in their ability