As adults, we’ve learned that life is full of important “tests.” Whether it’s a job interview or a presentation to a prospective client, life is packed with these focal moments. If you want to get that job, land that client, or make a good first impression, it takes preparation and focus.
Preparation and focus are also a key to success for our students. Students in grades 3-8 will take the LEAP state assessment in April and May, while their older peers will take End of Course exams, the ACT, and other tests over the final months of the school year.
Our teachers, administrators, and staff members do a remarkable job preparing for testing season. This year we’ve placed special emphasis on equipping our schools and training our staff to facilitate computer-based tests. Grades 3 and 4 will take paper-based tests this year. Grades 5-8 will test online, with the exception of science. Our teachers and students have been practicing with the same online tools that will be used for the tests. These tools allow teachers and students to become familiar with the computer-based testing format and the interactive, technology-enhanced items they will use during the actual test.
Parents can help their children focus and prepare for the tests in a number of ways. Some simple tips covered at our recent Parent Advisory Council meetings include making sure your child is at school every day and on time, ensuring your child gets a good night’s sleep and a healthy breakfast, and talking with them about any anxiety they may have about testing.
If you are looking for more test-specific information or sample questions, the Louisiana Department of Education offers a wealth of resources on its website (louisianabelieves.com). I also encourage you to speak with your child’s teacher or visit our website (jpschools.org) if you have questions about the assessments your child will take or when they will be administered.
As educators and as parents, we want to do everything we can to prepare our children for success. By learning to meet the challenges they face in school, our children will develop characteristics that will help them ace the many other “tests” they’ll face after graduation.