A week from now, students will commence the Measurement of Student Progress (MSP) assessments, not only at Sunrise, but also across our state.
Our students have worked hard all year long in all of the academic areas, and this is an opportunity for them to see the positive results of their hard work. I trust you will encourage your child to come prepared and to give their very best effort.
Gary Keeler, Principal at Bear Creek, sent out the following tips to ensure that students are ready to try their best during testing:
The night before the test
1. Consider talking about the test to reassure and encourage your child. At the same, don’t dwell on the subject, as you may cause your child to worry unnecessarily.
2. Let your child know that you know tests can be hard, but that taking them provides a chance to show how well he or she can do. The test will help teachers understand how well the school is doing. Be encouraging.
3. Consider playing an educational game like Scrabble or Twenty Questions to help your child get into the testing spirit.
The morning of the test:
1. Have your child get up early enough to avoid hurrying. Being on time for school is important.
2. Have your child eat a good breakfast, but not a heavy one.
3. Don’t appear unconcerned about the testing. While your child needn’t be afraid of tests, he or she needs to understand the importance of testing.
After the test:
1. Talk with your child about what was learned from the test. What would he or she do differently if the test could be taken over?
2. When you get the test results for your child, don’t compare his or her performance with that of your friends’ or neighbor’s children.
3. Please don’t hesitate to discuss with the teacher any questions that you or your child has about testing.
For more details on the testing schedule see the Sunriser