Preparing for testing success

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Students in Leslie Thorn’s class at Andalusia Elementary School work on practice materials for the ARMT plus. Shown are Izabella Micoletti, Everett Thompson, Alana Wheeler, Ashlyn Kilpatrick, Brooklyn Simpson, Terrance Salter and Aksh Patel.

State testing kicks off this week at local schools, and local officials say it’s important to prepare your child.

The Alabama Reading and Math Test for grades three through eight will begin Wed., April 11, and will continue through Mon., April 16. Make-up testing will run concurrently and be completed by Wed., April 18.

Andalusia Elementary School counselors Samantha Russell and Angela Sims said that second graders would also take the SAT10 and OLSAT.

“These are not state mandated, but we do these to acclimate them to the testing,” Russell said.

Opp Middle School guidance counselor Margaret Fox offered tips to parents of these grade schoolers.

“Here are some test tips that I hope will be helpful to you and your child,” she said. “With your cooperation, we will ensure a successful testing situation for your child.”

• Be sure your child attends school daily during the testing window. Schools are evaluated regarding the testing participation of student.

• If a child must check out, plan to do so after 10:30 a.m., if at all possible.

• Children need plenty of rest and sleep during the test time.

• A good breakfast is also essential.

• Students are encouraged to arrive at school on time.

• Encourage your child to do the best work possible.

• Gather materials from teachers to help prepare child at home.

• Help your child learn to gather information independently.