Test Tips for students and families.

March 29, 2019

 State Tests

 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.


Key Changes

Responding to concerns from parents and  educators, last year, the State made these  changes to the tests that remain in effect  this year:

  • Fewer questions

  • 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










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