During the weeks of March 23 and March 30th your child will be taking the Florida Standards Assessment. This standardized test assesses your child’s knowledge of the state standards that LAE teachers have used to guide instruction for the 2014-2015 school year. All of the faculty and staff here at LAE are confident in their student’s abilities but would like to offer some advice to our students and their families.
Test Day Preparations
*Give your child a positive pep-talk, or several, to encourage them to do their very best. Also remind them to answer every question and to use all of their time wisely.
*Avoid over-scheduling your child. Allow them to come home to relax, play and enjoy their day! Postpone whatever appointments that you can during the weeks of testing.
*Put them to bed on time. Students need to be well rested to have the energy to do well.
*Encourage afterschool exercise, fresh air and playtime instead of hours of television and video games. Testing requires extended periods of time spent sitting in a chair.
*Provide a nutritious breakfast and the time to sit down and eat it. It should be a meal that will fill them, not just a grab and go snack. PFA does provide a small snack for all test-takers each day of testing as well as peppermints to settle nervous stomachs.
*Supply them with a water bottle each day to keep them well hydrated. Students are not allowed to get up and down during testing to drink from the water fountains. Teachers will provide #2 pencils (and have backups) for all tests.
*Be well organized. Have their clothes picked out, both shoes by the front door and plans made to avoid any morning confusion. Avoid morning arguments/stress/drama. Send them to school in a good mood!
*Get to school on time. Children need time to get settled and prepared before testing begins. Tardy students will not be allowed to their classroom if testing has begun.
*Be sure that they have lunch money in their account and/or their favorite foods in their lunchbox. Prepare their favorite dinners. Keep them happy and healthy during testing days!
*Send them to school each day with a light jacket or sweater in case classrooms are chilly.
Little things make a big difference, thank you for your help.