TIPS FOR TALKING TO YOUR CHILD ABOUT
THE NEW YORK TEST RESULTS:
- For parents, it can sometimes be a difficult discussion to have with your child about the NY State test results.
- Many people think of these tests in terms of passing or failing. This type of thinking is not the best way to look at these results.
- The best ways to look at these results area: What are my child's strong areas? and What areas can we improve on?
- Parents, please provide a balanced response to children to say these are new assessments and the school is adjusting what it teaches to respond to areas where students did poorly. Please asknowledge that these lower results happened state wide in every district. The average percent of students reading proficiently on the new assessments was 31%. Remind them that with continual hard work, they will be fine.
- Talk to your child about testing. It's helpful for children to understand why schools give tests and to know the different kinds of tests they will take.
- Explain that tests are yardsticks that teachers, schools, school districts, and even states use to measure what and how they teach and how well students are learning what is taught. Most tests are designed and given by teachers to measure students' progress in a course. These tests are associated with the grades on report cards. The results tell the teacher and students whether they are keeping up with the class, need extra help or are ahead of other students.
- Tell your child that occasionally, he will take "standardized" tests. Explain that these tests use the same standards to measure student performance across the state or even across the country. Every student takes the same test according to the same rules. This makes it possible to measure each student's performance against that of others.
- Remember, the results of some tests tell schools that they need to strengthen courses or change teaching methods. Still other tests compare students by schools, school districts, or cities. All tests determine how well a child is doing in the areas measured by the tests.
- Don't get upset because of a single test score. Many things can influence how your child does on a test. She might not have felt well on test day or she might have been too nervous to concentrate. She might have had an argument with a friend before the test or she might have been late to school because the school bus got caught in traffic. Remember, one test is simply one test.
- Don't place so much emphasis on your child's test scores that you lose sight of her well being. Too much pressure can affect her test performance. In addition, she may come to think that you will only love her if she does well on tests.