Students are at the center of every assessment that teachers administer. They are the key decision makers about their own learning and they need to be engaged participants. Since many students can be intimidated when it comes to taking assessments and tests, teachers and parents must be transparent when it comes to communication.
In a blog late last year, we shared 4 key teacher talking points for students taking assessments. To recap, they were:
- What the assessment is for and what it is intended to measure
- The importance of all classroom assessments and the need for all students to do their best
- How the assessment results will be used by the teacher and the school
- What parents will learn about the assessment outcomes
While teachers are certainly on the front lines when it comes to student communication, we certainly can’t forget the important role that parents play in assessment preparation. Needless to say, parents need to be an integral part of their child’s education and communication around assessments and testing is paramount.
Here are 5 ways parents can help prepare their child for assessments and testing:
- Meet with your child’s teacher as often as needed to discuss his or her progress. Ask the teacher to suggest activities for you and your child to do at home to help prepare for tests and improve your child’s understanding of schoolwork. Parents and teachers working together benefits students.
- Provide a quiet, comfortable place for studying at home.
- Make sure that your child is well rested on school days and especially the day of a test. Children who are tired are less able to pay attention in class or to handle the demands of a test.
- Give your child a well-rounded diet. A healthy body leads to a healthy, active mind.
- Provide books and magazines for your child to read at home. By reading new materials, a child learns new words that might appear on a test. Ask your child’s school about a suggested outside reading list or get suggestions from the public library.
Effective learning – along with effective assessment and testing – requires teamwork from teachers, parents and students. Involving all parties in the preparation process will help students take a more active role in their learning, while strengthening the partnership between teachers and parents.