- Talk with your child about testing. It's helpful for children to understand why schools give tests.
- Tell your child that occasionally, he will take "standardized" tests. Explain that these tests use the same standards to measure pupil performance across the state or even across the country.
- Encourage your child. Praise her for the things that she does well. If your child feels good about herself, she will do her best on a test.
- Meet with your child's teacher as often as possible to discuss his progress.
- Provide a quiet, comfortable place for studying at home and make sure that your child is well rested on school days and especially on the day of a test.
- Don't get upset because of a single test score. Many things can influence how your child does on a test.
Source: U.S. Department of Education
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