What teachers CAN'T tell you about state tests

In elementary school, your child will encounter tests that are given 3 times a year. Here's a teacher's perspective on these tests...

What teachers CAN'T tell you about state tests
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Last week I shared ways parents should be thinking ​about state tests​. This week I am sharing the teacher's perspective.

In elementary school, your child will encounter tests that are given 3 times a year. Once at the beginning of the year, once in the middle of the year, and the final test at the end of the year.

Here's the secret: teacher's kind of, sort of, don't mind if they bomb the test at the beginning of the year.

Your child's progress will be judged from how they performed at the beginning of the year. These tests are usually given as soon as the school year starts and are designed to see what they have truly retained after a summer of leisure.

So yes, of course we want to see your child ace the test. But if the scores are a little lower than you'd anticipate. Don't stress- your child has all year to prove they can do it.

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