What Parents Can Do To Help Their Child
- While test scores are helpful and important, keep in mind that they only measure your child's performance at a given point in time.
- Understand that children differ in their abilities.
- Be sure your child attends school every day.
- Encourage your child to be serious about tests without undue worrying.
- Avoid conflicts at home before your child leaves for school.
- Make sure your child gets a good night's sleep before tests.
- Make sure your child eats properly before tests.
- Ask your child's principal or teacher what you can do at home to help your child.
- Become aware of your child's school testing schedule.
- Try not to be overly anxious about your child's test scores.
- Don't judge your child on the basis of test scores alone.
- Meet with your child's teacher regularly to discuss his or her progress and ask the teacher what facts specific tests can give you about your child's achievement.
- Reassure your child that tests at school cannot measure all talents and abilities and those tests do not determine a person's value to friends and family members.
Source: N.C. Department of Instruction