What is the Purpose of Assessment?
For Students and Parents
- Assessments help gauge individual progress to help build on strengths and address weaknesses.
- Assessments provide identification of instructional needs, determination of mastery, and evaluation of the effectiveness of units/strategies.For Administrators
- Assessments provide information about program effectiveness, areas of curricular strength and weakness, resource and staff development needs, and targets for improvement.
Parents Can Help Prepare Students for Assessments
- Read with your child. Ask questions that will help your child activate his/her thinking skills to improve comprehension.
- Discuss your child's work in mathematics. Use homework as an opportunity to show the importance of math to the real world.
- Encourage your child to keep a journal and write stories. Discuss his/her writing as an interested reader...not just an editor.
On The Day of the Test
- Make sure your child gets a good night's sleep.
- Make sure your child eats a good breakfast.
- Remind your child to ask the teacher questions if he/she doesn't understand.
- Let your child know you have confidence in his/her abilities.
- Encourage your child not to worry and to do her/his best.