A friend of mine just told me about her son’s report card versus his PARCC test scores. He’s in seventh grade and after a slightly bumpy start to seventh grade, he’s adjusted well and the report card reflected that with 4 A’s and 3 B’s. However, his PARCC scores, from tests taken in the spring of sixth grade, were quite dismal in comparison.
Standardized tests are designed to measure a small part of your child’s ability- tests measure the kind of skills and knowledge that happen in left side of the brain – everyone has those skills, but for some visual kids those skills may not be very strong. What can you do at home to take some of the stress out of this time?