End of Grade Testing: Preparations, Expectations and Celebrating Doing Your Best
Last year, of seven categories, most Warren County schools fell into Category 6 – “Priority School(s)” with between 50% to 60% of students performing at grade level. Two schools were considered Category 7 – “Low Performing” with less than 50% of our kids at grade level. So, in preparation for End of Grade (EOG) testing this month, consider the following:
1. If you haven’t done so already, set aside a quiet place and time for your child to complete and review his homework on a daily basis.
2. Ask him to teach you what he learned. If he’s having problems with certain subjects, get help from a teacher, tutor or older student.
3. All throughout the month of May, have your child go to bed early or on time. Lessen the late night activities, television and video games during the week and prioritize rest.
4. Eat healthy well-balanced meals. Pop-tarts and donuts are quick and easy to serve for breakfast but are not nutritious. Limit sweets and soft drinks on weekdays.
5. Manage stress and anxiety. Take a “walk and talk” to reduce stress and open lines of communication. Give your child the opportunity to talk about his expectations, fears and hopes. His job is to do his best, whether he is an A or C student, everyone should be proud of him when he is giving his best effort.
6. Start the testing day in a calm way! Allow plenty of time to say a few encouraging words, let your child know how much you believe in him and take a moment to give him a hug. Arrive at school a few minutes early if possible and remember to tell your child to think success.
7. Remind your child to take the test seriously, listen to the directions of the proctor and ask for clarifications if he doesn’t understand the instructions on the test. It is important he read the questions carefully and review each of the potential answers prior to making his selection. He should never leave an answer blank but should instead choose the best answer to the question.
8. If your child feels anxious during the test, taking a few deep breaths might help ease his nerves.
9. When the test is complete, your child should feel good about a job well done. Help him celebrate by spending special one on one time together. Get out the Frisbee and go to the park, sing songs together or make a special family meal.
10. Lastly, if your child needs to retake the test, don’t stress. Talk to the school counselor about stress reducing activities and repeat the above.
Best of luck Warren County students. Do your best!
Rachel Harris Monteverdi is a Family & Consumer Sciences Agent for North Carolina Cooperative Extension, a division of North Carolina State University and North Carolina A&T State University. The Family & Consumer Sciences department includes prenatal to end-of-life programs. Priorities for North Carolina citizens include: Family & Parenting Education; Balancing Work & Family Workshops; Academic Success; Elder Care; Active Aging; Planning for the Future; Home Ownership & Housing Issues; Conservation & Environmental Issues; Leadership; Emergency Management and more. Call 252-257-3640, email Rachel_Monteverdi@ncsu.edu or visit https://warren.ces.ncsu.edu for more information.