Statewide testing for schools in the state of Georgia begins this month. The purpose of Georgia Milestones
testing is to provide insight regarding how well students are mastering and retaining the state-adopted content standards in the core areas of English Language Arts, Mathematics, Science and Social Studies. It also allows students to test their own readiness for the next grade level, course or next educational endeavor.
It is imperative that students perform their best when taking these tests, and you can help! According to the Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE), “Students who are prepared, calm and rested perform better on tests.”
GaDOE recommends the following practices to use at home to help your student test successfully:
- Encourage your student to employ good study and testing skills. These include following directions carefully, avoiding careless errors and reviewing their work.
- Explain to your child that the purpose of these tests is to give them an opportunity to show what they have learned in school and to give teachers information that helps them plan instruction and curriculum.
- Point out to them that some of the items may be more difficult than others.
- Be sure that your student gets adequate sleep and has a healthy breakfast and lunch. For many students, testing requires a lot of energy.
- Be certain that your student arrives to school on time. Rushing and worrying about being late could affect their performance on the tests.
- Ask your student about testing at the end of the day.
You play an important role in determining your child’s success. Take advantage of these simple tips to help your student during test-taking.