Important Testing Info & Tips for Parents

  • In April and May, students across our state will participate in various assessments. For some in D7, this may include i-Ready and SC READY/SCPASS; for others, it may include AP or end-of-course state exams, to name a few. Topics range from test to test and can include English language arts, mathematics, science, social studies and writing. 

     

    While they may seem daunting, assessments are an important part of education. They evaluate the educational progress made by students to ensure they are on track for success in the years to come. Educators also use these assessments to create new initiatives and enhance those already in place to best support the academic, social and emotional health of students. Teachers encourage students to do their best, and to be confident, because they have been working hard all year to prepare. 

     

    To facilitate a positive testing experience for everyone involved, District 7 encourages parents to help students follow these important practices:

     

    Leave phones and smartwatches AT HOME.
    Other than a fully charged school-issued device, your child should not bring ANY electronic device that can be used for communicating, timing, or imaging into the testing location. The South Carolina State Department of Education requires all devices (such as cell phones or smartwatches) be collected prior to state test administration. Having a device results in a testing violation that could include scores being forfeited. 

    Arrive at school ON TIME.
    While this is an expectation year-round, it is especially important during testing. Some assessments are timed and being late not only impacts the individual student, but also classmates who may be distracted by a late arrival. Students cannot be admitted late while certain testing is in progress.

    Practice healthy habits.
    Memory and focus are tied to sleep and nutrition. Thus, it is important students eat healthy snacks and get a good night’s rest before testing days.

    Encourage conversations about testing.
    While testing isn’t the most exciting topic, parents can help students to be engaged and understand the importance of assessments. Conversations about testing, in the home, are a good way to prepare students for what to expect while reinforcing the significance. Encourage your child to listen attentively to the teacher’s directions so he/she will know exactly what to do, and to read each test question and each response carefully before selecting an answer. Staying calm is key.