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You can boost your child's performance on standardized tests which are more common today than ever before.  And the stakes have never been higher!  These tests are used to measure student achievement and to tell schools which skills students need to improve.  Several tips to help your child feel confident, well-prepared and ready to succeed follow below:

1.  Good health involves nutritious breakfasts, regular ample sleep, and daily exercise.  These are just as important as studying for big exams!
2.  There is strong evidence that regular school attendance can result in significant test-score gain.  Make sure your child is in school every day and don't allow them to be tardy.  Don't schedule medical appointments during school hours and don't take your child out of school for family trips.
3.  Reading skills are important to school success.  Since many standardized tests measure comprehension, help your child find the main idea by using newspapers and nonfiction.  Your local librarian will be able to assist you in picking out interesting non-fiction books.  Since most standardized tests are timed, it is also important that you child have a good reading rate, or fluency.  You can help by scheduling a reading time every day and to encourage your child to ready silently sometimes.  These extra practice sessions are valuable.  Vocabulary is also an important component to successful standardized testing and life in general.  You can help your child by making a game of learning a new word every day and having newspaper scavenger hunts - have your child find and underline words they don't know and then look them up together.

As we head into our busy standardized testing season, we at Alliance Public Schools welcome teaming with parents to give our students the very best chance possible to display all they know!  If you have any questions concerning testing, please contact your building level principals or myself at 762-5475.
Last Updated: 1/27/10

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