Here are 5 tips to help your kids
EVANSVILLE, Ind. — It’s that time of year again for students across Indiana to take the state’s ISTEP assessment test.
Hoosier students in grades 3-8 and 10 will again take ISTEP this month, which covers English, math, science and social studies material.
The testing window for part one of the online and paper-and-pencil portion of the standardized test opened Monday and runs through March 9. Local schools will test students during that 10-day period.
The schools often host assemblies and other events to prepare students for the test.
On Monday morning, Caze Elementary School staff prepared a pre-ISTEP breakfast. Students got a special breakfast of pancakes, sausage and juice to kick-off testing. The goal was to create a positive environment for testing and to ensure students had full stomachs to perform their best.
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Tips from educators to help students perform well on the ISTEP include eating a well-balanced breakfast, arriving to school on time and sending kids to school with positive and uplifting thoughts.
Evansville Vanderburgh School Corp. spokesman Jason Woebkenberg offered families some more suggestions, which include:
- Get a good night’s sleep and eat a healthy breakfast.
- Carefully listen to the directions from the teacher/examiner, so you know what to do. Also, read the directions very carefully so your response answers the question being asked.
- Try to relax and do your very best work. This is your chance to show how well you understand what you have learned.
- Be aware of the time remaining during the testing session. There is no advantage to rushing and finishing with too much time left. Of course, it is equally important to not run out of time, leaving questions unanswered.
- Use any remaining time to go back to check your work for mistakes, especially careless errors that can easily be corrected.
The second portion of ISTEP will be given to students during an April 16 through May 4 testing window.
This will be the last time students take ISTEP.
For the 2018-19 school year, the Indiana Department of Education will transition to ILEARN.
ILEARN will assess the same Indiana Academic standards as ISTEP, but officials claim it “leverages computer adaptive testing to better inform educators about students’ strengths and weaknesses.”
Grades 3-8 will be tested on ILEARN, according to education officials, but sophomores will revert back to end-of-course assessments.
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