Both elementary students and high school students continue to take state tests.
Here are a few things to remember for the high school tests (and then read below for information on the elementary school testing and some great tips on how to prepare all students so they are relaxed and ready for the testing): Testing 2019 FAQ
Toledo Public Schools will be using a modified school day to complete testing for the high school students with as little disruption as possible. In order to alleviate pulling students every day from various classes and interrupting the educational process for six weeks, an early release schedule has been created by the Curriculum Department to test the majority of students within the first week of each testing window. Please click here for more details: Letter for parents and guardians
Students taking tests are to arrive at their regular time and will be dismissed at the regular time. Lunch will be served from 11:45 a.m.-12:25 p.m. Students not being tested will arrive at their regular time for three periods of instruction and will then be dismissed at 11:45 a.m. TARTA buses will be available for both early and regular dismissal. Elementary schools will be on their regular schedule, but there will be no Early Risers program or EHSO. Gifted classes will be held. To learn about the elementary school testing schedule, click here: Letter for elementary parents and guardians
For both the high school and elementary students who will be taking standardized tests, there are ways to ensure it won't be so nerve-wracking.
Hopefully, students have taken advantage of any study or review sessions and any guidance from instructors on what type of questions will be found on the test. Going over practice tests, sample problems, review material, textbooks and class notes is also a great idea and one that parents can supervise.
Parents and guardians can also make sure two things happen: the night before a big test, they should insist their child gets a good night’s sleep. And serving a good breakfast (nothing too heavy) the morning of the test will help to make sure their student has the focus and energy they need.
And now, for tips on what students can do before and during the test:
• Remember that exercise is always a good way to keep stress under control
• The morning of the test, get to class early so you’re not worried about coming in after the test has already started
• Stay relaxed – if you begin to get nervous, take a few deep breaths slowly to relax yourself and then get back to work
• Read the directions slowly and carefully
• Do the simple questions first to build up your confidence for the harder questions
• Remember what your teacher has told you about how to pace yourself and if you’re allowed to ask questions
• If you don’t know an answer to a question, skip it for the time being (come back to it if you have time). Remember that you don’t have to always get every question right to do well on the test
• Focus on the question you are reading – DON’T let your mind wander
• If there is time left when you are finished, take another glance over the test, making sure you have answered all of the questions. Remember that the first answer you put is usually the right one, so only change something if it’s clear to you have misread or misinterpreted the question
• Watch out for careless mistakes and proofread your essay and/or short answer questions
• Double check to make sure that you put your first and last name on the test
Above all, while getting ready for and then taking the test, students should keep a positive attitude.
On its website, the Ohio Department of Education has an entire section dedicated to Ohio's State Tests that students will take this school year. There are sample tests, background information on what exactly is being tested and more tips for helping students be successful on the tests. Click here for all of the details: http://education.ohio.gov/Topics/Testing