The 2018 PSSA testing window is just around the corner. Our students in Grades 3-5 will take the PSSA ELA tests on April 9–11, 2018; and they'll complete the PSSA MATH tests on April 16–17, 2018. Grade 4 students will complete the PSSA SCIENCE tests on April 23–24, 2018. Please understand that during the testing window, pre-approved absences will not be granted for students in Grades 3-5, except for Take Your Child to Work Day on Thursday, April 26, 2018.
While we have been exceedingly diligent with our instructional program since school started this year, and are confident in our students' abilities, these tests bring a heightened level of anxiety to everyone. Teachers want to see the students do their best; students are worried that the tests will be too hard; and administration wants to make sure that the process goes smoothly so that our students are not overly worried or stressed. While these feelings are understandable, we can try to minimize the anxiety that the students might experience. Here are some easy ways you can help your child to be at his/her best during the PSSA test window:
- Get a good night's sleep.
- Insist on a good breakfast before school.
- Arrive at school on time.
- Instill a sense of confidence and a desire for your student(s) to do their best no matter how hard the tests may be. Let them know how proud you are of their abilities and their efforts.
For more information about the upcoming PSSA testing schedule at Lincoln and other related resource documents, please check out my Google site at Lincoln Elementary School Assessment Information. Additionally, the homeroom teachers may send to you classroom and grade level specific testing logistics and information.