Testing Season Has Arrived!
Beginning next week our 3rd graders followed by 4th and 5th grade will begin state testing on the CAASPP (California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress).  Additionally most students will also be starting their spring MAP testing.  It is very important that your child(ren) are present for the testing sessions, have had a good night’s sleep, eat a good breakfast and have a nutritious lunch to eat.  In addition to sending your child(ren) to school ready to test, here are a few tips for overall general school success:

  • Assist your child with homework and ensure that your child is completing all homework assignments
  • Help him/her to develop good study habits, thinking skills, and a positive attitude towards education from an early age
  • Ensure that your child has good attendance at school
  • Stay in communication with your child's teacher
  • Encourage your child to read as much as possible, and to increase his/her vocabulary - even reading magazines, newspapers, and comic books regularly will help improve his/her reading skills
  • Look for educational games and programs that engage your child
  • Help your child learn how to follow directions carefully (Dietel, 2008; IRA (2002); Narang, 2008).

These tips are from the organization Colorin, Colorado!  I have included the link to the entire article as well. This website was designed specifically for ELL students, but they provide excellent information for all facets of education and I find myself referring to the site often.
Enjoy a beautiful San Diego weekend with your families!
Warm regards,
Ann Auten

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