Tests? In the First Weeks of Kindergarten?! (page 3)

Tests? In the First Weeks of Kindergarten?!

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Updated on Sep 18, 2008

Have a little one that you know will crack under pressure? Teachers realize this is a possibility, so don't be afraid to bring it up. If you're concerned that the view the teacher got of your child or his abilities isn’t accurate, Ayers-Riley suggests talking to the teacher about it.

“Compare the teacher’s anecdotal information about how your child responded to the assessment with your own knowledge of his general behaviors. If your child seems to have acted differently because of nervousness or discomfort in the situation, let the teacher know.”

One of the best ways to understand how and why teachers assess such young learners is to see the assessment process first-hand. Don’t be afraid to ask the teacher if it would be acceptable for you to sit in on your child’s assessment appointment, or drop in to see a whole-group assessment in action. To the average eye, it may just even look like excellent, everyday teaching.

There are very few “tests” in life for which you can confidently advise your child to “wing it,” but for kindergarten assessments, “winging it” is just what teachers want them to do. A baseline needs to be established so that parents and teachers can help their children show maximum growth.

So don’t let assessments daunt you. Let them guide you!

Curious what your child will learn this year in each of the key academic subjects, and where she'll be come graduation? Read our guides:

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