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Education Celebrations: Testing to begin for elementary, middle school students

By By Diane Boyett
April 20, 2014 at 10:02 p.m.
Updated April 19, 2014 at 11:20 p.m.


We are at the start of another major testing week across Victoria school district. Beginning Tuesday, our elementary and middle school students will have the opportunity to shine on their State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness tests.

The Tuesday testing schedule includes students in third, fourth, sixth and seventh grades testing in math and students in eighth grade testing in social studies. Wednesday's assessments cover reading for third, fourth, sixth and seventh grades and science in fifth and eighth grades. Students who miss one of the tests Tuesday or Wednesday can make up the tests Thursday or Friday.

The end of course testing at the high school level starts May 5.

No matter how well prepared a student is, there is certain to be some level of stress associated with any test. Some stress is actually a good thing in that it helps motivate a student to do his or her best.

But we also know that too much stress is not a good thing. Our schools are working to help students address stress. Also, there are things parents can do to support their children.

The first tip for any student preparing for a test is to get a good night's rest. A rested mind is able to recall information much better than a tired brain that is craving some sleep.

We also strongly encourage parents to get their children up in plenty of time to get to school on time. The stress of test-taking is only made worse by the stress of rushing to get to work and school on time.

Proper nutrition is also a key element in reducing stress and improving success in school. Our school cafeterias offer nutritious breakfasts each morning to get a positive start to the day for the mind and body.

Every parent wants his or her child to do well in school, and we know that when parents and schools work together, the opportunities for success are limitless.

Also, any parent who has not taken the opportunity to preregister his or her child for the coming school year needs to do so now. The official preregistration window has closed, but our schools are still accepting registration for the coming year.

Being able to get an accurate projection of how many students to expect next year is very helpful in staffing and budgeting. It also helps to minimize disruptions once the school year begins by having to move teachers or students to other campuses to accommodate unexpected enrollment.

Parents who have not preregistered are encouraged to call their neighborhood school to make arrangements.

Last week, I mentioned the first day of school for the coming year is Aug. 25. That prompted some calls from parents wanting to know when the last day of school is for the current year. The final class day in VISD is June 5.

Diane Boyett is the communications director for Victoria school district. Con tact her at diane.boyett@visd.net.

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