Next week, third grade students here at Armstrong will be taking English Language Arts assessments for MCAS, the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System. These tests give us as educators a chance to see how we are doing in comparison to other schools throughout Massachusetts.
This week, I am going into third grade classes to discuss MCAS and answer student questions. We are taking time to talk about ways to relax your body during the test, as well as the importance of getting a good night’s sleep and eating a healthy breakfast. We are also reading the book, “The Biggest Test in the Universe,” by Nancy Poydar. It talks about the fictional experience of a student going through his first state assessment.
You can help your child be as prepared as possible for MCAS:
- Ask your child about strategies they can use to relax their body during the test. These strategies include:
- Counting slowly
- Taking deep breaths
- Thinking of something that makes you happy
- Make sure your child goes to bed at an appropriate time the night before the test. If they are having trouble sleeping, encourage them to use some of the relaxation strategies we talked about in class.
- Make sure your child eats a healthy and filling breakfast the morning of the test. This food will provide the energy they need to do their best.
- Please make sure your child arrives to school on time. The test will begin promptly at nine, and it is essential that all students are in their classrooms for the test to start. Students arriving after nine will not be allowed to take the test with their class.
If you have any questions about MCAS, do not hesitate to contact myself or your child's classroom teacher.
School Counselor, Armstrong Elementary School
PH: 508-836-7760, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org