Every day, hard-working teachers and parents push and inspire students to gain the skills and knowledge needed for life beyond the school walls. Teachers constantly monitor their students’ progress along their educational journey and push them to reach beyond their comfort zone. And parents play a critical role in ensuring their children thrive inside—and outside—the classroom.
As the 2013-2014 school year heads into its final stretch, teachers are continuing to push their students forward, ensuring they meet academic standards. In addition to the assessments teachers perform throughout the year—formally and informally—states gauge student success through annual assessments, measuring student knowledge and skills against state academic standards. This cannot be done alone. It takes the support of passionate parents to stand by our educators as they raise the bar for our kids.
While the word “test” may invoke stress or nervousness to some, they should be nothing to fear. Assessments such as these are designed to allow students to showcase their knowledge and demonstrate how far they have come over the past year.
Testing is a part of life. Doctors, nurses, teachers, mechanics, and airline pilots all had to pass tests to succeed—and each time we board an airplane, we’re thankful those tests exist. That’s why being able to learn and absorb information and then reflect that knowledge on a test is so important, no matter what career path you choose.
As in sports or in life, testing in schools can be challenging. But when students work hard, are pushed, and are presented with opportunities, they consistently rise to the challenge. We have historically seen that when ask more of students, they will rise to meet it.
Still, there are ways students can properly prepare to reduce stress. Click here to read some tips for students to feel confident and ready to show off what they know. After all, students and teachers have been hard at work all year, and now is the time for students across America to shine.