Parent Tips for Testing

Parent Tips for Testing
Posted on 03/21/2018
Melissa Chastain

As parents, we want our children to be successful.  As educators, we want our students to be successful.  At Hawthorne Elementary our mission is “Helping Everyone Succeed”.  Success can be measured in many different ways.  In football, the number of touchdowns measures success.  In school, student success is measured in various ways such as learning sight words, learning addition facts, or scores earned on tests. 


The state of Missouri has programs in place to measure a student’s performance or success in school.  The Missouri Assessment Program, or MAP, was created in response to Missouri’s Outstanding Schools Act of 1993.  Since that time, revisions have been made to the MAP in order to comply with legislations that were designed to help raise student performance.  The MAP is assessed in the spring.  This year, the testing window is April 2nd through May 25th.  Check with your child’s school to see what days your child will be testing. 


The MAP Grade-Level assessments are a series of tests that measure whether students in Missouri are meeting expectations.  It’s a way of finding out if kids are learning what they need to learn.  Setting high standards for all students is intended to help our children to grow into responsible and confident individuals and community members.  Tests like the MAP are used as ways to ensure our students are learning, and that schools are held accountable for providing our students with the best education possible. 


As a parent, there are a number of ways that you can support your child before and after taking a standardized test like the MAP.  The most important thing that you can do as a parent is to support your child’s learning habits on a daily basis.  By doing that, your child will be more prepared when it’s time to be tested.  The following are tips for you that will help your child be successful when it comes time to take the MAP:

  • Be prepared:Know when the test is and what it will measure.Schools and teachers will send information home about testing schedules and class preparation plans.
  • Make sure your child gets a good night’s sleep.Many teachers report that students who don’t do well on tests haven’t gotten enough sleep.
  • Make sure your child eats a healthy breakfast.Making sure that your child has a good breakfast will ensure that your child has the energy to work at full capacity.Students are encouraged to eat breakfast at school if they are unable to at home.
  • Remain positive:Staying clam will help your child stay calm.Some students get nervous about tests or are likely to experience anxiety during the test.Practicing relaxation techniques that can be used during testing can help reduce tension.Talk to your child’s teacher or counselor about helpful relaxation techniques.


In addition to these strategies, there are a number of ways that you can support your child’s learning throughout the school year.  Some of these strategies include:

  • Assist your child with homework and ensure that your child is completing assignments.
  • Help your child to develop good study habits and a positive attitude towards education at 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, read, read!
  • Look for educational games and programs that engage your child.
  • Help your child learn how to follow directions carefully.


Remember, there are many ways to measure your child’s success at school and testing is just one part of education.  You can ensure educational success for your child by being supportive and involved in educational opportunities every day.  At Hawthorne Elementary and throughout the Mexico Public School District, we appreciate your support as we are “Helping Everyone Succeed”.