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The deal with data

January 31, 2014 | Posted in: Early Learners, Elementary, High School, Middle Years

It’s one of the acronyms tossed about in education: DDI, or data-driven instruction. At the heart of DDI is, obviously, data. In the eyes of some, data – or its collection – is seen as invasive. But the word data means, simply, information. And for school districts, data can provide a wealth of information to […]

Calming ‘Core’ anxiety of stressed-out students

Calming ‘Core’ anxiety of stressed-out students

October 10, 2013 | Posted in: Early Learners, Elementary, High School, Middle Years

The release of student test scores has added fuel to the arguments of an increasing number of parents disturbed by the effects new Common Core Learning Standards and standardized tests are having on their children. Some say their children are coming home from school stressed and frustrated about difficult schoolwork and demoralized by lower-than-expected state […]

Take the guesswork out of exam prep

June 12, 2013 | Posted in: Middle Years

Middle schoolers may need help figuring out how to navigate final exams – particularly if they’re taking the tests for first time. As a parent, you can encourage your child to get enough sleep and head to school with a healthy breakfast on exam day. You can also help your children develop good study habits […]

Don’t stress about the tests!

April 12, 2013 | Posted in: Early Learners, Elementary, High School, Middle Years

You’ve heard all the concerns before: I blank out on tests. I freeze when the teacher hands me the paper. What if I don’t do well? Why do we have to take these stupid tests anyway? Some students thrive on test stress; others experience intense anxiety that leaves them feeling physically ill -stomachaches, headaches, etc. […]

A test already? We just started this class!

September 14, 2012 | Posted in: Early Learners, Elementary, High School, Middle Years

There’s been lots of talk about tests around the dinner table this week. The general consensus is that our children don’t like to take tests when they don’t know the answers. They’ve been taking one or more “pre-tests,” new this year as part of New York state’s Annual Professional Performance Review (APPR), new rules that […]

Standardized tests right around the corner

March 27, 2012 | Posted in: Elementary, Middle Years

Middle school and elementary students in New York will again take standardized tests in English language arts and mathematics in April. The tests, given to students in grades 3-8, are designed to comply with the No Child Left Behind law of 2001. While schools plan well in advance for the test dates, students may not […]