by Katie Ashcraft
The signs have popped up around Bellevue this weekend to remind us that It is time for the students at Grandview Elementary to “show what they know” this week as KPREP testing has begun. Kentucky Performance Rating of Educational Progress (KPREP) is a public school assessment program that began in Kentucky during 2011-2012 school year. This test is given to students in grades 3-8 and includes multiple choice questions, short answers, and extended response questions. These test are used to gauge proficiency in reading, mathematics, science, social studies and writing and will take place from May 6th through May 12th.
Here are a few tips to help prepare your child for the standardized test for the week ahead:
- Encourage perfect attendance for the week of the test. If possible, make doctor/dental appointments during after school hours.
- Make sure your child is getting enough sleep the night before. Many teachers report that students who don’t do well on tests haven’t gotten enough sleep, and haven’t eaten breakfast on the morning of the test. Doing both of these things will ensure that your child is working at full capacity (Narang, 2008).
- Eat a nutritious breakfast each morning. Evidence suggests that eating breakfast really does help kids learn. To keep your brain powered up, the first meal of the day should be rich in protein and good carbohydrates (Silver 2006).
- Provide a calm, positive environment each morning as your child gets ready for school. This will help reduce any test anxiety that some children may experience.