Advice to Parents #1

I am building a fire, and everyday I train, I add more fuel. At just the right moment, I light the match.
— Mia Hamm

The standardized testing experience is difficult to navigate. The unknowns alone make the process daunting. How many tests should a student take? Which one is the right one? Why don’t students perform well on standardized testing?

These questions, and many like them, tend to complicate the process for students and parents. Too much input and advice can fog things up even more! Yet, the most important thing students and parents can know is simple enough…

—Train for one test at a time; never take the test cold.

Before they brave the road alone, young drivers spend months behind the wheel with experienced tutors helping them learn crucial lessons. The same logic absolutely applies to standardized testing.

School tests evaluate subject mastery in school; standardized testing gauges something altogether different.

Remember: don’t take the test cold, and prepare for standardized tests individually.