During the next few weeks, students from across the state will be bearing down and bubbling in their CRCT answer sheets.
We all know the wrong way to go about improving your school’s scores so what are some ways schools can legitimately improve their scores? Is there anything parents can do to increase their child’s scores?
Here are a few techniques that I have heard to improve performance:
– The classic chewing mint gum while taking the test – mint to help keep you awake, gum is supposed to engage the brain.
– Exercising before school starts – One school has exercise stations set up on the playground for the students to do right before they start taking the test.
– Signing a form stating that your child is getting 10 hours of sleep each night before the test.
– Brain food brought in by parents for snacks before testing begins.
– Working on practice computer programs at home. Our old school really pushed students practicing at home for the test but not so much here. I think I was sent one note about it the whole year.
What other ways are your school trying to improve scores? Are these methods more about motivating students and boosting their confidence than actually increasing scores or does higher confidence lead to better scores?
Teachers and principals out there does the CRCT performance really affect the child or is it more about rating how well the school is doing teaching and how the school is perceived?
Are your kids stressed about taking the CRCT? What do you say to them to help soothe their fears?