High-stakes testing can be a quick path to failure. They’re sometimes used to determine academic punishments. This includes penalties, sanctions, and rankings, with a clear line drawn between those who pass and those who fail.
- Communicate with teachers early. Establish strategies for everyone.
- Learn the vocabulary. Standardized test vs. achievement test.
- Contact guidance counselors. Discuss emotional challenges.
- Understand what the results mean. Is the grade (outcome) judged on this single test?
- Help to prepare. Identify adequate time, place, and accommodations.
“Our kids” see tests as a major source of stress. Initiate strategies and techniques before evaluations begin.
What have been your high-stakes test experiences? Parent, teacher, student.