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End of Year Assessments:

* Our Grade 3 students recently took the FSA (Florida Standards Assessment) for ELA Reading and Mathematics on March 23rd, 25th, 26th and 27th.

* Mark your calendar if you have a Second grade student because he/she will be taking the final Discovery Education Assessment (DEA) for this school year in the Computer lab during the weeks of: April 20th and April 27th.

* Also our Grade 3 students will be taking their End of Year exams in their Special Area classes during the week of May 4th.


Children and Test Anxiety

Anxiety is a basic human emotion consisting of fear and uncertainty when someone perceives an event as being a threat. It is normal to feel a little nervous and stressed before a test, many of us do. The nervousness experienced before a test in small amounts can work to our advantage, in motivating us. But for some – this anxiety is more intense. Anxiety becomes troublesome when it is so extreme that it interferes with a child’s concentration and/or performance. It is important to know how you can help your child overcome test anxiety.

Before the FSA was administered our teachers first administered practice tests, a version of the standardized test designed to allow students to become more comfortable with the actual test before it is given. DEA has already been given 2 times this school year to help allow students to become familiar with the testing format and the types of questions asked.


Tips for Parents

  • Keep a positive attitude about the test.
  • Review previously taken tests with your child after they are returned home to help him/her understand what they did or did not learn or understand.
  • Encourage your child to do well, but do not pressure him/her, it is important for your child to stay relaxed about the test.
  • Show your child how to stay calm by practicing deep breathing exercises to relax the body and mind.
  • Ensure that your child gets his/her regular amount of sleep a few days before the test and the night of the test. Children in elementary school need 9-10 hours of sleep each night.
  • Make sure that your child gets up early enough so that he/she will be on time to school. If a student is late they may not be allowed to enter their classroom and will have to make up that portion of the test at a later time.
  • Serve a healthy breakfast. Avoid heavy or sugary breakfast foods. Good nutrition helps the brain function at full capacity. Our school provides healthy breakfast options for students who would like to eat upon arrival.
  • Encourage your child to listen carefully to all test directions read aloud by his/her teacher and to give their best effort.


Books Are Great Resources

Books provide a great way to interact with young children about their thoughts and feelings. Parents who help their children overcome stress in elementary school will find that when their children enter middle school and high school they will deal with stress in a much more calm and productive way. Below you will find a list of books that can help you talk with your child about test anxiety.


Tyler Tames The Testing Tiger by Janet M. Bender

David and the Worry Beast: Helping Children Cope with Anxiety

by Anne Marie Guanci

Testing Miss Malarkey by Judy Finchler and Kevin O’Malley


When My Worries Get Too Big! A Relaxation Book for Children Who Live with Anxiety

by Kari Dunn Buron

Please feel free to contact me if I can be of any further assistance to you or your child. I can be reached by email at or by calling the Intermediate Center at 352-259-2300.


Mrs. Flaxmayer

School Counselor


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