Primary Center Guidance
End of Year Assessments:
Mark your calendars for:
* Discovery Education Assessment (DEA) for K-2 students during the weeks of: April 18th – 22nd and April 25th – 29th.
* End of Year exams for K-5 students for Special Area class exams during the week of: May 2nd – 6th.
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, just about everyone does. 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 DEA is administered our teachers are able to create probes from DEA to help students work on skills that they would benefit from extra practice with.
Tips for Parents
- Keep a positive attitude about testing.
- Review previously taken tests with your child that are sent home to help him/her understand what they missed and why.
- 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 arrives late on their classroom’s testing day they may not be able to test with their regular class.
- Serve a healthy breakfast. Avoid heavy or sugary breakfast foods. Good nutrition helps the brain function at full capacity. Our school also serves a healthy breakfast daily, as an option for students.
- Encourage your child to listen carefully to all test directions read aloud by his/her teacher.
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 Renee.Flaxmayer@tvcs.org or by calling the Primary Center at 352-259-7700.
Resources used in creating this webpage:
PDF FilesElementary Help Box Parent Letter -
Student Help Box Form -