Friday, February 27, 2015

March News - PARCC Testing

Test-Taking Tips for Elementary Students Tests are important because they help the teacher evaluate a student’s needs and progress, the student gauge his or her own level of mastery, and the parent monitor his or her child’s progress. 

Tips to give your child about taking tests: 

Relax. Just do the best you can. 

 Your first choice is usually correct. 

Don't change an answer unless you have a good reason to do so.  

Be aware of key words such as "all," "now," "always," "never," "only," "exactly." 



Look for information in some of the questions. This information may help you answer other questions. 

You can assist your child prepare for testing by doing the following:  

Make sure your child gets a good night's sleep before a test, and make sure your child eats properly the day of a test.  

Maintain a pleasant home environment and avoid unnecessary conflicts. 

Try to make the morning of the test a pleasant one. 

Do not add to your child’s stress.  

Make sure your child has taken any needed medication. 


Ensure that your child is present during testing (children generally perform better when taking tests in their groups rather than at a make-up time). 


Get your child to school on time the day of the test. 

Wish your child good luck each morning of the test. 

Tell your child that he/she is special and that you believe in him/her! 

 Remind your child the test is important. Encourage him/her to do his/her best.  

Preparing Your Child for the Common Core PARCC Test

What Is the PARCC Test?

The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) is a set of tests covering math and English.
Since this test is so new there's little in the way of sample or practice tests available.

Sample Tests

They'll give you and your child an idea of how PARCC test questions are structured. 
These are a few sample tests you can use. The Pearson test has both a print and online option.

Online Resources and are two great test preparation websites. 
IXL provides lists of topics that are part of common core math at and Language Arts at

At PARCC Games, our top priority is your student’s success. As teachers ourselves, we understand that your time is limited. That’s why we do the searching and testing for you! All games and sites linked from our site have been found to support Common Core standards for Math and Language Arts. On our Teachers Page, you will find the standard linked to each game.


PARCC vocabulary: