NL #708: Achievement Tests - Help Your Child Get His Best Score (2023)

NL #708: Achievement Tests - Help Your Child Get His Best Score (1)

Achievement Tests
Help Your Child Get His Best Score!

•Why Have Your Child Take an Achievement Test?
What Achievement Tests Can and Cannot Do
Standardized Tests: Science & Christian Worldview
Common Standardized Achievement Tests
(Sources & Practice Tests)

•3 Ways To Prepare Your Child for a Test

•7 Test-Taking Skills To Teach Your Child
Checklist for the Day of the Test

•Interpreting Test Scores
Applying the Results

NL #708: Achievement Tests - Help Your Child Get His Best Score (2)
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It's time to prepare for your children's yearly achievement tests. We trust that the information in this newsletter will be helpful to you in this area of your child's education.

May the Lord richly bless your family for His glory.

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Why Have Your Child Take an Achievement Test?

Homeschool parents who work closely withtheir children every day usually know quiteaccurately where their children areacademically and in many other areas.

Standardized achievement tests, however,can affirm both your child's learningprogress and your teaching ability. Thisobjective evaluation can encourage both ofyou, as well as provide confirmation of yoursuccess to other family members, friends, andthe state, where required.

See Home School Legal Defense Association's Homeschool Laws in Your Stateor contact your state's homeschool organization to check your own state's laws and confirm:

1.If your child is required to be tested and atwhat ages or grade levels.

2.What tests are acceptable and who canadminister the test.

3.If and when you need to report your child's testscores.

4.If there is another method of evaluationpermitted, such as a portfolio of yourchild's work or an educator's appraisal.

What Achievement Tests Can and Cannot Do

Remember that a standardized achievement test cannotmeasure the sum total of your child'sprogress. It is only oneassessment tool with limited value.

What Achievement Tests Can Do

1. Measure yourchild's ability to recall certain facts, basic skills, and concepts common to the gradetested.

2. Compare yourchild's scores with other students' scores.

3. Assess yourchild's year-to-year development of learning, if the same test is used for severalyears.

4. Help youdetermine your child's academic strengths and weaknesses, as well as the effectivenessof your curriculum, teaching methods, or emphasis, whenresults are combined with your own observations.

What Achievement Tests Can Not Do

1. Tell you ifyour child has achieved academically to the level of his ability.

2. Measure yourchild's intelligence or the many other skillsand abilities not on the test.

3. Replace your own informed evaluation of your child'sknowledge and skills, gained from your daily observation ofhis work and more thorough and frequent review questions.

Standardized Tests: Science & Christian Worldview

Steve Deckard, Ed.D., Assistant Professor, Institute for Creation Research states:

"One aspect of education where evolutionary theory has had a stranglehold is standardized testing. This is especially true for standardized science achievement tests.

"These tests have been written from a secular, humanistic, and evolutionary world view. Because of this inherent bias, young people educated in evangelical Christian private or home schools which teach creation science are at a distinct disadvantage."

Inge Cannon, of HomeSchool Transcripts, observes, "As the culture moves in the direction of secularism and away from any demonstration of Biblical values, Christians will find the gap between what they are teaching and what the tests measure to grow increasingly wider."

Inge goes on to recommend that homeschoolers:

1. Take only the basic battery (reading, math, language arts) and avoid the additional tests that make up the complete battery (science, social studies, and at lower levels, the environment) if they must take a standardized achievement test.

2. Strive to change state homeschool laws to reflect this option or to allow for other forms of evaluation.

Common Standardized Achievement Tests
Sources & Practice Tests

For information on these common standardized achievement tests and practice tests, follow the links below. Also check with your state or local homeschool organization for local sources of tests and testing services. (See a comparison chart of the SAT10, CAT/6, CTBS, CAT/5 and CAT/5 Survey.)

Christian Liberty Academy School System Testing Service
1970 Edition of the California Achievement Test in online and paper forms. This edition is more demanding than recent editions, contains more traditional values, and can be administered by parents.

Bob Jones University Press Testing and Evaluation
Iowa Test of Basic Skills (ITBS).

Hewitt Learning
Personalized Achievement Summary System (PASS) Test, developed specifically for homeschoolers grades 3-8. Parents may administer this untimed test in their own home. A pretest places your child in the correct test level.

HSLDA Homeschool Testing Services

Family Learning Organization
Stanford 10 Online
TerraNova 2nd Edition (CAT/6)
TerraNova 1st Edition (CTBS)
California Achievement Test (CAT/5)
CAT/5 Survey

Seton Testing Services
Stanford 10 Online
TerraNova 2
Cat E-Survey

More Sources for Practice Tests
Test Prep Review. Free online practice tests
•"Achieving Peak Performance" and The One-Hour Practice Text.

3 Ways To Prepare Your Child for a Test

It is wise to prepare your child for a test and teach him some basic test-taking skills.

1. Teach Subject Matter

The desire to do well on a year-end test can provide added accountability and motivation for learning throughout your school year.

You will choose the material you teach your child based on more important criteria than passing a test. In fact, much of the most vital information you want your child to learn will not appear on a standardized achievement test.

(See Newsletter #693 about setting spiritual, academic, social, and life skills goals and objectives.)

However, be sure to include all information the test will cover in your curriculum.

• Create or buy study aids for teaching and reviewing key facts and information that needs to be memorized such as multiplication/division flashcards (free printable), checklists, outlines, and summaries.

2. Provide Perspective

• Don't overplay the test's importance.

• Help your child approach his test with confidence and a positive attitude of doing his best.

• Explain that this test is to show how much he knows and that he is not expected to know everything on the test, although he might know a lot of it.

3. Administer Practice Tests

A practice test (see sources above) will increase your child's self-confidence and reduce his test anxiety.

• Use a practice test to familiarize your child with testing formats, directions, strategies, and sample questions (not exact questions) similar to those found in the test.

Benefits of Practice Tests

A reader writes: "I have found it not only helpful, but almost essential to go through practice tests with our children well in advance of the test itself.
"We always find something just a little different from what we studied, and this gives us time to prepare. Two different tests are even better, for the same reason, and help children become more at home with different wording and formats."

Selecting a Testing Administer

A reader writes: "Our children do very well in a private testing situation in the administrator's home.
"Ask your local Christian homeschool support group leaders who is qualified to administer standardized tests in your area.
"Arrange a brief get-acquainted interview in the test-giver's home. Look for someone who is patient and kind with young children and who believes in home education. Then make an appointment for the test.
"Have your child take his test early enough to retake it if necessary after you see the results."

7 Test-Taking Skills To Teach Your Child

There are specific skills and strategies involved in taking tests that can help your child do his best.

1. Directions

• Always listen to and read the directions carefully; don't assume that you already know them. Sometimes they change only slightly, but significantly, from one section to the next.

• Ask the instructor to explain any directions that you do not understand.

• Be sure you know how and where to mark the answers, especially if they are on a separate sheet. Keep checking to make sure you are marking the numbered answer space that matches the numbered question and for the correct test section (e.g., spelling, math computations).

• Mark answers carefully and neatly, filling in the blanks completely so that it will be graded correctly.

• Erase a wrong answer thoroughly when changing your answer.

2. Wording

• Watch out for wording such as "Which of the following is not true?" or for answers that sound or look similar.

• On a true or false question, watch for the words "never," "always," "only," and "best."

3. Morale

• Relax by taking several slow, deep breaths and changing your position from time to time.

• Remember that you know a lot of information and that you are doing your best to show what you know.

• Ask the Lord to help you remember what you learned and do your best.

4. Pacing

• Since most tests are timed, don't get bogged down on a question that you can't answer or are unsure about.

• Answer the items you are sure of first. This builds confidence, and you won't miss points on easy questions by running out of time.

• Skip difficult questions and place an "x" by the number of the question in the margin on the answer sheet.

• If you are not sure of a question, answer the best you can and mark them with a "?" in the margin.

• When you have answered all the other questions, answer the questions with an "x" in the margin and recheck questions you marked with a "?".

5. Choosing Answers

• If you need to, look back at the reading selection to check facts and ideas.

• Try each answer in the blank to help you decide which one sounds right.

• Sometimes on questions where you are to find mistakes, none are to be found.

• On some questions, two answers can be correct and you must choose the answer that includes them both.

• When you are not sure, eliminate answers you know are incorrect and take your best guess among the rest. Some of your guesses will be right.

6. Math

• On arithmetic test items, do a quick estimate with rounded-off numbers. This will help you avoid "silly" mistakes and may even help you locate the only possible answer.

• When you copy a math problem onto scratch paper, line up the numbers carefully and double check your copying.

• Always check subtraction problems by reversing operations.

• If you have time, check equations by substituting your solution for the unknown and check other math problems by reversing operations.

7. Timing

• Use all the time allotted for the test; review your test if you finish early.

• Recheck the directions, questions, and your answers.

• Do not change answers unless they are obviously wrong.

• Don't panic when students start handing in their papers. There's no reward for being the first.

Additional Free Online Resource

See many more test taking tips at Test Taking including:

General Test Taking Tips (test preparation, at the test, and post test), and Specific Test Taking Tips (multiple choice, essay, true/false, oral, short answer, quantitative/math, and open book).

Reducing Test Taking Anxiety

Test Taking Tips for Parents, provide suggestions for parents to help their kids improve their test taking skills.

Checklist for the Day of the Test

___ Plan ahead for a peaceful, unhurried evening and morning before the test.

___ Check directions to the testing site and plan to leave and arrive early to avoid stress before the test.

___ Make sure your child sleeps well, eats a healthy breakfast, and gets enough water to drink.

___ Be prepared with necessary tools such as extra pencils or calculators if allowed.

___ If this is your child's first test, you may want to be present in the back of the room for at least part of the time to relieve his anxiety.

___ Be sure your child understands what to do if he needs to go to the bathroom during the test. (Also have him go right before the test.)

___ Avoid conversations between other students and your child before a test; anxiety is contagious.

___ Pray with your child that he will remember what he has learned and do his best. Thank the Lord that He promised to always be with your child.

The spiritual lessons and experiences of trusting the Lord in everyday circumstances and working under pressure can be a much greater life-long benefit than the actual test itself.

Interpreting Test Scores

Glossary of Terms

The basic terms below will help you understand your child's test results. (For definitions of additional terms see Glossary of Standardized Testing Terms.)

Types of Tests

•Criterion-referenced tests compare astudent's performance to set criteria, such as statestandards, rather than to the performance of other students.

• Norm-referencedtests compare a student's performance to a national reference group of studentsat the same grade.

• Standards-basedtests assess students' knowledge and skills in relation to the state contentstandards.

National Percentile Rank

Percentile does not refer to the percentof questions that were answered correctly.

Percentile ranks individuals within agroup on a scale of 1 to 99 with 50 being average. A percentilerank of 60 means the student scored better than 60 percent of theother students in his comparison (norm) group, and 40 percentscored as well as, or better than, he did.


This score shows a comparison of studentscores, from a low of 1 to a high of 9. It may be thoughtof as groupings of percentile ranks.

Grade Equivalent

This is the most commonly misunderstoodterm in interpreting test scores.

The first digit represents the year of thegrade level and the digit after the decimal represents themonth of that grade level.

The grade equivalent is not an estimate ofthe grade in which your child should be placed! Rather itshows that the score your child achieved was the same as theaverage score made by students at that grade level who took thesame test.

For example a 2nd grade student scoring4.7 on a math subtest, scored the same as the average 4thgrade, 7th month student did who took the 2nd grade test. Itdoes not mean that the 2nd grade student can do 4th grade mathwork.

Read online article by BJU Press, "Whatdo Tests Really Tell?," for more information and examples.

Applying the Results

The following suggestions come from Bob Jones University Press.

If your child receives a low score, alwayscompare that information with your own observations. Ifthe low score is consistent with your personal observation andevaluation of your child's skill, develop a plan to strengthenthis skill.

Your plan could include:

•Checking tosee if the skill was taught

•Re-teachingthe skill from a different approach

•Checkingcurriculum content and methodology

•Evaluatingthe effectiveness of your teaching methods.

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How can I improve my child's test scores? ›

10 Classroom and School Tips to Improve Test Scores
  1. Prepare students for the test itself. ...
  2. Benchmark your learners. ...
  3. Leverage your data. ...
  4. Provide students with incentives. ...
  5. Practice previewing. ...
  6. Let parents help. ...
  7. Create a positive culture. ...
  8. Practice, practice, practice!
Mar 21, 2022

What are the benefits of achievement test? ›

Benefits of Achievement Testing

A well-constructed test will give both the teacher and students an appraisal of their respective achievements. It provides teachers with invaluable information regarding students' needs, abilities, and a measure of how well the students have met the course objectives.

What are standard scores for achievement testing? ›

In general, a stanine of 1, 2, or 3 indicates below average achievement. A stanine of 4, 5, or 6 indicates average achievement, while 7, 8, or 9 indicate above average.

What score is gifted on the Terra Nova test? ›

The CSI has a ceiling of 141, a mean of 100, and a standard deviation of 16. Typically, a child is considered “gifted” if she scores a 132 or higher. The TerraNova InView test scores that qualify for admission to gifted programs vary by school district.

What helps improve test scores? ›

  • Taking tests may not be your child's favorite part of school but evaluating student comprehension is important to the learning process. ...
  • Take time to prepare. ...
  • Use all of the resources available. ...
  • Go through previous assignments and quizzes. ...
  • Create your own practice test. ...
  • Read carefully. ...
  • Make a checklist. ...
  • Look for clues.
Jul 20, 2022

What is the best way to get a good grade on a test? ›

Follow these study tips to make your best grade!
  1. Get informed. Don't walk into your test unprepared for what you will face. ...
  2. Think like your teacher. ...
  3. Make your own study aids. ...
  4. Practice for the inevitable. ...
  5. Study every day. ...
  6. Cut out the distractions. ...
  7. Divide big concepts from smaller details. ...
  8. Don't neglect the “easy” stuff.

What is the main function of achievement test? ›

The aim of an achievement test is to determine student's knowledge in a specific subject area. Achievement tests measure how well students have mastered the subject matter in a course of instruction (Meagargee, 2000).

What is the purpose of achievement measures? ›

Achievement tests measure acquired knowledge or skills. Achievement tests may be diagnostic, formative, or summative. Diagnostic assessments are pretests given prior to a learning segment to determine what students already know.

What is the purpose of achievement and cognitive assessments? ›

While cognitive tests measure learning abilities, achievement tests measure how much the learner has acquired. They focus on the academic skills learned (e.g. reading, writing, mathematics), and give us an indication of how well the learner is doing as compared to others his/her age or grade level.

What is the most commonly used achievement test? ›

Academic Achievement Tests
  • Woodcock-Johnson Tests of Achievement (general and extended batteries that include fluency measures)
  • Scholastic Abilities Test for Adults.
  • Wechsler Individual Achievement Test, with reading rate measure.
  • Kaufman Test of Educational Achievement.

What is the average achievement score? ›

Like other standardized tests, achievement tests have also been normed with a standardized sample of children of all ages to develop a range of typical scores. Scores between 90-109 are typically the Average range and consist of the level of skills acquired by most children.

What is a good standard age score? ›

The properties of standard age scores mean that approximately two-thirds of pupils in the age group score between 85 and 115,approximately 95 per cent score between 70 and 130 and over 99 per cent score between 60 and 140.

What score is highly gifted? ›

Mildly gifted: 115 to 130. Moderately gifted: 130 to 145. Highly gifted: 145 to 160. Profoundly gifted: 160 or higher.

What score is gifted? ›

Although there are no standard IQ levels of intellectual giftedness, some experts suggest the following IQ ranges: Mildly gifted: 115 to 129. Moderately gifted: 130 to 144. ighly gifted: 145 to 159.

What percentile are gifted kids? ›

Approximately 98–99th percentiles on standardized tests. Terms Highly to Exceptionally Gifted or Very Advanced on IQ tests. IQ scores of about 130 to 140. One or two per grade level, more in high socioeconomic schools.

Can reading improve test scores? ›

Students who read independently become better readers, score higher on achievement tests in all subject areas, and have greater content knowledge than those who do not. The more elementary-aged students read outside of school, the higher they scored on reading achievement tests.

What causes low test scores? ›

Poverty, family stress and instability are "going to have an impact on national test scores too," she says. "We have more families living in poverty than at any time in our recent history and that's going to impact the data."

How do you get good grades in 5th grade? ›

How to get good (or better) grades in 10 tips
  1. Attend all your classes. Now, you might think this was an obvious one. ...
  2. Master your professors. ...
  3. Get/stay organized. ...
  4. Use time wisely. ...
  5. Use the textbook. ...
  6. Follow good rules of writing. ...
  7. Study, study, study. ...
  8. Be a good test-taker.

How can I get my grades up fast in 7th grade? ›

The most effective ways to get good grades in middle school
  1. Study smart, not hard. ...
  2. Pay more attention in class. ...
  3. Organize your life: create a study schedule. ...
  4. Ask the teacher for help if something is not clear. ...
  5. Sleep well. ...
  6. Exercise and eat well to improve your brain focus. ...
  7. Be active in class. ...
  8. Join extracurricular activities.
Aug 18, 2021

Is 70 a good grade? ›

C - this is a grade that rests right in the middle. C is anywhere between 70% and 79% D - this is still a passing grade, and it's between 59% and 69% F - this is a failing grade.

How do you get a good grade after failing a test? ›

Failed an Exam? 5 Essential Steps to Take
  1. Don't Panic. If you've always done well in school — or even if you haven't — a failing grade can come as a shock. ...
  2. Carefully Review Your Exam. When I failed my chemistry exam, I barely looked at the test. ...
  3. Make a Plan. ...
  4. Go to Office Hours. ...
  5. Prepare for the Next Exam.

How does the achievement test measure intelligence? ›

Achievement Tests

These tests are designed to measure a child's current level of functioning with regard to specific school subjects, such as reading, oral language, written language, and math. Intelligence may play a role in completing these tests, but it is not directly measured by achievement tests.

What qualities are tested through achievement test? ›

The achievement test definition describes an assessment that measures skills or knowledge of a subject, as well as content knowledge.

What are the three categories of achievement tests? ›

Achievement tests have generally been categorized as single-subject tests, survey batteries, or diagnostic tests and further dichotomized as group-or individually administered tests.

What are the uses of achievement test for students? ›

An achievement test is designed to measure a person's level of skill, accomplishment, or knowledge in a specific area.

Why is it important to measure students achievement? ›

When you use different evaluation tools to measure the students' achievement, it is not only indicative of individual student progress but it also helps in measuring how good your learning program is working. It tells you if the course is successfully fulfilling the learning objectives at all levels.

Why do we measure student achievement? ›

Assessing the Learning Progress of Young Students

Identify the student level of knowledge, skills, and understanding. Build up a clear picture of the student and his or her interests. Identify what and how the student is thinking and learning. Assess the effectiveness of the environment on the student's learning.

What is the difference between ability test and achievement test? ›

Both aptitude and achievement are developed abilities. Aptitude tests describe knowledge and skills and measure attributes intended to predict future learning. Achievement tests measure the mastery of more specific subject matter.

What is the difference between ability and achievement tests? ›

Achievement tests describe people's present status, aptitude tests predict their future behavior, and ability tests assess their innate potential.

What is the importance of assessing a child's cognitive development? ›

A cognitive assessment is an assessment that involves trying to gain an understanding of the thinking and reasoning skills of children. A cognitive assessment is especially important at trying to establish brain-behaviour relationships. It is NOT about trying to work out the IQ (Intelligence Quotient) of your child.

What is a good example of achievement test? ›

Spelling tests, timed arithmetic tests, and map quizzes are all examples of achievement tests. Each measures how well students can demonstrate their knowledge of a particular academic subject or skill. Achievement tests on a small scale like these are administered frequently in schools.

What is the achievement test for children? ›

Achievement tests are designed to measure your child's ability, skill, and knowledge over a wide range of subjects, which your child has been taught, usually as a result of classroom instruction. These tests reveal what your child knows and her proficiency in each part of the material.

What is a good cognitive ability score? ›

A score of 30 is a very low score, a performance similar to the lowest 2% of all candidates globally. A score of 50 marks a performance better than or equal to 50% of all candidates. A score of 70 marks a performance better or equal to 98% of all candidates.

What is a good cognitive score? ›

A score of 26 and higher is considered normal. In the initial study data, normal controls had an average score of 27.4. People with mild cognitive impairment (MCI) scored an average of 22.1.

What is the average score for cognitive ability test? ›

What is the average cognitive score? The average cognitive Scaled Score is 250, which translates to a raw score of 20. This average score was established during assessment development, using what's called a “Reference Group.” That group, on average, scored 19.8 points out of a possible 50, which translates to 250.

Is 70 a high score? ›

If 70 is a letter grade, then it can range from excellent (A) to a Failure (F). If 70 is a numerical score out of 100 or percentage, then it could mean that a student is doing well (generally anything 70 and above is considered passing or doing good). It also could mean that a student has room for improvement.

What does a standard score of 70 mean? ›

a standard score of 70, or less than 70, suggests a severe impairment; a standard score of 71-77 suggests a moderate impairment; a standard score of 78-85 suggests a mild impairment; and. a standard score of 86-114 (inclusive) is within the normal range for the test.

What does a standard score of 75 mean? ›

This means that your child performed as well as or better than 50 percent of children who are his age or in his grade. If your child earns a percentile rank of 75 on a standardized test, your child scored as well or better than 75 percent of his peers.

What are the signs of gifted child? ›

Common Characteristics of Gifted Children:
  • Ability to comprehend material several grade levels above their age peers.
  • Surprising emotional depth and sensitivity at a young age.
  • Strong sense of curiosity.
  • Enthusiastic about unique interests and topics.
  • Quirky or mature sense of humor.

At what age do gifted kids read? ›

Gifted and highly gifted children can usually recognize common signs and words before they are three years old, some as early as two years, and many of these children in the higher Levels of Gifted move from reading simple children's books by age four or five to reading anything that interests them by age six (usually ...

How do I know if my 7 year old is gifted? ›

Formal identification of gifted children

If you think your child might be gifted, you can see an educational psychologist for an IQ test and a report on your child's advanced learning. This report is likely to focus mostly on academic learning but often includes notes about social and emotional gifts too.

What is a high IQ for a 7 year old? ›

IQ Test Averages for Kids
Age of ChildAverage IQ
6 years oldBetween 5 and 20
7 years oldBetween 10 and 30
8 years oldBetween 10 and 30
9 years oldBetween 10 and 30
14 more rows

Are gifted students born gifted? ›

Gifted children are born with natural abilities well above the average for their age. If your child is gifted, you might notice these natural abilities in the way they're learning and developing. Children can be gifted in any area of ability, and they can also be gifted in more than one area.

How rare are gifted students? ›

Gifted people have the intellectual ability to perform at higher levels than other people of the same age, grade, experience, etc. People with extraordinary intellectual abilities, or exceptionally gifted people, make up approximately 5% of the population, so they are rare.

Are gifted children harder to parent? ›

Giftedness can create problems and conflicts; being a gifted child can also mean difficulty socializing with age peers, thinking styles that don't always mesh well with the demands from the environment, even children who see themselves as little adults, challenging teachers and parents.

What is the difference between gifted child and normal child? ›

In the subfactors of openness, the gifted children have higher tendency of fantasy, creativity, physical activity, high intellectual ability, flexibility, reactivity than the normal children. In the subfactors of agreeableness, the gifted were more warmth and altruism than the normal children.

How common are gifted students? ›

The U.S. Department of Education's Office of Civil Rights estimates that six (6) percent of public school students are enrolled in gifted and talented programs. Learn more about Gifted Education in the U.S.

How do you help kids who struggle with tests? ›

Your child will have a list of their own coping strategies to calm their worry and anxiety.
  1. Put Tests Into Perspective.
  2. Help Them Practice.
  3. Provide Useful Test Taking Tips.
  4. Teach Calming Strategies.
  5. Provide Encouragement.
  6. Bonus Tip: Help Them Feel Their Best on Test Day.

Why does my child fail tests? ›

Learning difficulties like ADD/ADHD and dyslexia can affect test performance. If your child studies hard but is still not doing well on tests, there could be an underlying learning difficulty. Your child may not be able to understand the test questions, have trouble focusing, or be distracted by other students.

How do you deal with low test scores? ›

  1. 14 Ways to Improve Your Grades if You're Underperforming. Articles. ...
  2. Adopt a positive mental attitude. ...
  3. Work out where you're falling short. ...
  4. Talk to your teachers. ...
  5. Pay more attention in class – and ask questions. ...
  6. Start organising your life. ...
  7. Improve your note-taking skills. ...
  8. Improve your essay-writing skills.

How does ADHD affect testing? ›

The authors find that children with more symptoms of ADHD - such as being impulsive or restless - have significantly lower math and reading scores on standardized tests several years later.

How do I help my ADHD child study? ›

6 Ways a Child With ADHD Can Study Better
  1. Set up a homework station.
  2. Break up study time.
  3. Stay on schedule.
  4. Plan studying around medication.
  5. Motivate with rewards.
  6. Make sure homework is handed in.
  7. Keep on top of assignments.

How can you encourage a child to try harder? ›

And there are a number of things parents can do to help motivate kids to try harder.
  1. Get involved. ...
  2. Use reinforcement. ...
  3. Reward effort rather than outcome. ...
  4. Help them see the big picture. ...
  5. Let them make mistakes. ...
  6. Get outside help. ...
  7. Make the teacher your ally. ...
  8. Get support for yourself.
Feb 20, 2023

Why do smart kids do bad on tests? ›

They have a slow processing speed. Even if your child is highly intelligent, they may have a slower processing speed, meaning that it takes them longer to answer questions and grasp concepts. Many standardized tests in reading and math are timed, so speed matters.

Should kids be able to retake test? ›

As with all education research, both pros and cons have been tallied and reported. Some of the pros include the assertion that letting kids retake tests reduces cheating, makes them responsible for their own grades and helps them better evaluate their own learning.

What to do if your child fails a grade? ›

What do I do if my child gets a bad grade?
  1. Step 1: Give it some distance. The first thing you want to do is to make sure you do not react at the moment. ...
  2. Step 2: Schedule a time to talk. Instead, wait until you've calmed down a little bit and schedule a time to talk. ...
  3. Step 3: Create an open discussion, and state the feeling.
Mar 24, 2023

How do you fix slow learners? ›

Activities for Slow Learners
  1. Conduct group activities to boost interactive learning and confidence among them.
  2. Organize games related to their learning topic in order to instill curiosity towards it.
  3. Come up with oral activities where students are encouraged to express their ideas.
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How can I improve my elementary school grades? ›

Watch this video about habits of highly successful students.
  1. Motivate yourself. ...
  2. Listen and participate in class. ...
  3. Take thorough notes during a class. ...
  4. Do not hesitate to ask for help. ...
  5. Stay focused during your homework. ...
  6. Take a 15-minute break after each 45 minutes of studying. ...
  7. Consider studying together with your fellow students.
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How to Help a Student Who Doesn't Test Well
  1. Anticipate Hurdles. ...
  2. Remind Them That Tests Aren't Everything. ...
  3. Introduce Them to Test-Optional Schools. ...
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  5. Consider a Referral and Evaluation. ...
  6. Get to Know Their Interests. ...
  7. Help them Plan for the Future.


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