Testing Season

March 22, 2016

Dear Parents,

Lexington Public Schools will be NeSA (Nebraska State Accountability), grades 3-8 & 11, and MAP (Measures of Academic Progress), grades K-10, testing from March 21 – May 13. Please try to avoid absences on these days.  It is very important that your child be at school every day. Proven studies have shown that in order to perform well in school and on tests, students must have adequate sleep, eat balanced meals, drink a lot of water, and exercise.  The brain needs eight hours of sound sleep.

Ways to help your child prepare for testing:

  •  Meet with your child’s teacher as often as needed to discuss his or her progress. Ask the teacher to suggest activities for you and your child to do at home to help prepare for tests and improve your child’s understanding of schoolwork. Parents and teachers working together benefits students.
  •  Provide a quiet, comfortable place for studying at home.
  •  Make sure that your child is well rested on school days and especially the day of a test. Children who are tired are less able to pay attention in class or to handle the demands of a test.
  •  Feed your child a healthy breakfast each morning to ensure that they feel good throughout the entire test. Foods high in protein and water help stimulate the brain.  Suggestions: meats, eggs, nuts, peanut butter, fruit, vegetables, and orange juice. Please stay away from sugary cereals, pop tarts, junk food, and soda.  Water and exercise help supply the brain with oxygen.
  •  Provide books and magazines for your child to read at home. By reading new materials, a child learns new words that might appear on a test. Ask your child’s school about a suggested outside reading list or get suggestions from the public library.

Resources for Parents:

Feel free to contact the principal of your child's school if you have any further questions.