How to support students during Wisconsin Forward Exam

How to support students during Wisconsin Forward Exam

Middle School students will be taking the Wisconsin Forward Exam at the end of March. The Wisconsin Forward Exam is a state assessment that is designed to gauge how well students are doing in relation to the Wisconsin Academic Standards.  These standards outline what students should know and be able to do in order to be college and career ready.  Students grade 5 - 8 will take the WI Forward Exam in English Language Arts (ELA) and Math.   Grade 8 students will take the WI Forward Exam in Science and Social Studies.  Any encouragement and support from home during our testing period would be greatly appreciated. 

The Wisconsin Forward Exam will be taken by our students in April. Students may feel anxious about taking the exam, this is normal and expected. There are some ways as parents/guardians we can help our students to lessen their anxiety. The night before the exam make sure students are getting plenty of sleep, for preteens and teens they should be getting 8-11 hours of sleep. The morning of the exam students should eat breakfast at home or at school and drink plenty of water (Sawchuck, 2017). If students are still feeling anxious about the exam, having them use relaxation techniques may help (Sawchuck, 2017). Some techniques you can try at home are, deep breathing (starfish/finger breathing), silent reading, exercising, listening to music, and closing your eyes and picturing a peaceful place. Remind students to take the exam seriously and to try their best, reminding them that their score will not affect their grade here at school. Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns about testing anxiety. 

Sawchuck, Craig N. (2017). Test Anxiety: Can it be treated? Retrieved from: https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/generalized-anxiety-disorder/expert-answers/test-anxiety/faq-20058195