Forum: Learning Disabilities and Special Education
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My oldest daughter (who, by the way, is the only one of my four kids who is NOT Special Ed) has test anxiety.
If you have a child with any disability whatsoever, he or she should have accommodations for taking tests. These may include taking the test in a smaller setting, having the test read aloud to them, and having unlimited time to take the test. This includes standardized testing.
Both of my boys have accommodations for testing. For Brandon it was a life-saver. For Nate, it's just a little extra help.
For Lizzie's 1st time in third grade, it was a nightmare to convince her teacher she needed to follow her IEP and give her test accomadations. She would just mark F's on her tests in her general study classes (social studies and science). Lizzie would come home crying showing me the test. We would make appointments and tell the teacher Lizzie wasn't being tested on her 3rd grade reading ability, she was being tested on info learned. It wasn't a great year.
From then on, it was much easier. Her 4th grade teacher made tests open book for the entire class, she would send it home so I could find the info for her in the book, then the rest was up to Lizzie. The 5th grade teacher made an entirely different test for her. She just wanted Lizzie to have the big picture of the lessons taught, not the minute details.
I think my oldest worries about tests the most. She realized from a young age that her performance on standardized tests determined future placement. I think she worried the most over last year's PSAT, but she ended up doing very well.
Are your kids good at taking tests? Have you worked with them on test taking skills? Also were you good at taking tests or did you find tests stressful?[/b]
I haven't started giving my kids test yet but I probably will in another year or two. I was always very good at taking tests. I remember taking a test in highschool on a book I didn't even read. I made a 90% on that test too! And someone sitting next to me failed it. It just amazed me because the test was easy because I have good test taking skills. I really want to work with my kids on scoring well on the SAT and also test taking in general. I think it is a good skill for college.
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