Though the term “March Madness” commonly refers to NCAA Basketball, it might also describe what’s happening in schools around the country, particularly in my home state of New Jersey, as teachers prepare their students for high-stakes standardized tests. Although now it’s really April Madness.
I was talking with one teacher today whose students have announced that they “don’t care” how they do on their upcoming NJ ASK tests. What this really means is: “I care desperately, and I’m terrified that I’m not going to do well.” One thing we can do for such anxious students is figure out what they need help with and focus our attention on those needs. On the TLC Website “NJ ASK Prep” page, I’ve added a FREE download called “NJ ASK Prep Checklist” for this purpose.
Even if you’re not in New Jersey, you might find it helpful as a model for quickly checking on some common questions that students should be able to answer regarding reading and writing assessments.
PS—If you have any questions about this document, please don’t hesitate to Email me (firstname.lastname@example.org). We’re all in this together.