You should find out any day now how your children fared on this past school year’s state end-of-grade and end-of-course tests.
The release of individual student results for the 2012-13 school year was delayed while the state set the passing rates for the harder exams. But when the State Board of Education finally approved the statewide results Nov. 7, school districts were given 30 days to release the individual student results to families for review.
With the deadline coming up, look for explanations from your children’s schools why the results aren’t what you’ve come to expect in the past. With a statewide proficiency rate of 44.7 percent, a lot more students than normal didn’t pass the exams even though there are no consequences this year for failure.
The state Department of Public Instruction put together letters that schools could use explaining the new results.
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In the case of Wake County, where the proficiency rate was 55.8 percent, the school district set up a website to explain the results. Wake also has a tipsheet for parents to talk to their children about the test scores, particularly that they shouldn’t be discouraged if they didn’t do as well as they expected.
Some of the tips are meant as much, if not more, for the parents.
“Although some parents can feel disappointed, angry, or frustrated with test results, it is important to remember that this is just one test and does not reflect a student’s total learning profile,” according to Wake’s tipsheet. “Expressing your own anxiety will likely increase children’s anxiety level when they take the test again.”