STA begins MCA testing this week and will continue through April 23rd. Please refer to the 2015 MCA schedule to find the dates that your scholar will be testing.
What can you do, as a parent, to help your child prepare for the MCA tests?
Ensure students eat breakfast:
Students who eat a protein-based breakfast will have increased attention spans.
Ensure students are hydrated:
Research tells us that the brain requires hydration to function well. A general rule of thumb is students should drink one cup of water per hour.
Ensure students get a good night's sleep:
Adolescents need a minimum of eight hours of sleep per night; nine hours of sleep is even better.
Help reduce student's stress:
Tips include positive self-talk (“I know I can do this”), avoid being rushed, and take deep breaths (the brain needs oxygen to think clearly).
Believe in your student's success:
Parents can best support their student by talking and actively listening to the student's school day and providing encouragement and support.
Make sure students have become familiar with the format of the test:
There are item samplers to help students become familiar with the format of the test and provide examples of the types of questions that are on the test. You can find the test samplers on the Pearson Access website: www.pearsonaccess.com/mn.
For more information about MCA testing, see the MCA Parent Fact Sheet.