Third Grade Proficiency Test Preparation

Third grade proficiency tests, often referred to as standardized tests, are administered in public schools and many private schools. Below are a few tips designed to help you help your child, as well as some information on these exams.

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Helping Your Child Prepare for Third Grade Proficiency Tests

What Are Third Grade Proficiency Tests and Why Must My Child Take Them?

Although there are exceptions, third graders in most states have to take a proficiency test towards the end of the year. These exams usually test students on their mastery of the third grade learning standards for that state. Most state's standardized exams only test third graders on reading, writing and math. However, some also have science, social studies and other portions specific to the school, the district and the student.

What Will Happen If My Child Doesn't Do Well?

Many schools provide summer school for children who are struggling. The summer school teachers may emphasize the topics that individual students need extra help with. To learn more about the procedures in your child's school for children who don't pass third grade proficiency tests, talk to your child's teacher or a school administrator, such as the principal.

What Can I Do to Help My Child Do Well on a Proficiency Test?

Making sure that your child is doing well throughout the entire school year is usually one of the most effective ways to ensure his or her success on a proficiency exam. Maintain a constant dialogue with your child's teacher and every educational professional who may be working with your child in any capacity.

Practice tests are often a solid way to help your child get ready for any upcoming standardized test that may appear daunting. Practice exams are usually available either from your child's school or from your state's Department of Education.

Where Can I Find Extra Help for My Child?

Many websites provide standards-based games and activities. You may also find worksheets and flash cards that can help your child prepare for a third grade proficiency test.

Another possibility may be that your child is struggling more than he or she or you can handle and extra help is needed. If this is the case, plenty of help is indeed available. Consider taking your child to a local community, youth, learning or education center for help. There are also many options available when it comes to hiring a tutor. Talk to your third grader's teachers, fellow parents or other education professionals for further assistance.

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