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Preparing for PASS

Students in grades 3-8 have been in school since August preparing for the big test at the end of the year called PASS test: Palmetto Assessment of State Standards test. The reading portion of the test was given on May 11-13, 2011. Make-up testing will be held this week, May 16-20, 2011.

Teachers have been teaching and preparing the students all year, but there are some things that can be done from home to help in the process. Here are some steps parents can take to ensure their children are ready:

1. Make sure your child in on a schedule that will allow for enough sleep of 7-8 hours.

2. Get your child up in the morning in time for breakfast. Most schools provide breakfast during testing for all students.

3. Have your child wear comfortable clothing within school dress codes and carry a jacket. The room may get cold.

4. Get your child to school on time. Once the test is started, late students will not be able to enter the room.

5. Try to avoid absences during testing days. Those tests will have to be made up.

Students can also make some steps to make testing days easier:

1. Go to bed on time.

2. Eat breakfast.

3. Read directions carefully and take your time.

4. Check over your answers when you are through testing.

5. Make sure to bubble your answer in the correct spot.

6. Get extra help from your teachers before testing.

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